Paul Stanely on the accuracy of KISStory in his new memoir by GMI Rock News
KISS frontman Paul Stanley will be hitting the road next month -- but not to play music this time.
Stanley has lined up six in-store signing sessions to promote his autobiography, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed," which publishes on April 8, two days before KISS is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Stanley kicks things off April 7 at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble in New York then heads to: Barnes & Noble in Staten Island (April 8); Bookends in Ridgewood, N.J. (April 9); Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles (April 16); Warwick's in La Jolla, Calif. (April 17); and the San Francisco Jewish Community Center on April 25.
Stanley -- who was the co-author of last year's "Nothing to Lose" about the early days of KISS -- is the last of KISS’ original members to publish his memoirs, but he tells us that he feels he has the most complete and accurate story of the bunch:
"As a witness to the last 40 years, I'm pretty clear on everything that happened. I've been there every day, and always with a clear mind and a focused eye...I read parts of Gene's book, and I thought it was told from his point of view. But Gene puts himself in the epicenter of everything, and that might be because he's an only child. I want credit where credit is due, but I don't want credit for things I didn't do and I want to share the accolades with people who make things possible, and I don't think that book did that. So after reading some it...having been present at much of what went on in that book, it just wasn't accurate, so I didn't read it. In the case of Peter or Ace, there is a reason that defense attorneys don't put alcoholics or drug addicts on the witness stand. Now I'm not saying that they are presently, but alcoholics and drug addicts, that is how they define themselves. That is a condition that lasts a lifetime, so my point is that the memories and recollections and accuracy of people who were in altered states during much of what they purport happened is subject to questioning, and the small bits that a few people pointed out to me were absolutely outrageous to a point that I wondered if they actually believe it."
Stanley will be putting on the makeup and strapping on his guitar for a full-scale KISS North American tour, which is slated to begin in June.