Pop Quiz: Paul Stanley of KISS

Stanley of the rock band Kiss performs during their show in Buenos Aires

Aidin Vaziri | Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year – only 14 years after the tongue-wagging, flame-breathing band became eligible. Oh, well. According to front man Paul Stanley, 62, who with Gene Simmons co-founded the group and kept it alive through various lineup changes, the honor means little compared with the loyalty of its fans. We spoke to Stanley at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco when he was in town to promote his autobiography, “Face the Music: A Life Exposed.” Here is a very brief excerpt from our conversation. Kiss, on tour with Def Leppard, performs Wednesday at the Concord Pavilion.

Q: When was your favorite time to be a member of Kiss?
A: There’s never been a better time than now. Because Kiss shouldn’t be my life. Kiss should only be part of my life. And that’s what I have now. If we’re lucky we realize that life is really about family – your children, your family and your friends. Without that, the rest is hollow.
Q: How many times did you legitimately think that Kiss was over and done and when you walked off that tour bus that was the last time you were doing it?
A: Never.

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