Lisa Berigan of Big 100.3, Washington D.C.’s home for bigger and better classic rock, recently conducted an interview with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons and drummer Eric Singer. You can now listen to the chat below.
Asked of KISS would ever consider performing with guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss again, Simmons said, “No. Ace and Peter were great for the beginning of the band, but it would be the death of the band with Ace and Peter today. They were both equally as important as Paul [Stanley, guitar/vocals] and I for the beginnings of the band, but not everybody is designed in their DNA to be a marathon runner. They were short-distance runners and that was great for the beginning of the band. But we have to take it to the next level. We’ve been doing this for 40 years. Physically, neither of them could do what we do. It’s very physically demanding, and also, the musicality. You’ve gotta be there with no dark clouds over your head, no drugs or alcohol in your system. They were fantastic for the beginning of the band, and that’s the chapter they should be in.”
“Monster”, the 20th studio album from legendary rockers KISS, sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.
KISS‘ previous CD, “Sonic Boom”, opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This marked the band’s highest-charting LP ever.