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Paul Stanley (born Stanley Harvey Eisen, January 20, 1952, in Queens, New York) is an American musician, best known as Star Child, the rhythm guitarist of the rock band KISS. He played Star Child in Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park.

Biography

Paul Stanley is the charismatic front man/lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist/songwriter for hard rock super group KISS, best known for his wailing vocals, high-energy on-stage antics and appeal to female fans. He took a keen interest in music from a young age, and in his early teens he was already playing guitar and writing his own songs.

A chance meeting with another aspiring young musician, Gene Simmons, led the two of them to form several musical groups including "Wicked Lester"; however, none of them took off commercially. Stanley and Simmons then decided on a revamped idea of how their "ultimate group" should look and sound, and they then recruited lead guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss. After mediocre success from their first three studio albums, they released a double live album simply titled Kiss: Alive, and it was a mega success. KISS was the hottest group in the United States between 1975 and 1980, with every album going platinum and stadiums being sold out to frenzied fans.

However, all was not well within the KISS ranks, with Criss departing in 1980, followed by Frehley in 1983. Various guitarists and drummers moved in and out of the band over the next 12 years, but an Unplugged (1989) TV special brought all four original members back together in 1995 with considerable interest from promoters. Subsequently, the original four members embarked on "Kiss: Alive Worldwide", the biggest grossing tour of 1996/97, and they continued to tour relentlessly for the next four years.

Thirty years of wild leaps, swirls and prancing had taken their toll on Stanley's body, however, and in early 2005 he underwent hip replacement surgery, from which he is expected to make a full recovery. Whilst many may disagree, Simmons and Stanley can proudly stand alongside other key popular songwriting duos such as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, or John Lennon and Paul McCartney in terms of both longevity and artistic output.

Stanley's on-camera appearances have included playing his "Star Child" alter ego in Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park and as himself in The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988).

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