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!
Comment by Kaitlyn Lamm — April 1, 2013 @ 1:51 pm
That is very funny! I actually have The Elder album. I think me and Gene’s mom are the only ones that purchased it.
Comment by Chad LaShelle — April 1, 2013 @ 5:40 pm
I also have The Elder. Yeah methinks this smacks of an April Fools joke. Especially the name of the new album by KISS 2.
Comment by Thomas Johnson — April 1, 2013 @ 7:53 pm
Happy April Fools Day to the fools that came up with this one. Looking forward to the KISS US tour later this year.
Comment by email@example.com — April 1, 2013 @ 9:38 pm
if this IS TRUE……KISS is dead….AND so is the ARMY
Comment by Jeffrey Jankiewicz Sr. — April 1, 2013 @ 10:07 pm
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!!!!
Comment by Darrell Antill — April 1, 2013 @ 10:08 pm
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.
Comment by Wendy McLaughlin — April 1, 2013 @ 10:41 pm
Retire? Again? KISS II ???? wtf?
Comment by Ton Boerenbrink — April 2, 2013 @ 12:21 am
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??
Comment by Jason Robson — April 2, 2013 @ 2:24 am
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.
Comment by Danny Black — April 2, 2013 @ 10:53 am
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.
Comment by Danny Black — April 2, 2013 @ 10:55 am
i’m literally crying right now. Chiam, and Stanley, you better be kidding.
Comment by destroyer — April 15, 2013 @ 7:41 pm
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!!!!!
Comment by Brenda Quill — May 5, 2013 @ 5:30 pm
THERE IS ONLY ONE KISS WHEN YOU HAVE PAUL AND GENE IN THE BAND.
Comment by Brenda Quill — May 5, 2013 @ 6:04 pm
c’mon stop giving ace and peter shit they are the best at drums and lead guitar so stop messing around with them
Comment by steve nichols — May 14, 2013 @ 3:04 pm
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!!!!
Comment by Sharkey — September 9, 2013 @ 1:52 pm
Comment by Karl Ebertz — October 30, 2013 @ 3:08 pm
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.
Comment by Dean Fisher — July 9, 2014 @ 10:59 am
the elder is the absolute worst kiss album of all or should i say the worst album ever by anyone.
Comment by Dean Fisher — July 9, 2014 @ 11:02 am
Comment by Edward Przydzial — July 14, 2014 @ 1:20 am