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Paul Stanley talks endless KISS on the cover of the San Diego Union Tribune!

Posted by Levine Communications Office on August 13, 2012

Endless Kiss? Paul Stanley is ready

The lead singer in Kiss thinks band can live without current members, him included, and that suits him fine

The Rolling Stones without Mick Jagger and Keith Richards? Unthinkable.

Metallica without James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich? Ditto.

But Kiss without Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, who co-founded the larger-than-life band in 1973 and have co-led a dozen different lineups since then? Not a problem.

“The band is bigger than its members,” said Stanley, who performs Sunday with Kiss at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre. “And it only takes, in this case, four like-minded people with a similar outlook and talent to further the cause and continue Kiss. It makes perfect sense to me. It may not make sense to other bands, but we’re not other bands. We don’t live by those rules. We never have.”

Might Stanley (born: Stanley Harvey Eisen) be concerned that he and Simmons (born Chaim Witz), both 62, are growing too old to rock ’n’ roll all night?

“I’m damn good at what I do,” the singer and guitarist said, speaking from a tour stop in San Antonio. “But do I think I’m the only person capable of doing what I do? Absolutely not. I’m not talking about a clone (of me), but somebody with the same passion, drive and love for the music I love. So, can I envision a time when I won’t be here anymore? Absolutely. It’s not tomorrow, or next week. But when it happens, I would be celebratory. Because it would prove that I was right and that Kiss is exactly what I believe it is: an ideal, a way of performing, a point of view. It’s an attitude, and the respect and love (we have for) our audience.”

Attitude — and lots of fire-breathing chutzpah, literally and figuratively — have been key components of Kiss for the past four decades.

During that time the New York-bred band has sold close to 100 million albums worldwide and scored such hard-rocking hits as “Shout It Out Loud” and “Calling Dr. Love.” The group, which refers to its fans as the “Kiss Army,” has also inspired everyone from Garth Brooks and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails to former San Diegans Matt Cameron and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam.

Along the way, there has been a slew of Kiss-related products, from pinball machines and condoms to lunchboxes and coffins. Like no other band (or brand) before or since, Kiss is determined to capitalize on its fans both coming and going.

“When Kiss comes to town, everybody is in the Kiss Army,” country-music superstar Toby Keith said. “You want to see Kiss, you go see Kiss. You can’t see that anywhere else.”

In 2000, Kiss embarked on its farewell tour, four years after its “Alive/World Wide” reunion tour of 1996 and ’97 grossed $150 million. However, the farewell ended up applying only to original Kiss drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley (now a San Diego resident). Their roles in the band were filled by Eric Singer (who joined in 1991) and Tommy Thayer (who came on board in 2002).

There’s more! Check out the rest of the interview at www.utsandiego.com!

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