Why Paul Stanley Still Loves Being in Kiss
Pretty much everybody has been to a concert where it seemed like at least one of the musicians didn't want to be there. But that could never be said about Paul Stanley of Kiss.
"I love Kiss," he told Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show. "Not only because I'm in the band, but I love Kiss as a fan. When I'm onstage, does it look like I'm having the time of my life? I am! I get so off on entertaining myself, seeing what I can do to get a rise out of myself, looking across and seeing the other guys. It's great."
That enthusiasm is extended to his band's signature look: Stanley believes that going out on stage every night as characters in makeup is another way that Kiss' attitude toward performing sets the group apart from other musicians.
"What I also love about Kiss is that we don't portray ourselves to be what we're not," he continued. "We are entertainers. It doesn't negate being in a rock band. And we wear outfits, uniforms, costumes – call it what you will – but is that any different than the guy who goes on stage with a pair of $300 ripped jeans? That's a costume, too. The only difference is we're copping to it."
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