The history and legacy of KISS is a complicated one, but according to Thayer, it’s the music that fans keep flocking to.
“There’s new fans coming in at a faster rate than anybody even imagined,” Thayer said. “I think that over half the people at our shows on this tour are new fans. It actually surprised us. Although some people are very sentimental about the beginnings of the band, and not that it’s not important, it’s really about looking ahead and looking forward.”
Even if that forward means a KISS without Gene or Paul?
“As strange as that sounds, I think it’s a possibility,” Thayer said. “Especially in a group like KISS. KISS has never been a band that’s played by the rules. It’s always been about finding new ground and thinking outside the box.”
“It’s already happened with 50 percent of the band already,” Thayer said with a laugh. “It’s definitely not out of the question.”