KISS: Until the Right Offer Comes Along
Paul Stanley on why he won't reunite with the original line-up.
It's no secret that Paul Stanley would rather play in the current line-up of KISS instead of going back to the original foursome with guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss, but he has never been this strong about saying why. "I was never really friends with them. The band was never about friendship -- it was about commitment to a cause. I loved them for what we created. I certainly don't love them today. They became impossible and intolerable, on more than one occasion necessitating their removal. I last spoke to Ace probably three years ago. Peter I haven't spoken to in probably about a decade."
KISS did a small show in London yesterday (Wednesday) and it featured a croaky live premiere of their new single, "Hell or Hallelujah," from their new album, Monster, out this fall.
But before Monster will be the deluxe 35th anniversary edition of 1976's Destroyer. Scheduled for release on August 21st, the two-disc set will feature remixes by producer Bob Ezrin, outtakes and the album's original cover art, which was rejected by Casablanca Records because they felt it was too violent-looking.