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Interview:
Kiss Frontman Embraces Solo Life
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Kiss frontman Paul Stanley is shouting out loud about a couple of new arrivals this fall.

In September Stanley’s wife, Erin, gave birth to his second son,

Colin.

(He has a 12-yearold son,

Evan,

from a previous marriage.) And last month the veteran rocker delivered “Live to Win,” his fi rst solo album in 28 years and the impetus for a short solo tour — though he says hitting the road has nothing to do with trying to avoid changing diapers.

“It’s very funny the way it worked out,” says Stanley, 56, who was born Stanley Eisen in Queens, N.Y. “I was never quite sure on the release date of the album, and, all things considered, maybe I’d rather have waited a bit.

“But truth be told, my home life is awesome. My personal life is awesome. And going out to tour and get a chance to fl ex my muscles a little bit is equally enhancing to my life.”

Stanley is planning to play plenty of Kiss material — including, of course, “Detroit Rock City” — alongside songs from both his solo albums for the shows. There are other Kiss releases to promote, too — a new fragrance line (Kiss Him and Kiss Her), the just-released “Kissology: Volume One 1974-1977” two-disc DVD that features a 1976 Cobo Arena show and the “Kiss Alive! 1975-2000” box set, hitting shelves Nov. 24. A traveling version of the orchestral shows Kiss played in 2003 in Australia is also “not out of the realm of possibility,” according to Stanley.

But he’s mostly enjoying being out on his own, and he promises that there won’t be another 28-year wait for his next solo album.

“I have no intention of waiting that long or anywhere near that long,” Stanley says. “I would like to be in the studio within the next year, two at the most, and get to work again.

“It’s an incredibly satisfying and validating experience to go into a studio without any restrictions and without any sense of having to take anyone else into account except myself. ‘Live to Win’ is absolutely how I think it should have sounded.”



Paul Stanley performs Sunday (November 5th) at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mount Clemens. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $36 in advance, $41 day of show. Call (586) 913-1920 or visit

Web Site: www.emeraldtheater.com

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