PAUL STANLEY: "I Would Love To See KISS Continue Without Any Original Members"

If the absence of original drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley weren't enough, KISS frontman Paul Stanley recently gave his blessings to the possibility of the band continuing without ANY of the original members. Said Stanley: "I've always believed that KISS is bigger than any one member and I hope, and would love it if the band would ultimately continue without ANY of the original members as long as the band's philosophy, attitude and music were the foundation of its continuation."

The singer also confirmed reports of KISS reuniting with producer Bob Ezrin for the group's next studio CD, which is rumored to be in the works for a 2003 release through an as-yet-undisclosed independent label. "Bob Ezrin is a producer's producer," said Paul. "He is one of the few long-term successes who not only has a clear musical vision, but also is a multi instrumentalist and songwriter who beyond making criticisms can always come up with suggestions and alternatives. Eddie Kramer's greatest contribution to KISS was his participation in recording KISS Alive. Given the opportunity to do another studio album, Bob Ezrin would always be the natural choice."

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