Paul propositions a married woman who is considered exceptionally attractive by mid-1970s standards.
Gene discovers that a link between masturbation and blindness does exist; however it takes nearly a century of practice to discern its effects.
A female admirer, unfamiliar with the transient nature of many rock star relationships, puts Ace* in an awkward position.
*Although Gene handles the lead vocal, Ace wrote it and I just associate him more with this song.
Paul is surprisingly understanding upon learning of his girlfriend’s infidelity; however he makes it clear he does not intend to compete for her affections.
My take on the whole thing: I’ll admit a small part of me was holding out hope that we would see a one-shot reunion performance of the original band. I think it would have been a really nice way to provide some closure to that era of KISS, something that they didn’t get with the Farewell Tour, which just sort of petered out (pun intended). And then came the weirdness of Ace being in the band with Eric Singer as Catman 2.0 and then Peter returning and being in the band with Tommy Thayer as the
Space Ace Spaceman.
Let me say I have nothing against Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. They are great players and professionals. But let’s be clear: they were hired by Gene and Paul to portray Ace and Peter. And, to be honest, I didn’t really have much interest in KISS from 2004 to 2009 for that reason. During those years I felt (and still do) that those cracks about them being “1/2 a tribute band” were more or less accurate. I said I would go see them again when they put out new material and I did, for both the Sonic Boom and Monster tours. And I was really impressed with those albums. I think the band really tried to give the fans what they wanted - old school KISS filtered through a modern lens. And for the most part they succeeded.
But listen to the guitar solos on those albums. That’s not Tommy Thayer pouring his creativity out - that’s Tommy Thayer giving a very studied rendition of what he thinks Ace would play in those spots. And the Eric Singer playing in KISS today is pulling his punches (listen to Revenge and then listen to the new records), which the Eric Singer of 1992-1995 sure never did. (Although this could be due in part to his advancing age - he is several years older now than Peter was when the Reunion tour started).
Gene and Paul like to say there would be no KISS today without Tommy and Eric, and they are right. But there would be no KISS at ALL without Ace and Peter. And their return for the Reunion Tour enabled Gene and Paul to reap millions and attain a kind of renewed cultural relevance that they’ve carefully cultivated and maintained ever since through countless TV appearances, business ventures, reality shows, commercials, and merchandise of every type imaginable.
I guess I just get a little weary of them constantly ragging on Ace and Peter. And I think it would have been really cool to see the original 4 together one more time. I can’t really think of any other circumstance where all the stars would align so perfectly for a reunion. But hey, I’ve been surprised before.