In a brand new interview with Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips, KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer was requested if he’ll proceed to play music as soon as the band completes its ongoing “Finish Of The Highway” farewell tour. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “In fact. I do not know if I am going to ever be in one other band and that type of factor, as a result of how are you going to cease being in KISS? However I am going to in all probability nonetheless be concerned in music or within the leisure biz on some degree — perhaps even with KISS, ‘trigger KISS isn’t gonna go away; the touring factor is, however the entity of KISS and the model and the music, that is not gonna cease. So perhaps there’s one thing for me to be concerned with that.”
He continued: “I have been doing another issues — I have been concerned in creating some animation tasks, kids’s animation tasks, and perhaps a few of that may see the sunshine of day. I’ve additionally been delving into the wine enterprise just a little bit now. I purchased some winery property up in Oregon, and I’ve received some wines popping out via my brother’s wine label. So there’s numerous issues. I am at all times fairly busy; I am fairly concerned in numerous issues. However so far as bands and issues like that, taking part in in bands, I feel this will likely be it for me so far as that goes.”
A month in the past, KISS singer and bassist Gene Simmons advised Finland’s Chaoszine that “Finish Of The Highway” will likely be prolonged to hit 100 extra cities around the globe earlier than he and his bandmates exit the stage for good. Talking about when he envisions the tour coming to an finish, the 72-year-old rocker could not say for positive. “We do not know. We have by no means retired earlier than. That is our first time,” he mentioned. “It is like portray a portray or writing a e-book. When any person says, ‘When is it gonna be completed?’ You are in the midst of it; you do not know.”
Simmons then spoke concerning the determination to increase the tour. “The crew is completely happy. Everyone’s completely happy,” he defined. “So we have determined so as to add one other 100 cities earlier than we cease. I do not know the way lengthy that is gonna take.”
4 years in the past, Thayer admitted to Argus Chief in an interview that his addition to KISS in 2003 because the alternative for Ace Frehley was met with some backlash from the band’s followers. Nevertheless, now that he has been in KISS even longer than Frehley‘s mixed years, he mentioned that he has grow to be extra snug within the lead guitar function.
“I’ve to be sincere, after I first got here into the band, there was some strain,” Thayer mentioned. “It was form of a no-win scenario if you’re changing any person like that. There’s numerous followers who’re sad with this and I perceive. They adopted the band for a very long time and it is laborious to see issues like that change typically. After just a few years glided by, I received extra assured and extra snug within the scenario, as time goes on, it continues to be a rising expertise and one thing that I get extra used to.”
Final December, Thayer advised Guitar World about what he thinks his legacy with KISS will likely be: “I do not know if many individuals notice this, however I have been the lead guitarist in KISS longer than every other KISS guitar participant. However I’ll at all times be referred to as ‘the brand new man’ although — it doesn’t matter what occurs. I am ‘the Ronnie Wooden‘ of KISS.
“My legacy will likely be a man who got here in, labored laborious, and was the glue that saved the band collectively for a protracted time frame,” he continued. “I feel the form of character and persona that I’ve is that of a group participant and any person who can deliver individuals collectively and bind issues collectively.
“And I feel the explanation that we have completed so nicely and so persistently within the final 20 years is due to the personalities, the give and take, and the flexibility to maintain all people completely happy… and hold working collectively on an expert degree.
“It really works nicely. I am going to in all probability be that man that has been within the band longer than anyone else apart from Gene and Paul [Stanley], that saved issues collectively, and was the glue that made it work.”