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Gene Simmons explains why is the right time to Kiss retire

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Gene Simmons explains why is the right time to Kiss retire

Kiss bassist and singer Gene Simmons explained in an interview with 6 ABC Action News why is the right time to Kiss retire. The musician said that is better to go out on top than when you are not that good anymore.


Gene Simmons explains why is the right time to Kiss retire:

“It is. And I’ll tell you why. I’m 71, although I’m in great shape. The hand doesn’t shake. I never got high or drunk in my life, I never smoked cigarettes; I never did anything of that… So, we’re in great shape and we can’t wait to get out there and do what we do. But there is such a thing as getting off the stage while the getting’s good.”

“I was a massive Muhammad Ali fan. He stayed in the ring too long. Go out on top. If you’re gonna go surfing, ride that tsunami – that’s a hundred-foot wave – and then don’t get back out there when there’s a little baby [wave]. Go out on top.”

“So, we are going out one last time. We started off the New Year New Year’s Eve in Dubai, where it was completely safe, with the largest pyro show of any entity other than the military, and the Guinness book of records was there to capture it.”

He continued, saying:

“Hundreds of millions of people on earth recorded it, and so on. It was streamed. I hate streaming. I want people to witness it live. You don’t wanna watch a Godzilla movie; you wanna be in the city as it’s being destroyed when Godzilla’s coming down. That’s what you want.”

“So, we’re gonna go out on top. I don’t wanna stay on stage too long. You don’t wanna ruin the legacy. So you can go to Las Vegas, play golf at the KISS golf course at the Rio hotel. You can go on the Kiss Kruises… You wanna have some pride in what you do – and don’t wait too long.”

“It’s like picking fruit – pick that fruit when it’s ripe. Don’t wait too long; it’ll get rotten. There’s a point of diminishing returns. This is the right time. And we’re gonna do a hundred and 10 more cities around the world, and then we’re gonna hang up our boots.”

“But that doesn’t mean there can’t be KISS in other forms. There’s a Netflix movie coming, our four-hour documentary, there’s gonna be a KISS cartoon. It’s gonna be Planet KISS – and by the way, that’s trademarked too – and you’re just all living in it.”

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