PAUL ANSWERS FROM WASHBURN FORUM
From : WASHBURN FORUM
On : 2010-05-05
Thanks to everyone for sending in their questions. Due to the overwhelming response, Paul was unable to answer every question, so we picked out the questions that were most frequently asked and most relevant to these forums and then a couple of stand-out questions.
Q: What made you decide to work with Washburn Guitars for your stage and signature guitars?
A: I think the key to great success is always a great team and great collaboration. That's why over the years I've sought out new partners from time to time. Washburn in an earlier incarnation had a terrific team, whereby there was no red tape to cut through or hoops to jump to see a design through from sketches to prototype. With the new Washburn team, I'm feeling that same excitement and the Flying V is the first indication of great things to come.
Q: When you sat down with Washburn to create your signature model, what was your main priority in what you were looking for?
HOW I MADE IT: PAUL STANLEY
From : LA TIMES
On : 2010-05-02
By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
The lead singer and guitarist for the rock band KISS learned the benefits of branding early in his career.
Background: Born Jan. 20, 1952, as Stanley Bert Eisen in the Bronx, N.Y., to a furniture salesman and a nurse. Formed a short-lived band, Wicked Lester, with fellow New Yorker Gene Simmons in the early 1970s. They dropped that name and formed KISS with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley in January 1973.
Big dreams: As a child, Stanley was shy but felt in his gut that he could be a rock ‘n' roll star. "When I first saw the Beatles on ‘Ed Sullivan,' I was a pudgy, little, unpopular kid. But I had this epiphany that I could do what [the musicians on TV] were doing. To think that when you could count your friends on two fingers, and you're not the kid who's taking home the trophy for best looking, is your innate voice talking."