James Tobin of Australia's Yahoo! 7 TV conducted an interview with KISS leaders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons during the band's recent Japanese tour. You can watch the report below.
Said Stanley: "We are the essence of rock and roll, because we give the middle-finger salute to everybody who tells us what we should be doing.
"The initial critics, and for decades, actually, didn't get us. What happened to those critics is, quite simply, they died."
Added Simmons: "Not everybody loves what we do, that's true. Not everybody loves Jesus."
KISS recently collaborated with the Japanese pop group MOMORIO CLOVER Z on a new single, which was released on January 28. The track "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" was composed by KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley and Greg Collins, with lyrics written by Yuho Iwasato. MOMOIRO CLOVER Z performs the song, with KISS providing background vocals and instruments. It was released in two versions — "Momoclo Edition" and "KISS Edition" — via iTunes in 120 countries. A music video for the track, featuring both bands, was shot in Las Vegas.
Both the "Momoclo Edition" and "KISS Edition" of "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" feature the title track and one same coupling song, but the "KISS Edition" includes the track titled "Samurai Son", which was made using "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" as its base. It is sung by KISS while MOMORIO CLOVER Z members participate on vocals. The "Momoclo Edition" comes with a Blu-ray disc which contains the music video for the title track instead.