When the band KISS first hit the scene back in the 1970's, , they became known for two things: punchy, hard-edged rock tunes and bombastic live shows like no one had seen before. At the core of both of these things was Paul Stanley, KISS' Starchild.
Of all of the monikers taken by members of the band over the years, none fit their bearer as well as the Starchild does. Despite having no official lead singer, there's no question who the frontman for KISS is. Paul Stanley is not only responsible for writing or co-writing the bulk of the KISS' songs, he's also co-produced a number of the band's albums as well as being the sole producer of 1984's Animalize and 1978's Paul Stanley (one of the four solo KISS albums). Oh, and he'll wear out a microphone like it's nobody's business during a live show.
If you've never seen KISS live, I highly recommend it. Stanley prances, shakes, and struts his way across the stage, spits and flicks guitar picks into the crowd and makes many, many innuendo-laden comments to the crowd (okay, primarily to the women). He can quickly get the crowd into a frenzy, and have them believing that at that moment, they are part of the greatest show on earth. He is the carnival barker of the biggest musical circus you'll ever experience.
Stanley has released three solo albums over his long and successful career. There's the aforementioned self-titled KISS solo album, Live To Win (2006), and a DVD/Digital download called One Live Kiss from 2008. He also played the part of the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Other than that, though, Stanley's pretty much been a KISS man from the word go.
Some of KISS' biggest songs that Stanley either wrote/co-wrote or sings/co-sings on include Firehouse, Rock And Roll All Nite, Detroit Rock City, Shout It Out Loud, Hard Luck Woman, Love Gun, Lick It Up, Tears Are Falling, and Forever. Of course, this is only a small sampling of the songs that Stanley was a part of. To list them all here would require a lot more space than I'm allowed.
Of course, not all of Stanley's career has been hit music and partying. He's had two hip-replacement surgeries. He has also suffered from tachycardia, causing him to miss only one show in his long career. There's also the tension between Stanley and Gene Simmons and former original KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. I'll keep my nose out of that business, since there are so many stories flying about that it's hard to tell what is actually the truth.
Overall, Paul Stanley is 100% showman. He gives his all every time. I've witnessed this personally. He also appears to have a deep passion for KISS and the massive KISS Army.
He's one Starchild that will never burn out.
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Kendall Fontenot (kfontenot)
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