November 12, 2008
Although other members of KISS do not appear to be on board with the notion of creating a new album, Paul Stanley recently said he may produce a new KISS album next year. Referring to it as a “A real ’70s Kiss-style record,” his recent comments appear to be an about-face for the KISS guitarist, considering his comments during a June press conference with regard to the possibility of a new KISS album. “We have no plans to record. The reason we don’t record is because any classic band that hits the road, the last thing you really wanna hear is their new songs,” Stanley said.
I think there may be a few Rush fans that might disagree with that statement. Although fans undoubtedly love to hear the old classics, groups like Rush have proven that they can still write and perform new material that fans want to hear and are willing to go see performed live.
For his part, Gene Simmons, always the consummate business man, seems concerned about the diminished possibility of monetary reward that would result from the making of a new album in the age of digital downloads. “Any band who tries to do new material is trying to climb a slippery mountain. Every day record companies are folding. It’d be nice to have new KISS songs, but what’s the business model? Do you just put songs on the Internet for free? Then what?,” Simmons was quoted as saying.
I did get a chance to see Simmons on the most recent episode of the Fox game show Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?, and I must admit that he did better than I suspected. Not that I believe than man is stupid, but let’s face it, how many of us remember a lot of that stuff we learned in grade school?
Simmons answered most of the questions without help from his youthful classmates, but decided to call it quits when he learned that the final $1 million question would be science-related. That turned out to be the right move since he would have provided the wrong answer to a question regarding what element was represented by the letter “K” on the periodic table.
Simmons reported that he would have guessed Krypton, but the correct answer was Potassium, which Simmons’ wife, who was seated in the front row of the audience, knew the correct answer to when queried by host Jeff Foxworthy.
Even so, Simmons walked away with an impressive $500,000 for his chosen charity, which Foxworthy said was the largest sum ever won by a celebrity contestant.
Admittedly, I would also have botched that last question, since my knowledge of the periodic table is pretty well faded.
For more in the possibility of a new KISS album, see Musicradar.