CNN‘s Poppy Harlow goes inside the world of KISS — on board the band’s plane on the way to a concert, to exclusive backstage access. She also visits the homes of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley to explore how KISS has become one of the most branded names in the world.
“Kiss Inc.” is scheduled to premiere on CNN Presents on Sunday, October 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET, replaying at 11:00 p.m. ET.
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KISS has set “Monster” as the title of its new album, tentatively due in early 2012.
In a recent interview with U.K.’s Classic Rock magazine, KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley stated about the follow-up to 2009’s “Sonic Boom”, “We’ve recorded eight tracks. Everything’s on except the vocals. There’ll be 10 on the album, with a couple of tracks as bonuses for different
“‘Sonic Boom’ was a pivotal album in the sense that we were aware of who we were as a performing band, but we had to re-establish who we are as a recording band. That being done, this is much easier and that much more self-assured.
Added bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons: “This new record feels heavier than ‘Sonic Boom’. It feels like [it’s] a connection between ‘Destroyer’ and ‘Revenge’.
Regarding some of the tracks that will appear on “Monster”, Stanley said, “I’d be surprised if the album didn’t start with ‘Hell Or Hallelujah’. It’s
up-tempo, a great riff, definitive KISS. There’s a track called ‘Born To Be A Sinner’, and Tommy [Thayer, guitar] has a song called ‘Out Of This World’, which is terrific. They’re anthemic songs. That’s the nature of how we write. There are no ballads.”
Added Simmons: “‘Are You Ready?’ is a new track that I worked out, wrote, and brought everyone into the studio and said: ‘Let’s bang this out.’ Another of the new songs, tentatively titled ‘Wall Of Sound’, we just came up with on the spot. The guts of that song were written in 40 minutes.”