A&E’s Biography will air its two-part Kiss documentary, KISStory, on June 27th and 28th, according to Rolling Stone. The episodes will chronicle Kiss’s 50 year-history from its pre-fame Wicked Lester days up through the present.
KISStory will feature new and exclusive interviews with co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons — along with current members, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer. Previous reports cited both original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss having participated the doc.
Also featured in KISSstory are uber-fans Tom Morello and Dave Grohl, along with producer Bob Ezrin, and band manager Doc McGhee.
Paul Stanley told us that these days, he tends to look at the big picture when considering Kiss’ career: “When you think of Muhammad Ali, you think of him as the champ. You don’t think of the times he lost — and he did. I’d rather think of us in those terms. Nobody stays on top all the time, but who’s been champ longest?”
Gene Simmons told us that despite the knocks Kiss has received from the rock press over the years, that sometimes in rock n’ roll, style actually makes for excellent substance: “Y’know, every few years there’s a kind of born-again thing that happens with Kiss, a kick in the butt. And despite the naysayers and whoever else we have long since buried in our backyards of mansions that bad reviews built us — we all live and die by the masses. So interestingly enough, the movies that I go see, that I love, when I read the reviews, I’m shocked because I always get the sense, ‘Oh, they must have seen a different movie.’ So when I go see G.I. Joe, or Transformers, or some of the other great thrill-rides; This ain’t Shakespeare! (Laughs) But it also doesn’t pretend to be. That’s not why I’m going. I wanna see the world blow up.”