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Kiss: Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons text each other “almost every day”

Guest on the latest episode of “The Allison Hagendorf Show”, Paul Stanley talked about his relationship with his friend in Kiss Gene Simmons after the band's farewell to the scene with a double date on December 1st and 2nd at the Madison Square Garden in New York.

“We talk almost every day. We text each other: 'How's the family?' And it's fantastic”, replied the guitarist of the “I was made for lovin' you” line-up, as transcribed by “Blabbermouth”:

“We really are a family. I think of his kids as my kids, and watching what they do is really amazing. And Shannon (Gene's wife), she's like my sister-in-law.”

On what bonds him and Simmons after so long, Paul Stanley explained: “The band has always been the most important thing. He has had to put up with me sometimes, but the thing that has always been our priority is the band: Kiss And I think over the years, with whatever problems we may have had with each other, it's never been something that would ultimately compromise the rest of us. And, look, family members argue, but they are a family and Gene and I have never been closer than we are now. We won.”

On his favorite quality about his bandmate, he explained: “Gene always admits when he's wrong, and that makes him great.

And I don't know if everyone is capable of doing that.” He added: “And, again, I think there's no substitute for time. As I said to one of my children: the best friend you met a month ago, to know if he will really be your best friend will take you years and months, going through difficult moments, good moments, bad moments. How someone participates in those moments determines whether they will be part of your life or not. Gene has always been there. And equally, I can't think of anything I wouldn't do for him, and I can trust him to do the same.”