Gene Simmons criticized Paul Stanley’s KISS hit “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” in a new Triple M interview, and appeared to hint at AC/DC continuing to play together after their new album.
I got to ask you about ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You,’ that was a really big hit.
“It was a huge hit around the world, it did OK in America. Paul [Stanley, vocals/guitar] wrote that one with a few other people…
“And I just generally prefer harder-hitting stuff that hits you in the chest, which is why I wrote ‘I Love It Loud,’ and more the hard-rocking guitar things.
“Paul walks in one day, and he says, ‘I’ve got a brand new song…’ I’ll never forget this.
“To this day, it’s not my favorite song to play, but when we play it, everybody goes and sings, and that’s when I go, ‘OK, you’re right, I’m wrong…’
“So Paul walks in and says, ‘I’ve got a brand new song.’ ‘OK, what’s it about?’
“He goes, ‘Well, here are the lyrics…’ ‘I want to give it all to you.’ ‘Oh, fantastic! What’s the next line?’ ‘In the darkness…’ ‘Oh great, that’s cool. OK, how does it go?’
“He starts playing, and I go, ‘What’s my part?’ He goes, ‘Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do…’ ‘Oh, no… Paul…’
“He goes, ‘No, no, everybody should sing,’ like you’re in a campfire and everybody’s singing like girls.
“To this day, I spit fire, lick the dirt off the floor with my enormous tongue, and then when the song comes up, I got to stand there and go, ‘Do-do-do…’ Kill me now.”
How long does it take the get the makeup done on your face?
“For me, it’s two hours because none of the lines on my face, and I’ve got a few, they’re no straight lines.
“It’s difficult to not have a straight line matching on the other side because we don’t use stencils, it’s all hand-drawn.
“All those bent lines on the makeup have to be, you know, reasonably accurate on the other side, and as a statement of fact, I actually wear more makeup and higher heels than your wonderful female cohort.”
What do you want to say to all of your fans over here, the KISS Army, who are gonna go out and see you live for the last time?
“It begins and ends with a simple idea. We love you guys, so proud to be allowed to come into your country [of Australia], No. 1, I’d like to buy the Opera House right there at the waterfront.
“And I can, so if you have a price, I’d love that. We’ve been in there, just fantastic. The scenery, the weather, the people, the food, the history… I mean, all of it is, you should really be proud.
“And one of the greatest bands of all time came from your shores, AC/DC, continues to be, so we’re looking forward to it, to prove that this is how the big boys do it.
“All the little boys with little guitars around their necks and A-B-C-D-E-F-G, you come and see how the big boys do it, we’ll show you.” Ultimate-Guitar transcribed his comments.