Paul Stanley Accuses Kiss Members of Anti-Semitism
As Kiss finally gets inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame, new info about the band is coming out from front man and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley.
Stanley’s new book, “Face the Music: a Life Exposed,” reveals some secrets about Kiss. One of the things he exposes, is that Gene Simmons is not the marketing genius that he claims to be. Stanley writes: “I saw the term ‘marketing genius’ used in reference to Gene quite frequently . . . [and] it turned my stomach.” He also claims that: “Neither Gene nor I has had an active hand in any significant deals. He was no marketing genius. He just took credit for things.”
Stanley also accuses Ace 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.”
He writes that Frehley and Peter Criss were anti-semites. Stanley noted 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. He also points out 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.”
In fact, Stanley reiterated to the New York Post that he does believe that Frehley and Criss are anti-Semitic.
Frehley, Criss and the Hall of Fame wanted a reunion of the original lineup in full makeup, but Simmons and Stanley refused. KISS now has two other long-standing members in drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer.
As of now, all four original members will attend the ceremony, but there will be no performance of the band’s music. You would think that after all the time it took to get inducted, and for the sake of their brand and all the legions of fans who support them, Kiss could put aside their differences for one night and play together.