There are bands with fanbases, and then there are bands with fanbases, and then there’s KISS. Few if any musical fan club has the dedication, determination, and persistence as the KISS Army. But right now, rock’s biggest and most flamboyant band are working on their infamous ‘Last Tour Ever,’ which will ostensibly be fans’ final chance to see KISS live…or will it?
On the first episode of our new series MoshTalks Cover Stories in partnership with MoshTalks and Twitch, host Terry “Beez” Bezer sits down with none other than the Starchild himself, guitarist Paul Stanley of KISS and Soul Station. The two talk about both Paul’s legacy and his future, including Paul’s current work and how different it is from what people might expect Stanley to put out.
“I can’t be limited or confined by somebody’s idea of who I am,” says Stanley. “Your sense of my limitations are not my limitations, they’re your limitations. I can’t live like that. And I don’t expect everybody to love everything I do, but as a free spirit, a free person, you don’t want other people telling you what you can and can’t do. I live in a world of Why not?”
Eventually, the topic turns to KISS’ farewell tour. But in classic unpredictable fashion, Paul doesn’t offer a ‘We’re done!’ or a ‘We’ll be back,’ he gives a pretty thoughtful breakdown of what’s going on in the band.
“For me, it’s a celebration of everything we’ve done,” says Paul. “It’s not a funeral at all. It’s this amazing time where we can spend an evening with this huge, multi-generational group, and know it’s the last. We can reminisce, but we can put on a show that pretty much solidifies and justifies why they’ve been with us.”
Check out the full interview with Paul below:
Words by Chris Krovatin