Kiss has been on a very, actually lengthy tour. The largest glam rock band of all time has been taking part in its Finish of the Highway tour for the final 4 years, and simply wrapped the ultimate present of its remaining farewell tour in New York Metropolis at Madison Sq. Backyard on Friday. Kiss has executed a number of farewell excursions, however this time may be for good.
On the finish of the present, after Kiss completed taking part in its final tune (“Rock and Roll All Nite”), they disappeared in a hail of fireplace and smoke. After the smoke light away, the lights went down, and on the display screen behind the stage, a digicam zoomed throughout a spooky lake on some unbelievable planet towards the silhouettes of 4 figures: the brand new digital avatars of Kiss, in what I suppose should be their remaining kind. Then Paul Stanley shouts:
“Kiss military, your love — your energy — has made us immortal. The brand new Kiss period begins now. Oh yeah!”
Right here’s one video of it.
One other one exhibits a a lot cooler facet of this portion of the present: translucent screens with pictures of the band projected onto them, lending the present a decidedly futuristic Blade Runner really feel.
The avatars “carried out” a tune, then the video ended and left the viewers with an image of the 4 avatars underneath the stylized KISS emblem, superimposed with the phrase “A NEW ERA BEGINS.”
The “new period,” in fact, is one in every of being profitable from the avatars. The corporate behind the present, Pophouse Leisure, has already been doing so with younger, digital variations of ABBA in its ABBA Voyage present for over a 12 months. Kiss, a band that has doggedly merchandised its picture for half a century, looks like match for such a partnership.
Pophouse mentioned in a press launch at this time that it’s going to placed on “immersive, avatar-powered” concert events utilizing Kiss’ Industrial Gentle & Magic-created avatars.
Watching huge acts like Kiss use digital recreations of themselves isn’t shocking — in spite of everything, these are individuals who have made a substantial amount of cash off of a picture they’ve created, so why not maintain that cash faucet open?
Do folks actually need to go see a “stay” present with no stay performers? Yeah, I feel they completely do. Bloomberg reported that these ABBA avatar exhibits have been pulling in $2 million each week. And Selection wrote final week that the Eras Tour live performance video had handed $250 million in worldwide field workplace gross sales. Kiss and its avatars might just do effective — for extra concerning the band’s future, check out this 22-minute dialog about their transition to avatars.