The most influential live album of the 1970s – and any other decade
“KISS’ alive! is my top choice of albums from the last 50 years, just because of what it means to me and the influence it’s had on my life. For me as a kid, Kiss were just the biggest influence on me as far as moving ahead in my life was concerned and knowing what I wanted to do with my life, which was play guitar in a band. Because of that album, that’s why anyone gives a shit about anything that I have to say or do, because Alive! put me on that path of wanting to be a guy in a band.
“It just connected with me in a really strong way back in 1975. I loved the songs, I loved the look, and as a kid who was into comic books and horror, it was drugs for me as an 11 year old. It was the perfect place, perfect time for me to hear and see something like that, and
they’re still one of the biggest bands in the world so I guess it worked!
“I’m friends with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. I’ve known Gene for 30 years – he is well aware of what Kiss mean to me.”