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Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley To Retire From KISS; Band To Continue As KISS II
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Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley To Leave KISS - Band To Continue As KISS II

Hard rock and heavy metal veterans KISS announced today, April 1, 2013, that founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are leaving the band and going into retirement at the end of this year, while the band will go on as KISS II, a lineup featuring NO original members, beginning in 2014.

Before Simmons and Stanley, who formed the group in New York City 40 years ago, can officially begin their quiet rock and roll-free nights and party-less days, they must fulfill their current record company contract for one more album. Therefore, the long-time musical partners have agreed to finally do the sequel to The Elder with Bob Ezrin, stating that the original 1981 album now has a cult following, and they are thinking “long-term” for the fans. The sequel will be called The Elder Reloaded.

As for KISS II, their first album will include covers of the original band’s songs, plus some new tunes written by existing members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. New band members will include Ryan Martinie from Mudvayne taking over for Gene Simmons, with Michael Starr from Steel Panther stepping in up front for Paul Stanley.

The album by KISS II is said to be called Even Peter Criss Doesn’t Want To Be Peter Criss. The release will follow the long-awaited Seth McFarlane adaptation of KISS Saves Santa, first seen on Family Guy.

When asked about this sudden departure from KISS, Simmons replied, “It doesn’t matter who’s in the band, I still get paid,” while Stanley released a video statement on the announcement.

When asked for comment regarding KISS II, original lead guitarist Ace Frehley stated, "Don’t you fucking get it?, I just want to be left alone, fuck off!" Original drummer, Peter Criss could not be reached for comment, but reportedly last seen rolling around in a snow-like powdered substance.

You can be sure that Geeks Of Doom will keep you posted on any developments about KISS II!

[Source: KISS Sludge]


  • http://www.facebook.com/dr3amstat3s Kaitlyn Lamm

    aprils fools?

  • http://twitter.com/thechadderbox Chad LaShelle

    That is very funny! I actually have The Elder album. I think me and Gene’s mom are the only ones that purchased it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TJiZZLe3737 Thomas Johnson

    I also have The Elder. Yeah methinks this smacks of an April Fools joke. Especially the name of the new album by KISS 2.

  • soz2@comcast.net

    Happy April Fools Day to the fools that came up with this one. Looking forward to the KISS US tour later this year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004378083274 Jeffrey Jankiewicz Sr.

    if this IS TRUE……KISS is dead….AND so is the ARMY

  • http://www.facebook.com/darrell.antill Darrell Antill

    I hope to God that this isn’t an April Fools Day joke. Cause if it is, I don’t think it’s very funny!!!!

  • http://shrinkingwendy.com/ Wendy McLaughlin

    I’m pretty sure this is an April Fools Day joke. As a side note my ex-husband and my current husband both own The Elder.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ton.boerenbrink Ton Boerenbrink

    Retire? Again? KISS II ???? wtf?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.robson1 Jason Robson

    Has to be April Fools joke. But it does beg the question. Could KISS go on forever with different members under the makeup?? Paul and Gene will have to give it away one day. Can KISS go on without them??

  • http://www.facebook.com/TearsAreFallen Danny Black

    i think the elder was there best album. They do however need to retire. Pauls voice needs a break. I’ve always loved his voice. These senseless tours are killing whats left of his voice. I have to admit, I got excited when I heard they were making a part two to the elder. To bad its a joke.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TearsAreFallen Danny Black

    also the only reason kiss survived with out 2 original members was because of Paul and Gene. A Kiss band without them would be a complete fail.

  • destroyer

    i’m literally crying right now. Chiam, and Stanley, you better be kidding.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brenda.quill.9 Brenda Quill

    I AM CRYING REALLY HARD. I KNOW ONE THING IF THIS IS NOT AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE AND THEY ARE GOING TO RETIRE THAN NO MORE KISS FOR ME. THE 2 ORIGINALS ARE THE BAND KISS!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brenda.quill.9 Brenda Quill

    THERE IS ONLY ONE KISS WHEN YOU HAVE PAUL AND GENE IN THE BAND.

  • steve nichols

    c’mon stop giving ace and peter shit they are the best at drums and lead guitar so stop messing around with them

  • Sharkey

    Just saw my teen band after 35 years felt like a kid almost 49…KISS was in Orlando FL in August and they TORE IT UP it will be on my FB pages and my web site.. Please if u read this Paul & Gene you not in kiss will truley be a destroyer! BTW that spider crane , fires, and fire worx was awesome!!!!

  • Karl Ebertz

    bogus article!!!!!

  • Dean Fisher

    omg guys let it go if u retire there is no reason to keep it goin’ it won’t be kiss and no one will care and i’m the biggest kiss fan ever.

  • Dean Fisher

    the elder is the absolute worst kiss album of all or should i say the worst album ever by anyone.

  • Edward Przydzial

    gay retards.

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