Thanks to new technologies, a rock band will give concerts in one evening on several continents. The team members liked the idea of “digital immortality.”
The legendary rock band KISS played the final concert of their farewell tour, The End of the Road, in New York on the evening of December 2. Musicians are not retiring from their careers, but are switching to virtual concerts, The Washington Post reported.
During the encore, the band’s current lineup – founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, along with guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer – left the stage to reveal their digital avatars. After the transformation, the virtual rockers performed the song God Gave Rock and Roll to You.
Cutting-edge technology was brought to bear on a new era for the rock band KISS after 50 years of existence. Its participants liked the idea of “digital immortality.” KISS became the first American rock band to take such a step.
“KISS could play a concert in three cities on the same night on three different continents. That’s what technology allows for,” said Per Sundin, CEO of Pophouse Entertainment, which created the avatars.
Frontman Paul Stanley says the band’s achievements have been amazing, but they’re not enough.
“The band deserves to live on because it’s bigger than us. We’re excited to take the next step and see KISS immortalized,” the musician said.
The band’s bassist Gene Simmons noted that digital technology will allow rockers to be forever young and give concerts where they never dreamed.
KISS Has Been Playing for 50 Years: A Brief History of the Band’s Achievement
KISS has been performing since 1973. Rockers are known for their outrageous costumes and stage makeup and concert shows with pyrotechnic effects.
KISS has released more than 45 gold and platinum albums, selling more than 100 million copies.
Focus previously wrote about the success of the rock band AC/DC. Her studio album Back in Black ranks third among all music records – 49 million discs.
Recall that 74-year-old rocker Ozzy Osbourne stopped performing due to Parkinson’s disease. And recently the musician had a serious operation on his spine.