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Paul Stanley: I don’t really see a reason for KISS to record new music

KISS’ Paul Stanley says there isn’t a real reward” for classic bands putting out new material as most audiences just want the hits’.

Don’t hold your breath if you were hoping to hear new music on KISS’ huge farewell tour: Paul Stanley isn’t interested.

Speaking with USA Today, the frontman says he doesn’t really see a reason” to follow up 2012 LP Monster with new music, because he believes that most audiences only seem to want the hits’.

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,” he explains. 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.”

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The musician continues: 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…”

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