Paul Stanley

Paul Stanley

Real Name:
Stanley Harvey Eisen
Born : January 20, 1952 // Queens, New York City, NY, United States.

Paul Stanley is an American hard rock guitarist, singer, musician, painter and songwriter best known for being the rhythm guitarist and primary lead vocalist of the rock band Kiss. He is the writer or co-writer of many of the band's highest-charting hits.

Before Kiss, Paul Stanley was in a local band, Rainbow (not to be confused with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow) and was also a member of Uncle Joe and Post War Baby Boom. Through a mutual friend of Gene Simmons', Stanley joined Simmons' band Wicked Lester (2) in the early 1970s. The band recorded an album in 1972, but as of 2010 it has not been officially released (although songs from the album appeared on Kiss's 2001 box set). Wicked Lester soon fell apart and Stanley and Simmons placed ads for a drummer and a guitarist in various New York papers. This resulted in Peter Criss and Ace Frehley joining the group, and they named themselves Kiss. Kiss released their self-titled debut in February 1974.

Stanley's persona in Kiss was "The Starchild" utilizing one star over his right eye. For a brief time, Stanley changed his make-up character to "The Bandit", with a "Lone Ranger" style mask design make-up pattern. This make-up design would only be used during a few mid-1973 shows, soon to be replaced by the now famous "The Starchild" make-up design and persona. In his book Sex Money Kiss, Gene Simmons admits that Stanley was the driving force for Kiss during the makeup-free 1980s, while Simmons was feeling lost without his demon makeup and was distanced from the band while attempting to launch a film career.

In 1999, Stanley starred in a Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera, in which he played the role of The Phantom. He appeared in the musical from May 25 to August 1, and again that year from September 30 to October 31, 1999.

Stanley made his debut as a painter in 2005, exhibiting and selling original works of art.

Stanley collaborated with Boston-based power pop group Click Five on their hit single, "Angel To You (Devil To Me)"

For the cellist, see Paul Stanley (2).
For the photographer, see Paul Stanley (3).
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Paul Stanley Discography


Kiss, Paul Stanley Kiss, Paul Stanley - Paul Stanley (Album) Casablanca Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Paul Stanley Live To Win (Album) New Door Records, UMe Europe 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Paul Stanley Hold Me, Touch Me (Single) Bellaphon Italy 1978 Sell This Version
NB 940 DJ Paul Stanley Hold Me, Touch Me(7", Promo, Fil) Casablanca Record And Filmworks, Inc. NB 940 DJ US 1978 Sell This Version
BareTraxx2007-01 Paul Stanley Live To Win(7", Single, Pro) Not On Label BareTraxx2007-01 US 2006 Sell This Version


VG 407 Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley - The Best Of...(LP, Comp) Disques Vogue P.I.P. VG 407 France 1978 Sell This Version


Paul Stanley One Live Kiss New Door Records, UMe, Universal Europe 2008 Sell This Version


none Paul Stanley Live to win(CD, Promo) Universal Music Group none Europe 2006 Sell This Version

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