October 14th, 2014
KISS members Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer spoke to Artisan News at the September 21 event at the John Varvatos boutique in Hollywood where menswear designer John Varvatos and former BEATLES drummer and music icon Ringo Starr celebrated their #PEACEROCKS initiative. You can watch the report below.
Asked what is next for KISS, Stanley said: “We have a little free time, then we have a residency in Vegas. We’ve got the Kiss Kruise coming up. There’s always something. Yeah, KISS never stops.”
Thayer also reflected on KISS‘ 42-date summer tour with DEF LEPPARD, which kicked off on June 23 at Salt Lake City, Utah’s USANA Amphitheater.
“We did the whole summer [with DEF LEPPARD]. We really got to know them,” he said. “DEF LEPPARD are a great band and great guys, and we really enjoyed the camaraderie, and it made for a great package. It was a big tour for us. A lot of sold-out shows; [it was] very successful.”
KISS will play a nine-show Las Vegas residency this fall at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino beginning November 5.
After weeks of bad-mouthing each other in the press, the four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, with all four — Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss — delivering warm, nostalgic and even sweet-natured speeches that put aside the simmering tensions for at least 12 minutes.
KISS did not perform — the Hall Of Fame wanted the original quartet only to play, while Simmons and Paul Stanley insisted on the current lineup — which also includes guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer — performing as well. In the end nobody won that battle.