amNewYork recently conducted an interview with KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
amNewYork: What can fans expect from the new KISS record?
Stanley: It's very much an album that picks up where we left off in the '70s. It's not an album that reflects trying to pick up whatever current. We've been out a lot on the Kiss Alive 35 tour. Our biggest and most successful tour of Europe, we did 30 shows and about 400,000 people and we leave for South America — a bunch of stadiums — in April. And the band has never sounded better or more focused. And playing the 'Kiss Alive' album and a lot of other classic songs has really just whetted our appetite to go in the studio and transfer that, that same feeling and ferocity into new material.
amNewYork: Do you ever get tired of playing the old stuff?
Stanley: I would never, ever grow tired of those songs. The songs have made me both incredibly satisfied and rich and made a lot of other people very, very happy. It would be a show of disrespect — and maybe not deserving — to grow tired of something that's meant that much.
amNewYork: What kind of satisfaction does painting give you that music doesn't give you and vice versa?
Stanley: It's much more initiate and it's much more personal in the sense that it lives without a lot of the structure that music does. If you write a song you have to have music and you have to have melody that fits the music and a rhyme scheme that fits the others. With painting for me there's no boundaries, there's no limits. In painting, the only limit is the edge of the canvas.
Read the entire interview from amNewYork.