They’ve been band mates, musical partners, and brothers for forty years. And if you’ve ever seen them together, it’s obvious that Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have genuine respect and love between them.
The two original KISS members are currently winding down their 40th anniversary tour with fellow band mates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
They also have a new reality series, ‘4th and Loud,’ premiering on AMC this coming week.
On what fans can expect to experience at an LA Kiss game, Stanley said,
‘We try to fill the evening with a variety of entertainment so that you’re not waiting for half time that consists of somebody running around the field dressed like a hamster. We’ve got great dancers and I don’t mean cheer ones. We’ve got BMX stunt bike riders. We’ve got a live band. We’ve got dancers suspended from the ceiling. And we’ve got a football team that looks like Marvel superheroes. And all at a price that won’t make you mortgage your house.’
On the amount of involvement the two have within the team, Simmons said,
‘We are involved in all the facets, without crossing the lines into certain managerial and coaching areas, which is best left to the professionals. Having said that, Paul designed the helmets and LA KISS Girls outfits.’
Simmons and Stanley also talked about what it took to survive 40 years as a successful band.
‘We raised the bar and expectations of anyone attending any kind of live music event. Country, rap, and especially rock. When you see any band, from Garth Brooks to Paul McCartney, using pyrotechnics live, where do you think they got that from?’ Simmons said.
Read the entire interview here.
‘4th and Loud’ airs Tuesday, August 12 at 9pm on AMC.
KISS hits the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan on Saturday August 23rd.