Stanley wanted to sing KISS’ “God of Thunder” instead of Simmons
Paul Stanley wanted to sing the KISS song “God of Thunder” instead of Gene Simmons.
After all, Stanley wrote the track, the second single from the rock band’s 1976 album Destructive.
But it is bassist and co-vocalist Simmons who carries the song with his vocals, and it remains a difficult part of KISS history that has been unearthed before. That came up again this month when the choice to have Simmons sing – a decision made by producer Bob Ezrin – was discussed by the band in a magazine interview.
“It was overwhelming and devastating,” Stanley recalled rock candy. “We understood and agreed that the role of the producer on Destructive had to have the last word and make decisions. When I played ‘God of Thunder’, Bob immediately said, ‘Oh, that’s awesome. This is for Gene.'” (via Blabbermouth)
He continued: “I was just devastated. The idea of a song being so quickly passed from me to someone else. … It was difficult, and it remained a sore point, even when I I heard it end.”
Stanley echoed USA Today last year. He said: “I was shattered. I brought the song and thought it was that signature song for me. We brought in a producer for a lot of reasons, and one of them had to be the tiebreaker between Gene and I, because there were definitely times when Gene and I were at odds.”
Elsewhere this month, Stanley celebrated his 70th birthday (January 20) with a fan thank you note.
In 2021, KISS completed a US leg of their End of the Road tour, but gigs were affected when Stanley and Simmons both tested positive for COVID-19. A KISS Las Vegas residency originally slated to run through 2022 has been put on hold for the time being.