Paul Stanley
American artist
Paul Stanley
Stanley Eisen, better known by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American hard rock guitarist, singer, musician, painter and songwriter best known for being the rhythm guitarist, co-lead vocalist and co-frontman of the rock band Kiss. He is of Jewish and German-Jewish ancestry, his mother was born in Berlin, Germany. He is the writer or co-writer of many of the band's highest-charting hits. Stanley established the "Starchild" character for his Kiss persona.
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Video Premiere: How a Song Helps Em Rossi Fill an 'Empty Space' in Her Heart
Huffington Post - 12 days
People take many life-altering courses of action to deal with loss. But when Em Rossi was a 15-year-old aspiring singer in 2014, she found a way to handle grief naturally, solemnly and maturely, in a manner that belied her age. In April 2014, "the most universal person" Rossi had ever known, the man with whom she shared her most personal thoughts and fears in life while growing up in Petaluma, Calif., died. Her father Robert Brockman, a landscape architect, artist and amateur musician, was 50 years old. The day after his death, Rossi went to her room and began composing her thoughts. Those thoughts turned into words for "Empty Space," which turned into a beautifully made music video that the wise-beyond-her-years artist premieres exclusively today (Feb. 7) at The Huffington Post. "Heartbreak changes people," Rossi, now 18, wrote last week as part of an email Q&A for the article accompanying the video premiere starring one of the most promising young American singer-son ...
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What Being A 'Rock Star' Used To Mean, According To Sebastian Bach
Huffington Post - 3 months
Sebastian Bach ― the former lead singer of Skid Row, Broadway actor, and occasional TV star in shows such as “Gilmore Girls” and “Trailer Park Boys” ― closes his just released autobiography, 18 and Life on Skid Row, with his concerns about “rock stardom.” “The term ‘rock star’ has changed so very much from when I was a teenager,” Bach writes. “Now, guys with computer programs, hedge fund managers, athletes, and even presidents are called rock stars ... Well, it bugs me when a fucking dentist gets called a rock star. It bugs me when Kris Jenner calls Kim Kardashian a rock star. And it bugs me even more when Kanye West calls himself a rock star.” On the phone with The Huffington Post, Bach clarified that this frustration essentially comes from losing ownership over his job title. “If a real rock star calls himself a rock star, he’s a dick,” Bach said with laughter. “Other people say, ‘Well, people in bands who call themselves rock stars are just assholes.’ I’m like, what the fuck ...
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Celebrities Express Disgust Over Non-Consensual Rape Scene In 'Last Tango In Paris'
Huffington Post - 3 months
Over the weekend, an old video interview with director Bernardo Bertolucci resurfaced online. In the clip, Bertolucci says the rape scene involving Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider’s characters in “Last Tango In Paris” was non-consensual. Naturally, the revelation ― which was news to many ― garnered some passionate responses from members of Hollywood who shared their disgust on social media.  Jessica Chastain, for instance, tweeted about the news, writing, “I feel sick.”  To all the people that love this film- you're watching a 19yr old get raped by a 48yr old man. The director planned her attack. I feel sick. https://t.co/qVDom2gYf6 — Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) December 3, 2016 The “Miss Sloane” star expanded on her tweet in an interview with People magazine.  Brando and Bertolucci “conspired to basically rape” Schneider, Chastain said. “She didn’t know that that was going to happen, and he said he didn’t want her to act humiliated, he wanted he ...
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Shoulder surgery keeps Paul Stanley from KISS benefit show
Yahoo News - 10 months
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Shoulder surgery has prevented Paul Stanley from performing an intimate show with KISS.
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Mitch Albom's New Book Is Beautiful Music to the Ears
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Ever since the huge literary success of "Tuesdays with Morrie," Mitch Albom has been trying to reach the same level of storytelling magic. His five books that followed "Tuesdays with Morrie" were each wonderful in their own unique way, but seemed to lack the passion of his masterpiece. The recurring themes in his follow-up novels have all given tips of the hat to his magnum opus about Brandeis professor Morrie Schwartz -- mentorship, death and dying, faith and spirituality, and leaving a legacy -- but they just didn't have the same best seller qualities. Now, Albom follows up his recent book about phone calls from the beyond ("The First Phone Call From Heaven," 2013) with a new novel that seems to weave all of his themes into one volume. With "The Magic Strings of Frankie Pesto" (Harper), Albom has taken his writing to a whole new level. He was at his best when writing about his personal heroes -- a dying college professor and a dying childhood rabbi -- but this book is Albom's first ...
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Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS among ASCAP honorees
LATimes - almost 2 years
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On the Runway Blog: Kiss and Tell: Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley Talk Shop
NYTimes - about 3 years
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley talk shop.     
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KISS frontman Paul Stanley to release memoir in 2014
Calgary Sun - about 3 years
KISS fans have been given double the reason to look forward to 2014 - frontman Paul Stanley is set to release his memoir days after the rockers are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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I Ignore Lou Reed, But My Friend Charlie Winds Up in Lou's Apartment
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I first met Lou Reed at the Holiday Fundraiser Fair at Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights, the day after Thanksgiving, 1967. By that time in my life, I'd seen The Beatles, The [Brian Jones] Rolling Stones, The Who. Had listened to Are You Experienced over 50 times. I knew good. I'd gone to church fair with several dollars, the idea being that I was gonna buy some Christmas presents early, while contributing to the church where I attended nursery school and in whose choir I sang for three years. It was all typical white-bread bric-a-brac crap. Although I did find a 'still silver' proof set of the five U.S. coins in circulation at the time. That was a Christmas present for my sister to give me. Oh, and, yes, of course, a year later, I spent all 91 cents on candy and a 16 magazine. As I listlessly strolled around the overheated room almost reeking of pine from at least 15 very large wreathes, I came to a table that had an unusual offering... In a small wicker basket, standing upr ...
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San Francisco Chronicle best-sellers, Sept. 29
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
San Francisco Chronicle best-sellers, Sept. 29 HARDCOVER PAPERBACK FICTION Bay Area 1. BLEEDING EDGE * Thomas Pynchon (Penguin Press; $28.95) W IS FOR WASTED NEVER GO BACK: A Jack Reacher Novel Gillian Flynn (Crown; $25) 8. [...] THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED FICTION National 1. NEVER GO BACK: A Jack Reacher Novel THE MAYAN SECRETS (A Fargo Adventures) * [...] WATCH: A J.P. Beaumont Novel * 8. [...] THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED Gillian Flynn (Crown; $25) NONFICTION Bay Area 1. A Musical Memoir * War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital Francesco Marciuliano (Chronicle; $12.95) LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS Tales and Wisdom From Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle Si Robertson with Mark Schlabach (Howard Books; $20.99) Restoring the American Republic Mark R. Levin (Threshold Editions; $26.99) EMPTY MANSIONS: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending ...
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KISS founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley: Peter Criss and Ace Frehley got what they deserved
Fox News - over 3 years
Legendary KISS founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have collaborated on the memoir ‘Nothin’ To Lose,’ an oral history of their rock band’s genesis.
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AIB's acting CFO to leave bank in August
Business & Leadership - over 3 years
AIB's acting chief financial officer Paul Stanley is leaving to pursue other opportunities in August 2013, the bank said today.
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Terror fears keep toxic plants hidden from public
Fox News - over 3 years
Until the local fertilizer company in West, Texas, blew up last month and demolished scores of homes, many in that town of 2,800 didn't know what chemicals were stored alongside the railroad tracks or how dangerous they were. Even rescue workers didn't know what they were up against. "We never thought of an explosive potential," said Dr. George Smith, the EMS director who responded to the factory fire by running to a nearby nursing home to prepare for a possible chemical spill. Firefighters feared that tanks of liquid ammonia would rupture. But while they hosed down those tanks to keep them cool, a different chemical — a few tons of ammonium nitrate — exploded with the force of a small earthquake. Smith and his colleagues should have known that ammonium nitrate was also a significant hazard. Neighbors should have known, too. Around the country, hundreds of buildings like the one in West store some type of ammonium nitrate. ...
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Failed Promises For Early Education Programs
NPR - almost 4 years
President Obama says he wants to make quality early education available to every child in America. But a new study shows state funding for pre-kindergarten programs dropped by over a half a billion dollars from 2011 to 2012. Host Michel Martin finds out more about the cuts and the consequences. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Binky Philips: Another Excerpt: I "Discover" CBGB and Open for The Ramones, May, 1975
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Here's another excerpt from my eBook on Rhino, My Life in the Ghost of Planets - The Story of a CBGB Almost-Was. It's doozy, too... in which my band, The Planets, is initiated into the brave new world of CBGB in the early Spring of 1975. Here we go... So, now, it was early December, 1974. The Planets had been thrown out of Coventry, the only club that would book us (one of the bouncers took offense when I tried to clock him with a mic stand in front of the whole audience). We basically had nowhere to perform. Now what? One night, I was in a cab with two of the other Planets. It was about midnight. We'd wrapped up our rehearsal about 15 minutes earlier, pooled our money, and hence, the taxi instead of the subway. We were sitting at a red light on the Bowery at Bleeker St. Directly across from me was a quaint but spanking new snow-white half-circle awning with old carny-style lettering in red and black. "CBGB". Without thinking, I blurted out, "Look guys, a place w ...
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Mexico: KISS legends to open restaurant in San Jose del Cabo
Chicago Times - almost 4 years
Rock into spring later this month with KISS legends Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons when they open a Rock & Brews restaurant in San Jose del Cabo.
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Binky Philips: Binky's Revenge: My Own Damned Most Influential Guitarists List!
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I have long had a love/hate relationship with The Top 10 (20, 50, 100) All Time Guitarist lists. As in, I love to see how much hatred and rage they can generate in my arrogant pedantic know-it-all bile-soaked soul. It is absolutely guaranteed that at some point, a guy who doesn't belong within a fer-piece of any list will be ranked far above a Giant, and I'll want to tear the heads off the dolts who had the temerity to write/publish such tripe. So, in that spirit, I've decided to have my head torn off. I've been writing for Huffington Post since June of 2010 and it only occurred to me last week, Hey, I have a forum! I can make my own damn list. Oh, boy! Oh, boy! [Check my archive... I have plenty of posts about plenty of the guitarists mentioned in this one.] You are about to embark on a journey (sorry, no Neil Schon) into the mind of a Total Dick when it comes to the subject of (guitars and) guitar players. It's simple, really... I know more than you. Nyaaaah Nyaaah ...
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Film but no reunion for Led Zeppelin
CNN Bussiness Blogs - over 4 years
This week's New York premiere of Led Zeppelin's forthcoming concert film, "Celebration Day," may have brought out both fans and rock stars, including Mick Jones, Stevie Nicks and Paul Stanley of Kiss, but beyond the 2007 reunion depicted on-screen, don't expect to see the legendary band in concert anytime soon.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Stanley
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 64
    In 2016, he guested in Ace Frehley's covers album Origins, Vol. 1, singing "Fire and Water" by Free.
    More Details Hide Details Stanley tends to sing in the high register of his vocal range. On Music From "The Elder" he experimented with falsetto ("Just a Boy", "The Oath").
  • 2014
    Age 62
    In April 2014, Stanley published his memoir, Face the Music: A Life Exposed.
    More Details Hide Details In the memoir, Stanley, who is Jewish, accused former bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss of anti-Semitism.
  • 2013
    Age 61
    On August 15, 2013, Stanley, Gene Simmons and manager Doc McGhee became a part of the ownership group that created the L.A. Kiss Arena Football League team, which plays their home games at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 59
    In October 2011, Stanley had surgery on his vocal cords.
    More Details Hide Details He said, "I hold myself to a higher standard than others do. With that in mind, I wanted to remedy a few minor issues that come with 40 years of preaching rock 'n' roll." Because of his birth defect microtia, Stanley is an ambassador for the charitable organization AboutFace, an organization that provides support and information to people with facial differences. He has appeared at fundraising events and in videos to raise awareness.
  • 2006
    Age 54
    They had their first child, Colin Michael Stanley, on September 6, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had their second child, Sarah Brianna, on January 28, 2009, in Los Angeles. On August 9, 2011, they had their third child, Emily Grace. Stanley has had two hip-replacement surgeries: one after the "Rock the Nation" tour in October 2004, and a second in December 2004 after complications arose from the first surgery. He has announced that he will require a third hip surgery in the future. He regards the degeneration of his left hip as partly the product of thousands of shows performed in platform boots since the early 1970s.
    Stanley made his debut as a painter in 2006, exhibiting and selling original works of art.
    More Details Hide Details Stanley collaborated with Boston-based power pop group Click Five on their hit single, "Angel To You (Devil To Me)". In the past, Stanley has been asked to produce albums for Poison but he was never able to commit due to his work on Kiss projects. However, Stanley did produce a debut album for an up-and-coming band called New England. The first single from that album in 1978 was called "Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya" and went on to become a Top-40 hit in 1979.
  • 2005
    Age 53
    On November 19, 2005, Stanley married longtime girlfriend Erin Sutton at the Ritz-Carlton, Huntington in Pasadena, California.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2001
    Age 49
    In 2001, Stanley's first wife, actress Pamela Bowen, filed for divorce after nine years of marriage.
    More Details Hide Details They have one son, Evan Shane Stanley, born on June 6, 1994.
  • 1999
    Age 47
    He appeared in the musical from May 25 to August 1, and again that year from September 30 to October 31, 1999.
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    In 1999, Stanley starred in a Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera, in which he played the role of the Phantom.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 37
    In 1989, Stanley embarked on a brief club tour.
    More Details Hide Details His touring band included guitarist Bob Kulick and future Kiss drummer Eric Singer. The same year, Stanley sang lead on the title track for the soundtrack of the Wes Craven horror flick Shocker. Twenty-eight years after releasing his first solo album (as part of the four simultaneously released Kiss solo albums), Stanley released a second album, Live to Win, on October 24, 2006. The title song of his solo album, "Live to Win", appeared on the South Park episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft". In October and November 2006, Stanley embarked on a theater tour in support of Live to Win. His touring band was the house band from the CBS TV show Rock Star, composed of Paul Mirkovich (keyboards), Jim McGorman (guitar), Rafael Moreira (lead guitar), Nate Morton (drums), and Sasha Krivtsov (bass). In April 2007, Stanley extended the tour to include Australia, playing in Coolangatta, Wollongong, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. Portions of the tour were filmed for a documentary titled Paul Stanley: Live to Dream by the Chicago-based Film Foetus. The band's performance at the House of Blues in Chicago was captured on film and released in 2008 on DVD and digital audio download formats as One Live Kiss.
  • 1987
    Age 35
    Stanley has very rarely recorded or performed outside of Kiss. He wrote and recorded material for a solo album in 1987–88, which was shelved in favor of the Kiss compilation, Smashes, Thrashes & Hits.
    More Details Hide Details While never officially released, songs such as "Don't Let Go" and "When Two Hearts Collide" have circulated as bootleg recordings. One song from the project, "Time Traveler," was released as part of Kiss's 2001 box set.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 22
    Kiss released their self-titled debut album in February 1974.
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  • 1973
    Age 21
    This make-up design was only used during a few mid-1973 shows. "I even tried painting my face all red," he admitted. "I looked like a longhaired tomato!
    More Details Hide Details Before settling on the star, I'd just paint a black ring around my eye… Each of us wears something that reflects who we are. I always loved stars and always identified with them – so, when it came time to put something on my face, I knew it would be a star." In his book Sex Money Kiss, Gene Simmons says that Stanley was the driving force for KISS during a period in the 1980s when the band decided to perform without makeup. In 2006, Stanley resumed his association with Washburn Guitars and using the Washburn PS2000. Previously, he has had four signature guitars made by Silvertone, and tweaked the Ibanez Iceman to his specifications, calling it the PS10. In 2007 (prior to the final show of the Hit 'N Run Tour on July 27), Stanley was hospitalized with tachycardia. In his absence, Kiss performed live as a trio for the first time in decades. The concert was the first Kiss performance Stanley missed.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1970
    Age 18
    All through his childhood Stanley had been recognized for his talent at graphic arts, so he attended the High School of Music & Art in New York City and graduated in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Despite his skill as a graphic artist, he abandoned that as a career, and instead played in bands. Before Kiss, Stanley was in a local band, Rainbow (not to be confused with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow) and was also a member of Uncle Joe and Post War Baby Boom. 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 it has not been officially released (although songs from the album appeared on Kiss's 2001 box set). Wicked Lester soon fell apart and Stanley and Simmons answered Peter Criss's advertisement in Rolling Stone (August 31, 1972): "Expd. Rock & Roll drummer looking for orig. grp. doing soft & hard music." Soon after recruiting Criss, they held auditions for a lead guitarist, with Stanley placing an ad in the Village Voice (December 14, 1972). Despite what Stanley, Criss, and Simmons admit was a shaky first impression, Ace Frehley won the group over both with his playing, which all admit was nearly a perfect fit to the group's sound, and with his style, showing up to the audition wearing Converse shoes in two different colors (one red, one orange).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Age 8
    Stanley's family relocated to the Kew Gardens neighborhood in Queens in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details He listened to a lot of doo-wop music, but when The Beatles and The Rolling Stones played on U.S. television he was inspired by the performance aspect, which he thought was not out of his reach. Stanley received his first real guitar at age 13, an acoustic one that he would have preferred to be electric. He played tunes by Bob Dylan, The Byrds, The Lovin' Spoonful and more.
  • 1952
    Age 0
    Stanley Bert Eisen was born January 20, 1952, in upper Manhattan near 211th Street and Broadway; the Inwood neighborhood near Inwood Hill Park.
    More Details Hide Details He was the second of two children, and born two years after his sister Julia. His mother came from a family that fled Nazi Germany to Amsterdam, Netherlands and then to New York City. His father's parents were from Poland. Stanley was raised Jewish, although he did not consider his family very observant and did not celebrate his bar mitzvah. His parents listened to classical music and light opera; Stanley was greatly moved by Beethoven's works. His right ear was misshaped from a birth defect called microtia; he was unable to hear on that side, thus he found it difficult to determine the direction of a sound, and he could not understand speech in a noisy environment. Attending PS 98, he was taunted by other children for his deformed ear. Despite his hearing problem, Stanley enjoyed listening to music, and he watched American Bandstand on television. His favorite musical artists included Eddie Cochran, Dion and the Belmonts, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. Stanley learned to sing harmony with his family, and he was given a child's guitar at age seven.
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