Kiss’ final live performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden last night was also the first for the band’s successors, namely four digital avatars who will play after the real band members leave. Kiss finished the last concert of their tour The End of the Road introducing a new virtual band that performed the song God Gave Rock And Roll To You.
Avatars weren’t just straight replicas of current band members – Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer – but according to Pophouse Entertainment, which worked with George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic to create them, they are also their fantasy superhero versions.
It must be said that the company Industrial Light & Magic already has experience with this type of work, as it has created in the past ABBA’s digital avatars (aka ABBAtars) for the current ABBA Voyage show in London.
No specific plans for the virtual band have been announced yet, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a similar experience with Kiss in the near future. Gene Simmons, who co-founded Kiss with Paul Stanley, said the move would keep the band going “forever young and forever iconic”while Stanley identified this way of touring as a possibility play forever a take the group to a new level.