KISS' PAUL STANLEY: 'The Band Has Never Been Better'

KISS frontman Paul Stanley recently spoke to The Plain Dealer about the group's just-released "Kiss Rock the Nation Live!" (Image Entertainment), a two-DVD set shot in Washington, D.C., on the group's 2004 tour.

"It really, for me, resoundingly validates why this band exists," says singer-guitarist Paul Stanley, who's looking for a label home for a solo album he recently finished. "It's not a tepid re-creation of the past. It's really an ageless beast that dominates at will. It's timeless."

Stanley says the current lineup, which includes co-founder Gene Simmons plus drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer, has the musical dexterity to incorporate more songs, something KISS' original lineup lacked.

"Unfortunately, after the [1996] reunion tour, old problems and old limitations and old roadblocks began to pop up again," Stanley says. "We were pretty much limited to the same set list for all subsequent tours, and that was not fun, challenging or what I wanted us to be doing.

"It took some regrouping and changing to keep marching forward, but this [lineup] allows us to maintain the best of what we are and what we have been. There was no desire to change, just to sharpen the blade. The band has never been better."

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