paulstanley400 Martin Kelly of Classic Rock Magazine reports:

KISS frontman Paul Stanley says it’s not necessary for the band to record another album.

He believes they had good reasons to make 2009’s Sonic Boom and 2012’s Monster – but that their tally of studio outings might stop at 20.

Stanley tells Classic Rock’s Paul Brannigan, “There has to be a purpose to us doing an album. There was a time when we did albums because the contracts said so. But I only want to work now when it’s justified. Sonic Boom was an album that very much needed to be done, and Monster just felt like, ‘Well, we did Sonic Boom – let’s see where we go from here.’”

He adds, “Having accomplished that, I feel we can move forward without new music. There are enough things going on in KISS that right now it doesn’t feel utterly necessary to make a new album.”

That doesn’t mean Stanley won’t change his mind. “Anything is possible,” says Stanley. “But at the moment I don’t see it on the horizon. I’m not one to ever say ‘never.’”

KISS will close out this year’s Download festival at Donington next month – and the frontman insists they’ll deliver. “If we have the honor, you better believe that we need to bring it, and need to justify being the last band everyone’s going to see. As a band that’s never been known for subtlety, believe me, we’ll be pulling out all the stops.”

Asked whether he’d consider following other bands down the route of creating their own festival, Stanley says: “I really have no desire to do anything of that magnitude. I’d be dealing with too many idiots.”


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  • Brian B on

    Hopefully he changes his mind. I thought Monster was a good album and would love to have a follow up. Paul is and always will be my favorite front man. No, his voice is not what it used to be live, but he sounded fine on SB and Monster. A little bit rougher, but it worked.

  • RTunes68 on

    Can we read between the lines and conclude that this is a tacit admission that Paul’s voice currently is in no shape to record an album? Recording an album would put his voice under too much scrutiny. People would notice – especially on album – if a once-great singer suddenly sounded like a tone-deaf, drunken karaoke, bad imitation of himself. It’s “utterly unnecessary to make a new album” because they remain a big concert draw. People still go to see KISS because (1) the sheer spectacle of the show; (2) sentimental value; (3) every tour now might be the last tour.

    Perhaps it might be a good idea to stop thinking that “time is money,” and take a year off to rest and explore some medical options….

    • Bill F. on

      No. We can’t. I thought he sounded very good on Monster. The only song where he sounds “different” (i.e. a little throatier) is “Long Way Down”. But his vocals on “Shout Mercy” are as good as anything since the glory years.

    • Tre Billis on

      Doubt that is what Paul is saying. You can record an album spreadout over time. Touring is more consistent and take a bigger toll on the voice.

  • M Pate on

    Spoken like a true merch shill.

  • Kenneth Stratemeyer on

    Gene said the same thing…..back in I think 2006.

    KISS has since released two albums, including the regrettable choice to include a CD of current KISS covering classic KISS on Sonic Boom.

    I think Scorpions also said 2010’s Sting of the Tail would be their last. And it wasn’t.

  • el loco on

    This is just an excuse, he knows he cannot and probably will never again be able to record an album due to his voice issues. He can be happy if he survices the upcoming tour(s?) without completely losing it. In a live situation, many concert goers will accept the fact that his voice is shot because on the one hand there is enough spectacle going on and on the other there is Eric to back him up. On a record lead singers will have to prove their qualities,they are in the centre, and he cannot do this any longer, Sonic Boom and Monster already showed the voice deterioating despite all the studio stuff to modulate and enhance the voice, so he will not make a new album unless a miracle happens. And talking about Donington, the band may deliver, but he will not. Which is a shame for a headliner. But like I said before, it might be that the promoters know that this band is soon to call it quits because they will headline an exceptional number of European festivals this year, maybe they knew that this would be the last opportunity to book them for such an event … as for all the haughty and also somehow delusional remarks Stanley has put out recently I sometimes wish he would step up on such an enormous stage and open his mouth … and nothing will come out anymore so that he would have to admit for all to see and hear that all his bitchting about other musician’s weaknesses was actually only hiding his own shortcomings behind a mask (sic!) of arrogance.

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