North American syndicated rock radio show and web site "In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands" (web site) celebrates the "best of" KISS on the eve of the group's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
There are a flurry of new developments in the now forty-year saga of KISS, including catalog albums being re-released, a 40th-anniversary tour starting this summer, and finally the long-awaited induction into the Rock Hall.
Regardless of whether you think the foursome are rock gods or demons doesn’t change the fact that KISS have been, and continue to be, enormously successful. Selling over 100 million albums, KISS together with their music, make-up, and elaborate stage show pioneered a generation of outsized arena rock.
Unfortunately, KISS is not the first Hall Of Fame inductee to weather controversy regarding personnel changes over a four-decade career. Bassist/singer Gene Simmons speaks frankly to "In The Studio" host Redbeard about the work ethos of KISS.
”We never bought into the 'I want to get high and stoned and just get up on stage and do whatever the hell,'" he explained. "We're closer to an Olympic team. We take it deadly seriously. Being in KISS in not a birthright. It's a privilege."
Singer/guitarist Paul Stanley added: "God knows we make mistakes, but that's the beauty of KISS. We do things the way we see fit, and we live and die by the sword."
Gene and Paul discuss their earliest musical influences, the state of music today, and chronicle some important KISS career highlights in this hour-long radio special.
The KISS "best of" "In The Studio" special is available now to stream using the audio player below.