This incredible Paul Stanley autographed KISS 8x10 photograph comes with a Butterfields Auction authenticity on the back of the photo.
Before Kiss, Stanley was in a local band, Rainbow (not to be confused with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow) and was also a member of Uncle Joe and Post War Baby Boom. Through a mutual friend of Gene Simmons, Stanley joined Simmons' band Wicked Lester in the early 1970s. The band recorded an album in 1972, but it has not been officially released (although songs from the album appeared on Kiss's 2001 box set). Wicked Lester soon fell apart and Stanley and Simmons answered Peter Criss's advertisement in Rolling Stone (August 31, 1972): "Expd. Rock & Roll drummer looking for orig. grp. doing soft & hard music." Soon after recruiting Criss, they held auditions for a lead guitarist, with Stanley placing an ad in the Village Voice (December 14, 1972). Despite what Stanley, Criss, and Simmons admit was a shaky first impression, Ace Frehley won the group over both with his playing, a sound all admit was nearly a perfect fit to the group's playing style, and with his style, showing up to the audition in Converse shoes that didn't match (one red, one orange). Kiss released their self-titled debut album in February 1974.
Stanley's persona in Kiss is "The Starchild" utilizing one star over his right eye. For a brief time, Stanley changed his make-up character to "The Bandit", with a "Lone Ranger" style mask design make-up pattern. This make-up design was only used during a few mid-1973 shows. "I even tried painting my face all red," he admitted. "I looked like a longhaired tomato! Before settling on the star, I'd just paint a black ring around my eye... Each of us wears something that reflects who we are. I always loved stars and always identified with them - so, when it came time to put something on my face, I knew it would be a star."
In his book Sex Money Kiss, Gene Simmons says that Stanley was the driving force for Kiss during a period in the 1980s when the band decided to perform without makeup.
In 2006, Stanley resumed his association with Washburn Guitars and using the Washburn PS2000. Previously, he has had four signature guitars made by Silvertone, and tweaked the Ibanez Iceman to his specifications, calling it the PS10.
Stanley Singing "Love Gun" in Montreal
In 2007 (prior to the final show of the Hit 'N Run Tour on July 27), Stanley was hospitalized with tachycardia. In his absence, Kiss performed live as a trio for the first time in decades. The concert was the first Kiss performance Stanley missed.
In September 2007, Stanley took part in Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp as a guest star for his second time in New York City. In 2009 Stanley recorded 3 voice ads for the charity Kars4Kids. Stanley continues to tour with Kiss; the KISS 2010 The Hottest Show on Earth Tour (a continuation of the Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour which was itself a continuation of the Kiss Alive/35 World Tour) which started March 2010 and ended at Guadalajara, Mexico in October.
Stanley was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006
Stanley got the Showman Of The Year award of the Classic Rock Awards for 2008
Stanley received the Classic Gold Telly Award for his concert film One Live Kiss in 2009.
Stanley received the Sound Partners Lifetime Achievement Award from the House Research Institute
Stanley along with original Kiss members, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.