During a recent interview with Madison Vain of Build Series, KISS bassist Gene Simmons talked about the unifying power of music.
He said that music brings families together instead of separates them. Here’s the statement:
“How do you not end with ‘Rock And Roll All Nite’? We will have played that song, probably without exception, more than any other song we’ve ever been involved with. You might say, ‘Aren’t you sick and tired of hearing that?’
But I will tell you the roar of the crowd, the smell of the grease paint, there ain’t nothing like it. When you hear everybody getting jazzed about that and you get off the stage… [it’s] like the fire in the belly. You’re dog-tired; you’ve just done a big show; and you get up on that stage, when you see the joy in everybody’s face…
We’ve seen it all. We’ve been around for generations, but when you see a little 5-year-old kid in KISS makeup on his dad’s shoulders who’s wearing KISS makeup, next to his father… we’re badass kind of guys — nothing affects us much — but that stuff will put a lump in your throat.
You have to turn around for a second. It gets me. Yes, it’s music, but it’s generational, and it brings families together instead of separates [sic] them.“
Frontman Paul Stanley added:
“We will play ‘Rock And Roll All Nite’ with all its glory and passion and accuracy when we go out on stage. We don’t rearrange songs because we’re bored. There’s nothing worse than people paying money to go see their favorite band, and the band is bored with a song, so they’ve rearranged it.
You came to hear those songs the way they were originally recorded. That’s what you deserve. If a band is bored with their songs, it’s because the song’s not good enough.“
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