paulstanley400 Larry Getlen of New York Post reports:

When Paul Stanley, frontman and rhythm guitarist for the band KISS, married in November 2005, he shared his joy with friends and family, including bandmates Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.

Notably absent from the ceremony: Stanley’s longtime musical partner, KISS bassist Gene Simmons. He wasn’t invited.

“Your views on marriage are your own,” Stanley told Simmons, who publicly denounced the concept of marriage until his own nups in 2011. “But when you insult and demean people who get married and ridicule or dismiss the idea of marriage, you have no place at a wedding.”

The incident is replayed in Stanley’s memoir, Face the Music: A Life Exposed, written with journalist Tim Mohr and out Tuesday.

As success came [to the band], Stanley noticed in interviews that Simmons “sure used the word ‘I’ a lot.” Stanley accuses him of abandoning the band in the early ’80s, distracted by attempts to become an actor, but then taking credit for Stanley’s work; and also of using the KISS logo and persona for personal projects without contractual permission.

During this time, Stanley writes, Simmons’ duplicity left him feeling there was “a traitor in the midst.”

As harsh as Stanley is with Simmons, he saves his real venom for former band mates Frehley and Criss. After it was announced back in December that KISS will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Barclays Center on Thursday, a public war erupted over which band members would play at the upcoming ceremony.

Frehley, Criss and the Hall wanted a reunion of the original lineup in full makeup; Simmons and Stanley refused, since KISS now has two other long-standing members in drummer, singer and guitarist Thayer. As of now, all four original members will attend the ceremony, but there will be no performance of the band’s music.

Stanley’s book sheds greater light on why he wouldn’t want a full-on reunion, recalling countless past times that Frehley and Criss, who have both had substance-abuse issues, were belligerent and even unable to play.

Stanley also accuses Frehley of stashing drugs “in the bags or pockets of crew members — without their knowledge — so he wasn’t on the hook if they were found.”

Even more shocking are his accusations of anti-Semitism against the pair. Noting that Frehley owned a collection of Nazi memorabilia, and that some of his earliest experiences with Criss involved the drummer racially mocking waiters at Chinese restaurants, Stanley writes that Frehley and Criss resented him and Simmons for controlling the band’s creative output — which Stanley says occurred because Frehley and Criss’ songwriting contributions “just didn’t amount to much.”

Stanley reiterated to The Post that yes, he does believe that Frehley and Criss are anti-Semitic.

“Yes, I do,” he says. “It’s based on years and years of interactions. It’s not pulled out of thin air.” Frehley and Criss did not respond to requests for comment.

Read more at the New York.


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  • Mike B on

    KISS……..IS NOT…….DONE……….Pauls voice sound great………..They dont care about the money. (:

    • Joe Pensanti on

      Steve B……is……correct……Kiss……..gasping for air……

    • Mike B on

      Great response!

  • Todd on

    Gene, Paul, Ace, and Peter are all calling each other saying this is so great. Look at the publicity we are making. It will be the most watched hall of fame show ever. They’ve created 4 new characters as grown ups to reel in the last big payday When the dust settles, after the next reunion tour is announced, $$$$$$$$, Gene will call Ace late at night on the bat phone, “I told you it would work my brother”.

    • Cali on

      I could almost see Gene in his bat cape, ringing up Ace on the bat phone! 🙂

  • Joe Pensanti on

    Sean Delaney once said at a Kiss convention years ago that Ace came to the loft one day for practice with Kiss, and had the Kiss logo design. Supposedly, this is what Ace said: ” The K and the I are for the two kikes in the band, and the SS is for me!” Then at that moment, Simmons got really pissed at Ace, and Delaney said to Simmons, “See the kind of reaction you just had? This will work!”

    • James on

      lol interesting story.

    • Dana on

      Agreed, but sometimes silence is golden 🙂

      D 🙂

    • Richman on

      The actual Il Duce said what he thought and Hitler found him inspirational. Our El Duce has been commenting for a while and is harmless but he should have stayed out of this conversation. By the way I absolutely love your new name Shannon.

    • DR on

      I wondered if I was the only one to notice our UC Berkely’s new moniker.

    • staten island clown on

      Thanks guys, I checked it out and ….it was so funny, I had to go with it. It’s pretty on the mark I have to say.

    • Richman on

      For you? Anything my friend. If you go to HOLLYWOOD with it, don’t forget us.

  • Lee on

    Doc gets the big offer from Live Nation for a full blown reunion tour in october and Paul & Gene tell Thayer and Singer to suck lemons. Money dictates. Paul could care less about playing ability or jew jokes or some Jack on the side if Live Nation throws up the guarantee. Yes, Paul’s voice sucks. Hey Paul & Gene you never mentioned wigs.

    • Mike B on

      I think you’re on the wrong website…the Hate KISS club is on a different blog if you can find it…good luck.

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