Kiss is back on home turf tonight (March 22nd) with its final “End Of The Road Tour” hitting Long Island’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Paul Stanley spoke to his old hometown paper The New York Post and explained why now is the time for him and Gene Simmons to walk away from the world’s stage. Stanley explained, “We take tremendous pride in what we do, and we have a tremendous responsibility, not only to the fans but to our legacy. If we were a band wearing T-shirts and jeans, we could do this into our 90’s, but . . . we’re carrying 30 to 40 pounds of gear and running around and making it look easy. Our idea was to make sure that, before we reach a point of diminishing returns, we go out and, in essence, take a victory lap. We don’t wanna go out with a whimper; we wanna go out with a bang.”
When asked to differentiate between Paul Stanley and the beloved masked “Starchild” live persona he’s perfected over the past 45-plus years, Stanley said, “You behave differently in different situations. When I’m at dinner, I don’t stand on the table and yell for people to pass the salt. When I’m in an arena, it’s a different situation. . . But I’m never wearing a disguise. This is never a masquerade. It’s so much a part of me that whether it’s on my face or in my blood, it’s always there. . . So whether I ever put it on again or not, it’s part of me. The tattoo is on the inside, also.”
Stanley was then pressed to offer up his favorite Kiss song: “It would have to be either ‘Love Gun’ or ‘Detroit Rock City,’ just because they so embody the personality and attitude of the band. Although I’m sure the song that will always come to mind first (to others) is ‘Rock And Roll All Nite.'”
Larry Harris, Casablanca Records’ late-co-founder and executive vice president and managing director was the co-author of the recent book, And Party Every Day: The Inside Story Of Casablanca Records. Harris, along with label chief Neal Bogart and band manager Bill Aucoin, were Kiss’ earliest and most ardent supporters: [“The one thing that I knew, because I went on the road with them all the time — and I know Neil probably believed this too — the effect they had on an audience. From the very first time they ever performed — not in New York. When they played that gig I set up in Detroit. And they were on, y’know, with Ted Nugent, and it was Bob Seger, and it was them and then Aerosmith — I never saw them not kill an audience.”] SOUNDCUE (:22 OC: . . . not kill an audience)
- This upcoming May 23rd will mark the 40th anniversary of Kiss‘ seventh studio album, Dynasty.
- The album, which peaked at Number Nine on the Billboard 200, marked the band’s first studio group effort in nearly two years and followed the September 1978 release of all four solo albums from Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss.
- Dynasty, which was produced by Ringo Starr‘s then songwriting partner Vini Poncia, featured the Number 11 disco hit “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” along with the fan favorites “Sure Know Something” and the Ace Frehley-led Rolling Stones cover of “2,000 Man.”
- Although still a member of the band, Peter Criss only played drums on one track on the album — “Dirty Livin’.” Future Late Night With David Letterman band drummer Anton Figwas behind the kit for the remainder of the album.