Last night at Madison Square Garden, during the grand finale of their farewell tour, Kiss unveiled a groundbreaking encore. Moving forward, the band will transcend traditional performances by appearing as digital avatars. A stunning display of these virtual powerhouses was showcased during their rendition of “God Gave Rock’n’Roll to You,” famously associated with the Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey soundtrack.
These digital incarnations were brought to life through a collaboration with Pophouse Entertainment Group from Sweden and were crafted by Industrial Light & Magic, originally established by George Lucas. A brief video reveals Kiss members being outfitted with motion capture gear, a key component in crafting their virtual selves. This isn’t Pophouse’s first foray into digital performances, as they previously teamed up with ABBA for their innovative live shows.
Gene Simmons expressed excitement in the press release, stating, “This technology immortalizes us, allowing Kiss to reach places beyond our wildest dreams. Imagine Paul leaping higher than ever before!” Paul Stanley added, “Our achievements so far are impressive, yet they’re just the beginning. The essence of Kiss deserves eternal life; it’s larger than any individual member.”
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However, several questions remain unanswered. Will original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley be represented as avatars, or will only the Catman and Starchild personas be featured? More importantly, will the virtual Paul Stanley still interact with the audience, asking if they’re feeling high, shouting the city’s name, and urging them to chant along to “Hotter Than Hell” and “Cold Gin?” NewSound has contacted Pophouse for further details.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Kiss digital avatars
What is the new development announced by Kiss at their farewell tour’s final show?
Kiss announced that they will continue to perform as digital avatars, using technology developed in partnership with Pophouse Entertainment Group and Industrial Light & Magic.
How will Kiss perform as digital avatars?
Kiss will use motion capture technology to transform into super-powered digital versions, allowing them to perform in a virtual format.
What song did the digital avatars of Kiss perform at the announcement?
The digital avatars of Kiss performed “God Gave Rock’n’Roll to You,” known from the soundtrack of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.
Who collaborated with Kiss to create the digital avatars?
Kiss collaborated with the Swedish company Pophouse Entertainment Group and Industrial Light & Magic, founded by George Lucas, to create the avatars.
What did Gene Simmons say about the digital avatar project?
Gene Simmons expressed enthusiasm, stating that the technology allows them to be “forever young and forever iconic,” and it enables new performance capabilities.
Are there any unanswered questions about the Kiss digital avatars?
Yes, there are questions about whether original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley will be included as avatars and how the virtual avatars will interact with the audience during performances.
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