‘It can never compete with the past’: Paul Stanley Says Why He Isn’t Making Any New Kiss Music

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During a recent conversation on the Howie Mandel Does Stuff podcast, band frontman Paul Stanley shared that he is not interested in working on any new Kiss music. Over the course of their career, the band have released 20 studio albums, with the latest being that of 2012’s Monster.

At one point during this conversation, Stanley is asked if Kiss is working on any new music, to which he says no, and goes on to clarify why the band isn’t making any new tunes. This is what he had to say:

“No. Because at this point, I came to the conclusion that it can never compete with the past. Not because it’s not as good, but it hasn’t the connection to important times in your life. It doesn’t have that patina to it of, ‘Gee, I remember I heard this song when I was 18,’ or, ‘I heard this song when I was on my first date or whatever.’ You can’t compete with that. It’s more than a song; it’s a snapshot of your life at a certain point.

“We did two albums in the last, I think probably 10 years, and there are songs on those that are every bit as good as anything I’ve ever written – but they’re new. Somebody says, ‘Why don’t you do a new album?’ You do a new album and do a song — we have one song, ‘Modern Day Delilah,’ which is as good as ‘Love Gun’ or any of these songs, but it hasn’t aged; it’s not like wine that has a chance to have grown in importance. Not just because of what it is, but because what it’s surrounded by.”

Paul Stanley then goes on to add: “I think it’s setting myself up for disappointment. Not crushing disappointment, but when you put your heart and soul into doing something and it kind of gets a polite nod, there’s other things I’d rather do.”

While this is how Paul Stanley may feel – for you Kiss fans out there – would you love to hear one more record from the band before they officially call it quits? You can check out the full interview featuring Paul below.

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