KISS founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have both posted recent video messages to fans on the band’s official YouTube channel as they sequester themselves at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his clip, posted Tuesday, Simmons personally thanks “all the folks in healthcare, the doctors, the nurses, all the people who keep us healthy and alive.” He adds, “And our fire departments, the police, the folks in the food industry who bring or food at home.”
The rocker then points out, in comparison to the current health crisis, that more than 50 million people died during World War II.
“Your grandparents were asked to serve. Many of them gave the ultimate sacrifice,” he continues. “You know what’s being asked of you? Stay at home, sit on your rump, binge-watch Twilight Zone all day long, while people risk their lives and bring you food. So let’s get over ourselves.”
Simmons finishes his message by declaring, “We’re the greatest country in the world. Don’t be a knucklehead…Love each other. Support each other. We’ll get over this. God bless you all.”
Meanwhile, Stanley posted a 10-minute video on Monday that begins by showing him playing an acoustic version of “Every Time I Look at You,” a song he co-wrote and that appeared on KISS’ 1992 album, Revenge.
Paul then tells fans he’s missed them, “especially now that I hear that we’re gonna be inside for at least another month,” adding, “So now is the time to reach out to friends…text them, call them, let everybody know that you love them.”
Stanley also talks about his love of Martin acoustic guitars, like the one on which he played his song, and shares some thoughts on the Revenge album, which he says he remains “very, very proud of.”
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