There is a recent Dear Guitar Hero article with Tommy Thayer in the Guitar World, May 2013 issue. The interview was conducted by Brad Angle.
QUESTION: Is it true that you did manual labor tasks at Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley’s houses before becoming a member of Kiss? (Tony Ratoni)
ANSWER: Those are kind of urban myths. Sure, I started working for those guys part time in the late Eighties, an my credo was that I’d do whatever needed to be done. And a lot of times when you’re in those situations you do all kinds of things. I think, somehow, through all the speculation on the internet, people started saying that i did all these strange jobs. But nothing was strange. I was just a go-getter that would do whatever task was at hand, which is normal if you wanna get somewhere in your life. I’m proof that persistence works.
So all you wannabe artists, are you prepared to persevere. If you want to be rich, take up banking or get involved technology. Hell, tech heads are the new rock stars. They are the cool ones, the ones that people want to hang with as they are rolling in the cash. If you want to be somebody in music, you need to persevere. Tommy Thayer was a go-getter for Kiss. Gene Simmons signed his band Black and Blue and produced two mediocre albums. He even took one of the Black N Blue songs he co-wrote and called it Domino on Revenge with only himself as the writer. Tommy Thayer then played the tribute circuit in a Kiss cover band. This is a period now that is spanning from 84 to 2000. In 2002 he made his debut as the new Spaceman for Kiss. He didn’t quit. He kept on making connections. He kept at it.
There is a comment on the Persistence and the Meaning of making it post, where Robakers mentioned the persistence of Lars Ulrich in getting Metallica off the ground. This is so true. Everyone seems to forget that part of Lars. He was once a kid, that built connections around the NWOBM music that he was interested in. He surrounded himself with like minded people. Eventually one of those people started a label. Then they where doing a compilation album. The rest is history.
These days, everyone remembers Lars as the guy that sued his own fans when Napster came on the scene. That is because, Lars wanted to be part of the corporate elite. Lars wanted to hang with the rich because he thought it was cool and the rich wanted to hang with Lars as they thought it was cool to hang with a rock star. Instead of Lars being the stiff middle finger hero to his fans against the corporations, he became one of them.