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Name: Paul Stanley                                                                       
Birth name: Stanley Harvey Eisen                                                         
Born: 20 January 1952 Queens, New York, United States                                   
Stanley Harvey Eisen (born January 20, 1952, Queens, New York) known by his             
stage name Paul Stanley, is an American Hard rock guitarist and vocalist for the         
rock band Kiss. He is the writer or co-writer of most of the band's highest-charting     
hits, including "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Hard Luck Woman," "I Was Made For             
Lovin' You," "Crazy Crazy Nights," and "Forever."                                       
Before joining Wicked Lester, Paul Stanley was in a local band, Rainbow (not to         
be confused with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow) and Uncle Joe. Through a mutual           
friend of Gene Simmons, Stanley joined Simmons' band Wicked Lester in the early         
1970s. The band recorded an album in 1971, but as of 2005 it has never been             
officially released (although songs from the album appeared on Kiss's 2001 box           
set). Wicked Lester soon fell apart and Stanley and Simmons placed ads for a             
drummer and a guitarist in various New York papers. This resulted in Peter Criss         
and Ace Frehley joining the group, and they named themselves Kiss. Kiss released         
their self-titled debut in February 1974.                                               
Newspaper ad for Phantom of the Opera, starring Paul Stanley                             
Paul's persona in Kiss is "The Starchild." Wearing Spandex and platform boots,           
Stanley's persona is that of a Don Juan-esque lover, combining effeminate               
elements with elements of extreme masculinity, rather than mere androgyny.               
Although Stanley's voice is generally very soft and eloquent during normal               
conversation, he uses a specific "stage voice" which is like a "Rock N' Roll             
Preacher", much like Gene Simmons adopts an animalistic growl on stage for his           
demon persona. Unlike most leading rock frontmen, he gets the crowd to join the         
band in many of their classic hits and also tends to give a speech or "scripted"         
story for certain songs (e.g. having sexual encounters with nurses and other             
women he's met on tour and how much he supports U.S. troops overseas).                   
In his book Sex Money Kiss, Gene Simmons admits that Paul was the driving force         
for Kiss during the makeup-free 1980s, while Simmons was feeling lost without           
his demon makeup and attempting to launch a film career.                                 
In 1999 Stanley starred in a Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera, in         
which he played the role of The Phantom. He appeared in the musical from May 25         
to August 1, and again that year from September 30 to October 31. While in               
Toronto, Stanley was contacted by AboutFace, an organization that provides               
support and information to individuals with facial differences, and asked to             
help raise awareness for them. Although he was approached due to his role as The         
Phantom, Stanley was in fact born with Microtia, a congenital deformity of the           
pinna (outer ear). He has appeared at fundraising events and in videos for the           
In 2001 Stanley's wife, Dallas native Pamela Bowen, filed for divorce. They have         
one son, Evan Shane Stanley, born June 6, 1994.                                         
Stanley badly needed hip replacement surgery but suffered through the Rock The           
Nation tour first, finally getting the surgery in October 2005. Complications           
from the surgery required a second in December of that year, and in December             
2005 it has been announced that a third hip surgery will be necessary. Stanley           
regards the degeneration of his left hip as partly the product of thousands of           
shows performed since the early 1970s. In the "Rock The Nation Live" DVD he             
spends much more time standing in one place than he has on previous DVDs and             
On November 19, 2005, Paul Stanley married longtime girlfriend Erin Sutton at           
The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington in Pasadena, California. They welcomed their first         
child, 8lb. 6oz. Colin Michael Stanley, on Wednesday, September 6, 2006.                 
Stanley made his debut as a painter in 2005, exhibiting and selling original             
works of art.                                                                           
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         
Stanley's most recent performances with Kiss were a group of shows in July 2007,         
dubbed the Hit 'N Run Tour. Prior to the final show on July 27, Stanley was             
hospitalized with an extremely rapid heartbeat. In his absence, Kiss performed           
live as a trio for the first time. Previously, Kiss performed as a trio at               
Studio 54 in New York City for an international satellite broadcast on January           
28, 1982, lip-syncing the song "I" from Music From "The Elder" for the Italian           
Festival della canzone italiana, also known as the Sanremo Festival, when Ace           
Frehley failed to show for the performance due to what was described at the time         
as a mystery "illness." The July 27, 2007 concert is the first Kiss concert             
Stanley has missed during his 33-year tenure with the group.                             
In September 2007, Stanley took part in Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp as a guest             
star for his second time in New York City.