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Mem­bers of the rock band Kiss said they are kick­ing off a farewell con­cert tour in Jan­uary be­cause they wanted to say good­bye while they could still de­liver the over-the-top per­for­mances that have thrilled au­di­ences over a 45-year ca­reer.

Known for their makeup, big hair and out­ra­geous cos­tumes, Kiss was among the big­gest acts of the 1970s, com­ing out of the glam rock era with hits in­clud­ing “Rock and Roll All Nite.”

“How pa­thetic and sad would it be to see the band, and you’ve seen lots of them, (where) you re­mem­ber their glory days and they’re out there a lit­tle bit too long,” said 69-year-old bassist and singer Gene Sim­mons.

“We have too much pride and self-re­spect in us, and too much love for our fans, to not live up to our self-im­posed man­date,” he added. “You wanted the best, you got the best, the hottest band in the world.”

The “End of the Road” tour will start on Jan. 31 in Van­cou­ver. It is ex­pected to last two to three years and ex­tend around the world, Sim­mons said.

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