Paul Stanley: Gene is not boss of KISS

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 July 2012


KISS singer Paul Stanley says fans think Gene Simmons' role in the band is "far greater than what it actually is," because of his reality show

KISS singer Paul Stanley says fans think Gene Simmons' role in the band is "far greater than what it actually is."

Bass player Gene is often the most visible member of the 'Crazy Crazy Nights' group through his outrageous comments and starring in his own reality show, 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels', but Paul says he has equal input within their group.

When asked if any of the band - which also includes Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer - were jealous of Gene, he exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "Well, he gets attention for reasons that have nothing to do with what I do. It's not a slight, but I'm busy living my life, not creating a life for television.

"There is no such thing as reality television, there's reality and there's television. I find it interesting though, when, because of those activities, some people have a sense of Gene's role in the band being far greater than what it actually is.

"There's a transference because he somehow gets given a certain cache which is a little distorted. But so be it. My life is full and spectacular."

Paul also admitted he and Gene have had their arguments and fallouts, but they are getting currently getting on better than ever.

He said: "How can you be together with somebody for 43 years, and not fall out? But it's always well intentioned. If we've ever had a big disagreement, it wasn't for petty stuff, it was because of conviction. But I can't remember a time we've gotten along better than now, and I'm not talking about this week, but years.

Paul was speaking at a preview of the new KISS Monster Book, a huge three foot by two foot tome which features full colour photos from the band's 40 year history, and is limited to 1,000 copies worldwide. For more information, visit


A big old tour from the monochrome-made up rock guys, fronted by Gene Simmons. The quartet have sold over 80 million albums worldwide since the band formed in New York in 1973 and were named by VH1 in their top ten list of the ‘100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock’.

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