On Episode 26 of the Loudwire Podcast, we welcome KISS legend Paul Stanley. Podcast hosts Graham Hartmann and Joe DiVita sat down with Stanley to talk about a potential new KISS album, Gene Simmons’ attempt to trademark the “love” hand sign and much more!
Before the interview with Paul Stanley begins, Graham and Joe take some time to speak about Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. The rock world is still reeling from the vocalist’s suicide, with tributes pouring in from musicians everywhere. Graham and Joe discuss Linkin Park’s impact and legacy while speaking about the issue of mental health, specifically trying to describe what depression feels like to those who don’t suffer from the disease.
Right before KISS’ set at this year’s Chicago Open Air festival, we journeyed backstage to interview Paul Stanley. The KISS legend revealed he’s more excited about the prospect of a new album than he has been in a long time. “As time has passed, I find it becoming more and more enticing — the idea of doing another album,” Stanley describes. “I’m kind of more into it than I was before. For me, it really just comes down to, ‘Is it going to be exciting creatively?’”
Paul Stanley says that he finds the idea of making a new KISS studio album “more and more enticing” as time goes on.
KISS hasn’t released a full-length disc of new music since 2012’s “Monster”, which sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band’s previous LP, “Sonic Boom”, opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This marked the KISS‘s highest-charting LP ever.
Asked by the Loudwire Podcast for his thoughts on the prospect of recording a new KISS CD, Stanley said: “If we’re going to do an album, it would be because we want to do an album, not because of sales. I think we’re living in a time, obviously, now where albums don’t sell what they once did, so you either do it because it’s a creative outlet and because it satisfies something in you, or not. If you’re doing it purely for sales, then you’re probably doing it for the wrong reason. So if we do an album, it’s only gonna be because it feels right to do it. And as time has passed, I find it becoming more and more enticing, the idea of doing another album. For me, the only thing we have to make sure is that we don’t do ‘Son Of Monster’ or ‘Son Of Sonic Boom’. Unless we are in a different direction — not to go to the route of ‘The Elder’ [KISS‘s much-maligned 1981 concept album] — but, again, if we’re doing it for ourselves, then if people like it, that’s great. But the only way to do an album, for me at this point, is to do something that I find intriguing. So I’m kind of more into it than I was before, only because once you set the parameters and your expectations… So, for me, it really just comes down to: is it gonna be exciting creatively?”