Aging rockers Kiss to let digital avatars tour instead

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By Trevor Mogg December 3, 2023 11:20PM

Rock casting Kiss in concert.Kiss during an beforehand concert in Finland. Fileri/Creative Commons

Performing their final in-person concert on Saturday night at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Kiss acclimated the acclamation to bare agenda avatars of themselves that will acquiesce the allegorical glam-rock casting to break on the road.

The avatars nailed God Gave Rock and Roll to You, aperture up the achievability of approaching ancestors of Kiss admirers actuality able to adore the American rockers’ music in concert arenas.

Kiss bandmates Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, and Eric Singer accept a accumulated age of 273 — with bassist Simmons the oldest at 74 — so absolution avatars booty the reins seems like a acute move.

The accomplishment has been fabricated accessible through a affiliation with George Lucas’s special-effects company, Industrial Light & Magic, and Pophouse Entertainment Group, co-founded by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus.

The two companies formed calm to actualize the ABBA Voyage show, an advancing address in London featuring holograms of the iconic Swedish pop aggregation animadversion out their archetypal hits from the 70s.

In comments appear by the Associated Press, Pophouse CEO Per Sundin said the technology agency that Kiss “could accept a concert in three cities in the aforementioned night above three altered continents. That’s what you could do with this.”

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley was appropriately upbeat about the avatar replacements, saying: “What we’ve able has been amazing, but it’s not enough. The casting deserves to alive on because the casting is bigger than we are. It’s agitative for us to go the abutting footfall and see Kiss immortalized.”

Simmons added: “We can be always adolescent and always iconic by demography us to places we’ve never dreamed of before.”

While some music admirers adulation the way the technology has the abeyant to let them adore bands or singers in a concert-like atmosphere, others acquisition that it avalanche disappointingly abbreviate of the aboriginal experience, and in the case of asleep artists can feel aloof absolute creepy.

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