Nothin’ to Lose: Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley Go for Broke As They Weigh In on KISS Guitarists Past and Present

by Richard Bienstock / Guitar World


GENE SIMMONS As a musician, you have to hand it to him. He knew his stuff. And when he cared—the first three records, I would say—he was great. You can sing those solos. It was like opera. And the integrity of his style was instantly recognizable. As soon as he played, you knew it was him. That’s probably the highest compliment you can give to a guitar player.

PAUL STANLEY In the beginning, we just gelled as guitarists. And even today, I talk about Ace a lot. I’ll tell people, “He really had the goods.” He can argue all he wants that he still does, or say whatever he wants to say the reasons are that he didn’t ascend to more. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. But I saw somebody throw away a gift.

SIMMONS Before the drugs and the booze and everything, he was basically Ace, a lovable, loving guy. We all cared for him. I loved him. I love the straight Ace. But I fucking hate any drug addict. Because they’re possessed.


STANLEY Vinnie had an incredible touch and an incredible knowledge of the guitar. But left to his own devices he’d hang himself. For somebody who could play so brilliantly and so tastefully, it became more about how much he could play rather than what he played. And, ultimately, I couldn’t understand what he chose to play. And that’s not taking into account all the other stuff about him, which I think has been well documented.


Paul Stanley Uses His Side Project, Soul Station, to Revive the Great Era of Soul Music


KISS guitarist Paul Stanley has a soft spot for the great soul music of the 60's and 70's.

Stanley has said that the music was the first that he knew. "When I was a boy, before I ever saw the Who or Led Zeppelin, I saw Solomon Burke and Otis Redding. I saw the Temptations. It’s tragic to think that so many people are missing out on experiencing the power of so many great bands, artists and that incredible music."

That's why he has formed the band Soul Station in an attempt to expose people to the magic of R&B. "That music is part of the foundation of all the music I’ve made and Soul Station is my chance to celebrate it for a night that’s real and live."

Soul Station will play for one night only at Los Angeles' Roxy Theatre on September 11. As to what to expect, Stanley says "Whether it’s the Stylistics, the Dramatics, the Temptations, Smokey and the Miracles, Blue Magic and on, these songs, arrangements and sound just blow you away. I don’t play guitar in the band and we don’t do a single KISS song. That's not what this is about. It’s magical to hear those songs played right and we’re making magic."

Soul Station includes Stanley, Rafael “Hoffa” Moreira (guitar & backing vocals), Sean Hurley (bass), Alex Alessandroni (keyboards), Ely Rise (keyboards), Eric Singer (drums & backing vocals), Ramon Yslas (percussion), Nelson Beato (backing vocals), Crystal Starr (backing vocals) and Ayana Layli (backing vocals).


KISS Destroyer Monster Truck 1:25 Scale AMT Model Kit #787 Review

Review and Photos by Alan Mann / Right On! Replicas

Two of the greatest Icons in their industries meet in this AMT Fantasy Monster Truck!

Bigfoot which was introduced in 1979 is regarded as the original monster truck. Other trucks with the name “Bigfoot” have been introduced in the years since, and it remains a well-known monster truck moniker in the United States. Bigfoot 4×4, Inc. is owned and operated by its creator, Bob Chandler. Bigfoot has been based on the Ford F-Series trucks since its beginning. Through the years the body styles have been updated as well as the manufacture of tubular chassis’ and fiberglass bodies.

KISS is an American rock band formed by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Well known for its member’s face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s. The band has gone through multiple lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. Counting the 1978 solo albums, KISS has been awarded 30 gold albums to date, the most of any American band. Destroyer is the fourth studio album released on March 15, 1976. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on April 22, 1976, and platinum on November 11 of the same year, the first KISS album to achieve platinum. The album marked a departure from the raw sound of the band’s first three albums to a more finished sound they continue to use.



On this day in KISSTORY - August 30, 2002 - VH1  aired the world premiere of a new music video starring KISS and the cast of the hit comedy series "That '70s Show" as part of "That '70s KISS Show," an original half-hour program produced as part of the series syndication launch campaign.  The program took viewers behind-the-scenes of a KISS concert re-creation.  It also featured never-before-seen footage and interviews with KISS and "That '70s Show" cast members.


A Conversation With Eric Singer

By Michael Cavacini

For me, 2014 was the year of KISS. I was lucky enough to meet all of the current and original members of the band, and I was in Brooklyn when Paul, Gene, Peter, and Ace were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I also interviewed Paul Stanley and received one of his autographed signature guitars as part of a meet and greet. And I closed out the year with two Ace Frehley concerts and meet and greets, not to mention my seabound voyage on KISS Kruise IV, where the band and I were “Dressed to Kill.”

My biggest KISS highlight of this year so far? Interviewing KISS’ current – and best – drummer: Eric Singer. As you can see from the interview below, we covered a lot of ground. Having the opportunity to speak with my favorite drummer for an extended period of time was an absolute joy, and I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.



On this day in KISSTORY‬ - August 29, 1980, ‎KISS‬ opened their European UNMASKED Tour at Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, Italy.

Create Ultimate ‪KISS‬ Concert With These Rockin' Action Figures

By Eric Shirey / ERSINK.com

Remember when you were a kid (or possibly an adult) and sometimes you would have 12-inch action figures of certain characters and 8-inch ones for others? What kid would be lucky enough to have a parent who could afford to drop a bunch of cash at once getting one of both at the same time? The predicament would leave you frustrated as to how to play with the toys together, especially if they were from the same franchise. Imagine pitting 8-inch Luke Skywalker against 12-inch Darth Vader. It just didn’t seem to be a fair fight, right?

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