KISS Drummer Eric Singer - "Most Of The Fans Don’t Have A Fucking Clue About What It's Like To Be In A Band"

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Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 02:13:50 EST

KISS drummer Eric Singer sat down with This Is Rock magazine’s Marko Syrajala to discuss the Monster tour, the Spider, KISS fandom, the future of KISS, and more. An excerpt of the chat follows:

Marko: Actually, so many musicians have said that playing in a band is sometimes like being in marriage. You love the good times, but want to forget the bad times.

Eric Singer: "Well, it is. But here is the thing, now you are dealing with four personalities and you are dealing with people with very big or strong egos many times. Sometimes MEGA egos, control issues, there is all these things. The same thing that goes on in their relationship, it could be the same as you and your parent. Maybe you get along with your mother better than you do your father, or maybe you get along with your brother but you don’t get along with your sister. It’s the same thing. We all live in the same household when you are growing up. Being in the band and you are on tour together, it’s like being in a household together. So, I know some people don’t want to. They have a hard time; it’s real easy for people to say. It’s like on Monday morning after you watch a football game, everybody. They call it Monday morning quarterback. Everybody can tell their opinion of what they think somebody should or shouldn’t do on the team, 'They should have done this, they should get rid of this guy. They should do…' Everybody thinks they know what to do. But they are not in the band; they are not in the business dealing with it. Everybody could say things they know what it’s all about. No disrespect, most of the fans don’t have a fucking clue about what it’s like to be in the band, how the business works, how it is to deal with it all. They think they do, and they have all these opinions about how somebody placed something the right way or the wrong way. It’s like, 'You ain’t got a fucking clue, you are playing in your fucking bedroom or you are playing at some local band.' Guess what? We all start the same way."

"I started playing in my father’s band as a kid, we all start at some place and many of us played in those kinds of bands. But the difference is. We do this for a living, we professional. We are doing this for touring for almost 30 years now. It’s like some guy just sitting in his fucking bedroom or online on his computer that has all these opinions. He’s entitled to his opinions and they are valid to him. But I think the reality is a lot of times they don’t really know what really goes on or how it works. They think they do but they don’t, and the reason I know that it’s because I know what it was like before I knew what was going on. Before I had the experience, before I did any of this, I know how I used to think. Once I got in the business and did this, now I know what it’s like to make records, what it’s like to tour, what is like to travel, what it’s like to be in a band. Playing in a big stage, playing in a small clubs. All the different aspects, every different environment, every different situation. I’ve experienced probably just about every kind of a thing you can experience. The only way you can do that is you have to do it for real, you can’t just fantasize about it or read about it. You have to do it to know how it feels like. I can tell you the fire is hot, don’t put your hand in it. Guess what? Some people have to physically touch the fire to go, 'Fuck yeah, that’s fucking hot.' And get burnt. So, I’m not saying you have to put your hands in the fire, but my point is that sometimes you have to do something to know what it really is all about, to fully understand what the experience is. Many times you’ll have a different point of view in a different perspective and opinion, after you’ve actually done it. I know I did."

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KISS' European Monster Tour took over Copenhagen, Denmark's the Forum on June 11th and BraveWords was there! Check out some killer photos by Emelie Andersson below and check out a full gallery here.

KISS played the following:
'Psycho Circus'
'Shout It Out Loud'
'Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll'
'I Love It Loud'
'Hell or Hallelujah'
'War Machine'
'Heaven's on Fire'
'Say Yeah'
'Shock Me'
'Outta This World'
'God of Thunder'
'Lick It Up'
'Love Gun'
'Rock and Roll All Nite'

'Detroit Rock City'
'I Was Made for Lovin' You'
'Black Diamond'

Check out fan-filmed footage of the stage set-up and 'I Love It Loud' below: