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Ep. 54 Larry Mazer Talks About Managing KISS and Why Cool Was So Important

Episode 54, December 17, 2013 This week, Three Sides Of The Coin (the unofficial and unsanctioned KISS talk show), welcomes the very engaging and honest LAMB OF GOD manager, Larry Mazer. Before taking on metal’s most powerful band, Mazer ran the day-to-day affairs for Rock ’N Roll Hall Of Fame nominees, KISS. From the late ‘80s to the mid ‘90s, Mazer guided KISS through the Hot In The Shade tour, the passing of Eric Carr, and the making of the Bob Ezrin produced landmark album, Revenge.

“During the time that I managed (KISS) there wasn’t a week that went by, where a promoter didn’t called and ask me about putting the make up back on,” said Mazer reminiscing about the band’s halcyon pre-reunion tour era). During those career defining years, Mazer urged that, “The Demon has got to come back into the band.” Well placed advice for a band heading into the studio to record what would be the band’s greatest non-makeup era album, Revenge. An album that also came on the heels on the band’s greatest loss, the passing of longtime drummer Eric Carr, which Mazer discusses candidly during this interview.

Mazer also reveals that on the subsequent tour for the album, he pushed for Ace Frehley to share the stage with the band once again albeit as the support act (an idea that the band “shot down,” quickly).

His relationship with the band ended before their famed ‘reunion tour’, while KISS embarked on the much maligned KISS MY ASS tribute album project to which Mazer bluntly states, “it’s cool when an act does a tribute to you, but doing a tribute to yourself is not cool.”

In the over one hour conversation with the team at Three Sides Of The Coin, Larry brings the listeners through the highs and lows of the band’s pre-reunion tour days, but ends by empathically stating, “I’ve been a manager for 40 years. The most fun, as far as just fun, I ever had was managing KISS.”

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  • David

    Larry was one of the best guests you’ve had on, I loved hearing the stories of what went on during his tenure as their manager. As someone who was at the Troubadour concert he was talking about he was right, IT WAS COOL. And it was great to hear him shed some light on the whole Eric Carr situation. I wish Kiss would bring him back into the fold to help celebrate the 40th anniversary.

    Keep up the great pod casts

  • kevin

    this was a awesome interview with larry .my favorite off of kiss my ass cd if i had to chose one it would be mighty mighty boss tones