KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley recently sat down with CBS News' Anthony Mason. They talked about Stanley's ongoing feuds, and KISS finally getting into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. You can now watch the report below.
On being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame:
Stanley: "The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is fluff. It's a farce. It's like an Addams Family bar mitzvah. I'm gonna go, but let's not kid ourselves, you know. That's not the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is walking the streets…. I see it as dubious. We are the bitter pill that they ultimately had to swallow. Because they don't like us. And the only reason they're inducting us is because they begin to look foolish at some point for not having us in."
On being born with a deformed ear that made him deaf on the right side:
Stanley: "Living with secrets, personal secrets is incredibly painful… This lonely little kid who couldn't get a date, didn't know how to interact with people, couldn't hear, had learning issues in school suddenly became, you know, sought after by women, envied by guys, sold millions of albums…I think I was very driven, period. It was to compensate to make myself feel more worthy by achieving things. My achievements now are my children, my wife. But it was a long road to get there."
On KISS bandmate Gene Simmons with whom he founded the band more than 40 years ago:
Stanley: "No, I didn't like him at all [when I first met him]. There's days he annoys me now. You know the squeaky wheel gets the oil. So he's the guy who everybody sees as like the brains behind KISS, which is really he is the mouth behind KISS. I always tell people he lives two minutes away and I can see his ego from here."
On KISS' other two original members, guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss:
Stanley: "They don't belong in the band. And they don't belong in a position to represent the band."
On his refusal to perform, for old time's sake, one more time, with Frehley and Criss at the Rock Hall induction:
Stanley: "How about for old time's sake you go back and spend the night with your ex-wife?... You wouldn't make good music."