Paul Stanley releases new music without Kiss

The comedian and his daughter Jackelyn Shultz headline “Howie Mandel Does Stuff” with KISS vocalist Paul Stanley. Video of Paul’s visit is below.

Paul replied (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “No. Because I realized it can’t compete with the past. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t link to key life events. It lacks the air of, ‘Gee, I remember I heard this song when I was 18,’ or, ‘I heard this song on my first date or whatever.’ No one can match that. It’s a snapshot of your life, not just a song.

In the previous 10 years, we’ve released two albums with songs that are as good as my best, but they’re new.

Someone asks, ‘Why don’t you do a new album?’ You do a new album and a song—’Modern Day Delilah’ is as good as ‘Love Gun’ or any of these songs, but it hasn’t matured and hasn’t grown in importance like wine “Paul stated. “Not just because of what it is, but because what it’s surrounded by.”

Paul explained his disinterest in new KISS music: “It’s setting me up for disappointment. Not crushing disappointment, but when you put your heart and soul into something and get a courteous nod, there are other things I’d rather do.”

A full-length album from KISS hasn’t been released since 2012’s “Monster”, which sold 56,000 copies in its first week and reached No. 3 on The Billboard 200. Previously, the band’s “Sonic Boom” debuted at No. 2 in October 2009 with 108,000 sales. This was KISS’s highest-charting album.

Stanley, who released his SOUL STATION first album in 2021, previously explored KISS developing new music during a Kiss Kruise question-and-answer session last year. His words: “Why do we need another KISS album? Any huge classic band with a history says, ‘Oh, put release a new record.’ You say, “Oh, that’s great” when THE [ROLLING] STONES release a new album. Play ‘Brown Sugar’. Yeah, maybe not now “referring to THE ROLLING STONES’ recent retirement of a hit song owing to slavery lyrics. The same applies to us. People say, “Great,” even though newer CDs include great music. Play ‘Love Gun’.

“The reality is you really love the old songs, and nobody is going to embrace new material, no matter how good it is, like you do the past, because those songs are part — those are like snapshots from your past, and you’re connected to them in a way new material never could be,” he said. We enjoy playing outside. Our home, stage, and turf.”

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