Paul Stanley has no problem with bands touring with only one or no original members
KISS frontman Paul Stanley was recently interviewed by Darren Paltrowitz of Pure Grain Audio and was asked whether there is anything that he still hopes will happen for the KISS legacy.
Stanley replied: “No, because it’s all happening and it all has happened. I see the indelible bootprint that we’ve made and KISS DNA is in every live band’s show out there. We’ve also raised the standard of what audiences expect and will tolerate from performers. That’s incredibly-rewarding, and to have other bands and musicians say “Gee, without you there’d be no me” is great. I think that that’s validation to a point that says that this band should continue with or without me. When a band or anything, a team, lasts 40 years, 50 years, the only way for it to continue is to evolve. That means in terms of personnel, otherwise it’s impossible. There are bands touring at this point with one or no original members and I have no problem with that because it didn’t happen overnight. It was a series of changes over years or decades. If someone were to say, “well there’s no original members in one of the versions of Yes,” I’d say “who cares?” It sounds like Yes and the pedigree is Yes, so is it Yes? Yes! (laughs).”
In terms of whether there has been any progress with respect to a KISS themed broadway musical, Stanley advised: “It’s been discussed, literally, for decades. Certainly now is a more appropriate time. But from my point of view, you only get one chance to do something right. Although there have been numerous offers, I would rather do nothing than do something I would regret. There’s been some initial great starts that turned out to come to a halt. As of now there’s nothing planned, but that could change on a day’s notice.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Stanley at Pure Grain Audio.