The music group Kiss bids farewell to the stage and makes way for avatars

It's one of the cult bands of the 1970s and 1980s: the Americans of Kiss said goodbye to the stage on Saturday night, December 2nd. A last concert on the stage of the mythical Madison Square Garden in New York after 50 years of career and before a new tour. Because the members of the band with 100 million albums sold have decided to live forever in the form of avatars who will now play in their place.

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Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer of the rock band Kiss pose on November 30, 2023 atop the Empire State Building in New York City to celebrate the band's final show. Getty Images via AFP - ROY ROCHLIN

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The costumes, the outrageous make-up make it possible to forget a little the weight of the years, for 2 hours the members of Kiss offer their audience the last show they are waiting for: hard rock, pyrotechnic effects and, most importantly, the opportunity to reconnect with their lost youth.

At the age of 70 and with several hip operations under their belt, the musicians are hanging up their boots...

« People ask us, but what are you going to do? But the band isn't going to stop! The band doesn't belong to us, it belongs to everyone, that's why we came to see you, to live forever! »

In a promotional video, Kiss explains that it collaborated with George Lucas' special effects company to rebirth as avatars. Younger copies, endowed with superpowers, and which will be able to shoot forever and even why not in several cities at the same time. Avatars animated by artificial intelligence for an experience "unique to each concert" swears its promoter.

Thus ends the story of a band that sang "God gave you rock 'n' roll, if you want to sing or play guitar, man, you have to sweat or you won't get far".

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