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TOMMY THAYER On Playing Guitar In KISS:” I Will Always Be Known As ‘The New Guy'”

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer discusses his legacy in the make up clad group.

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer was recently asked by Guitar World what he thinks his legacy will be with the iconic band.

Tommy responded: “I don’t know if many people realize this, but I’ve been the lead guitarist in KISS longer than any other KISS guitar player. But I will always be known as ‘the new guy’ though — no matter what happens. I’m ‘the Ronnie Wood’ of KISS.

“My legacy will be a guy who came in, worked hard, and was the glue that kept the band together for a long period of time,” he continued. “I think the kind of character and personality that I have is that of a team player and somebody who can bring people together and bind things together.

“And I think the reason that we’ve done so well and so consistently in the last 20 years is because of the personalities, the give and take, and the ability to keep everybody happy… and keep working together on a professional level.

“It works well. I’ll probably be that guy that has been in the band longer than anybody else besides Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley], that kept things together, and was the glue that made it work.”

KISS’s current lineup consists of original members Simmons and Stanley, alongside guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).