NRK got an exclusive interview with the members of Kiss in front of their two shows in Norway.
Surprisingly, Gene Simmons used the opportunity to confirm what has been some 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.
- Tv-show coming soon
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.
- Yes, of course!
Stanley less than thrilled
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, Stanley said.
- I don't have to be cool like Slash
The starry-eyed vocalist claims 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 ever this weekend. On Saturday the band played in front of 12.000 fans in Oslo's indoor arena Valhall, and today the masked legends travel to Bergen, for their first ever outdoor show in Norway.