Paul Stanley Admits He And Gene Simmons Were At Odds Sometimes While Deciding Who Will Sing Certain KISS Songs
KISS frontman Paul Stanley opened up about the reason why bassist Gene Simmons sang the track ‘God of Thunder’ which was written by Stanley during an interview with USA Today and revealed that he initially wanted the song for himself, however, it turned out great with Simmons.
As many of you know, Paul Stanley is the co-founder, frontman, and rhythm guitarist, along with being the co-lead vocalist of KISS along with bassist Gene Simmons who is also the co-lead vocalist of the band. Two founding members of the band also have been sharing the vocalist role in KISS from the very beginning.
While the iconic frontman Stanley has performed lead or co-lead vocals on over 120 songs for the band, legendary bassist Simmons is the second main vocalist in the band, with writing credits on over 100 songs and singing over 90 tracks.
‘God of Thunder’ which is a famous track from the band’s fourth studio album, ‘Destroyer,’ was written by KISS frontman and his intention was to perform it as well for the album, however, the producer suggested slowing down the tempo in addition to handing the lead vocals over to bassist Simmons.
During a recent interview, Stanley was asked if he regrets his decision to let Simmons sing the lead vocals in ‘God of Thunder’ and apparently, he was very disappointed by this decision at first, however, it was a great choice as Gene Simmons performed the song perfectly and it’s an iconic song both for the band and for the legendary bassist.
Here is what Stanley said:
“Oh gosh, I was devastated. I was broken. I brought the song in and I thought it was this signature song for me. We brought in a producer for many reasons, and one of them was to be the tiebreaker between Gene and I because there certainly were times where Gene and I were at odds. So I played ‘God of Thunder’ and Bob goes, ‘That’s great, Gene is singing it,’ and we go on to something else. And I’m just there shattered. In hindsight, it couldn’t have been a better move. It’s such a character-defining song for Gene and he did it so great. Sometimes you’re lucky to be wrong.”
You can see the source by clicking here and listen to ‘God of Thunder’ below.