KISS’s Paul Stanley on face painting and why he switched to “Bandit” makeup for one month in 1974

When Paul Stanley, guitarist for KISS, started painting in 2001, he never expected anyone to see his finished artwork, let alone buy it. He took up the hobby on the recommendation of a caring friend, as a form of therapy, when he was “going through some difficult personal times” due to his divorce from his first wife, actress Pamela Bowen. “The painting was a good outlet,” Stanley told Yahoo Entertainment, speaking via Zoom from his art studio. “It didn’t solve everything — but it did beat screaming in the bathroom.”

Paul Stanley “Detroit Rock City,” Black Series. (Image: Wentworth Gallery)

More than two decades later, Stanley, who remarried in 2005, still paints almost every day, and his pieces now hang in galleries across the country—most recently his Black series, On Blackboards, at four locations of Wentworth Gallery in Florida and metropolitan areas. He remains “shocked” that people are willing to buy his art. But it is not as if the man had no artistic experience before he picked up a paintbrush in the early periods. He co-designed the KISS logo, with then-bandmate Ace Frehley—one of the most recognizable band badges of all time—and, of course, has become quite adept at another type of panel in the 50 years since KISS was first applied. Make-up. So, it stands to reason that the famous face painter’s first work on canvas was “Self-portrait – and lo and behold, people know that I am.”

Ironically, Stanley Starchild’s one-eyed makeup design sound to the simplest faces of the original four KISS; However, from an artist’s perspective, Stanley explains, “It’s not like that completely Very simple, because you’re drawing a flat object on a 3-D face.” Interestingly, however, “for about a month” in the early 1970s, he wore a different face – like a bandit. There is little evidence from this era, as there was only one official depiction, By renowned portrait photographer and Andy Warhol partner Ryan Rubinstein.But the legend of the thieves It is still circulating on the Internet to this day Will inspire Bootleg album coverThieves makeup tutorial admire artAnd even handmade dummies And Muppets.

According to the fan site KISS Timeline, Stanley’s first public performance as the Bandit was on New Year’s Eve 1973, and the second was at an industry event hosted by Casablanca Records at the Fillmore East on January 8, 1974. Who we fell in with Neil, I think we took these photos at Fillmore East when we did a press screening there, and I had thieves’ make-up in there,” Stanley vaguely recalls. “But then I just went, ‘No, I don’t want to do this. It has nothing to do with me.'” What is it the thieves?

Stanley points to Neil Bogart, president of Casablanca Records, who, incredibly, was never fond of KISS cosmetics in the first place. “When he signed us, he wanted us to take turning off make-up,” Stanley reveals. “When we heard Neil before he saw us—“Strutter,” “Deuce,” “Watching You,” and “She,” I think, were on the demo—he wanted to sign us, and then a saw us, and he was like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa,” you know? And it was like, “Okay, that’s us. This is us. You either take it or leave it. It’s our way or the highway. … At some point, when it comes to ‘I’ll sign you, if you take your makeup off,’ you say, ‘Okay, then You will not sign with us.”

Bogart acquiesced, but the (short-lived) settlement was that the star Stanley would get a male makeover. “[Bogart] Early on he said to me, “Well, you know, [the Starchild character] Kind of swish. It is kind of feminine. He also wasn’t crazy about the way I was moving around on stage. He thought, “It should be more masculine.” And I thought, well, at least I’ll be a sport attempt Some of this.’ So, I just came up with the Lone Ranger “Bandit,” as I’ve come to be known, and it’s been around for about a month. But I just went, you know what? for me gig, for me Face, for me Make-up.’ I just got back to [the Starchild look]. Therefore, many people think so [the Bandit character] It came first, but in fact it did not happen.

Stanley chuckles again that Bogart made an unreasonable request in the early days of KISS. Although KISS would eventually become one of the most successful and iconic rock bands of all time, their success as Casablanca’s first signing was hardly overnight. It wasn’t until they released their EP (and fourth album overall), Alive!, which finally captured what they did best, they exploded — pyro and all — into the mainstream. Prior to that, “KISS had gone from clubs across the country and us on the station wagon, to third place on the bill in theaters, to number two on the bill”. When KISS showed up on these smaller and/or low-beaked gigs in all of their fire-breathing, blood-spitting glory, many of the night’s supposed headliners were understandably less than thrilled. Nor was Bogart’s solution to this growing problem an adequate solution for KISS.

“I think the bands that had to follow us knew they were screwing up at first. They didn’t know it. There were definitely some bands that, when they see us, start laughing. They weren’t laughing.” After, after Stanley says. “Also, what we were doing was so new at the time that we could take away the things you can’t do anymore because the headline doesn’t let you [contractually]. … I mean, there were headlines going on with the a.s kiss mark hanging behind them! You know, we just put up the KISS banner and didn’t take it off. All the pyro – no one thought ahead to say, “Well, is this band going to use the pyro, and do they have a tag and this and that?” It was all uncharted territory. So, we basically did what we wanted to, and soon had a reputation for making gigs hard to find.

“We got to the point where Neil Bogart had us come to his office in L.A. and so he helped me,” he said, “It became impossible for me to be in any shows. Could you play, you know, worst? Can you, you know, Not play the way you do? Stanley continues, laughing. “We looked at each other—and that was the weirdest thing. It was like, ‘Umm you want us to, like, sucking? Of course KISS again refused to comply with Bogart’s request, and that, fortunately, eventually paid off Alive! breakthrough. And then, they’ll never have to open up to anyone again. “Which [live album] It was a lifesaver for us, because it became almost impossible to find teams that would allow us to open it up for them,” says Stanley.

And now, five decades later, Starchild and his bandmates — even non-original KISS members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, who respectively reprise the looks of Peter Criss’s Catman and Ace Frehley’s Spaceman — are still applying their stage makeup. And of course, Stanley is still changing up his famous 3D star graphic. “I can’t imagine anything else. It’s a rite of passage. It’s getting ready for a match. He’s wearing your battle gear. It’s a transformation, not just in terms of looks, but in terms of how you think. So, to sit in a chair and have someone do my makeup – Impossible. It’s part of me, and I want to make it through,” Stanley confirms.

(Side note: why KISS never considered recycling/reviving Stanley’s abandoned bandit look when new members like Singer, Thayer, Vinnie Vincent, or Eric Carr joined the lineup is a “good question” Stanley admits, but says Vincent and Carr’s characters The new one, Ankh Warrior and the Fox,” never really worked out, and once we got together with Ace and Peter, we said, “Well, we’ve spent a good part of our lives beating our asses off making these four characters,” to get rid of them again and come up with something else, that’s not going to happen. “)

Paul Stanley & # 39;  s & # 39;  end of the road, & # 39;  black chain.  (Image: Wentworth Gallery)

“End of the Road” by Paul Stanley, The Black Chain. (Image: Wentworth Gallery)

Also, five decades later, KISS is still headlining epic live shows — though their long-awaited, coronavirus-delayed End of the Road farewell tour is coming to an end soon. “It’s the last of any kind of regular show or tour. It’s about time,” insists Stanley, who turns 71 this week. “Physically, it’s exhausting to do what we’re doing. Hell, if I could go out on stage in my pants and T-shirt, I’d easily do it for another 10 or 15 years. But what we do is a completely different sport. I mean, we’re athletes, we run with 30, 40, 50 pounds of gear, and it’s not possible to do that much longer. We are not like other bands.

“So, are we going to do more than once? I really have no idea. But here’s a real clear mindset: The days of touring and doing these kind of shows are over. The end is in sight, more than some people know,” Stanley continues. While he won’t reveal exactly when or where KISS’s final show will be, he does say that the band will make an announcement about it in the not too distant future…. It would make sense for us to play [our last show] In the US, I think it would make sense to finish where we started.”

Paul Stanley's bag with one of his original paintings.  (Image: Wentworth Gallery)

Paul Stanley of KISS with one of his original paintings. (Image: Wentworth Gallery)

Wherever and whenever this show happens, Stanley knows it’s going to be an emotional experience when he puts on his Starchild make-up one last time. “You will definitely shed some tears,” he says. “You have to remember that gene [Simmons] And I started this together when I was 17 and he was 20, 21… It’s a big part of who we are. It is a big part of our life. So that final show, yeah, that’s critical. And you’re going to hit harder than I think we know.”

Meanwhile, Stanley’s Wentworth Gallery Black Series Fine Art Shows, attended by Stanley, will take place on February 3 in Hollywood, Florida; February 4 in Boca Raton, Florida; February 24 in Bethesda, Md. ; and February 25th in McLean, Virginia. For more details, click here. And watch Stanley’s full, extended interview with Yahoo Entertainment above for more information about his art career, KISS’s decisions to remove their makeup in 1983 and put it back on again in 1996, how he thrived in the no-makeup ’80s, and why one of his biggest regrets is not having the aforementioned Andy Warhol paint. never pictured.

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