He insists the present lineup, featuring himself and guitarist Tommy Thayer alongside founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, cares as much about their legacy as the classic outfit which included Peter Criss and Ace Frehley.
Singer is enjoying his third stint with Kiss since first joining in 1991, and has appeared on the band’s acclaimed recent albums Sonic Boom and Monster.
He tells Radio Nova: “The people that want to complain about ‘I don’t like this,’ or ‘I don’t like that,’ ‘They should play this song,’ or ‘I only want the original band…’ The bottom line is: this is how Kiss exists right now, in 2013. Be glad there’s some version of Kiss and that we’re out there touring.
“We have just as much passion and case just as much as the band ever did or ever could. That’s what counts. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be here. I mean, Gene and Paul don’t need the money; they don’t need to do this. They do it because they love doing it.”
Singer adds that he’s also tired of people asking about the band’s future, with Simmons having recently said the clock is ticking on their career and previous discussions about the possibility of Kiss continuing with no original members.
“Everybody wants to ask what’s going on tomorrow,” says the drummer. “Well, what about today? You don’t necessarily know what’s going to happen in the future. But one thing’s for sure: we’re here today and we’re going to put on a great show.
“I’m not saying don’t have to think about tomorrow – but you can’t worry about tomorrow. Just live one day at a time, try to learn to live in the moment.”