Gene Simmons spilled the beans during a meet-and-greet with fans at Electric Lady studios in New York City, unveiling that KISS had dished out a whopping $200 million for avatars.
This revelation occurred over the course of three days following the band’s final concert at Madison Square Garden on December 2. While autographing his last stage bass guitar for a fan, Gene inquired about the fan’s impression of the avatars: “How did those avatars look when you first saw them? They’re gonna get better, that animated stuff.”
The fan responded affirmatively, describing the avatars in the announcement video as “absolutely amazing.” In response, the musician shared: “There’s so much being planned, even beyond my comprehension. But they’re spending, oh, about 200 million [dollars] to take it to the next level.
Contrasting with Other Hologram Performances
The fan shared with Simmons that his family had attended Michael Jackson’s hologram show in Las Vegas and thoroughly enjoyed it. Additionally, a friend had witnessed the ABBA show in London and was captivated by the experience. Gene Simmons concurred, expressing his admiration for the lifelike 3D models of people in the ABBA show, stating: “You can’t tell if they’re there, right there, like that.”
Upcoming Developments for KISS Avatars
This month, KISS unveiled their virtual band rendition during the farewell tour’s concluding performance. Diverging from the 1970s ABBA concert replicas featured in the ‘ABBA Voyage’ show, KISS’s avatars will exude a more fantastical vibe. Envisioned as eight-foot-tall superheroes with the ability to breathe fire, shoot electricity, and float above the audience, these avatars mark a unique departure. While the band has kept mum about specific plans for their avatars, Per Sundin, CEO of Pophouse, shared before the final show:
“We’re going to figure it out after the tour. Is it a KISS concert in the future? Is it a rock opera? Is it a musical? A story, an adventure? These four individuals already have superpowers. We want to be as open as possible.”
Despite this, the announcement of KISS avatars stirred some criticism on social media. Simmons and Paul Stanley faced backlash from fans who opined that the band should acknowledge the need to step back, recognizing their contributions while urging them to embrace retirement. You can view Simmons’ conversation with the fan in the video below.
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