Gene Simmons Considers Himself The George Lucas Of Rock Music

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Gene Simmons, in a revealing interview with Guitar Player, reflected on the legacy of Kiss and its cultural impact, drawing parallels between himself and George Lucas, the mastermind behind Star Wars and Indiana Jones. He likened the enduring influence of Kiss to the lasting cultural phenomena created by Lucas, noting how both have inspired conventions and a dedicated fan culture.

Simmons shared his thoughts on what he’d miss most about touring, emphasizing the creation of a unique culture with Kiss, akin to Lucas’s achievements. He expressed pride in this legacy, pointing out that even after Lucas sold his creations to Disney, their cultural impact persisted. Similarly, Simmons envisions the Kiss legacy continuing beyond their touring days.

Kiss concluded their ‘End of the Road’ farewell tour with a final performance at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on December 2. Contrary to expectations of the band’s end, Simmons revealed plans for Kiss to evolve into digital avatars, thus maintaining their presence in the music world in a new form.

This decision to transition to avatars has garnered mixed reactions, with some critics labeling Kiss as a mere spectacle, detached from its musical roots. Yet, the band seems undeterred, hinting at potential future projects beyond just retirement. Simmons’s reflections underscore the band’s desire to remain relevant and influential, even as they step away from traditional touring.

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