If you want the best rock 'n' roll concert in Arizona this summer, you'll have to travel south. Rock legends Kiss kick off their 'Freedom To Rock" tour at AVA Amphitheater in Tucson on the same day we celebrate America's independence. Nothing says Fourth of July like a Kiss, right? Lame puns aside, the band has been very supportive of Wounded Warrior Project over the years, and has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the charity, which is surely in the spirit of the holiday. We recently caught up with guitarist Paul Stanley and discussed tour preparation, giving the photographers what they want, reconnecting with original lead guitarist Ace Frehley, and one of the best YouTube videos to ever exist.
New Times: You're starting your summer tour in Tucson on the Fourth of July; how do you prepare for a tour these days?
Paul Stanley: The same way I prepare for every week. You go and make sure you're in the best shape you can be. Once you suit up, you've got a lot more on the line. I not only have to be great, but I have to exceed people's memories of what Kiss is and what they remember. For me, it's not about competing against other bands; it's about competing with the legacy and the history of this band. To do that is something that is a part of my DNA. I'm not a fanatic, but I'm certainly working out every week regardless of a tour. But maybe I put the pedal down a little harder before a tour starts.