Linda Leseman of LA Weekly recently conducted an interview with KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
LA Weekly: KISS fans are intensely devoted. Why do you think that is?
Stanley: Well, part of it has to do with how boring most bands are. [Laughs] I don't necessarily want to buy a t-shirt with a guy on it who looks like my neighbor. And I think KISS has always been about celebrating self-empowerment. Celebrating the idea that anything is possible with determination and hard work. We're the proof of that....There are no fans more rabid or devoted than KISS fans. KISS fans are what all other fans are measured against. That's how it came to be known as the KISS Army.
LA Weekly: You just announced the title of your new album, "Monster". Can we expect a KISS tour in support of the record?
Stanley: Sure. We ultimately have always seen ourselves as a live band that prides itself not only in playing music but in entertaining. And I say "entertainment" in capital letters with lights flashing around it. We're proud of that. There's nothing worse than going to a concert and paying for a high-priced ticket and seeing somebody stroll out onto stage and sit on a stool. You kind of wonder where your money went.
LA Weekly: This brings to mind a relatively new army of devoted fans Lady GaGa's Little Monsters. I know GaGa is a fan of KISS. Any chance of a KISS/GaGa collaboration?
Stanley: Anything's possible. She's terrific, and it's not improbable.
Read the entire interview from LA Weekly.