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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Recording artist Paul Stanley attends the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

Hear that loud “MEOW!” sound?  No, it’s not the Catman; it’s actually Starchild (aka: Paul Stanley) answering why the recently announced KISS farewell tour is really the band’s goodbye, despite their farewell tour in 2000.

Stanley sat down with Rolling Stone for their “Music Now” podcast and gave the following response to this popular “farewell” question:

“Let’s put it into perspective and try to at least get a sense of what’s different. The farewell tour took place 19 years ago. The farewell tour was at the end of the time that we had brought back the two original members [guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss] and it was such drudgery and so difficult and so unhappy that it just seemed like ‘let’s put the horse down.’ And after the tour was over, it didn’t take me very long to realize I didn’t want to say goodbye to the band; I wanted to say goodbye to two members. So that was the differences. We’ve had 19 years of the band. The band has never been better, happier… But with all that in mind, it’s time to think about an end.

Despite that sentiment, Stanley did say that regarding the potential of Frehley and/or Criss making an appearance during the tour, “I wouldn’t rule anything out but it’s not the crux of what we’re doing… and I’m not being coy either. I don’t want to mislead anybody, really that’s not something that’s been given a lot of thought at this point, the majority of our time has gone into what is the stage going to be, what is the show going to be, and we’re actually in the midst of toying with setlists now.”

Well…with that in mind, why wouldn’t Frehley or Criss want to show up?  It sounds like they would be totally welcomed with open paws.

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.