KISS’ Paul Stanley On His Music, His Art And His Persona

By Jim Clash / Forbes

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley is a lot more than just a singer. He’s acted (played lead in a Canadian production of “Phantom Of The Opera”), written and co-written several Kiss hits including “Rock And Roll All Night” and “Black Diamond,” and yes, paints. On February 23, his first art show of 2024 opens at the Wentworth Gallery, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Hollywood, Florida. The following day, he will also present his work at the Wentworth Gallery, Boca Raton Town Center Mall.

With the completion of Kiss’ final tour (at least that’s what they say), we thought it would be an appropriate time to chat with Stanley about his illustrious career. The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer turns 72 later this week. Following are edited excerpts from a longer phone conversation.

Jim Clash: As research for this story, I watched you on Dan Rather’s, “The Big Interview.” You came across as thoughtful, polite, almost shy – a surprise to me. Onstage with Kiss, you’re raucous and boisterous, the polar opposite.

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