KISS frontman Paul Stanley spoke to Radio.com about whether there are any plans for the band to record a follow-up to 2012’s “Monster” album. He said: “Well, it’s a very conflicted subject. In one sense, there’s no reason to put out any new music. Because the delivery systems that are available don’t pay. We’re in a situation now where artists have to take what they can get, as opposed to what they deserve. For me, it’s more of a moral issue than anything else, because I don’t have to worry about paying the rent, but what about new bands?”
Stanley also addressed the issue that fans of classic rock bands don’t always like to listen to new music and prefer to hear old favorites.
“A classic song can only become classic as it gains patina, so to speak, as it gains age,” he noted. “Not to get too highbrow, but fine wine has to age, and what makes a song classic is that it endures and that you have a time period or an event that’s associated with it, and that doesn’t just happen overnight. ‘Psycho Circus’ has become a classic, ‘Lick It Up’ has become a classic. Do I think ‘Hell Or Hallelujah’ [from ‘Monster’] will? Absolutely.”
Stanley said earlier in the month that “it’s only worth [making a new studio album] if, artistically, you wanna do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, ‘Well, that’s it.’ Whenever we’ve done an album… When we did ‘Sonic Boom’, it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did ‘Sonic Boom’, I said, ‘Well, we’ve made the point.’ And then, a few years later, it was, like, ‘Wow, why don’t we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,’ so we did that, and then I said, ‘We’re done.’ But lately I’ve been thinking, yeah, we should do another.”
“Monster” sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.
KISS‘ previous CD, “Sonic Boom”, opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This marked the band’s highest-charting LP ever.