There Will Be No Kiss Reunion According to Paul Stanley
The 65-year-old rocker does not look at the band’s good old days as their best years. He told Billboard magazine, “Sometimes people who will watch the band from the periphery and talk to me about the band’s ‘golden years, and I go, ‘These are the golden years, these here now.’ This has been a steam roller that has only picked up steam in terms of monetary compensation — nothing compares to today.”
As for all the talk online about guitarist Ace Frehley rejoining Kiss for a tour? Starboy said, “No. And that’s not coming from any place of animosity. I sang on Ace’s most recent album and did a video with him. I have the connection and the re-connection and to celebrate the good things we’ve done together is terrific. The band as it is—I’ve played with Eric Singer for I think 25 years and Tommy’s [Thayer] been in the band probably 15 years at this point. I have no thoughts of re-visiting the past. With that said I am happy to enhance or do whatever i can for anyone who has helped put me where I am, but that doesn’t include getting hitched again to somebody I unhitched from.”
We will have links to the Billboard interview in the description of this video. Stanley reminded everyone that it was the band members that came up with the face painting idea and the initial design for the logo came from Frehley but the version we see now was done by Stanley.
Those painted faces and that logo and, of course the music, has created one of the strongest brands in rock and roll history but Stanley told Billboard that even though their merchandise is everywhere they have said no to some people because as he puts it, “I have to answer to my children.” So no tobacco companies or unethical shady characters.
A big trend these days is the VIP packages. Sure, they are expensive but if one has the money you can look your hero’s in the eyes and hang, at least for a second. Stanley says, “You get to hear us play acoustic for a maximum of 75 people usually in the late-afternoon. Then we sign things, take photos before the show and you’re guaranteed seating in the first rows — it’s something unique. If you can give somebody something and they thank you after they’ve paid you, you’ve done your job.” – by John Beaudin
John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.