Kiss front man Paul Stanley isn’t making friends as of late, saying in an interview about his own memoir that those of his contemporaries should be written on two-ply, according to a report today from Rolling Stone.
Stanley, in an interview with Billboard in which he talks about his own memoir Face the Music: A Life Exposed, quoted George Orwell by saying the “autobiography is the most outrageous form of fiction” and that his peers books should be printed on toilet paper as to serve a better purpose.
“And I would say 90-plus, 95 percent of the autobiographies by any of my contemporaries would be better suited on a roll of soft paper, so at least you could use it for something, 'cause they're nothing more than self-serving fantasies or delusions or love letters to themselves,” Stanley said.
“They serve no purpose.”
Stanley said he wrote his autobiography for several reasons, including giving something to his children so they would better understand who he is and what he did to become a success.
“I guess my book is about never quitting and about never losing sight of where you're going,” Stanley said. “Truly, obstacles are what you see when you lose sight of your goals. I've always been driven and, at my core, I've always been about my own survival and, for lack of a better word, how I can make it better.”
Stanley will be the last of the original members of Kiss to write a memoir, a band that will soon be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
However, because of the squabbles between Stanley and bassist Gene Simmons and former members Ace Frehley, lead guitar, and Peter Criss, drummer, the band won’t play their induction ceremony on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Both Frehley and Criss took shots at Stanley and Simmons over not playing the show.
“It’s something the fans wanted, it’s something the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame asked of all four of us,” Frehley said. “They shot it down. It is what it is. I don’t completely understand it, but those guys do a lot of things that don’t make sense to me. It’s unfortunate for the fans. We’re being inducted because of the fans. And I feel like the fans are being let down. And I’m upset about it; I’ve got to be honest with you.”
Said Criss: “It’s disappointing to have to say to you, the fans, that as of today, Ace and I have been denied a performance with Gene and Paul for our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.”
Last week, however, Stanley lobbed one back at Frehley, saying the lead guitarist had squandered his talent.