KISS Making 40th Anniversary Celebration Plans

Gene Simmons of KISS confirmed the rumor that the band is planning to launch a UK tour next spring and also revealed that the band is "thinking of a fortieth anniversary celebration" as 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the band's debut self-titled album.

Simmons recently spoke to Classic Rock Magazine about their upcoming biopic "You Wanted The Best You Got The Best," their new football team, their upcoming tour plans and also touched on retirement.

During the interview Simmons was asked about rumors that the band is planning a UK tour next spring. He confirmed the rumors by saying, "That's true. And as an avowed Anglophile I can't wait. But the UK is a very strange place; it really is like the Hobbit world, a magical kingdom. The Europeans call you European but the English don't. You're a very small island surrounded by water. You didn't invent rock'n'roll or blues or jazz, but you strange little people with your strange foods and odd colloquialisms created the music that rules the world – The Beatles, the Stones, The Who, Zeppelin ad infinitum – and you continue to do so."

Simmons was asked in the follow up question, "Would you consider playing as part of a package with Mötley Crüe, with whom you toured the US last summer?" He responded, "No. We're thinking of a fortieth anniversary celebration. We have the spider stage prop, which does everything except give birth. I don't want to give away the other thing we're going to do, but [adopts Cockney accent] it will be a right proper celebration."

Simmons was then asked "How much longer can we reasonably expect Kiss to continue?" He first demonstrated to the interviewer that his hair is real and then had this to say, "At the end of the day, who cares? I've got funny-looking hair and a beautiful face. But, having said all that, what Kiss does is very different to the great things that U2 and the Stones do. We cannot get up on stage in sneakers and a T-shirt. I love Iron Maiden, and it must be great to be in that band – they run around a little bit but don't even break sweat. Being in Kiss is [expletive] back-breaking work. Even standing still on eight-inch platform heels, with forty pounds of armour, you sweat your balls off; around you there are fireballs; Paul flies across the stage, and I spit fire… At the end of every show we are exhausted. How long can we keep doing that? Frankly, I'm amazed we managed it for forty years. But physically we're in great shape. We still have hair on our heads and, unfortunately, some on our backs, asses and teeth too. At my age it's growing everywhere." Read the full interview here.

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