Loudwire Podcast #26 – KISS’ Paul Stanley + RIP Chester Bennington
On Episode 26 of the Loudwire Podcast, we welcome KISS legend Paul Stanley. Podcast hosts Graham Hartmann and Joe DiVita sat down with Stanley to talk about a potential new KISS album, Gene Simmons’ attempt to trademark the “love” hand sign and much more!
Before the interview with Paul Stanley begins, Graham and Joe take some time to speak about Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. The rock world is still reeling from the vocalist’s suicide, with tributes pouring in from musicians everywhere. Graham and Joe discuss Linkin Park’s impact and legacy while speaking about the issue of mental health, specifically trying to describe what depression feels like to those who don’t suffer from the disease.
Right before KISS’ set at this year’s Chicago Open Air festival, we journeyed backstage to interview Paul Stanley. The KISS legend revealed he’s more excited about the prospect of a new album than he has been in a long time. “As time has passed, I find it becoming more and more enticing — the idea of doing another album,” Stanley describes. “I’m kind of more into it than I was before. For me, it really just comes down to, ‘Is it going to be exciting creatively?’”
After talking about the upcoming super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor and Stanley’s “Live to Win” track being featured on an episode of South Park, the Starchild addressed Gene Simmons’ attempt at trademarking the "I love you" sign language gesture, or his version of the sign of the horns. “What he does, he does for the reasons that only he knows,” Stanley says. “I don’t know why he pulled it and I don’t know why he started it.”
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