"This is the best KISS: we are eternal, we are gods."
In Mexico, "Clarín" interviewed the band, which soon will be 40 years old and has just released "Monster", their 20th studio album. On Wednesday KISS plays River Plate Stadium and promises a perfectly "monstrous" show.
By Fabricio Soza
Translated for KISSonline by Jill Cataldo
Talking to the four members of KISS after they've already transformed into the super heroes of rock is a different experience than doing so to washed faces. With their stage clothes and war paint, and in the roles of Starchild, The Demon, Catman, and Spaceman, the situation is filled with extra adrenaline, both for this writer and the band.
KISS is about to turn 40 years old, and Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, along with drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer, are synonymous with music and show, but also marketing and business. And they know how to do both well. They know the game, and they play it with kindness. As I exchanged apologies for this bad English chronicler, I also received an apology in kind for their bad Spanish. There was both willingness and humility from the band, although the subtitle of the article might suggest otherwise.
In the minutes before taking the stage at the Arena Monterrey, KISS professed that they only wanted to have fun.There were no serious questions and no claim of depth to answers. Similarly, noticing that the interview was for a written publication, without cameras, the band's serious effort emerged. Or at least, they gave answers with sincerity and broke through a little of my preconceived characterizations.
After nearly 40 years of Kiss, how is the band?
Simmons: We are in excellent shape, better than ever, as you're going to see. No matter what they say, people are already waiting to check that out at the stadium. This is the best KISS: we are eternal, we are gods.
What should fans of this new show expect?
Thayer: They can expect it to be big, as always, a monstrous show. It is over the top, bombastic. Whenever we go out on tour, we try to make it larger, stronger and better than the last.
Clarin witnessed the latest and powerful show of Kiss in Mexican lands, prior to the concert at River Plate on Wednesday.