KISS frontman Paul Stanley was recently interviewed by Roo & Ditts of Australia’s Triple M Adelaide radio station. Highlights appear below (as transcribed by

When asked if he is sad to see KISS retiring, Stanley said, “When people use terms like ‘bittersweet,’ I have to say it’s only sweet. What we’ve accomplished and what we’ve done in terms of shows and what we’ve done in terms of music, and even serving as a wake-up call to the general public of what not to accept less than…”

“If bands are making you feel that they’re doing you a favor, then you need to abandon them, because you’re paying hard-earned money,” he continued. “And all we ever wanted to be was the band we never saw, so that was the premise that started things 45 years ago. But in the meantime, I think we’ve created a relationship with our audience that is second to none.”

“On this tour, we’re so fortunate, because many times when things in life go away, we find ourselves going, ‘Gee, I wish I would have known. I would have done something different,'” he added. “Here’s a chance for us all to celebrate together what we’ve created and really to run a victory lap and re-enforce what we’ve done. And our evening with an audience this time around is really filled with incredible memories. And for our longtime fans, it’s great for them to see a show and a stage production that really ups what we’ve done to a completely different level. We wanted to make sure that on this last go-round we did something that no one has done. And that’s exactly what we’re doing…”

…On this tour, we’re playing over 20 [tracks]. We’re probably playing somewhere around 22, 23 songs, and the show runs two-plus hours. And, again, the production that we’re doing, the technical end of what we’re doing is light-years ahead of anything else that’s out there.

Mind you, it’s always important to remember that any band nowadays can buy lasers, they can buy smoke machines — all you need is money — but you can never be KISS. You can do a KISS-type show, but it’ll never be as good.”

Billboard reported earlier this week that the first North American leg of KISS’s End Of The Road tour grossed $58.7 million and sold 518,395 tickets.

The rest of 2019 will see KISS playing 26 dates in Europe, an additional 26 in North America, and eight final shows in Australia and New Zealand.

19 Responses

  1. Dana you are correct about Richie Scarlet’s wife, who recently passed away.

    The only good thing I can say about this article is Paul did not bash Ace or Peter.
    However, Starchild is delusional about the current state of Kiss.

  2. The old spiel, the exact same phrasing (the band we never saw …), the same wordy nothing since I don’t know when. Just five words for this man: liar, hypocrite, delusional, self-centered, childish.

    1. I could not agree with you more about Paul , also I was amazed when ace fired his band for no good reason , I’ve watched clips of both bands , and to me both bands are equally talented, apples to apples really , but….with his good friends wife passing with I can only imagine massive medical bills , funeral expenses , and his horrible grief to deal with.. Ace knowing all of this decides to fire him …. I’m pretty sure that guarantees ACE a front row seat in hell……

  3. I am ready for it to end, finally, hopefully. If you want a good laugh, listen to Paul’s audio book excerpts on YouTube. Pathetic and self serving drivel.

  4. I was talking about Paul, not Ace 🙂 But, yes, I wonder why he changed the band. I think he sounds good now with his new band. I also saw him with his former band two times here in Europe and it was good. Maybe fame and fortune and spotlight and money do something to the soul of musicians, actors, etc, that out come these strange psychological defects, or that the traits that we already have (like being egoistical) are blown out of proportion … just maybe 🙂 Like I said: childish, meaning the child that always wants his way without being able to clearly think about the consequences is clearly pampered through this business and the effects and benefits of stardom.

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