Hang on to the KISS albums or playlist you have, because that could be it. KISS released their last album “Monster” in 2012. In an interview with USA Today Paul Stanley was asked if there had been any discussion with Gene Simmons about writing new KISS music?
Here’s his answer, I don’t really see a reason for it, to be quite honest. For the most part, when classic bands put out new albums, they’re looked at and listened to and thrown away because they don’t have the gravitas, they don’t have the age that comes with something being a time capsule or being attached to a certain period of your life. I’m not alone in that. When you see any classic bands on TV or if there’s a concert video, turn off the sound and I’ll tell you every time they’re playing a new song because the audience sits down.” He goes on to add “So it’s odd to me that people always want you to do a new album, but then they go, “That’s great, now play your hits.” So honestly, at this point, there isn’t a real reward in it. There’s much more of a reward in changing lanes – I’m still going forward. But in terms of recording more Kiss material, I kind of go, “Why?” I thought “Modern Day Delilah” or “Hell or Hallelujah” were as good as anything I’ve written and as good as anything we recorded, but understandably, it’s like new wine. It just hasn’t aged. So I’d rather not try to roll a stone up the hill.”
Paul Stanley is still making music with his side project Soul Station. They just released their album “Now And Then” full of Motown classics. He said it’s his way of “paying tribute to the gospel and R&B artists that he grew up listening to”.
— Doug O’Brien