Richard Ray\'s Comments Concerning Original Line-up
kissfan2025 on 03/02/2009
I haven\'t written to Kiss Online in a while, but after reading the comments from Richard Ray concerning the original line-up, particularly Peter, I felt I had to write. I pick you to address it to as I know in the past you\'ve expressed, even on DVD, that you wish that the original group had stayed together but you\'ve also stated what happened with Peter & his \'situation\'.
I\'m aware that Peter has acted like he was \'held back\' in Kiss, that HIS material was over-looked, etc. You, Gene, on the other hand, have maintained that Peter was let go due to \'substances\'. Although I can\'t speak for Peter, I do believe, though, that as a fan, I can possibly offer where things may\'ve gone wrong.
\'Beth\' was a humongous hit for Kiss. It was also instrumental in myself becoming a fan. I was in the 7th grade then (I\'m 45 now). I LOVED the song! I then proceeded, if memory serves me correctly, to buy Rock and Roll Over, then Kiss Alive!, then Destroyer, then the 1st 3 albums, & finally Love Gun as soon as it was released. Interestingly, even though \'Beth\' is what \'hooked\' me, I found myself to actually be more of a hard rock fan along the lines of Kiss, Aerosmith, Queen, Ted Nugent, etc.
\'Beth\', I believe, was a turning point for Peter. Even though it was considered a Kiss hit, I believe it went to Peter\'s head since it was his song, he sang it, & all of that. A short while later, \'Hard Luck Woman\' was also a hit, & even though Paul wrote it, Peter once again sang lead vocal. Gene, keep in mind that within 2 years you guys were all coming out with solo albums. That\'s a FAR cry from where you guys were, even as late as Love Gun.
On Kissology Vol. 2 commentary, Paul pointed out how even though Peter played in a rock band, he was actually more of a \'big-band, swing\' type of drummer, & that that\'s sort of what he brought to Kiss. Here\'s another area that I feel has bothered Peter. Remember, he was a \'drummer willing to do anything to make it\'. I think part of the problem is that Peter really WAS a \'big-band, swing, jazz, easy listening, oldies, ballads\' type of musician, but his success was achieved in a HARD ROCK band.
Could it be possible that in a sense that Peter DENIED himself? He was really the previously mentioned performer, but he also wanted to hit the big time, so he was \'willing to do anything to make it\'. So I believe in a way that he denied what he REALLY wanted & went with Kiss. Kiss did indeed hit the big time, but he STILL wasn\'t happy. I personally believe these type of issues caused him to not even be satisfied when he had fame & fortune, & I believe his part in the hits that Kiss was having ultimately went to his head & he felt it ought to be about himself.
Gene, I\'ll be honest with you & admit that back in the day even I thought that Peter & Ace were treated like \'underdogs\' & that you & Paul wanted all the spotlight, but in this present day & age, I\'m kind of getting both sides of the story. I believe you truly DID want the original line-up, but, oh well!
In closing, I\'d like to say that personally I believe Peter AND Ace should\'ve stayed, because let\'s face it, the solo gigs didn\'t exactly pan out, yet Kiss CONTINUED to have success regardless, & they lost out on that. I also believe that Kiss is the type of band where the whole is GREATER than the sum of its\' parts. In other words, Kiss is a cohesive whole that WORKS as a whole. I don\'t believe ANY member of Kiss should EXCLUSIVELY have a solo career IN PLACE of Kiss. As Stan Lee used to say, \"NUFF SAID!\"
Tim H. Moss