Monday, February 11, 2013

PAUL STANLEY Talks KISS at Pre-Grammy Party

Paul Stanley of Kiss talks on the red carpet at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party

By Phyllis Pollack

At the Annual Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party held in Los Angeles, California at the Beverly Hilton tonight, Paul Stanley of Kiss stopped on the red carpet to discuss his latest project, his upcoming book.

In an interview on the red carpet, Stanley stated, "My book is about three-quarters done. It should be pretty terrific."

He noted, "I think there’s a lot to be said for self-empowerment for what you can accomplish, when you believe in yourself, and go against all the odds and adversity."

"So hopefully, it will be a book that is more than just a lot of smut, and a tell-all, or braggadocio," he said. How’s that for a word? "

What revelations will Stanley's fans find out about him as a person? He joked, "That I’m an exceptional guy. It’s a book that my kids will be able to read. Not right now, but it's a book that will show where I started and that the road really isn’t that easy."

So far, Stanley has not been very open when discussing hardships he has been through. There is a reason for this, Stanley explains, "I’m an entertainer. I’m a performer. People pay me to entertain. People pay me to forget about their problems."

"You don’t want to hear my problems. You don’t want to hear about mine," he said.

Maybe there are some rock fans that do. "Okay. Let me get a chair and sit down. Let me get a couch, I'll lay down," he joked.

I smile and offer, "I’ll be your analyst. I could do a good job."

"I’m sure you would," laughed Stanley.

Has the Kiss guitarist become more secure as a person over time? "There is no substitute for time," he responded.

Many recording artists have written books, revealing their personal problems, whether they are addiction issues or other problems. After getting into music, they find it isn't a cure-all for their issues.

"That’s true," said Stanley. "I think people seek fame and success to kind of fill a void in themselves. And once they become famous and successful, then they have to figure out what’s really the problem. And they either go with drugs or they find another way."

He noted, "The book is not finished yet. The first draft is almost done. I give it about four or five months. It's my life story."

"It's not just about Kiss, although Kiss has been a big part of my life. So I'd be cheating everybody if I didn't talk about that," he conceded.

Stanley said, "It's a story with a happy ending, like a good massage."

He added, "I want people to know that life isn't always easy, but if you believe in yourself, you can overcome adversity and come up on top."

The Annual Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party is held the night before the Grammy Awards every year, and is sponsored by The Recording Academy.

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