Q&A with Kiss cofounder Paul Stanley
BY BRIAN McCOLLUM/FREE PRESS POP MUSIC WRITER/DETROIT FREE PRESS
Kiss will launch its North American tour with a pair of Cobo Arena shows this weekend, the latest chapters in the long, strong relationship between the band and the town it dubbed Detroit Rock City.
They're the biggest Kiss shows in Detroit since the band opened its 1996 reunion tour at Tiger Stadium.
This time, founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are joined by guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer as Kiss revs up for the Oct. 6 release of "Sonic Boom."
It's the first Kiss album since 1998's "Psycho Circus," recorded as the reunited lineup was starting to disintegrate. (The band launched a farewell tour in 2000.)
Stanley, who produced "Sonic Boom," recently spoke with the Free Press from his home in Los Angeles.
QUESTION: You've said that Kiss continues to draw young fans into the fold. What's the allure?
ANSWER: At this point, with the legend of Kiss, there really is a sense of a band that has always delivered 100% and tried to deliver more. And there's a young audience that has heard about us and wants to see if that's true. They find out -- deafeningly and blindingly -- that it is. I think it's timeless. The members of Kiss, the iconic figures, are timeless. And that's intriguing.
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