In a new interview, KISS frontman Paul Stanley talked about his favorite band that opened for them many years ago.
Paul talked about RUSH and why they are close to his heart.
“The first time Rush opened for us, they had their original drummer, John Rutsey, along with Geddy [Lee, bassist/vocalist] and Alex [Lifeson, guitarist].
But when Neil [Peart] joined, overnight it became a different band, Suddenly, they had this incredible musician backing Geddy and Alex.
There was only one Rush and they perfected a style and walked a road that nobody else had been on. I saw that band in its infancy and they went on to build an incredible legacy.”
“I think for us, Rush was most exciting. When we first had them playing with us in Canada and John Rutsey was still the drummer. The first album [1974’s ‘Rush’] was so… It was Humble Pie, it was Zeppelin.
They obviously found their footing in something they wanted to do later on. They were always great.
AC/DC with Bon [Scott], when we had them on tour. Great! Priest – Priest was phenomenal. Bob Seger… We can go down the list. Bob Seger got his first gold album on tour with us. John Cougar Mellencamp… Tom Petty… The list goes on and on.”