W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless recalls the unbreakable camaraderie between the original KISS members
As of press time for this news article, KISS are currently playing their last ever show in makeup at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, USA. Tributes from fellow artists and fans are pouring in including from none other than W.A.S.P. founder and frontman Blackie Lawless.
The following message was posted in part on W.A.S.P.‘s Facebook page earlier today:
“Next March will mark 50 years since I saw Kiss for the first time. No one yet knew who they were but their magnetism was infectious. The live show was good and their energy was better, but I was far more impressed by them as people. Their stoic determinism and unflinching belief in themselves was abundantly apparent from the very start. When I would be in a room with them you could cut all that electricity with a knife. I don’t know if they even understood the effect they had on others. Not so much as individuals, but as a group there was a camaraderie that was unbreakable, and although they were constantly being made fun of by other industry professionals they saw the true effect they were having on the audiences. That was the magic glue that held them together and allowed them to go on to achieve unmatched success despite overwhelming odds.
Congratulations to the current lineup, but especially the original band. What that band was in the beginning was astonishing, frightening, bombastic, reckless and the true unrelenting “Spirit of Rock N’ Roll” in its purest form that is impossible to duplicate ever again!