KISS’ Gene Simmons Still Thinks “Rock Is Dead”, Paul Stanley Disagrees

During a recent interview with Consequence Of Sound, Gene Simmons said that he still believes that “rock is dead.” However, his KISS bandmate Paul Stanley has since told SiriusXM Canada’s “Canada Now With Jeff Sammut” that he disagrees with that assertion.

Simmons said the following:

“The point is, yeah, rock is dead because if we play the game from 1958 until 1988, which is 30 years, you had Elvis [Presley], THE BEATLES, THE [ROLLING] STONES, PINK FLOYD, and on and on and on. And you can go to the heavy part of it, which is METALLICA, [IRON] MAIDEN, if you want to put KISS in there, that’s fine. AC/DC, on and on and on. Even U2, Prince, [David] Bowie, EAGLES. And then you get to disco stuff, and Madonna, and that stuff, and Motown, of course. And then from 1988 until today, who’s the new BEATLES? I’ve heard a reaction of FOO FIGHTERS, one of my favorite bands, but you’re kidding yourself. There’s also the boy bands: NSYNC, ONE DIRECTION, BTS, and [sarcastically] XYZ, PTA, and good for them that they’ve got success. Don’t kid yourself. As soon as those girls are gonna grow a little bit older, that’s going to go away. It’s like sugar: you taste it, it gives you that little energy boost, and then it’s gone forever and you don’t care. But don’t kid yourself, it ain’t THE BEATLES. They don’t write songs, they don’t play instruments, it ain’t that. And we all love Elvis; [he] never wrote a song in his life. There’s just nothing that compares to THE BEATLES. The reason for that is not because there’s a lack of talent, but because young folks, that kid living in his mom’s basement, decided one day that he didn’t want to pay for music. He wanted to download and file share. And that’s what killed the chances for the next generation of great bands. The fact that the music was for free. So nowadays new bands don’t have a chance.”

“It’s like flowers — people water them and make sure there’s enough sun and all that stuff. And as soon as you take your eyes off and you don’t water the flowers, they will die. And people wonder why there aren’t beautiful flowers. Well, because you don’t water them. You get what you pay for. So nowadays, if you download a song, the artist will get 1/100th of one cent. Even Spotify … the artist sees very little of that. So you get what you pay for.

Rock is dead — you bet your ass it is — not because the talent isn’t there, but because the business model just doesn’t work. And so that leaves live performances. And I really hope once this vaccine takes hold — you better get shot up twice — that people go out to the local clubs and see all the new bands and support new bands. Like a baby that’s on the floor, go up there, pick that baby up and coddle it, give it love, because those new bands need your love.

It’s not going to affect me. I make a living, but the new bands need the love and attention. Don’t just go see METALLICA and Taylor [Swift] or KISS. On the weekends, go to a place that’s got live music. And I don’t mean guys that press a button and do EDM. That’s fine, too. But that guy, if you put an instrument in his hands, wouldn’t have a clue what to do with it — never wrote a song, wouldn’t know what an A minor, A major or a seventh is. You need to support the new generation of talented people who are musicians and writers and so on. Don’t let the robots take away everything.”

Despite Simmons’ comments, Stanley disagrees:

“I think that life, rock, whatever it is, is never a constant. Let’s say, for example, if you take somebody’s pulse and it’s weak, it doesn’t mean they’re dead. It means that the pulse is weak. And it doesn’t mean it won’t come back stronger.

I don’t think that music can ever be dead. I don’t think that bands can be dead, rock can be dead. It just takes somebody to reignite it to the level that it has been at some time in the past.

A computer will never take the place of flesh-and-blood people making music. People may be enamored with it, and it may eclipse the other, but ultimately, it all comes full circle — it all comes back. It doesn’t go away. It may be sleeping. But there are bands out there making great music.

Nobody’s complaining about FOO FIGHTERS. Dave [Grohl] is passionate about what he’s doing and they’re terrific. So there are bands out there. As far as new bands, somebody will come along. Somebody will pick up the flag and go forward.

Like I said, the pulse may be a little weak, but the patient’s coming back.”

[via Blabbermouth / Blabbermouth]

LA Pop Art Unveil KISS “Word Art” Branded Line Of Apparel

LA Pop Art have teamed up with KISS for a new “word art” branded merch line. You can find all the items they have to offer HERE. LA Pop Art company founder Joseph Leibovic said the following about the collaboration:

“‘You wanted the best; you got the best!’ We couldn’t be more excited and honored to be working with one of the most iconic rock bands of all time and, more importantly, being able to offer the KISS Army something so unique. There has never been a band like KISS and there will never be another band like them. We wanted to honor their legend with a truly one-of-a-kind design that is a must-have for any KISS fan.”

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Paul Stanley (KISS) Receives Second Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine

Paul Stanley (KISS) has officially received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. He tweeted the following about that:

KISS Share Clip Of Pyro Highlights From New Year’s Eve Streaming Concert In Dubai

As previously reported, KISS’ New Year’s Eve streaming event at the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai ended up breaking Guinness world records for highest flame projection and most flame projections launched simultaneously at a music concert. Now, the band have uploaded a clip featuring some pyro highlights from the concert. You can check that out below:

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KISS’ New Year’s Eve Streaming Event Breaks Guinness World Records For Highest Flame Projection & Most Flame Projections In A Music Concert

KISS’ New Year’s Eve streaming event at the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai has broke Guinness world records for highest flame projection and most flame projections launched simultaneously at a music concert. The band revealed the news on Twitter. Tickets to view the aforementioned stream can be found HERE and some footage from the pre-show can be found below.

Paul Stanley Says He “Would Consider It A Real Feather In The Cap If KISS Could Continue As A Viable Live Act” Without Him And Gene Simmons

KISS are expected to wrap up their farewell tour in 2022, but it seems Paul Stanley is still considering the possibility of having the band continue with no original members. During a recent interview with Scott Lipps, Stanley said that he “would consider it a real feather in the cap if KISS could continue as a viable live act” without him and Gene Simmons.

Stanley said the following:

“Unlike other bands, that rubs some people the wrong way, but KISS is so much more than a band. Look, you go see any act now — any band, any performer — and you’re seeing a KISS show, you’re seeing the KISS DNA, because everything that anybody does is, in some way, based on what we’ve done. And I’ve always believed that the band is bigger than the individuals. People would say, in the beginning, ‘Oh, that’s not true.’ Well, they’re half wrong now, because Eric’s been in and out of the band for over 20 years, and Tommy’s been in the band probably 18 now, and the band’s never been better.

So my feeling is… Is there someone who can take my place? I think I’m really damn good, but I also know that there’s people out there who are as committed to what they do as I’ve been and should be able to do what I do without copying it. So do I think it’s possible? Yeah. I actually would consider it beyond flattering — I would consider it a real feather in the cap if KISS could continue as a viable live act, because it’s ultimately about what we deliver and about our philosophy of giving fans a hundred percent, not only on stage but in terms of this reciprocity that we have with them.”

He also added:

“Could another band do it? I don’t wanna point fingers, but at this point, who are THE EAGLES? It’s [Don] Henley and a bunch of other guys who are really super talented. Does it sound like THE EAGLES? Yeah. So, people wanna hear that music. When Steve Perry left JOURNEY, you had [people saying], ‘Well, that’s the end of JOURNEY,’ but people wanna hear those songs, and they wanna hear them done the way they remember them, so Arnel [Pineda] does a great job. So this just takes it to another level. But we’re not setting the precedent; we’re just following one.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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KISS To Play New Year’s Eve Livestream Show In Dubai

KISS will be celebrating New Year’s Eve (December 31) with a massive livestream concert. The show will take place at the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai and fans will be able to watch it from their homes as hotel attendees watch it from their balconies. Tickets for the event can be found HERE.

Here’s a description of the concert:

“To send off 2020 in their larger-than-life style on New Year’s Eve, the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, multi-platinum selling band is reigniting the FIRE and roaring back to life! In true KISS fashion, they are bringing the biggest & baddest concert event and pyrotechnics show of the year, proving once again, that KISS never does anything small. The massive stage production and FREE pre-show will be brought directly into your living room at 9 pm LIVE from Atlantis Dubai on December 31st!

Filmed with more than 50 cameras and 360-degree views, this show produced by Landmarks Live can be seen globally with ticketing technology and livestream powered by TIXR and experienced like no other virtual concert before. You’re invited to spend New Year’s Eve with The Demon, The Starchild, The Spaceman, and The Catman as they rock out of 2020 and roll into 2021…all night!”

Paul Stanley told Rolling Stone the following:

“Frankly, I wasn’t interested in doing a stream on the level of Live at the Troubadour in L.A. Not that those aren’t good, but they aren’t KISS. Either we do this right, or we don’t do it. For us, size matters. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel; we invented it and it runs real well. We’re just making sure it’s on a scale and a size that does justice not only to the situation we’re in, but that it makes the people watching at home feel like they’re a part of it.”

Gene Simmons added:

“We play big. There’s not a lot of subtlety in what we do. It’s like the Fourth of July. You don’t want chaos. You can have the biggest, but it won’t be the baddest because just random explosions everywhere and 300-foot fireballs going off, you can’t tap your foot to that or sing along. You want to have something that has coordination. So everything that we’re naturally doing onstage is going to be amplified — 10-to-100-fold bigger, oh my God.

The best way to shut everybody up and get everybody to enjoy life right now is to make a big resounding noise and shake the heavens with some pyro.”

KISS Release “Black Diamond” Premium Dark Rum In Sweden

KISS have released a new dark rum, called “Black Diamond,” in the Swedish market under their “KISS Rum Kollection” with Brands For Fans. More markets are expected to follow.

The following was said about the rum on brandsforfans.se:

“Taking its name and character from the rock monolith that is the closing song on KISS’s eponymous debut album from 1974, KISS Black Diamond Premium Dark Rum is an exceptionally smooth blend of Caribbean cask rums aged up to 15 years and bottled at 40%.

To music & culture fans, KISS remains one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll after 45 years. To the same note, KISS Black Diamond Premium Dark Rum lives up to the band’s illustrious career with its dominant tasting profile. Leading with a nuanced aroma of pronounced oak character, the tones follow with distinct notes of dried fruit, butterscotch, vanilla and nuts. The palate is layered with a restrained sweetness and marked oak initially, followed by well-defined tones of dried apricot and dates, arrack, vanilla fudge, cinnamon and chocolate.

The label draws inspiration from the band’s early days, referencing both costumes and their iconic make-up, making it a pure treat for fans who grew up loving KISS and now discovering great rum.”

Sari H. Wilholm of Brands For Fans also commented:

“It’s an amazing match for a band who were pioneers both musically and visually in the world of rock ’n’ roll. This is our fourth rum in our portfolio, multiple of which have won awards in reputable global spirits competitions. With the success of these in mind, we feel confident about the future with KISS Black Diamond and KISS Rum Kollection. When I taste this rum by KISS and look at the bottle, I feel proud of what we’ve achieved with this product. It’s damn good. Listening to Black Diamond still gives me the chills, and the rum makes me just as excited!”

KISS Announce Rescheduled Dates For North American Tour With David Lee Roth

KISS have announced the rescheduled dates for their North American tour with David Lee Roth (Van Halen). The trek is now set to take place in summer/fall 2021.

Tour Dates:

08/18 Mansfield, MA – Great Woods
08/19 Bangor, ME – Waterfront
08/21 Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall (no David Lee Roth)
08/22 Hartford, CT – Meadows
08/26 Pittsburgh, PA – KeyBank
08/28 Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek
08/29 Atlanta, GA – Lakewood
09/01 Dayton, OH – Nutter Center
09/02 Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob
09/04 Tinley Park, IL – The World
09/05 Milwaukee, WI – Marcus
09/17 Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight
09/18 George, WA – The Gorge
09/21 Boise, ID – ExtraMile Arena
09/22 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA
09/25 Chula Vista, CA – North Island
09/26 Phoenix, AZ – Desert Sky
09/29 Austin, TX – 360
10/01 Ft Worth, TX – Dickies
10/02 Tulsa, OK – BOK
10/05 Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast
10/06 Lafayette, LA – Cajundome