August 17, 2012
By Martin Kielty

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley believes the day he’s replaced in the band would be more than just a lineup change – it would be a victory.

That’s because it would prove he’s been right all along about what the glam rock icons really are.

He and bandmate Gene Simmons have frequently discussed the possibility of Kiss continuing without any of the original or current members – but now the guitarist and vocalist has defined how important the move would be to him.

Stanley tells the San Diego Union-Tribune: “The band is bigger than its members. It only takes four like-minded people with a similar talent to further the cause.

“It makes perfect sense to me. It may not make sense to other bands – but we’re not other bands. We don’t live by those rules. We never have.

“I’m damn good at what I do; but do I think I’m the only person capable of doing it? Absolutely not. Can I envision a time when I won’t be here any more? Absolutely.

“It’s not tomorrow, or next week, but when it happens I would be celebratory, Because it would prove that I was right, that Kiss is exactly what I believe it is: an ideal, a way of performing, a point of view.”

Stanley doesn’t believe the next Starchild will be an exact replica of himself, though. “I’m not talking about a clone,” he says, “but somebody with the same passion, drive and love for the music.”

Kiss release new album Monster next month, which Stanley says he hopes will be seen as a great rock album rather than just a great Kiss album.

One of the reasons he believes it’s so good is that he’s learned how to control his songwriting so it doesn’t get in the way of the rock vibe.

“As you live, your experience is enhanced and influence,” he says. “The danger is you can find yourself a more adept songwriter, but not writing better songs.

“I don’t believe the key to great rock’n'roll is honing your songwriting expertise. Sometimes that can get in the way. You have to make an effort to deprogram yourself and unlearn things.

“The beauty of some of the earlier material is its lack of restriction, a lack of understanding. As you continue, you learn a craft that may get in the way of what rock’n'roll is meant to be.”