Much to my giddy delight, the following interview with my childhood hero, Gene Simmons, was published in three of the four biggest Texas newspapers (San Antonio, Houston and Austin) in December of 2009 as KISS was touring to promote the “Sonic Boom” album.
I requested an interview with Gene Simmons, but was told he wasn’t scheduling press. Instead, I was told, he would carry my phone number with him and call if and when the mood struck. Naturally, I jumped every time the damn phone rang.
When it comes to KISS interviews, Simmons and Stanley seem semi-rehearsed, rarely off-the-cuff and always geared toward the latest, greatest, biggest, whatever. Peter Criss, on the other hand, seems more comfortable going off script and offering Happy Hour glimpses into his shortcomings and quirks.
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