KISS frontman PAUL STANLEY, who is on a promo tour for his new book Face The Music: A Life Exposed, recently spoke with UT San Diego. An excerpt from the interview is available below:
Q: What reaction have you had from other band members?
A: "Gene read it. And, from everything I’ve heard from other people, he loved the book and acknowledged, certainly, the accuracy of what I said and my assessment of him. Again, nothing was said to hurt or denigrate. It was just my point of view. And, in my book, I must be honest. He thought it was great. And for a few people who read it, I think it’s probably painful for (them) to read it, and I understand that."
Q: Is a rock band, by definition, dysfunctional?
A: "I think there is something that comes from combustibility in a band. And the problem with combustibility is, unless it can be harnessed for the common good, it causes (the need) for change. The band, as it is today -- and has been for over a decade -- is four individuals who are very much motivated to further the band and the cause; four people who say: 'How can I make the band greater?' And that's how you become greater. But when you have people whose main objective is to make themselves greater, then everybody suffers. I think combustibility is a great thing. Look, Gene and I have been together 44 years at this point, and we're very different (people). But, at the end of the day, generally speaking, we have always been motivated by trying to do as best as we can for the band."
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Face The Music: A Life Exposed was released in all formats, including eBook and spoken word, on April 8th.
As previously reported, the book has landed on the Publishers Weekly Top 10 Most Anticipated Music Books list. A review courtesy of Guitar World is available here
Stanley will be signing copies of Face the Music: A Life Exposed at the following location:
Wednesday, April 16 – Los Angeles - 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Thursday, April 17 – San Diego - 7:00 pm
7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
Friday, April 25 – San Francisco - 7:00 pm
Jewish Community Center
3200 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
(Q & A and Signing)
Face The Music: A Life Exposed features rare photographs of the singer and detail his hard-partying lifestyle as one of the co-founders of the heavy rock band who has sold over eighty million albums and performed more than two thousand shows around the world.
Celebrity praise is as follows:
“Paul Stanley proves himself as an artist in music and on canvas and now with a great book.” - JIMMY PAGE of LED ZEPPELIN
“Both honest and inspirational. Amazing tales from one of rock’s great frontmen.” - SIR ELTON JOHN
“Paul is a great man who has achieved great things. From the Popcorn Club all the way to the Hall of Fame, his story is inspiring and motivating for anyone who dreams big.” - DAVE GROHL of FOO FIGHTERS