Paul Stanley took time out during Kiss' ongoing “End Of The Road” world tour to shed light on the band's long goodbye from the concert stage. During a chat with The Detroit Free Press, he spoke candidly about how he and Gene Simmons decided to start winding down Kiss' live career, explaining, “I think we all were aware that everything has a lifespan. And particularly in our case, we can’t do this forever. If we were wearing T-shirts and jeans, or the latest hip rock n’ roll clothes, we could do this into our 90's. But we're not. We’re Superman with a Marshall amplifier. We’re wearing 30 to 40 pounds of gear, running around and making it look easy. It's fun, but we also realize we can’t do it forever.”

He explained why Kiss has decided that now is the moment to say goodbye: “While the band is really at its peak is the right time to plan, as opposed to fizzling out. A passive decision is still a decision: If we were to end a tour, then the next year decide not to go out, and the year after not to go out — you’re basically doing the same thing. But that would be very unlike us. If we’re going to call it quits, we want to have a victory lap, go out there and celebrate everything we’ve accomplished, our relationship with our audience, and make it an event. It was a very conscious decision, and a smart one.”

Stanley talked about what it means to be playing for the Kiss fanbase with them knowing it's probably the last time they'll be together under one roof: “There’s a huge sense of gratitude to the audience, and really taking in the enormity of what we’ve done and what we’ve accomplished. To be able to share that consciously — knowing that this is the last night in this venue — is something really deep and poignant.”

He went on to say; “There’s nothing bittersweet about it because there’s nothing bitter about it. It’s all sweet. I’m not one who pines for the past. I don’t yearn for yesterday. I’m incredibly thankful for what I have, and I want to celebrate the past rather than immerse myself in it.”

Both Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have been quite vocal about Kiss living on far into the future long after both its co-founders have retired from the stage. Stanley told us that Kiss is far bigger and important than its past or present members: “The people who believe that the band can’t exist or continue without me or Gene, either both or singularly, well, a lot of those people in the late-‘70s believed the band couldn’t continue without the original four. At this point they’re 50 percent wrong. And when we play to 15, 50, 100,000 people, they’re not interested in the specifics of the past — they’re interested in the band and what it represents, and what it brings to a concert, and what it stands for.”