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PAUL STANLEY On Why KISS Hasn't Done A New Album: "Nobody Is Going To Embrace New Material"

"The reality is you really love the old songs."

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Kiss hasn't released a new album since Monster in 2012 and that's perfectly fine with guitarist Paul Stanley. According to Stanley in a Q&A session aboard the recent Kiss Kruise, there's really no reason for Kiss to do another album when they've got all the classics everyone wants to hear live. Stanley clarifies that Kiss is largely a live band now anyway, and doing new material wouldn't really fit into their live show.

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"Why would we need a new Kiss album? Any big classic band with a history, you go, 'Oh, put out a new album.' You know, if The Stones put out a new album, you go, 'Oh, that's great. Play 'Brown Sugar' … But the same is true for us. You can have great songs on the more recent albums, but people then go, 'Great. Play 'Love Gun'.'

"The reality is you really love the old songs, and nobody is going to embrace new material, no matter how good it is, like you do the past, because those songs are part — those are like snapshots from your past, and you're connected to them in a way new material never could be. We're happy going out and playing. That's where we live; that's our turf, is the stage."

Considering Kiss has been doing farewell shows anyway, would it even make sense for these to be one final Kiss album?

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