Musicians » Guitarists » PAUL STANLEY
|Full name||: Paul Stanley|
|Alias||: Paul Stanley|
|Address||: Manhattan, New York, United States|
|Animals||: The Dragon|
|Wife||: Erin Sutton (m. 2005), Pamela Bowen (m. 1992–2001)|
|Children||: Emily Grace, Evan Shane Stanley, Sarah Brianna, Colin Michael Stanley|
|Education||: The High School of Music & Art|
|Activists||: Guitarists , Lyricists & Songwriters|
Paul Stanley is one of the reputed names in the world music industry. A hard rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and painter, he serves as the rhythm guitarist, co-lead vocalist and frontman of the rock band ‘Kiss’. A music aficionado, he took to rhythms since an early age. By the time he reached his teens, he had already mastered playing guitar and writing lyrics for his songs. Though he made an unimpressive start in his career, he did not let the modest debut affect him as he worked hard. He collaborated with Simmons to form the band ‘Wicked Lester’, which too performed only modestly. It was the formation of the rock band ‘Kiss’ with Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley that he experienced new highs in his career. Every album of the band, right from its debut venture, excelled at the U. S. charts reaching a platinum and gold status. He not only served as the band’s guitarist and vocalist but also co-wrote several of the hit tracks of the band.
He initiated his career as a member of the local band, Rainbow. Furthermore, he was also a member of Uncle Joe and Post War Baby Boom.
His career took off a rather unpredictable start. A chanced meeting of him with yet another aspiring young musician Gene Simmons led him to form a group, titled, ‘Wicked Lester’. The duo formed a number of other musical groups as well, but none did much to help them take off their career commercially.
The failure of the group led the duo to revise and revamp their idea as to how the group should seem like. They then placed ads for a drummer and a guitarist at the New York newspapers, which led to the recruitment of guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss.
With the enrolment of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, he along with Simmons renamed the band as ‘Kiss’. The group released their self-titled debut album in February 1974. The album was pretty successful making it up to the gold status in the US and Canada charts.
The spectacular success of the debut album led the group to come up with their second album in the same year titled, ‘Hotter Than Hell’. This album too, like its predecessor, hit the perfect chord with the audience achieved gold status in the US and Canada charts.
In 1975, the group came up with its third album, ‘Dressed to Kill’. The same year, they came up with their first live album, titled, ‘Kiss Alive!’ The album achieved mega success and became the hottest group.
Following the ravishing success of its previous albums, the group came up with two albums in 1976 titled, ‘Destroyer’ and ‘Rock and Roll Over’. Each of the albums gained a platinum status at the box office receiving immense adulation and respect from its fans. The following year, he released ‘Love Gun’ which again gained a platinum status.
In 1978, he came up with his solo self-titled album ‘Paul Stanley’. The album was much appreciated by the public and gained a platinum status at the US charts, while a gold status on the Canada charts.
From 1980 to 1990, the group released nine studio albums titled, ‘Dynasty’, ‘Unmasked’, ‘Music from The Elder’, ‘Creatures of the Night’, ‘Lick It Up’, ‘Animalize’, ‘asylum’, ‘Crazy Nights’ and ‘Hot in the Shade’.
Meanwhile in 1989, he embarked on a brief club tour, along with guitarist Bob Kulick and future Kiss drummer Eric Singer. The same year, he provided voice for the title track of the Wes Craven horror flick ‘Shocker’.
For the 1990s decade, he released three studio albums with the group, titled ‘Revenge’, ‘Carnival of the Souls: The Final Sessions’ and ‘Psycho Circus’. In the following decade, the group came up with a single studio album in 2009 titled, ‘Sonic Boom’. They compensated it by coming up with two live albums, ‘Kiss Symphony: Alive IV’ and ‘Alive! The Millennium Concert’
In 2006, twenty eight years after releasing his first solo album, he came up with his second album, ‘Live to Win’ in October 2006. The title track of the album appeared on the South Park show.
Following the success of his second venture, he proceeded on a theatre tour to support his album, with a touring band that was the house band from the CBS TV show, Rock Star. The band appeared twice in the seasons, Rock Star INXS and Rock Star Supernova.
Some portions of this tour were filmed for a documentary titled, ‘Paul Stanley: Live to Dream’. The performance of the band in the tour were filmed and recorded on DVD and digital audio download formats as One Live Kiss.
Other than his musical aspirations, he starred in the Toronto production, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, playing the role of The Phantom. Acting and music apart, he has also tried his hand at painting, making a debut in 2006
He acted as a producer for an up-and-coming band called New England for their debut album. The single from the album, ‘Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya’ went on to become a major Top-40 hit.
Not much is known about Paul Stanley’s childhood or early life except for the fact that he was born as Stanley Harvey Eisen on January 20, 1952 in Queens, New York.
He attended The High School of Music & Art in New York City, graduating from the same in 1970.
He showed a deep fascination for music from an early age. He was so involved with his musical aspirations that by the time he aged to the teens, he had already mastered playing guitar and writing the lyrics for his songs.
He first tied the knot with Pamela Brown. The couple was blessed with son, Evan Shane Stanley. However, the unison did not last long and the two filed for a divorce in 2001.
In 2005, he married longtime girlfriend Erin Sutton at The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington in Pasadena, California. They have been blessed with three children, a son and two daughters.
This famous hard rock guitarist suffers from microtia, a deformity of the pinna (outer ear) since a child. He is deaf in his right ear
He underwent two hip replacement surgeries in 2004, one in October and the other in December. In 2011, he underwent a surgery on his vocal chords
He serves as an ambassador for the charitable organization AboutFace, an organization that extends support to individuals with facial differences
In 2006, he was inducted in the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
In 2008, he won the ‘Showman Of The Year’ award of the Classic Rock Awards.
In 2009, he received the Classic Gold Telly Award for his concert film ‘One Live Kiss’.
He was presented with the Sound Partners Lifetime Achievement Award from the House Research Institute