During an appearance earlier this week on "Strahan & Sara", KISS frontman Paul Stanley spoke about the inspiration for his second book, "Backstage Pass", which came out on April 30 via HarperOne, HarperCollins's San Francisco-based unit that specializes in publishing books in religion, spirituality, and personal growth.
"The problem with friends often is when you're in a crisis or you're having a problem, your friend says to you, 'If I were you, I would…' And that turns me off immediately, because you're not me — you've never lived a day in my life and you don't have my history," Paul said (see video below). "So, I think that we can lead by example.
"Basically, what the book is, is me talking about experiences I've had, crises I've gone through, problems I've had at home and how I dealt with them," he continued. "So maybe somebody can get a little bit of insight, a little bit of enlightenment from what I've done.
"I think the best advice we can give people, if we're gonna give any, is to tell 'em how we've dealt with things. And the bottom line is, no matter who you are, no matter how rich, no matter how famous, the truth is that the people that you look up to and that you see in the star system are no different than you. So I believe in peeling away all the secrets that I have. It makes me free, and it also lets people out there know that we're all, basically, dealing with the same issues."
"Backstage Pass" is the follow-up to Stanley's 2014 autobiography, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed".
In the "Face The Music", Stanley talked frankly about his early struggles with hearing — he was born with Level 3 microtia and is deaf in his right ear. Microtia is a congenital deformity of the cartilage of the outer ear that can affect normal hearing.