PAUL STANLEY Talks KISS - "The Combustibility In The Original Line-Up Was Bearable Until Everybody Wanted Something Different"
May 18, 2014, a year ago
KISS frontman Paul Stanley is featured in a new interview with The Boston Globe discussing the band's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and his new book, Face The Music: A Life Exposed. An excerpt is available below:
Stanley is the last member of KISS to release an autobiography, and he says he did not read those of his former drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley or remaining cofounding bassist Gene Simmons.“It’s very hard for somebody to recall their past and their lives, when they are steeped in alcohol and drugs,” says Stanley of Criss and Frehley, who battled substance abuse during their tenures with KISS and are now in recovery. “The idea of somebody writing a memoir when they can’t remember what happened yesterday is a little ridiculous. So no, I didn’t read them.”
But what of the famously sober Simmons, who has written several books?“Yes, delusional, but sober,” he says with a laugh. “He sees life his own way and that’s very different.”
Although Stanley is joking, to a degree, and often calls Simmons a brother, he makes clear in the book that from the moment he met him, Simmons got under his skin.“I think one of the great things in a band is combustibility,” he says. “If there’s too much that you have in common you don’t bring that much to the party. So I’m all for combustibility, we just have to be working toward a common cause. The combustibility in the original lineup was bearable until everybody wanted something different.”
Go to this location for the complete interview.
Finalists Caleb Jonnson and Jena Irene will battle it out for the title of American Idol on the Season 13 finale next week. During the finale, Jena will perform with Paramore, while Caleb will hit the stage with KISS.
The two-part Season 13 finale will air on Tuesday, May 20th, and Wednesday, May 21st, starting at 8 PM on FOX.
Caleb Jonnson performed the Led Zeppelin classic "Dazed & Confused" on this week's Idol, see footage below: