KISS still ready to rock and roll

By Nathan Weinbender  / http://www.spokesman.com

Asked if Kiss plans to release new music anytime soon, Paul Stanley, one of the legendary band’s founding members, responds with a long sigh.

It’s been four years since the band’s last album, 2012’s “Monster,” and Stanley’s band mate, Gene Simmons, has expressed to reporters his desire to get back into the studio. Stanley, on the other hand, isn’t so sure.

“I’m of the mindset now that I’d do another album if it wasn’t just a rehash of (‘Monster’),” Stanley said during a recent phone interview. “I’d want to do something with a little more scope. … If we pushed ourselves away from what we’d do instinctively or most easily, and if everybody’s on the same page and it works, I could see going into the studio.”

Stanley’s outlook seems to be that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. After all, Kiss, which performs at the Spokane Arena on Friday, has been a hugely popular touring act for more than 40 years.

“Bands are classic because you know what they’re going to do and you love it,” Stanley said.

Known for outrageous stage antics and its makeup-and-leather aesthetic, Kiss is as much a brand as a band, with likenesses of its members adorning everything from comic books to pinball machines. There’s even a Kiss-themed arena football team.

The band last came through Spokane in 2011, and Stanley says the group patterned this tour after its 2014 Las Vegas residency. Dubbed “Freedom to Rock,” the show promises all the pyrotechnics and power chords you’ve come to expect from a Kiss concert.

“It’s a big, awesome show, and the band is big and awesome,” Stanley said. “Anybody can pattern their show on what we’ve done in the past, but you’ll never be us. That’s why we’re Kiss, and that’s why we’ve been around 40 years.”

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