KISS: On the Cover of the Rolling Stone…Finally
It only took 40 years, but KISS finally made the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and not today’s line-up, but the original foursome of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss in a photo from 1975.
The occasion is the band’s 40th anniversary and their induction next month into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone’s co-founder and publisher is also the co-founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In the issue, on newsstands Friday, all four members were interviewed. Among the highlights:
Gene Simmons on his relationship with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss: “I keep thinking about Ace and Peter. What are they doing now? Where are they? It’s gotta be close to the end. How do you make any money? How do you pay your bills?”
Peter Criss on Stanley and Simmons’ offer to allow him and Ace to jam with the current KISS lineup: “I won’t be disrespected. How can you put me in the Hall of Fame and then tell me to go sit over there in the corner while another guy puts on my makeup and plays? That’s an injustice. To the fans, too.”
And Frehley has a theory: “The reason they don’t want to perform with me and Peter is because the last time they did, they had to do a reunion tour. We play three songs, the fans go crazy. They don’t want to open up a can of worms.”
Simmons on current hired hands Toomy Thayer and Eric Singer dressing up as Ace and Peter: “[Frehley and Criss] no longer deserve to wear the paint. The makeup is earned. Just being there at the beginning is not enough… And if you blow it for yourself, it’s your fault. You can’t blame your band members. ‘Oh, look what happened to me. Oh, poor me.’ Look at my little violin. I have no sympathy.” Frehley says he licensed his likeness and the rights will soon revert back to him, a claim Gene and Paul deny.
Simmons on how much longer KISS plans to tour: “I’m 64 now. Three more tours. Two, if I have a life change of some kind.”
Paul Stanley is obviously not a fan of Rolling Stone judging by what he posted on his Twitter page. But the best comment came from a fan who writes, “Who’s on the cover with you? C’mon man, wake up.” To which Stanley says, “40 years and no kissing butt including yours.”