Legendary KISS frontman Paul Stanley recently stopped by David Fishof’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp and participated in a question-and-answer-style interview interview with 16-year-old radio host Miles “The Shoe” Schuman.
Stanley was whether it’s still worth making a new KISS album now that the band already has so many classic songs that everybody knows:
Stanley: “It’s only worth doing it if, artistically, you wanna do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, ‘Well, that’s it.’ Whenever we’ve done an album… When we did ‘Sonic Boom’, it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did ‘Sonic Boom’, I said, ‘Well, we’ve made the point.’ And then, a few years later, it was, like, ‘Wow, why don’t we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,’ so we did that, and then I said, ‘We’re done.’ But lately I’ve been thinking, yeah, we should do another. There’s no secret that when anybody who’s considered classic or of our generation does a new album, most people are not interested in hearing that stuff; they tolerate it at best. If you turn the sound off and you put on a live [THE ROLLING] STONES concert or a live [Paul] McCartney concert, I’ll tell you every time they’re playing a new song, ’cause the audience sits down. You tolerate the new song, ’cause you wanna hear ‘Brown Sugar’. You tolerate the new song, because you wanna hear ‘She Loves You’, ‘Strawberry Fields’…. whatever it is. So I’m aware that doing an album is more for my own satisfaction than anybody else’s. That being said, if I don’t feel the need to do it, then there’s no need to do it.”