KISS frontman Paul Stanley thinks the band should make another album – even though he admits fans are “not interested” in new material.

He says the follow-up to 2012’s Monster would only be worth making if the band felt a creative desire to do so – as fans simply tolerate new material from classic rock bands rather than anticipate it.

Stanley tells Miles Schuman, “It’s only worth doing it if, artistically, you want to do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, ‘Well, that’s it.’ When we did Sonic Boom, it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did Sonic Boom, I said, ‘Well, we’ve made the point.’ Then, a few years later, it was, like, ‘Wow, why don’t we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,’ so we did that, and then I said, ‘We’re done.’ Lately I’ve been thinking, yeah, we should do another. But there’s no secret that when anybody who’s considered classic or of our generation does a new album, most people are not interested in hearing that stuff – they tolerate it at best.”

Stanley continues, “If you turn the sound off and you put on a live Rolling Stones concert or a live Paul McCartney concert, I’ll tell you every time they’re playing a new song, because the audience sits down. You tolerate the new song, because you wanna hear Brown Sugar. You tolerate the new song, because you wanna hear She Loves You, Strawberry Fields, whatever it is. So I’m aware that doing an album is more for my own satisfaction than anybody else’s. That being said, if I don’t feel the need to do it, then there’s no need to do it.”

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10 Responses

  1. Well, I’d only be interested in new KISS music “IF” Ace & Peter were involved, I know, I am only “Dreamin’.”

    Hey Michael B, I agree 100% with you about your comments on Triumph. And JUST A GAME is 1 of my favorite albums of all time! 🙂

  2. I hate it when these artists dismiss true fans who DO want new music and honestly appreciate the new music. This over generalization by Paul is frustrating because he and other artists are letting non-fans dictate their attitudes concerning new music. “Monster,” the new Tesla, the new Def Leppard are as good as anything these bands did in their hey day, but because the sales aren’t what they were in the 80’s, they assume true fans don’t appreciate and enjoy the new music. I really wish Paul would respect the true fans who have stuck with them their whole career.

  3. Agree with you, Doug. To me, KI$$ died when the original Space Man and Cat Man left the band. They may still draw crowds at their current “tribute act” shows, but I’m not buying it.

    1. Then don’t. I’ve seen every incarnation of the band since the “Cat” and the “Spaceman” screwed me (the fan) and the rest of the band the first time back in the early ’80’s. And the Thayer/Singer combo delivers as well as any of the other incarnations. I suppose Singer/Kulick version had the most potential, but this lineup delivers. The last time I saw Peter, it was embarrassing how badly he played (the Aerosmith tour), and I’ve seen Ace loll around a club stage half off his tits too many times to wish for him back in the band. Let it go.

    2. Peter is 70. Few drummers tour and heavy rock acts at that age. So let that go. As for Ace he’s been sober now 10 years, that counts for nothing? Kiss is playing small markets in small arenas and last check not one show was sold out. Clearly something needs to change or end it, which I think they should have done 10 years ago. And I AM a Kiss fan!

  4. i would have no problem if kiss did a new record ,but only if it was honest.and being that paul cannot sing at at all anymore(watch the video from the 4th of july show),it would be just a studio bullshit record,so no i do not want new music from paul stanley,hell he sounds terrible singing the old stuff,never mind trying to make new music.

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