Rock and roll holds the world together, because music is the common language.
When it came time to do Lick It Up, it was clear to us that it was time to take off the makeup, out of respect for the makeup and for our fans.
Most of the time, people will advise you to do something that you can't accomplish. And that's usually the product of their own failure. I didn't get where I am by listening to other people. Follow your heart, and follow your gut.
Don't listen to advice. Because advice is always tainted by the person who is saying it, so, you know, what worked for me won't necessarily work for somebody else. The only thing I can say that will work is following your intuition and following your gut feeling.
We were bordering on playing roles, because it just wasn't who we were anymore. We had too much respect for our fans and ourselves to turn Kiss into a Broadway show. The makeup wasn't a fashion statement; it was a statement of people and their personalities. I thought we were holding on to something a little longer than we should have, because it really wasn't a true reflection of who we were at that point. We needed to figure out if we were a real band, or just a bunch of guys with makeup. I figured that if all we were about was white faces and platform boots, then we should call it quits. To be effective as a band, we had to drop the makeup. (explaining why Kiss got rid of the makeup in 1983)
The best diet for the road is soup for lunch and candy for supper. It keeps the weight off, and you're speeding on all the sugar by showtime.
The great thing about rock-n-roll is you realize the top of the mountain is big enough for more than one band.
Nothing could ever stop Kiss. I've seen the band in down times where critics were like vultures circling overhead saying things like, 'Well, you know it's the end of your career.'
A Kiss concert experience is like sex or anything else that's done with more that one person. It's the give and take that makes it so great. When the audience takes it to the next level, we can kick it up another notch.
The financial reward is great and I love the life I have, but all money makes possible is for you to stop worrying about money. Then you have freedom to live your life.