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Paul Stanley

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Queens, New York, USA (1952 – present)

Paul Stanley (born Stanley Eisen, January 20, 1952 in Queens, New York, USA) is an American hard rock guitarist for the rock band Kiss. He is the writer or co-writer of most of the band’s highest-charting hits, including “Rock And Roll All Nite”, “Detroit Rock City”, “Hard Luck Woman”, “I Was Made for Lovin’ You”, “Crazy Crazy Nights” and “Forever”. He also came up with the name ‘Kiss’.

Before KISS, Paul Stanley was in a local band, Rainbow (not to be confused with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow) and Uncle Joe. Through a mutual friend of Gene Simmons’, Stanley joined Simmons’ band Wicked Lester in the early 1970s. The band recorded an album in 1972, but as of 2008 it has never been officially released (although songs from the album appeared on Kiss’s 2001 box set). Wicked Lester soon fell apart and Stanley and Simmons placed ads for a drummer and a guitarist in various New York papers. This resulted in Peter Criss and Ace Frehley joining the group, and they named themselves Kiss. Kiss released their self-titled debut in February 1974.

Stanley’s persona in Kiss is “The Starchild”, “The Bandit” in the mid-1973 shows.

In his book Sex Money Kiss, Gene Simmons admits that Stanley was the driving force for Kiss during the makeup-free 1980s, while Simmons was feeling lost without his demon makeup and attempting to launch a film career.

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  • Emmelsbuell

    great album...

    18 Mar 1:54pm Reply
  • k_r_i

    One of my favorite singers, I love the voice of Paul [4]

    25 Jan 2:19pm Reply
  • KISSologist

    happy birthday to the one and only starchild.

    20 Jan 1:15pm Reply
  • lex6x6x6

    best voice, best frontman in best band

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • ikd-sj

    "ITS NOT ME" respect. (͏・ω・)

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Steambull

    When Paul did the tour for Live to Win his voice was top notch. I would have much rather seen his solo concert than a "Kiss" show with Tommy Thayer -_- Yeah, keep trying to do Ace's licks while bending yourself like Ace on the stage, Tommy, you look like Schwarzenegger trying to do ballet. Anyway, Live to Win was definitely, as a genre, today's shitty mainstream pop rock, but it was the best shit of its kind and I liked a it a whole lot! It was so hook-based though that I managed to listen to it too much.

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • wildroses07

    Paul Stanley's furry tits <3

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • KaoruTakarai88

    The best frontman in rock! [2]

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • KISSologist

    happy birthday, mr. stanley <3

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
  • goro008

    south park brought me here >_< [3 ]

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Astaroth0880

    south park brought me here >_< [2] :-D

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Acid_XenomorpH

    south park brought me here >_<

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Juhiz69

    The best frontman in rock!

    24 Oct 2012 Reply
  • BrunaIres

    Melhor voz.

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Emmelsbuell

    Great !!!!!

    7 Oct 2012 Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    Listened to live to win far more than any Kiss album...not sure if that's a good or a bad thing!

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • sgtstevens

    Paul Stanley is still do-able. Gene Simmons on the other hand is gross and never had an ounce of talent!

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Lord_Khronos

    Live to win! [2]

    17 Jun 2012 Reply
  • WarriorJones

    Live to win!

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • CrimsonCamel

    Pretty sure he's straight but I definitely agree about the cool thing. Absolute legend.

    11 May 2012 Reply
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