Showbiz Analysis: Rock Legend Paul Stanley on KISS and Creative Success

By   / Parade

KISS co-founder Paul Stanley has been especially busy this summer. With the band’s Freedom to Rock Tour rocking cities across the U.S., and the launch of their new multimedia project KISS Rocks Vegas, Stanley’s schedule has been packed, but he’s not complaining. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon has always believed in working hard to make creative dreams happen—and he’s been doing it for over four decades now. I was thrilled to catch up with Stanley for my podcast Whine At 9, where we discussed the power of KISS and creative fulfillment.

Not many bands have had the staying power of KISS (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer). And Paul Stanley recognizes and appreciates that. “I’m blessed, but I work hard to maintain a standard. The bar that we set for ourselves is pretty, pretty ruthless and unrelenting. We expect a lot from our road crew, but they do it because they see we’re just as hard on ourselves. We played our first show of this tour—it was 103 degrees outside and that’s where we were playing. It doesn’t matter. We’re KISS. We have an incredible legacy to uphold, and many people come to see us for the first time and all they’ve heard is a legend, and it’s up to us to live up to that and go beyond it. So we wear that with great pride. Every time I get on stage, for me it’s a victory lap.”

KISS has always been about immersing audiences in an experience. And the band has been going on that journey with their fans each time they play. Whether it’s live or via DVD or CD, the KISS mission is the same. “I want people to come to our show and be there—be present. I’m there…We want to have an experience of celebrating rock and roll, and celebrating life, success, the pursuits of the individual—things that are really important, that are timeless,” says Stanley.


Review: KISS Rocked The BJC All Nite

By Steve Connelly / http://onwardstate.com
Photo By: Dana Lipshutz

“You wanted the best, you got the best. The hottest band in the world: KISS.”

State College wanted the 70s rock band, and they got it here to the Bryce Jordan Center on Tuesday night. This was KISS’s fourth trip to Penn State, with its most recent trip coming in 2000.


KISS to ‘go big’ at the Bryce Jordan Center Tonight - Interview with Tommy Thayer


Photo by Keith Leroux

Iconic legendary rockers KISS will bring the “Freedom to Rock” tour to the Bryce Jordan Center tonight - Aug. 30.

Lead guitarist Tommy Thayer has been with the band since 2002. He didn’t audition to be part of the band or anything — he said it just happened naturally.

“I came into the band after knowing Paul (Stanley) and Gene (Simmons) for nearly 30 years,” Thayer said. “My old band, Black ’N Blue, toured with Kiss as an opening act, so I’ve known those guys a long time. That’s how I transcended into the band, actually.”

Thayer was a fan of the band and staple members Stanley and Simmons long before he met them. Though he loved playing music early on in life, he never thought he would make it as far as he has.

“I always loved playing in a band, and all I ever really wanted to do was play in the school band or play an after-game party at the school or someone’s garage at a party,” Thayer said. “It’s interesting in life how one thing leads to another. If you stick with something, and you keep going for a long enough time, it can really be surprising what happens sometimes.”

KISS’ music has resonated with fans for more than four decades. Thayer said that the music of the early ’70s has shaped his life and remains important.

“The music we grew up with, the bands that we love when we’re first getting into music at 12 or 13, that’s really kind of the soundtrack to your life in a way,” he said. “That’s a huge part of who we are and what we’re made up of.”


The 2016 Official KISS Magazine is here!

This all-new, all-KISS magazine features the Hottest Band in the World with exclusive full-page photos from the tour, backstage access, and stories from the road. You'll enjoy explosive live photos and never-before-seen interviews with Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, KISS' stage manager Steve Roman, and wrestler/rocker Chris Jericho.  

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