KISS Frontman: My Bandmates Were Anti-Semites
Paul Stanley skewers old band members in new memoir
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2014 6:10 PM CDT
This Feb. 10, 2013 file photo shows Paul Stanley from the band KISS at a Grammy Party hosted by Lucian Grainge in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Surprise surprise, KISS frontman Paul Stanley's new memoir includes dirt on his old bandmates—some of which go beyond the typical rock 'n' roll complaints, the New York Post reports. In Face the Music: A Life Exposed, due out tomorrow, Stanley says original KISS members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley were anti-Semitic, and Criss owned Nazi memorabilia. The two "felt powerless and impotent" when faced with the creative drive of Stanley and bassist Gene Simmons, Stanley writes, so they "tried to sabotage the band—which, as they saw it, was unfairly manipulated by [us] money-grubbing Jews."

In the book, Stanley says Simmons was "very overweight ... wearing overalls and sandals and looked like something from Hee Haw" when they met. Stanley also dismisses Simmons' late reputation as a "marketing genius," saying band members had no input in various KISS-branded products, from condoms to caskets. "He was no marketing genius. He just took credit for things." But Stanley, 62, reveals his own warts too—like a decades-long battle with low self-esteem. "For many years when I first put this makeup on, I had a sense of another person coming out," he writes. "The insecure, incomplete kid ... suddenly got painted away, and that other guy came out."

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Gary Lee Connor
Apr 11, 2014 3:51 AM CDT
Gene and Paul did NOT carry the KISS Brand forward..The Kiss Brand carried them!!! The Brand was equally built by the original 4. Gene and Paul whine about how they had to work to keep KISS going when it was KISS that actually kept them going and paying their Bills. That does not give them any more claim to the Brand then Ace and Peter. In fact the only way KISS could kick hind ends these days is if Ace and Peter played with them as they are still Men.. Gene and Paul are Clucking Old Hens...
Mark Dreher
Apr 9, 2014 3:05 AM CDT
You were "money grubbing jews". What is wrong with that? Sometimes, you need a jew on your team. They are intelligent. And the money is usually shared with you, on a percentage basis.
iq145
Apr 8, 2014 11:28 PM CDT
It's funny how Gene is Israeli...