Exclusive Gene Simmons Interview: Why KISS Has Its Own Navy
By Wallace Immen / http://www.cruisington.com
It’s becoming an armada: the KISS Navy will be forming again for KISS Kruise V. This year, the Norwegian Pearl is set to host what’s becoming an annual Halloween celebration, this one nicknamed Five Alive, from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3.
It’s part of a growing industry in music-based theme cruises. There are more than a dozen jazz, country, soul, rock and nostalgia cruises scheduled at sea this year. Carnival has an ongoing concert series that has featured Journey, Styx, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and Rascal Flatts. Kid Rock filled the Norwegian Pearl in March.
But Kiss is the monster cruise success. More than three months before departure, the cruise is said to be completely sold out and there’s a waiting list. And the organizers are already talking of opening bookings for the 2016 edition.
In an exclusive interview with The Cruisington Times, Gene Simmons says that the cruise has become a phenomenon because the fans and the bands can unwind and just have fun at sea.
We’ve all got Great Expectations, Gene, what made you decide to take KISS to sea?
The KISS Kruise is a chance for all of us– the band and the fans– to have a ball. Just let your hair down and not worry about it at all. Kiss has always been about breaking the rules. We’ve never liked that moat–the stage– separating the band from the fans. So whenever we do a show, we try to take the action right to your face. A cruise will let the fans get up close. We try to take it inside you, we want you to smell it and taste it and feel it.