It’s not a coincidence that there are so many people and so many bands, performers announcing their retirement or farewell. As much as you want to believe an icon is ageless and timeless, time will prove that not to be so. For a band like us – and there is no other band like us, you don’t have other people running around onstage with 30 or 40 pounds of gear… if I was just up there prancing around singing, that would be fine, if I was on a Persian rug sitting on a stool playing a Martin guitar, yeah I could do it forever. But that’s not the case, there aren’t basketball players, football players, or athletes my age out there doing it so…I want to make sure that we go out there and fully represent and celebrate everything that we are, everything that we have been, and it’s bittersweet but it seems very much the right thing to do.
On this day in KISSTORY - October 1, 1992 - KISS opened their North American Revenge arena Tour at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This was Eric Singer's first US arena show with KISS.
On this day in KISSTORY - September 30, 1984 - KISS opened their Animalize Tour in Brighton, England with Bruce Kulick on lead guitar. Kulick, who was filling in for the ill Mark St. John, became an official member of the band on December 8, 1984.
Here is a clip of KISS performing " Black Diamond" at Cobo Hall during the US leg of the Animalize Tour.
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