Gene Simmons And Paul Stanley Define Their Roles In Kiss
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley come clean about their distinct roles in Kiss. As next week's Rock Hall induction approaches, the legendary New York City band is arguably garnering more press than they did during their initial 1996 reunion tour. The current lineup of the group is featured on the cover of the new Classic Rock magazine and talks frankly about themselves, with Simmons revealing, "Paul is the soul of Kiss and I’m . . . the co**. Paul is much more emotional, and I’m drier. Paul will go see romantic movies, I’ll throw up at them."
When Paul Stanley was pressed about who has slept with more women Simmons or himself, Stanley joked, "I think I had more that would qualify as women. With him you were also throwing in cattle. But we both did very well. Gene likes to stand up and say: ‘Look at me, and look at what I’ve done.’ And that’s okay. But who had more? I don’t know. He certainly had ones that I didn’t want."
Stanley also took time out in Mojo to take another swipe at the Rock Hall, who won’t allow any other members other than Simmons, Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss to be inducted on April 10th at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. When asked if the nod after being apssed over so many times feels irrelevant or like vindication, Stanley expalined, "It means a lot to the fans and that’s very important to me. They want us to have that credibility and recognition. I still have big issues with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The spirit of rock n’ roll has always been not only to find your path but to ignore those critics and also ignore your peers, and I think we’ve pretty much stuck to that. For someone else to decide what rock n’ roll is, to me, is ludicrous."
Casablanca Records co-founder and executive vice president and managing director Larry Harris is the co-author of the recent book, And Party Every Day: The Inside Story Of Casablanca Records. Harris, along with label chief Neal Bogart and band manager Bill Aucoin, were Kiss' earliest and most ardent supporters: "The one thing that I knew, because I went on the road with them all the time -- and I know Neil probably believed this too -- the effect they had on an audience. From the very first time they ever performed -- not in New York. When they played that gig I set up in Detroit. And they were on, y'know, with Ted Nugent, and it was Bob Seger, and it was them and then Aerosmith -- I never saw them not kill an audience."
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