Kiss Radio Interview Turns Into Train Wreck, Ends with Insults
They’ve been around for decades and sold millions of albums along the way, but that doesn’t mean the guys in Kiss don’t still occasionally run up against an interviewer who’s unfamiliar with their music — or doesn’t care enough to do a little preparation for the story.
It all went wrong for frontman Paul Stanley and guitarist Tommy Thayer when they called into the Houston radio show ‘Walton & Johnson’ — ostensibly to discuss their new album ‘Monster,’ released on Tuesday (Oct. 9), but as they quickly discovered, their hosts had no idea what they were supposed to talk about.
As Blabbermouth reports, the show led off with Stanley and Thayer being asked if Kiss was “still playing” and “going around town to town with your sticks and your guitars and your makeup.” Rather than simply hanging up, Stanley gave as good as he got, retorting, “Yeah, we’re still doing that. You still have a job?”
“We’re still doing ours. That’s today. May not be tomorrow,” one of the DJs said, while Stanley shot back, “I was listening a little earlier. I’m surprised you’re on. But hey, let’s make the most of this.”
Things only got worse from there, with the hosts asking when Kiss would be coming to Houston — and quickly being informed that the band had just passed through. “Well, we were there, but I guess you were locked up, ’cause we were just there recently and had a big, sold-out show at the outdoor amphitheater in Woodlands,” Stanley responded, at which point he found himself obliged to inform Walton and Johnson that not only was the band’s current tour complete, but they’d been out on the road behind a new record.
“We have a new album out called ‘Monster,’” explained an annoyed Stanley. “I’m glad you did your homework. And you are who? Walter and Johnson?”
“I’ve gotta let you go,” responded one of the DJs, disconnecting the call and complaining to his co-host, “This is B.S. Why were we forced to talk to these jacka—-?”
“I’m not sure,” responded his partner. “I thought they had something to say. I don’t even like ‘em.”
Listen to Kiss’ Interview With Walton & Johnson