KISS’ PAUL STANLEY: ‘Some Songs Are Obscure For A Reason’

Tim Buckland of the New Hampshire Union Leader recently conducted an interview with KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On KISS being primarily known for its legendary stage show:

“We built our reputation as a live animal. The beast is prowling and ready to pounce.”

“There will be lots of bombs and lots of bombast [on the current tour]. I can’t imagine that anybody is going to be disappointed.”

On playing KISS‘ biggest hits and never believing the band should only play its new or obscure works:

“We can’t disappoint fans and not play [big hits, such as ‘Shout It Out Loud’, ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ and ‘Calling Doctor Love’]. As a band, we can’t always concern ourselves by pleasing only our diehard, hardcore fans. Some songs are obscure for a reason.”

On KISS‘ 1996 reunion which saw the band’s four original members donning full costumes and makeup for the first time in 13 years:

“You can go anywhere in the world, show someone a picture of us and they know it’s KISS, even if they don’t know our music. KISS is too recognizable and we’ve spent too much time building what we have to start messing with these iconic images.”

On becoming a successful artist, with his original works selling for as high as $70,000:

“I have to say that I’m pretty stunned by the embracing of the work.”

On KISS continuing to sell out large venues holding 10,000 fans or more:

“This juggernaut continues at full speed. There’s no end in sight, nor should there be.”

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