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Paul Stanley says it’s highly doubtful KISS will record new music before they say goodbye on their One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour.

The face-painted rockers haven’t released an album since ‘Monster’ in 2012 and, speaking at the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas this week, singer Paul Stanley has admitted it’s likely to be their last.

Asked if there will be new material on the swansong trek, Paul responded: "No. I don't think so. Look, it's a different time now. I could write (The Beatles’) 'Let It Be', and people would still say, 'That's great. Now play 'Detroit Rock City'.'

“And I understand it, because when songs have a history with you, they're kind of like a snapshot of a time in your life, and that's not something that anything can take the place of overnight."

He added: “It's interesting that I think 'Modern Day Delilah' (from 2009’s ‘Sonic Boom’) or 'Hell Or Hallelujah' (from 2012’s ‘Monster’) are as good as anything we did (on earlier albums), but I understand that people are more connected to those old classic songs. I understand it.

"Look, if you put on a live video concert of any band — if you put on (Paul) McCartney, if you put on The (Rolling) Stones — and you turn off the volume, I will tell you every time they're playing a new song, because the audience sits down."


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Explaining further, Paul continued: "It's always interesting that people say, 'When are you gonna churn out new material?' But when those acts, or any classic act turns out new material, people tolerate it.

“They're asking you to do it and they're asking you to produce it, but at the same time, they really don't want it. So, at some point, I go, 'Really, what's the point?'

“Unless it's something that's fulfilling for me, to go back in the studio just to record new KISS material, I think everything we've done so far speaks volumes and it's enough of a legacy."

Gene Simmons has previously ruled out making a new KISS record on monetary grounds, explaining: “Because (of) downloading and file sharing, people have convinced themselves they don't wanna pay for stuff. And last time I checked, KISS is not a charity.

“We're philanthropic, but I'll be the one that decides how much I give and where. I don't want some college kid to decide, 'You have enough money. I don't wanna pay for your record.' Okay, then go download and Radiohead record and see what happ… No, I ain't about that.

“Make a distinction between commerce and philanthropy. So, the idea of doing another KISS record, unless and if there's a financial model that works, personally I'm not interested in it."

KISS’s multi-year farewell tour will commence in 2019. The band last played the UK in May 2017 when they took in arenas in Glasgow, Birmingham and London.

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