Following their final live gig in New York on Saturday (12.02,) KISS will now appear in virtual rock band format.
Having performed one last time at Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer revealed that their new digital alter egos will appear at future KISS gigs.
Reflecting the stage personas created by founder members Simmons, Stanley, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley, the names of the four avatars will be named Demon, the Starchild, Catman, and Spaceman.
Using special effects firm Industrial Light & Magic’s motion capture technology, KISS’s virtual group has been created courtesy of Pophouse Entertainment, the firm responsible the digital doppelgangers used for ABBA’s Voyage shows.
In a formal press release frontman Paul Stanley stated “What we’ve accomplished has been amazing, but it’s not enough. The band deserves to live on because the band is bigger than we are. It’s exciting for us to go the next step and see KISS immortalized. I mean, we’ve spent 50 years building it to this point.”
Gene Simmons, the band’s bassist added “We can be forever young and forever iconic by taking us to places we’ve never dreamed of before. The technology is going to make Paul jump higher than he’s ever done before.”
KISS’s very first virtual performance at the MSG show was the group’s version of ‘God Gave Rock and Roll To You,’ and the avatars will now be available for live shows around the world and in digital online settings.