Paul Stanley Says KISS Was Worried About Following Destroyer

Paul Stanley has opened up about KISS' album Rock and Roll Over, admitting the band was worried about following their hit LP, Destroyer. Speaking with Ultimate Classic Rock, Stanley explained that much of the album's simplicity came in response to Destroyer's complexity:

"Quite honestly, we were chickensh*t. We were scared of where we had gone with Destroyer. We'd traded off the rawness of KISS for something more cinematic. Bob Ezrin was a visionary. Without him, we were back to creating within our own boundaries. Rock And Roll Over was our 180-degree turn to get back to what the band sounded like live. It wasn't rocket science," he explained.

"Eddie Kramer, the producer, found The Star Theatre in Nanuet, New York. It was a theatre in the round that fit around 2,000 people, but it had gone under as a business venture. Eddie thought this place would give us the sonic ambiance of a gig. We would rehearse in the theatre proper, but when we recorded we were not in the same room. Peter's drums were set up in a bathroom upstairs and we'd be coaching him through a video camera. The live vibe had more to do with sonics than being in the same room," he added.

Stanley concluded that the album didn't live up to its predecessor: "But to me, the album fell short. I don't think Eddie delivered what the band was all about. The songs were great, but the album didn't sound competitive to other rock bands out there, and that ultimately falls on the engineer - which was Eddie, although he was credited as producer. Fans have this idea of us all in the studio with our arms around each other, enjoying our camaraderie and playing music. It's nice, but it's kind of a myth."

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