Apr 17 2014
Paul Stanley on His Childhood: ‘I Was Simply Determined to Find My Way Out’

by Chris Epting

Kiss star Paul Stanley’s new memoir, ‘Face the Music: A Life Exposed’ is garnering many rave reviews for its raw and open honesty, along with the many life lessons that the Starchild has amassed over the years. Revealing in great detail a wildly dysfunctional childhood made harder by an ear deformation, Stanley’s straightforward storytelling is electrifying.

We had a chance to sit down with Stanley and talk about the book just before he warmly and generously greeted and posed for photos with a crowd of over 500 at a Los Angeles bookstore.

Paul, there are a lot of surprising moments in your new book. One that really jumps out is the scene just after Kiss played Madison Square Garden in late 1977. You describe how the other guys in the band were off with friends and family while you found yourself alone in a deli on Third Avenue eating matzo ball soup. What an unexpected picture.

Right? I think it’s healthy for people to get a reality check on what it’s like sometimes. I think moments like that can help us stop deifying people and putting them on pedestals. A lot of times in this book I think people will relate to the fact that they’re not much different than I am. This idea of helping to inspire people by letting me know what my life was like is a gift to me. You get the most out of life when you give the most. I didn’t realize that as a kid but I certainly learned it as I got older.

Many of us are familiar with how hard Kiss has always worked, especially back in the beginning. But what you experienced during your childhood may be startling to readers. There was a lot of dysfunction in your household growing up.

I don’t know what I’m made out of. But it’s pretty strong. I’m not somebody who folds and I’m not somebody who surrenders I’m not somebody who gives in. I was simply determined to find my way out. I just didn’t know what was going to take. You can paraphrase Bob Dylan. Dylan said in one of his songs, “You know what you want but I know what you need.” And in life, we chase what we want. We don’t always chase what we need. And to reach a point where you understand what life is really about is freeing and liberating. You only get to that point by opening up. That’s what I did in this book. If you shut down all the time you get nothing.
Apr 17 2014
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Apr 17 2014

There’s a perception that a “biography” can be more revealing than an “autobiography.” A biography, some say, will offer more insight because the subject of the book will be more highly scrutinized, while with an autobiography, the reader will only get what the subject wants you to know. With an autobiography, the author - writing in the first person about their own life - will naturally try to paint themselves in the most positive light. And really, if you were going to write a book about your time on this earth, who wouldn’t want to do that?

But as a reader, I’ll still take an autobiography over a biography any day. The best source to tell your story is you, and with “Face The Music: A Life Exposed,” KISS frontman Paul Stanley truly unmasks for the very first time. It’s a remarkable and inspiring story, and offers much more than simply further projecting the bold mage of “The Starchild,” who can still have 20,000 people in a sold-out arena responding to the snap of his fingers. Sure, we’ve all known what Paul Stanley looks like since 1983, when KISS officially unmasked from its trademark makeup. But the perceived image of Paul Stanley as the gallivant rock star and the true life of the man himself were, for most of his life, about as different as KISS “Alive!” and “Music From The Elder.”

Perception was not reality.

Stanley, his text reveals, was born with a condition known as microtia, which left him with only one ear and deaf on one side. And though, by the late ‘60s, as he grew older and it was fashionably acceptable, he was able to hide the deformity by growing his hair, that was not the case when he was a child. And that made life very difficult. There was relentless teasing from other children, which shockingly, was met with little support from his parents, who were bogged down in a cold marriage and also had a mentally ill daughter to deal with. This left him feeling isolated - a feeling that would stay with him until much later in life.
Apr 17 2014
Thanks to everyone who came out last night to Barnes and Nobles at the Grove in Los Angeles.
Apr 16 2014

KISS, the iconic rockers, are celebrating their 40th anniversary and impending Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction - they want YOU to come up with the big idea for how they should do it in style.

KISS! The name itself summons images of painted faces and sounds of iconic rock anthems. You might think that a band as legendary and successful as KISS has been over the last 40 years has already seen and done it all. Sure, they’ve sold over 100 million albums worldwide, own an arena football team, and pop up in countless other places like Dr. Pepper or John Varvatos ads. But KISS is confident that YOU can come up with a big idea for how they should ring in their 40th anniversary in a truly original way.

This one is wide open. We’re giving you 500 characters to set your imagination and creativity loose coming up with the biggest, most epic celebration possible. Whether it’s a live event, mobile app or game, narrative content - or something else totally out of left field - surprise us. It would be extra epic if your big idea featured a compelling brand partnership.

CLICK HERE to submit your idea now.
Apr 16 2014
Musician and author Paul Stanley stopped by KCAL9 Tuesday to tell viewers about his new book “Face the Music”. In the book, Stanley reveals for the first time what it was like to rock and roll every night and party every day. He will be at the Barnes & Noble at The Grove Wednesday at 7 p.m. for a book signing.
Apr 16 2014
Thank You KISS Army!

The number of fans following KISS' Facebook page surpassed the 12 MILLION mark yesterday! Thank you KISS Army!

If you're not a fan of KISS on Facebook yet, head over to KISS' official Facebook page to "Like" us.

Apr 16 2014
KISS Tribute band MR.SPEED will be performing "live" on national television at the world famous Whisky a Go Go on The Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 8 PM(PT) / 11PM(ET). Tune-in to Directv 340, Dish 167, UVerse 1106, Verizon 569…check local listings and www.axs.tv for other provider channels.

AXS TV's hit series "The World's Greatest Tribute Bands" Season 3 finale will feature MR.SPEED in full 1977 KISS regalia. Hit after bombastic hit will explode from your TV like never before as MR.SPEED straps you in on a roller coaster ride through Kisstory.

Over their 20 year career MR.SPEED have performed with various members of KISS past and present such as Ace Frehley, Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick. Collectively the members of MR.SPEED have seen KISS in concert no less than 125 times.
Apr 15 2014
Paul Stanley talked about his book "Face the Music" with Dennis Miller.

CLICK HERE to listen to the interview.

Apr 15 2014
By Mark Lore

KISS has outlived most things its age (and probably more than a few cockroaches), as the rock and roll entity rolls into its 40th year. That means I’ve just entered my 36th year as a member of the KISS Army (does this make me a five-star general yet?). Of course, I’m not alone. KISS fans are as devoted (or gullible, depending on who you ask) as they come.

2014 is shaping up to be a big year for the most divisive band in the world. After 15 long years of eligibility, the four original members—Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley—are finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band is reissuing its entire catalog (complete with cardboard Love Guns and posters) on vinyl. And Stanley—the Starchild and the glue who has held things together all these years—finally penned an autobiography, making him the final of the four originals to do so.

While there are plenty of nuggets about KISS’s early daze, Stanley doesn’t belabor the sex, drugs and minutiae that most KISS fans probably know anyway (although there are points early in the book, where it feels like Stanley whizzes through rock and roll’s impact on him). Instead the Starchild digs deep into the human condition, starting with his upbringing, where his parents were going through the motions themselves and found little time for young Stanley Eisen, who was dealing with his own insecurities (he was born with only one ear, and to this day is deaf on one side).

Things get particularly interesting at the low points in KISS’s career, which force Stanley to explore his relationships—personal and intra-band—and discover what he’s truly lacking in his life. And the later years, once Stanley starts a family, deal with divorce and the beginning of a new chapter with his current wife, Erin Sutton, all while keeping the KISS machine afloat.

For Stanley and the devoted members of the KISS Army, the band’s longevity perhaps offers some validation for decades of being the underdogs. At this point KISS has been part of my life so long, it’s hard for me to even explain what it all means. All I know is, I finally got to talk to Paul-goddamn-Stanley who, ever the rock-and-roll politician, was forthcoming, articulate and funny.
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Apr 14 2014
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley with LA KISS on set today for AMC TV shoot.
Apr 14 2014
Story by Lindsay Lowe

Attention music-loving veterans! Two of the world’s most legendary rock bands, KISS and Def Leppard, are looking for two veterans to be roadies on their 2014 summer tour.

“Symbolizing their commitment to veterans, both bands will each hire a warrior to join them on tour,” the bands said in the official job posting on Military.com. “As a roadie, and a member of the production team, the candidate will be working, traveling and living with the crew on the buses. This includes sleeping in a bunk on a tour bus, showering at venues, traveling the country, and being a part of the team that originated the biggest and best rock show out there!”
Apr 14 2014
Win a KISS Signature Series t-shirt autographed by Paul Stanley from Hard Rock now!

We are excited to team up with KISS to giveaway a couple Paul Stanley (KISS) signed Signature Series t-shirts. Send us a photo of you rocking your KISS Signature Series t-shirt before 4/15 and we award our favorite winners with the signed t-shirt.

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