Paul Stanley On The Possibility Of Ace Frehley And Peter Criss Taking Part In KISS’ “End Of The Road” Tour: “If It’s Meant To Be, It Will Happen”

During an interview with Rock Antenne, KISS’ Paul Stanley was asked if he had any news regarding the possibility of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss taking part in the band’s “End Of The Road” tour. He responded with the following:

“I have none. This really is a celebration of KISS, not any lineup of the band. And while I will say that KISS wouldn’t have existed without Ace and Peter in the beginning, I can also say that KISS wouldn’t exist with Ace and Peter in the band today. So, that being said, look, it’s a celebration of the band, and whatever happens will happen. I have no feelings of wanting to omit them or not have them be a part of it. But I’m not losing sleep over it. And if it’s meant to be, it will happen.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Paul Stanley On Upcoming KISS Biopic: “The Script Was Really Good”

During a recent interview with Download host Kylie Olsson, Paul Stanley discussed the upcoming KISS biopic “Shout It Out Loud.” As previously reported, that film is expected to be released through Netflix.

Stanley said the following about the movie:

“It is definitely happening. And that’s gonna be really interesting. The script was really good. And we really waited until we felt comfortable.

Look, you get once chance to do it, and I would rather not do it than do it half assed or poorly. Our director [Joachim Rønning] is the real deal. He did ‘Maleficent 2’, and he’s not some hack; he knows how to make movies. It should be great. Casting hasn’t begun yet. But that will be interesting too.”

He continued when asked which actor he wants to play him:

“And I will tell you this: for casting to be accurate in terms of age, we are looking at actors in their early 20s. Honestly, I don’t know a whole lot of actors in their early 20s. When people get asked these kinds of questions, they’ll say, ‘Oh, Brad Pitt,’ or this one or that one. Well, those guys are in their 50s or 60s, so you’re talking about another generation of actors. And I’m the first to say I’m not up on a lot of them. But as the casting process goes on, I’ll certainly be there and watching. It’ll be interesting to see how someone else — be it the casting people or the director — how they view who I am and who they see doing that. I think I’ll learn a lot about their perception of me by who they cast.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Paul Stanley On The Possibility Of Ace Frehley And Peter Criss Taking Part In KISS’ “End Of The Road” Tour: “Anything Is Possible”

During a recent appearance on “Inside With Paulo Baron,” KISS’ Paul Stanley was asked about the possibility of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss taking part in the band’s “End Of The Road” tour. He responded with the following:

“Anything is possible. I don’t rule anything out. I have to say that we wouldn’t be here today if not for our past. If Peter and Ace hadn’t been there at the beginning, we wouldn’t be here today. But I will also say that if Peter and Ace had stayed with the band, we also wouldn’t be here today. So you have to put it into some sort of balance and perspective. If there is a way to include them in celebrating the final tour, yeah, I’m open to it. It has to make sense and it has to feel right, because the band has existed far, far, far too long without them to let anybody spoil this or make it less than it should be. If there’s no joy in it, I’m not interested.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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]

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:

Rock/Metal Musicians React To Pro-Trump Rioters Storming The Capitol

As you are probably well aware of by now, pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C. earlier today (January 6) as lawmakers were counting the Electoral College votes to officially certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to comment on the insurrection, which was spurred by Trump himself. You can find some of the various reactions below:

Paul Stanley (KISS):

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Otep:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Noodles (The Offspring):

Ice-T (Body Count):

Tom DeLonge (ex-Blink 182):

Dino Cazares (Fear Factory):

Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Sacred Reich:

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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Watch KISS’ Paul Stanley Perform “Makin’ Love,” “Hotter Than Hell,” And “Got To Choose” From Home Quarantine

KISS’ Paul Stanley has shared footage of himself rocking “Makin’ Love,” “Hotter Than Hell,” and “Got To Choose” from home quarantine. You can check that out below:

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Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Neil Peart (Rush)

As previously reported, Rush’s Neil Peart has sadly passed away following a battle with brain cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer and some of the various posts can be found below:

Geddy Lee (Rush):

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Rest in peace, my brother. 💔

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett:

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins:

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #NeiPeart

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Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath):

KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons:

Gary Holt (Exodus):

David Ellefson (Megadeth):

Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, and Frank Bello:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

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R.I.P. #nealpeart An extraordinary talent.

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King Diamond:

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

John Dolmayan (System Of A Down):

Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour):

Overkill:

Mike Inez (Alice In Chains):

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Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins):

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7J9U-MBLlJ/?hl=en

Alex Bent (Trivium):

Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless):

Chris Jericho (Fozzy):

Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.):

Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch):

Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia, ex-Three Days Grace):

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~ Shocked. The Legend. Rest In Peace Neil Peart. 🙏🏻

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Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth, etc.):

Sacred Reich:

Matt Halpern (Periphery):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Chuck D (Public Enemy, Prophets of Rage):

Dan Briggs (Between The Buried And Me):

Peter Frampton:

Jack Black (Tenacious D):

Paul Stanley To Miss KISS’ Upcoming Show For Great White Sharks

As previously reported, KISS were recently forced to cancel their Australian tour due to Paul Stanley’s illness. However, it has since been revealed that the remaining members of the band still intend to play their special show for great white sharks on November 18.

Adventure Bay Charters commented:

“Due to band member Paul Stanley’s illness, KISS concert promoters One World Entertainment and TEG Live announced the tour was cancelled. We are sorry to hear this news that many fans lost the opportunity to join KISS last road trip concert, and we wish the best for Paul Stanley and a speedy recovery.

We are glad to announce that we will keep hosting KISS concert for the remaining band members, the shark trip will still go Monday, the Ocean will rock&roll! 8 lucky customers will jump on our shark warrior, using our unique underwater sub, enjoy a KISS live concert and Great White Sharks!

As part of Airbnb Animal Experience, the KISS concert will be performed on our White Shark Boat Shark Warrior. Thanks Airbnb and KISS for keeping this special concert planned for us! As the Airbnb host, our owner Matt Waller and Adventure Bay Charters will do our best to make sure everyone enjoys this lifetime experience.”

The concert will take place off the coast of Port Lincoln in South Australia. Human fans that attend will be able to check out the surrounding wildlife, including the sharks, which react to the low frequency sounds of rock music.