05/13/2017

Full Metal Rock's interview with Tommy Thayer

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by Maggie Wright / www.fullmetalrock.com

FULLMETALROCK
- Hi, this is Maggie at Full Metal Rock and I am here with Tommy Thayer of Kiss! Iím really excited for you. This is the fourth night of nineteen European date leg of the KISS World tour. Howís it going so far?

TOMMY THAYER
- Itís going fabulously. We did Moscow and Helsinki, and Stockholm last night, and weíre here in Oslo speaking right now. Itís really going great. We always have huge crowds in Scandinavia, and itís just exciting to see so many people come out and be so excited to see the band. So the showís been big, the stage, and our production is really going well, but itís alwaysÖ thereís some tweaking going on to begin with, at the beginning of a tour, as with anybody, in terms of the sounds, lights and the pyro and video and all that sort of thing.

FULLMETALROCK
- Yeah, the thing about KISS for me is that itís an experience! It must be incredibly difficult to narrow down to the number of songs that you select (to play).

TOMMY THAYER
- Thatís always a challenge because thereís so much back material and so many records that have been recorded over the years. The first KISS record came out in 1974, so weíre looking at 43, going on 44 years now, and thatís a lot of material to choose from. And of course you have the classics, and so many people are depending really on hearing those songs that if you donít play some of them, they get pretty pissed off. Then thereís die hard fans, that are very, you know, the purists, that want to hear those deeper cuts. We try to throw a few things in, but, then again, the massesÖ itís crickets sometimes with some of those songs. Itís a fine line. We try to balance it out the best we can though.

FULLMETALROCK
- Iíve noticed so far you havenít played anything from the ďMonsterĒ album. Is that a deliberate decision, or is just, youíre going with the flow and seeing how things go?

TOMMY THAYER
- Well, again, youíve got the classic songs, and Iím just gonna be honest with you, not as many people know the stuff thatís on ďMonsterĒ, the most recent record that came out a couple years ago, just because, as you know, records arenít selling like they used to, the record business is in huge decline, so the sales arenít there, people arenít getting the new music as much, so, I guess thatís reflected when we decide on what songs weíre gonna play.

FULLMETALROCK
- And when you talk about the fans, and making them happy, because you now have a whole Ďnother generation of fans that have come into it, and possibly even a third generation. Thatís got to be a bit mind-blowing!

TOMMY THAYER
- It is mind blowing. Itís really multi-generational, like you said, itís not just younger kids or a certain window of age. Itís all ages, and families. Itís interesting to me that so many kids get into KISS because their dad and the family brings them to the show. Sometimes it blows me away! Thereís so many young kids out there, Iím thinking ďHow in the hell did they find out about KISS now!Ē And so I ask people, and it has to do with fathers bringing their sons and other people talking about it, or the reputation the band has for the show and the theatrics and the big rock show that KISS has really made famous in the first place. You know, these big pyro shows, and the big spectacular like we do is, a lot of it is, forged by KISS through the years and we have that reputation and that kind of legacy. I think people come to see that, too. It blows us away though, Ďcause every night Paul will say, ďHow many people haven't seen KISS before?Ē and itís amazing how many people raise their hands. But thatís a good thing because that means you have new people coming in, Ďcause guys need to keep re-inventing and bringing in new people, Ďcause thereís a certain natural attrition to anything in entertainment. You slowly lose people, and you have to keep gaining more people.

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