Monday, October 29, 2012

Aerosmith's Bassist Talks About KISS |

In a recent interview with Pure Grain Audio, Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton was asked about his take on the war of words between Aerosmith and KISS. Tom was asked:

Q: Recently, Steven called KISS a "comic book" band and that’s made its way around the Internet with fans on both sides arguing yes and no. What’s your take on that comment and on KISS in general?

Tom: It’s funny. I don’t know where that came from. I guess he just happened to say something in the course of an interview and it got blown up.

Q: Like most things do thanks to the Internet.

Tom: Well, there’s some entertainment value there... Rivalry. Any story with good conflict in it is interesting. We used to tour with them in the '70s. Actually, we didn't really do that many tours together. We did some shows together and then we parted ways because we had made it and then they made it. So, they were out on their own. There was a rivalry and I remember the dressing room talk about the opening act and what they wear, what they look like and what they do, but over the years I've come to have more respect for KISS through fans that I know.

They have very very loyal fans and as far as Steven’s comment in a way their origins are... If you talk to Gene Simmons, he might even agree with it. He was a huge comic book fan like most of us were in our early days... Some of us made a separation between that and what we did musically, but he wanted to live that out with his band and it’s pretty cool. When I want to listen to music, I go back to my Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin and Dire Straits. I don’t think I necessarily listen to KISS that often, but I love that song of theirs "I Want To Rock And Roll All Nite And Party Every Day." It’s just really accurate in describing what teenage males want.

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