KISS - Gene Simmons And Paul Stanley Take On Five Questions From USA Today; Video Available
March 31, 2014, a year ago
In the clip below, KISS legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley answer five questions posed by USA Today:
Dave Epstein at Rolling Stone takes a look at the original KISS line-up's individual memories of various eras and events in the band's career, citing Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss' respective autobiographies. An excerpt is available below:
Designing The KISS Logo
Gene Simmons: "I remember very clearly when our picture went up on the outside of the club [the band was playing], Ace took a marker and wrote our new name right on the picture. The way he drew it was pretty crude, but it resembled our logo, with the two S's like lightning bolts at the end of the word."
Paul Stanley: "Yes, we enhanced it. Not to hide anything, not to fool anyone. But who wanted to hear a mistake repeated endlessly? Who wanted to hear an out-of-tune guitar? For what? Authenticity?"
KISS Goes Disco
Peter Criss: "The cruelest blow of all was Paul’s attempt to write a contemporary hit for Dynasty. He came up with 'I Was Made for Lovin' You,' KISS' first out-and-out disco track. What little credibility we had left was flushed down the toilet when we did that."
Peter Criss Leaves The Band
Ace Frehley: "I wanted to give Criss another chance, but my hands were tied. I was outvoted, and the decision was made to move forward without him, so I accepted the decision reluctantly."
Check out the complete article featuring four opinions of the each event posted above here.
Harper Audio Presents has posted an excerpt of KISS frontman PAUL STANLEY reading the prologue from his new book, Face The Music: A Life Exposed. An interview clip is also included:
According to an update from the KISS camp, Face The Music: A Life Exposed will be 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:
Monday, April 7 – New York - 6:00 pm
Barnes & Noble Tribeca
97 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007
Tuesday, April 8 – New York - 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
2245 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY
Wednesday, April 9 – New Jersey - 6:00 pm
211 E. Ridgewood Avenue
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)
Stanley recently revealed he is recording an audio book version of Face The Music: A Life Exposed. He issued the following update via Twitter on February 5th:
"Recording spoken word version of my autobiography 'Face The Music'. 180 pages done and 230 left to go!"
Face The Music: A Life Exposed will feature 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