In a new Interview with Dean Delray, KISS singer Paul Stanley remembered the first time he saw Led Zeppelin.
He recalled, saying:
“I saw Zeppelin in, I think it was August of ’69 – between the first and second [album]. And they were actually playing ‘What Is And What Should Never Be’ [that was released as the second track on ‘Led Zeppelin II’], a couple of those tracks.
“And Jimmy [Page] had his bow and they were panning his guitar left and right so he could point it. I was just absolutely blown away. To this day, I’ve never seen anything that was that perfect.
“Not just in terms of the synchronicity and the fact that everybody was so much on the same playing field – it was the sexual energy that was coming off the stage, the flamboyance, the c*cksure attitude. They backed it up. I think they knew how great they were. And I was just…
“First of all, the band was spectacular and played – I won’t use any profanity – but they played tighter than a something… So, they were amazing.
“And Robert Plant was singing like something from another planet. He was hitting notes effortlessly, and there was such bravado in everything they were doing, it just blew me away.”
Currently, KISS is on its farewell tour which is expected to continue for two more years. The band kicked off the tour on January 31st in Vancouver, Canada and currently features 186 additional dates that run through October 3, 2020, in Fort Worth, United States.
KISS is making a hell lot of money on this tour, which was revealed by Gene Simmons. Simmons hinted the farewell tour would likely gross between $150 million and $200 million, “not counting ancillaries, licensing, merchandise and stuff like that.” Interestingly there have been accusations of band members lip-syncing on this tour. This was observed on their first leg of the tour. Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach defended the band saying that the band did not lip-sync at the show he attended.
Kiss will perform their final show on July 17, 2021, in New York City with most of the previous members expected to join them on stage.