I’ve been reluctant to post anything about this, but I’m an honest fan. I’m no fanboy — when a band does something I don’t approve of, I say so.
Everybody knows I’m a huge Kiss fan. I first started noticing Paul’s voice getting raspier on the 2004 DVD Rock the Nation Live! Now, it’s…man it hurts to say this…it’s almost tuneless. You can hear Gene and Eric Singer holding down the melody while Paul struggles to sing.
I read recently that Paul had vocal cord surgery in November 2011, and that he says he has simply done too many tours with not enough time off to rest his voice. I think that is a real shame. Paul, listen to me — I consider you to be one of the top five rock singer frontmen of all time. Right up there with Freddie and Ronnie. To hear the guy that I once saw in Phantom of the Opera croak like this, something’s clearly wrong. Paul, if time off is all you need — take it!
We, the Kiss Army, would gladly, patiently wait years between tours if it meant preserving your voice. In the meantime you guys could continue to issue box sets and DVD’s with worthwhile unreleased material, and we’d buy it.
I fully expect the new album, Monster, to be good. I have no doubt that in the studio, a controlled environment, Paul nails it. But live, Paul, you need to give your voice a rest and take some time. We’ll still be here when you come back. For yourself, please think about it.
More KISS at mikeladano.com:
Record Store Tales Part 3: My First KISS + Part 8: You Wanted the Best +
Part 77: Psycho-Circus + Part 151: 24kt KISS…cheap at twice the price +
Part 152: Carnival of Lost Souls + Part 173: Gene Simmons’ Asylum Demos +
Part 179: Phantom of the Opera + Part 241: Halloween, KISS style!