Wallace Immen of USAToday.com recently conducted an interview with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons about the first-ever Kiss Kruise, which will set sail October 13 from Miami, Florida to Half Moon Cay and Nassau, Bahamas on board the Carnival Destiny and return four days later. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
USAToday.com: What made you decide to take KISS to sea?
Gene: The Kiss Kruise is a chance for all of us — the band and the fans — to have a ball. Just let your hair down and not worry about it at all. KISS has always been about breaking the rules. We’ve never liked that moat — the stage — separating the band from the fans. So whenever we do a show, we try to take the action right to your face. A cruise will let the fans get up close. We try to take it inside you, we want you to smell it and taste it and feel it.
USAToday.com: Are the fans going to get to interact with you on the cruise?
Gene: We’re going to have a deck up top to ourselves and we will certainly want to bring up fans. It may to a little difficult to get down to the lower levels and hang out a lot, because you’ve got 3,000 people on board, who are basically going to shred you to pieces. It’s all appreciated of course, and I say all this with tongue in cheek — I don’t mean my tongue in your cheek, but you know what I mean. The real idea of this cruise is to have fun. Everything about KISS is over the top. Everything about it is meant to really make every day we have above ground a fun day.
USAToday.com: So are we going to get a preview of your new album on the cruise?
Gene: That could happen. We try not to make too many rigid plans. It’s like we’re invited to a party and we don’t want to make plans. We just want to let the party happen on this cruise and just take requests from the fans. We’ll just try to have a lot of fun and not plan it out too much. I don’t know anyone who brings a list of 10 things they’re going to do at a party and what time they’re going to be doing them, do you? That’s not the kind of party I want to go to. Of course, the one show is a full production number and that we have to have pretty planned out. But the other will be unplugged, which is forget about it all and let it happen.
Read the entire interview from USAToday.com.