In a sneak peek clip of their conversation, Stanley opens up about fame, explaining how he used it to compensate for many insecurities. “I had what’s called a microtia, which is basically not having an ear, he tells Rather, adding, “I wasn’t very socially adept, and when you have something physical that sets you apart from people, it makes you the target of unrelenting scrutiny and sometimes ridicule.”
Fame can become a beguiling, yet ultimately self-destructive path for many people. However, Stanley realized early on fame didn’t change anything for him. Therefore, he decided to embrace it as a journey of “self-exploration" and look for ways to become a better person.
Overall, he’s managed to stay grounded through it all and is thankful for the opportunities fame has afforded him. “I was blessed to be a part of an idea to become the band we never saw, and that led me on a course that I’m still on today,” he said. “Where it’s taking me, God only knows.”
KISS emerged in the ‘70s and went on to become one of the best-selling bands of all time. The group uses face paint and costumes to deliver theatrical live concerts. Each original member’s look represents a character, with Paul Stanley as The Starchild, Gene Simmons as The Demon, Ace Frehley as The Spaceman or Space Ace and Peter Criss as The Catman. Stanley is also writer and co-writer of many of KISS' biggest hits such as "I Stole Your Love," "Detroit Rock City," "Black Diamond," "Love Gun" and many more.
Eventually, Criss and Frehley both left the group and were replaced by Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, respectively. In 2014, all four original KISS members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
After 45 years of making music, KISS announced the End of the Road final tour. Stanley discusses the band’s origins, prepping for their massive final tour, delves into his childhood, discusses his relationship with his fellow bandmate Gene Simmons, talks about music’s impact on his life, his “Phantom of the Opera” role and so much more.
Dan Rather has an intuitive way of drawing out the most interesting details of the lives of some of the most famous people in the world. His chat with KISS member Paul Stanley proves no exception.
Watch the sneak preview clip above and be sure to tune into “The Big Interview” on Tuesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, only on AXS TV.
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