Rock legends Kiss have been made into digital avatars, preserving the band forever following their final live concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden over the weekend.
Band members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer have all been made into Abba-style avatars using motion capture technology from Industrial Light & Magic.
The company was set up by Star Wars creator George Lucas in 1975. Swedish company Pophouse Entertainment, which worked on the avatars for the ABBA Voyage project in London, also supported the creation of the Kiss holographs.
Demon, the Starchild, Catman and Spaceman will be able to continue performing digitally at live shows and in digital online settings.
The virtual band’s first performance after their launch was ‘God Gave Rock’n’Roll To You’.
Stanley said in a promotional video: “The band deserves to live on because the band is bigger than we are.”
ABBA Voyage opened in May last year at the purpose-built ABBA Arena in London, which can hold roughly 3,000 people and features LED screens to make the venue seem deeper, and around 291 speakers.
Kiss were performing in New York as part of their ‘The End of the Road’ farewell tour.