By / Parade
KISS co-founder Paul Stanley has been especially busy this summer. With the band’s Freedom to Rock Tour rocking cities across the U.S., and the launch of their new multimedia project KISS Rocks Vegas, Stanley’s schedule has been packed, but he’s not complaining. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon has always believed in working hard to make creative dreams happen—and he’s been doing it for over four decades now. I was thrilled to catch up with Stanley for my podcast Whine At 9, where we discussed the power of KISS and creative fulfillment.
Not many bands have had the staying power of KISS (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer). And Paul Stanley recognizes and appreciates that. “I’m blessed, but I work hard to maintain a standard. The bar that we set for ourselves is pretty, pretty ruthless and unrelenting. We expect a lot from our road crew, but they do it because they see we’re just as hard on ourselves. We played our first show of this tour—it was 103 degrees outside and that’s where we were playing. It doesn’t matter. We’re KISS. We have an incredible legacy to uphold, and many people come to see us for the first time and all they’ve heard is a legend, and it’s up to us to live up to that and go beyond it. So we wear that with great pride. Every time I get on stage, for me it’s a victory lap.”
KISS has always been about immersing audiences in an experience. And the band has been going on that journey with their fans each time they play. Whether it’s live or via DVD or CD, the KISS mission is the same. “I want people to come to our show and be there—be present. I’m there…We want to have an experience of celebrating rock and roll, and celebrating life, success, the pursuits of the individual—things that are really important, that are timeless,” says Stanley.