Kiss’s Paul Stanley wanted fans to think his band was like the Beatles, but it was a sham



Kiss and the Beatles are two very different classical rock groups. However, Kiss wanted to be like the Beatles in a major way. Either way, Kiss’s Paul Stanley has revealed that his band’s attempt to make the Fab Four look like a sham. Here’s a look at how Kiss was connected to the Fab Four anyway.

Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss | Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

When Paul Stanley of Kiss felt his band was like the Beatles

In his book, Facing music: a life on display, Stanley talks a lot about the Beatles. For example, he says he watches the Fab Four play on The Ed Sullivan Show had a major impact on him. He also said he wanted his group to be made up of four distinct characters, like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Afterwards, he said he viewed his band as being similar to how the Beatles portrayed themselves in one of their classic films.

“I saw us as the Four Musketeers and thought we would be together forever,” Stanley wrote. “We were… wreaking havoc in every town we invaded. We were the Beatles rolling down the hill Help! We were Kiss.

A trailer for Help!

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“There was a real sense of camaraderie as we ate together, traveled together, dressed for a show together and performed together – and on stage we were a united force,” he added. “It wasn’t real life, of course, and when we would come home sometimes for brief periods, we didn’t see each other at all. On the road, however, we were Kiss. And it was fun to be Kiss.

Paul Stanley revealed why his band wasn’t really like the Fab Four

However, Stanley revealed that there is a limit to this fantasy. He felt that band member Peter Criss was not pushing his weight for a number of reasons. For example, Stanley said that Criss struggled to play the beat of “Detroit Rock City”. He also noted that Criss hadn’t written much of “Beth” even though he had received co-writing credit on the song and Criss struggled to portray any tracks. Regardless, Stanley felt that Criss was unaware of his own limitations.


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“But as we had always presented our Beatles-based fantasy to the world – four band members all contributing equally – at one point Peter started to believe his own press,” Stanley wrote. “Perception became reality for him, despite the fact that we created the perception ourselves. We acted like we lived like the Help!– Beatles era – and all of them made music together on an equal footing. But it never was. “

The real links between Kiss and the Beatles

However, Kiss’s connection to the Beatles extended beyond the false image they projected. Kiss member Ace Frehley recorded a cover of “I’m Down” by The Beatles. In the same vein, Rolling stone reports that Kiss took over the Wings medley “Venus and Mars / Rock Show” for a tribute album named Paul McCartney’s art. While Stanley felt that Kiss was not really like the Beatles, their discography has something to do with that of the Fab Four and their solo careers.

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