September 25, 2012
Classic glam-metal act enjoys a trans-generational following

Written by Ed Condran For the Asbury Park Press

During its ’70s heyday, Kiss was introduced as “The Hottest Band in the World.’’

Decades later, the band believes it still lives up to that title.

“We’re a hot act,” drummer Eric Singer said. “You can come out and see that we’re still very hot. No band brings it like Kiss.”

The veteran band, led by vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley and vocalist-bassist Gene Simmons, keeps filling big arenas and sheds around the country. The legendary “Kiss Army’’ of fans continues to support it and the contingent is expanding.

“We’re seeing a lot of younger fans come out to our shows,” Singer said. “So we have the older and definitely the younger, who are so enthusiastic.”

Longtime Kiss fans have introduced their kids to such anthemic staples as “Detroit Rock City’’ and “Deuce.’’ The group has little choice but to play the array of old chestnuts.

“We have played those songs countless times but they never get old to us,” Singer said. “We love to play ‘Black Diamond,’ ‘I Was Made For Loving You’ and ‘Love Gun.’ How can you not play the songs that made this band legendary? It’s a privilege to play Kiss classics. We love it.”

The members of Kiss are getting long of tooth, so it’s probably not a bad time for the quartet to be sporting all that makeup.

“It’s part of the ritual,” Singer said. “We’re always pumped up to lay things out in a theatrical manner. It’s a cool thing going out in the makeup and the cool clothes. This band has always been about being larger than life. There just aren’t many bands out there that are larger than life anymore. We’re living in an ordinary era and then you have Kiss, which is still all about being big.”

The shows aren’t just big; they’re lengthy.

“We go out there every night and do two-hour-plus shows,” Singer said. “I don’t know if we have a choice because we have so many songs to play. We’re getting older, but we’ve been doing this for years and the guys in this band are in such good shape. But that’s what we have to be to pull off a show like you’ll see when we come to town. We go all out when we play so you experience a show that you’ll never forget.”

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