KISS frontman Paul Stanley (pictured below) says Steven Tyler is “full of himself” and “needs a reality check” after the AEROSMITH singer called his former tourmates a “comic-book rock band.”
In an interview last week with a Tampa radio station, Tyler stated about contemporaries KISS, “They’ve got a couple of hits, but they’re more, they’re comic book — you see them in their spackled faces.” He added, “It is different: a KISS lick, a Joe Perry lick — two different worlds, and sometimes depending on the time of day get offended. I hear that and I go, ‘Yeah, that’s alright. Do they really mean it? And what’s this all about?’ And that’s why I think AEROSMITH has been around forever, we really do take ourselves seriously.” Tyler revealed that he “hated” KISS ever since one of their crew members got into a knife fight with an AEROSMITH roadie back in 1976, but added, “Since then I’ve gotten to know Gene [Simmons] and Paul, and they’re beautiful people.”
During KISS‘ appearance on tonight’s (Monday, October 15) edition of the nationally sindicated radio show “Rockline”, host Bob Coburn asked Paul Stanley if he had a response to Tyler‘s comments. “Maybe Steven‘s feeling a bit full of himself because he has an album coming out,” Stanley said.
Stanley recalled KISS‘ 2003 co-headlining tour with AEROSMITH, telling Coburn, “Steven insisted that they close the show. I really [didn’t] care because one way or the other you have to come up onstage. He had a chip on his shoulder back then. [He] was a looking down his nose a bit at KISS. Seeing him come onstage to an underwhelmed audience and [seeing] people walking out [made me smile].”
He added, “When [the new AEROSMITH] album comes out, let’s put [it side by side with ours and] let the music do the talking.”
Stanley concluded: “Steven may have been overenthused and needs a reality check.”