NRK.no recently spoke with KISS' GENE SIMMONS where he discussed fans' biggest fear for some years now - that KISS are indeed planning to keep KISS running and touring after founders PAUL STANLEY and GENE SIMMONS decide to take off the make-up for good.
During a familiar rant by Simmons about how KISS could go on forever, NRK's journalist asked jokingly if the band would consider looking for replacements for Simmons and Stanley in a tv-show, on the model of American Idol. "We have already signed the contract, and it is going to go through in a couple of months" was Simmons' reply.
Co-founder PAUL STANLEY was not very happy to hear about his bandmate's statement regarding KISS' future. "These things are typical. Gene says something as if it was a fact, but there is no signed deal. The future has many possibilities. Will it happen next week? No! Am I opposed to the idea? Of course not" he retorted. Paul also stated that the members of VELVET REVOLVER were planning a similar stunt to find the replacement for lead singer Scott Weiland, who was fired at the end of the band's European tour earlier this year. However, the band decided not to do it, according to Stanley, because of Slash' wish to remain cool and credible to his fans. "I don’t have to be that cool", Stanley smiles.
KISS are playing to their biggest Norwegian audience ever this weekend. On Saturday (May 31st), the band played in front of 12,000 fans in Oslo's indoor arena Valhall, and today (June 1st) the masked legends travel to Bergen, for their first ever outdoor show in Norway.
Wow- what do ya think? I'd say if they're gonna replace Gene and Paul, this is probably the way to do it in this day and age.