Gene Simmons Shares The KISS Song He’s Not Going To Miss Performing

During a recent appearance on the Howard Stern Show, KISS officially announced that they would wrap their farewell tour with a final show on December 2. Besides this big news, they also discussed the writing process of their hit song, ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You,’ and why Gene Simmons hated to perform it.

Although the disco-infused ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You‘ was a huge success, it also marked a departure from the band’s traditional hard rock sound. Some fans and critics slammed KISS for abandoning their roots and making a commercial move to appeal to a more mainstream audience. The song’s lyrics have also been criticized as being simplistic and unoriginal, lacking the complexity and depth of the band’s earlier work.

Yet, the track helped KISS reach a wider audience beyond their traditional hard rock fanbase. However, Gene Simmons will not miss performing it after their retirement. In a new interview, the bassist recalled how Paul Stanley had come to him right after he wrote the hit song. When he sang the lyrics, Simmons asked him what his part was.

Then, Stanley crooned the melodic part ‘Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do.’ Yet, Simmons immediately objected to doing it because he would prefer to sing in a heavier sound. The bassist revealed that he hated the hit song to this day, but he still enjoyed performing it if the stadium was full of people. Stanley is also pleased with the audience’s reaction, as they immediately join the catchy melody of the song.

When asked if Stanley ever brought a song Gene said they were not putting on the album, the bassist replied:

“I want to tell you a story about… Paul walked in during 79 or so and got a new song. In the beginning, by the way, we traded ideas and kind of co-wrote stuff, and then we went off on our own. So, he walks in, ‘I got a song for you.’ ‘What’s it called?’ ”I Was Made for Lovin’ You’ ‘Oh, That’s great. What’s the first line?’ ‘Tonight.’ ‘Oh, that’s good. What’s the second one?’

‘I want to give it all to you.’ ‘Oh, yeah. I know what it is. That’s cool.’ ‘In the darkness.’ ‘Okay, that rocks.’ ‘There’s so much I want to do.’ ‘That’s really cool. What is my part? [Murmuring the melody of ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You’].’ ‘No, no, come on, I’m doing [Singing in a rasping tone].’ I hate it to this day, except the stadium’s full of people. They jump up and down like biblical locusts.”

Stanley added:

“You do these shows, we’ll do festivals, and sometimes we’ll find ourselves on a bill headlining over all these very hardcore metal fans, and in the beginning, we say, ‘Do we really want to play that?’ and you have these people on stage, and you know, the lead singer [Singing in a rasping tone]. Then, we come on, and we’re going [Murmuring the melody of ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You’]. The whole audience is ‘Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do.’ That’s the beauty of music. It hits you in the heart.”

So, even though ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You’ is one of their biggest hits, Gene Simmons hates performing it unless a huge crowd is singing with him. KISS’ the End of the Road Tour will wrap up at the end of this year, but Simmons apparently won’t miss playing the classic song that much.