what have you been doing on your day off, just relaxing?
||There is no relaxing
in KISS. I've been on the phone doing interviews all day. I finally
got a chance to talk to my daughter from my previous marriage. I just
got married May 3 to my beautiful wife, but we don't see each other
much. So I got a chance to call her, my family and my lawyer. As busy
as I claim to be, I've still got the greatest job in the world.
what can the people of Omaha expect when the Psycho Circus comes to
||It's so cool. I have
the best seat in the house every night; it's the best two hours of
my day. What I love about being a member of KISS is that we're the
'John Glenns' of rock -- we always have to be the first in anything
we do, and I love that. We have the balls to do what the big guys
do and the little guys won't do. Bringing 3-D into the show is a first
and we'll have the largest screens ever in history behind us on stage.
Three times during the show the drums are lifted over the audience
-- I go up and out, right, left and back. When the 3-D kicks in, I
get to see all these people in their glasses - which is weird enough
-- just freak out.
is it, a 3-D movie?
||It's not just a movie.
The band comes at you in 3-D, in your face. Cool things happen. Ace's
guitar flies through space, goes through a hole, and blows up. I throw
drumsticks and they come flying at you. It's very cool shit.
been doing this for 25 years on and off?
||More like 37 years.
has the whole thing changed since when you started?
the age of the computer; things change, people change. I notice very
young people running the business today. I deal with guys in their
20s and early 30s who are presidents of companies, who are movie directors.
It's a younger generation running the show, and I miss the generation
we had in the '70s. They were really very honorable guys, like Neal
Bogart and Bill Graham, people who will never be around again.
Today, we're dealing with a different guy, who's much slicker, much
smarter, much more intelligent and much better with the shit
shovel. There's a lot of smoke being blown at you, but this is no
new sport to me; I've been doing it a long time, I'm used to it and
I see it coming immediately the minute it gets into our realm. I've
known Gene and Paul for 27 years, that's a long time. We really know
each other like brothers. We make magic. But if you get near us and
we sense something, you're dead, you're blown away, you're immediately
it's sort of a built-in bullshit detector...
||Yeah, a lot of it
is bullshit. We don't allow anyone
or anything to get into the circle of the four of us, because we realize
and appreciate how great we've been. We've got back together, and
life's been fucking wonderful for
all of us. The magic's back and we're in a time tunnel, feeling like
when we were in our 20s back in the 1970s. We don't take it lightly;
it's a very serious thing for the four of us. We work real hard every
night to see our fans' faces light up. When I do my solo and hear
them yell, "Go Peter," oh my God, I can't tell you what a feeling
is so huge that it's become part of the American culture. Have you
ever taken a step back and said, "I'm just this guy from New York,
I can't believe this has all grown around me"?
||Absolutely. I'm from
Brooklyn. I grew up very poor -- seven people, four rooms. My dad
had no education. Life was not a cream puff for me. I really broke
my ass. At about 16 years old,
I was a delivery boy in a butcher shop and paid $200 for an old set
of Radial King Slingerlands. Gene Krupa had the same set that's why
I was so amazed when I got them. I used to carry them around in a
wagon. So I don't take any of this lightly, I still remember those
days. I remember the cold loft we had on 23rd St. when the four of
us were freezing our asses off because we couldn't afford the heat.
We were sharing a bottle of cheap sherry wine to get warm. Now I have
this great house away from everything in New York, I've got my own
little world. I'm building a 24-track studio downstairs, I've got
a lot of projects going, I surround myself with my loved ones, my
height of the band was the late '70s, early '80s. Is being in the
band today the same as it was back then?
We're much more controlled now. We were kids back then, we each had
our own demons. It was insanity. I think we were much too young to
understand a lot of things. It changed so quickly, so much was there
and it was so out of control at times. We were four egos. There was
a lot of shit going on and no one
was appreciative -- especially me of what I had and what I lost. I
think we needed to go through all that and spend some years away from
each other to learn what the mistakes were and what we will never
do again. We're really in control; that's the difference. We were
out of control then.
far as music goes, are you writing new material?
||I'm always writing
and bringing stuff to the band. We're gonna do some new tracks for
our movie, Detroit Rock City. It's cool, it's about these four kids
who idolize us, working their way to a KISS concert, and how each
one loses his virginity on the way. Very funny shit.
I heard some kid loses his stuff in a confessional booth. I don't
know if I liked it - being a Catholic guy -- but right here it's funny.
There's a cool scene where a kid's mom breaks a drumstick and he comes
to the show and I heave one in the air and he catches it - it's kind
of like a magical thing. I think it comes out April 11 in all the
theaters. We're actually working now on an animated movie, and maybe
a Broadway play.
there be a new album some time soon?
||Who knows? I want
to put out a live album after this tour, it would be phenomenal. We're
talking about going in and doing another album. There's never enough
what do you remember about Omaha?
guys rock, I mean, come on... You really show your appreciation big-time
right in your face, and that's what KISS has always been about. We're
having the best times in our lives. We're getting along phenomenally,
and it shows when we're up on stage. We fuck
around, we joke consistently amongst ourselves, and I know that the
vibe is going out in the audience. We can't wait to get there. I remember
the pulse of the place. You rock, you know, and a lot of big places
don't. You guys don't bullshit.
happened at the East Rutherford concert last month when someone hit
you in the face with a laser light from the audience?
||I haven't lost my
temper in years, and I do have a bad temper. I was doing "Beth" and
this laser was hitting me, it was really making me nuts. I went beyond
saying 'Oh it's just laser,' to thinking that there's a gun attached
to it and I'm a great target sitting right in front of the stage.
So I got to the mic and said, "I'm gonna take that and shove it all
the way up your ass." Paul came
out and said, "Bring it to your school tomorrow in sixth grade, because
that's where you belong." I've never seen a laser again; and that's
how he handles it every night.
on the horizon for you guys?
||We're doing a huge
show in Detroit at Pontiac Stadium. We're playing the Superbowl this
year, we're opening up before the coins drop. And we're gonna be the
first rock and roll band in history on the cover of Playboy, posed
with 20 naked beautiful women. My wife stayed in the other room during
the shoot. You would have loved being there, trust me.
married now, but you're on the road and the women are everywhere.
Do you still feel any temptation?
I'm so happily married, man. I love my wife. Normality is something
I need. Look, I've seen more tits
and ass than God will ever know.
Every night I see a thousand dresses with tits
being lifted. I told my wife last night, 'Honey, you shoulda seen
this one girl, I think she was ripping her nipples off, for Christ
sake. She was treating her breasts like they were rubber balls.' My
wife thinks it's hilarious. So I don't know... I'm a happy guy, I
don't really go with that shit,
I don't wanna die.
I'm sure you got that out of your system way back when.
||Absolutely. And I