Geddy Lee Shares Gene Simmons And Paul Stanley’s ‘Trick’ To Attract Girls

During a recent conversation with Q104.3, Geddy Lee discussed Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley’s strategy to appeal to women.

Rush opened for KISS during their 1975 ‘Fly By Night’ album tour. In the 2010 documentary ‘Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage’, Simmons expressed surprise at Rush’s post-show behavior, noting their lack of interaction with party-going women and questioning what they did back at their hotel rooms.

Rush’s Post-Show Rituals And Observations

Lee provided an answer to that question, and explained that after their shows, they were often smoking a lot of marijuana and watching ‘The Twilight Zone.’ They were having a great time and laughing a lot. He then added:

“And you know, there was no competing with the KISS after-show thing. You can’t compete with that. We were like newborns. We were babes. We didn’t know anything about the industry – we didn’t know anything about the touring world.”

Contrasting Rush And KISS’s After-Show Lifestyles

The bassist mentioned that he, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart would often hang out in their hotel room, smoking joints and occasionally peeking out to see what was happening in the hallway. During these times, they would frequently see the members of KISS walking by, still wearing their full stage makeup. Geddy noted:

“They’d come home from the gig in full makeup because otherwise, how would the chicks know that they were in KISS, right? ‘I’m Gene Simmons!’ ‘Yeah, right!’ But yeah, it was a circus every night and it was really fun to watch.”

Learning From KISS

Touring with KISS in their early years was also an instructive process for the Rush members. In a November interview with CBC News: The National, Lee praised KISS for their impressive live shows, noting their hard work and precise choreography, especially with their explosive pyrotechnics. Geddy revealed what they learned from KISS with the following words:

“So, there was a lot to learn. There was a lot to take in. It wasn’t really about their music for us. We liked some of their songs, of course, some of them, [we] didn’t care for, but the way they went about their business was really instructive.”

Rush first opened for KISS on July 25, 1974, in London, Ontario, Canada. Following this, KISS included the prog rock trio in their US tour, where Rush opened several shows alongside other acts like Blue Öyster Cult, Fat Chance, Billy Preston, and more.

You can watch the entire chat below.