Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
Kiss Explores Digital Horizons with Avatars, But Ace Frehley Remains Skeptical
The digital representation of Paul Stanley proudly declared to the Kiss Army, expressing gratitude for their enduring support and stating that their love and influence have bestowed immortality upon the band. This proclamation marked the introduction of a new era for Kiss, showcased through a captivating short film during their final performance at Madison Square Garden on December 2.
Crafted by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and backed by Pophouse Entertainment, the Swedish company known for the successful ABBA Voyage experience, the Kiss avatars symbolize the commencement of a fresh journey. Paul Stanley, in the physical form, addressed the MSG audience on the concluding night of the band’s remarkable End Of The Road tour, emphasizing that the accomplishments thus far are extraordinary but insufficient. He conveyed the band’s aspiration for enduring existence, transcending the individual members.
In a post-concert statement on the band’s website, Stanley reiterated the excitement about immortalizing Kiss, underscoring the band’s significance beyond the individual members. However, Ace Frehley holds a different perspective on the envisioned Kiss 2.0, expressing skepticism about extending the band’s 50-year legacy.
During an interview with German rock radio station Rock Antenne, as transcribed by Blabbermouth, the former guitarist dismissed the concept of Kiss’s digital future as not aligning with the essence of rock and roll. Frehley expressed confusion about the avatar concept, mentioning that he observed it on a YouTube video and found it seemingly tailored towards a younger audience. He emphasized his commitment to the traditional rock and roll ethos, where he takes the stage without backing tracks, connects his guitar to a Marshall amp, and performs authentically—an approach that has defined his musical journey and, according to him, will continue to do so.