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Gene Simmons Compares Kiss’s 40 Year Career to Making Love

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The secret to rock and roll fame and good sex are one in the same, according to Kiss‘s Gene Simmons. The charismatic bassist for the rock band tells Big 100.3‘s Lisa Birigan one gets better at both with age. 

“When you first do it you’re all nervous energy,” he says during a radio interview. “If you do it for long enough you can run the marathon and pace yourself and just do it better.”

Eric Singer joined Simmons for a chat with the Washington D.C. area radio deejay. However it was Simmons who leaves the biggest impression, as one would expect. The marathon analogy returned when Birigan asks if the band could work with Ace Frehley or Peter Criss again.

“It would be the death of the band with Ace and Peter today,” the 63-year-old says.  They’re both equally important as Paul and I for the beginnings of the band but not everybody is designed in their DNA to be a marathon runner. They were short distance runners and that was great for the beginning of the band but we have to take it to the next level. With Eric and Tommy (Thayer) in the band it sort of revitalized the band, through fresh eyes and fresh ears you realize, ‘Wow, we’re in Kiss!’”

Kiss released ‘Monster‘ this week, an album the two men say was recorded to analog tape, without outside musicians or writers. The vintage gear “just sounds better” Singer says, although he admits that new technology makes it possible to record analog and still use programs like ProTools for final edits.

The future of Kiss seems strong, with plenty of touring planned for the next year or two years. Eventually Simmons concedes the physical demands of touring will catch up to him and Paul Stanley. He says he’s comfortable with the idea that one day he may have to hire his replacement.

“You can never get too arrogant and think a band can’t exist without you,” Simmons says. “I can go down the list of bands from the Beatles to AC/DC to Van Halen to you name it where members came in and took their places.”

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