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KISS is restarting their “End of the Road” farewell tour this August, but Paul Stanley says he can see KISS moving on even without himself and Gene Simmons.

The Starchild said in a new interview with Radio Bob, “I think that recasting KISS or KISS 2.0 is not what we have ever talked about. Can KISS continue and can it evolve without us in it? Well, yeah, because it’s already 50 percent there. In other words, there was a time where people said, ‘Well, it can only be the original four.’ [And then] it was, ‘Well, it can only be the original three.’ Well, things move on and circumstances change.”

He added, “Could I see KISS evolving with different personnel? Yeah,” he reiterated. “As big a fan as I am of what I do — and I think I’m damn good — there’s other people around who could pick up the torch and bring something to the philosophy and to the live show and to the music. It would be KISS. It wouldn’t be KISS 2.0. If it were to happen, yeah, it would be really just a continuation of the philosophy that we’ve always had, and that’s that KISS is bigger than any member.”

KISS’ official return to their farewell tour begins August 18 in Mansfield, Mass. A complete list of upcoming tour dates can be found at KISSonline.com.

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