Jack Chats with KISS’ Paul Stanley and Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe [AUDIO]
Saturday, September 15, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center will be the place where East Coast meets West Coast. No, it’s not two rival rappers or gangs converging on the small town of Darien; it’s two of the biggest bands in the history of rock — KISS from New York, and Mötley Crüe from California!
Simply named “The Tour,” KISS and Mötley Crüe decided to team up for a 40+ city tour because, let’s face it, what else could a hard rock fan want? It’s Psycho Circus being slammed into the Carnival of Sins!
I recently had some time to talk with bassist Nikki Sixx from the Crüe and front man Paul Stanley from KISS.
JACK: How did this tour come to be?
Paul Stanley: “These are two world-class, legendary rock band tours that are known for doing the greatest shows and interacting with the fans. So to put Mötley and KISS together is like the planets lining up. Something that people, even us, were like, “Naw, never happen,” but all of a sudden we were like, “Wait a minute, we can do this. Everybody just has to get together, be on the same page.” And then it became, “Let’s do the ultimate night of rock ‘n’ roll.”
You can go out and see people right now who are choreographed to death, humping each other, all the while, they lip synch to music or are singing over canned music. That’s not rock ‘n’ roll. We are going out there and doing the ultimate KISS show and the ultimate Mötley show in one night, and when you put the two together, it’s bigger than either. That’s why it’s called ‘The Tour.’”
JACK: You are doing 40+ cities, including Darien Lake on September 15. How do you guys stay rested and healthy?
Nikki Sixx: “We take this seriously, and I’ll be honest with you, I am fortunate to hang out and interview guys like Paul and Steven Tyler, guys who have been doing this for a long time. These guys have more energy; I have more energy now than I did 20 years ago. I see some of these young bands, and they are whining their way through a month-long tour. You condition yourself; you know how to do it, how to survive months on the road. You know how to give 100 percent every night, and the audience deserves that. There is no warm-up gig. It’s not like, oh you get good in two weeks. You have to come out of box on fire. From the second we open to the second KISS plays their last song, that’s what we want…To give 100 percent.”
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