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It’s been two weeks since KISS began their End of the Road Tour, and Paul Stanley isn’t feeling even the slightest bit anxious for the end.
If anything, he’s excited; it’s a party every time KISS hits the stage, and on a tour that’s slated to be a years long farewell to a wild ride that’s lasted over half a century, the thrills are sure to be even bigger than fans are anticipating.
But one day in the future, KISS will put on the greasepaint makeup for the last time, give the crowd the greatest night of their lives, and take their final bow – and that’s when Paul thinks about what comes after KISS.
Stanley, 67, wants you to remember him and what he’s done with his life long after the final note rings out and the curtain comes down. But don’t even think about referring to him as “formerly of KISS” when you do it; in an interview with azcentral.com, Stanley insists that long after KISS stops being a touring entity he’ll still be just plain old Paul Stanley of KISS, a badge he intends to wear with pride for the rest of his days.
“Quite honestly, I can’t imagine me ever having attached to my name, ‘formerly of Kiss,'” Stanley shared. “I don’t see that because this is part of my flesh and blood. My whole life has been Kiss. I wrote ‘Firehouse’ when I was in high school.
So everything led up to Kiss. I am Kiss, in the same way that everybody in the band is. This is who we are.“
And really? He’s got a point, and a damned good one at that.
It doesn’t matter how far removed a musician is from the act they’re most famous for – you’ll never hear anyone refer to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as “formerly of The Beatles,” just like you’d never hear Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones referred to as “formerly of Led Zeppelin”. After a while, the band just becomes who they are and vice versa, and that’s how it should be.
It’s the mark of a musician who did exactly what they came to do: be remembered for what they once loved most, and nothing is going to stop Paul Stanley from making that happen.