Backstage at the final Kiss show: Only in the pyrotechnic new issue of Classic Rock

The cover of Classic Rock 323 starring Kiss
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As Kiss’s official website countdown approached the zero hour, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer took to the stage for the final time, fittingly, in the band’s home town, at New York City’s fabled Madison Square Garden. And Classic Rock was there to witness it all happen. Was this really going to be the end? 

We dispatched intrepid reporter Paul Brannigan to take in the sights and sounds of Kiss’s long-rumoured (threatened?) last stand, and he talked to Gene and Paul about finally hanging up their stack-heeled boots – at least, it turns out, in the physical realm. What we didn’t anticipate is what occurred at the end of the show, hinting at their next chapter. But that, as they say, will be a story for another day.

To celebrate Kiss's historic final show, we've also produced a limited edition bundle of four magazines featuring exclusive live shots of Gene, Paul, Eric and Tommy on four different covers – details below. 

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The final show of the final tour by rock icons Kiss finally arrived. Classic Rock was there to talk to Gene and Paul about the enormity of it all, wallow in the end-of-an-era atmosphere and, yes, rock and roll all (one final) night. 

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Classic Rock issue 323 cover

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Also available: the four magazine Kiss bundle edition

This very special set of Kiss Classic Rock Magazine contains four copies of issue 323, each featuring an exclusive live shot of Gene, Paul, Eric and Tommy. They're a strictly limited edition set, and when they're gone they're gone for good. Get it now

*Please note contents of all four magazines are the same as the standard issue of Classic Rock 323.

The four covers of the Kiss bundle edition of Classic Rock 323

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Siân Llewellyn
Classic Rock, Editor

Classic Rock editor Siân has worked on the magazine for longer than she cares to discuss, and prior to that was deputy editor of Total Guitar. During that time, she’s had the chance to interview artists such as Brian May, Slash, Jeff Beck, James Hetfield, Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Manic Street Preachers and countless more. She has hosted The Classic Rock Magazine Show on both TotalRock and TeamRock radio, contributed to CR’s The 20 Million Club podcast and has also had bylines in Metal Hammer, Guitarist, Total Film, Cult TV and more. When not listening to, playing, thinking or writing about music, she can be found getting increasingly more depressed about the state of the Welsh national rugby team and her beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.