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We played our hearts out. We always did. We’ve never not given 120%.
dUg Pinnick on playing to three people in clubs on the Out of the Silent Planet tour, Rick Davenport’s Rock Show
My career started at 38, so I always try to tell people don’t give up on it if you believe. Just keep doing it.
I was so sick of trying to figure out what people wanted to hear. One day I just woke up and said, “I’m not gonna play that game. I’m gonna write whatever the heck I feel like. Whatever comes out is whatever comes out, and that’s gonna be that.”
Ty Tabor on his songwriting mindset for King’s X, Rich Davenport’s Rock Show
The foundation has got to be a solid platform that you can stand on and speak to these kids and say, “This is the way you build yourself. If you build yourself this way, and handle yourself this way, and have character, you get to play football.” And winning will take care of itself, because young men of character and discipline and commitment end up winning in life, and they end up winning in football. Well, when you flip it, and the foundation of what you’re doing is football, and then you hope all that other stuff follows, well then you think football builds character, which it does not. Football reveals character.
Bill Courtney, Manassas High School head football coach 2002–2009, Undefeated
Being a rock star provided access to people and relationships I would never have known otherwise.
Try using will-power when you have diarrhea.
Ace Frehley on using will-power when dealing with addiction, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech
There’s been a lot of pressure on [the Rock Hall] to induct us over the years, and they resisted. We could’ve been inducted 15 years ago. You’re eligible after 25 years as a band, but they waited 40. Sooner or later, it doesn’t matter to me. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a big honor and I plan to have a good time.
Ace Frehley on KISS’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Noisy interview
Our happiness and self-esteem don’t depend on the Rock Hall or any entity. The fans empower us. We’ve been in the hall of fame since we began. Our fans put us there.
Gene Simmons on KISS’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, USA Today
[The Rock Hall] dodged this bullet for a long time. We’re the bitter pill they finally had to swallow.
Paul Stanley on KISS’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, USA Today
I created Gene Simmons, because the other me didn’t work.
Gene Simmons on the Demon persona he used to cover his fears and insecurities, "Kiss Forever: 40 Years of Feuds and Fury" by Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, April 10, 2014
We’ve always been about verses, choruses, bridges. It’s called a hook for a reason, because it grabs you. And that’s my mentality. Give me the Raspberries. Give me Small Faces. Give me Big Star.
Paul Stanley on KISS’s songwriting, "Kiss Forever: 40 Years of Feuds and Fury" by Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, April 10, 2014
What I couldn’t deal with was that somebody wanted to be paid for not doing their job. If it applied to Ace and Peter, it applies to Gene, too.
Paul Stanley on his resentment of Gene Simmons during the making of Animalize while Gene was busy pursuing an acting career and managing Liza Minnelli, "Kiss Forever: 40 Years of Feuds and Fury" by Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, April 10, 2014
The idea that he’s the motivating force in the band – that’s only believed by people who don’t know the band.
Paul Stanley on the perception that Gene Simmons is the driving force behind KISS, "Kiss Forever: 40 Years of Feuds and Fury" by Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, April 10, 2014
Gene’s priority, by far, has always been himself. And he’s not one to let anyone else’s feelings or contributions get in the way.
Paul Stanley on KISS bandmate Gene Simmons, "Kiss Forever: 40 Years of Feuds and Fury" by Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, April 10, 2014
They all come around to our way of doing it. Cherry Garcia, baby. The hippies lost. They really did.
Gene Simmons, on how all bands eventually “sell out” and employ KISS’s once-derided marketing tactics, "Kiss Forever: 40 Years of Feuds and Fury" by Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, April 10, 2014