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Paul Stanley says KISS could ‘certainly’ carry on without him

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KISS vocalist, rhythm guitarist and co-founding member Paul Stanley has spoken about the future of the band.

In a fresh interview with Billboard to promote an exhibition of his paintings and sculptures in Florida this weekend, Paul said that KISS is such an institution it “transcends any of the members.”

"The thought of me not being involved (with KISS) certainly comes to mind," Paul explained.

"I'm not sure about the idea of KISS coming to an end. We've built something that's so iconic, and I think it transcends any of the members so I can certainly see me not being there, seriously.

“There was a time where people said it had to be the four of us (Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss) and those people are already 50 percent wrong. So, I'm betting (another absence) could be overcome, too."

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Paul also said that apart from dates in Spain and Portugal, he doesn’t want to head out on an extensive tour with KISS in 2018.

"I don't want to go leave home,” he said. “I have a family and I have children and, honestly, I think my primary responsibility is to be a dad and I don't want to miss out on that.

“And certainly, as we got older, we know that life is finite and I pick and choose what I want to do at this point."

That said, Paul conceded that "there's a world tour down the pike” sometime in the future although he isn’t sure how many he’s up for.

Speaking last May, 66-year-old Paul admitted that he can’t see KISS touring when they’re well into their seventies. "We'll do it for a few more years, and then when we think it's time to go, we'll go, and we'll do it the right way, with a big party," he said.

"I'd like to think that we would do something that rocks the planet — something big and worldwide and maybe free."

Paul’s paintings and sculptures exhibitions take place on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th February at the Wentworth Gallery in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, respectively.

You can see a selection of his artwork right here.

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