In a brand new interview with AXS TV's "The Big Interview", Paul Stanley spoke about his continued partnership with fellow KISS co-founder Gene Simmons — this despite their seeming like extremely different types of people. Asked how they've managed to keep working with each other for so long, Stanley responded (see video below): "A great partnership is based on understanding its limitations. And perhaps the times where I've been disappointed in Gene were times where I really should have said, 'That's not something that he excels at.' So, does he do things that I question? Does he say things that I don't wanna align myself with? Does he behave in certain ways? Yeah. But that's not here or there. The core of what we have is a work ethic and a bond that's built on time. That's the amazing thing.
"There is no substitute in a relationship for time," he continued. "When you meet someone, there may be potential, but nothing comes of it without experience, and seeing how each one of you respond to crises, to victories, to defeats. And that's what Gene and I have been through together."
In his 2014 memoir, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", Stanley insisted that his relationship with Gene has slowly improved over time. But Stanley also wrote: "[Gene] chose to ignore his underlying issues and instead committed himself to creating an external façade and persona that, unfortunately, he felt required to knock down anyone who threatened his singularity in the spotlight." He also dismissed the notion that Simmons is some kind of financial genius. "Gene's most successful venture in business was promoting the perception that he was a savvy businessman," Paul wrote.
A few years back, Paul admitted that he "read a little bit of" Gene Simmons's book when it first came out but that he had a different recollection of some of their shared history. While reading Gene's book, Stanley felt, "Gee, I thought I did that. I thought that was me. You thought you were me," he said.
Earlier this month, KISS completed the first leg of its second farewell tour, dubbed "End Of The Road", which could last three years.