Kiss’ Paul Stanley could certainly be forgiven for picturing his band, after so many albums and assorted memorabilia sold over so many decades, as a super group.
But as super heroes? Well, yeah. That, too.
And it’s not just because of stuff fans have bought. There’s something special, Stanley says, about stepping out on stage during one of Kiss’ seemingly endless world tours.
“It’s very important to tour,” Stanley says in this newly posted WSJ clip, “because after our longevity and how long we’ve been successful, we actually become more — for lack of a better term — immortal by going back out there. When we go on stage, and you see the band 30 years later, and say: ‘They look the same, they sound better,’ it makes us more into super heroes. I always would liken us to Superman with a guitar. We’re super heroes who also play music. So, any time we step out on that stage, mouths are agape — because you look and you go: ‘My God, that’s Kiss.’ Kiss is timeless, and ageless, and should be.”
Kiss was co-founded by Gene Simmons. The group’s newest concerts are in support of 2012′s Monster, Kiss’ second straight studio effort with a replacement lineup that also includes Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. Stanley and Co. are set to hit Japan beginning in October 2013.
Kiss has toured every year since 2000, save for 2005. In the 1990s, they played concerts in every year except 1991. The 1980s saw Kiss tour every year except for ’81 and ’89. They played concerts every year between their founding in 1974 and ’79, as well.