Paul Stanley Reacts To The Death Of Cleveland Legend Michael Stanley
KISS frontman Paul Stanley shared a post on his official Twitter page after the passing of musician and radio host Michael Stanley due to lung cancer he had been fighting for months prior to his death, and Stanley stated that he was a light and warm soul who could fill up arenas with his music.
As you might know, Michael Stanley had a band named after himself including singer, songwriter, lead guitarist Jonah Koslen, former Glass Harp bassist Daniel Pecchio and drummer Tommy Dobeck which was formed in 1974. The band is famous for several attendance records at Cleveland area venues including a record 20,320 at the Richfield Coliseum, and a record 40,529 for two Coliseum concerts, however, the band’s greatest achievement was total attendance of 74,404 during a four-night stand at Blossom Music Center on August 1982.
Michael Stanley continued his music career as a radio host when he started as a co-host of ‘PM Magazine’ from 1987 to 1990 and its follow-up ‘Cleveland Tonight’ until 1991. Since 1990, Stanley had been the afternoon drive DJ for the classic rock radio station, WNCX, in Cleveland.
Unfortunately, Michael Stanley passed away in his sleep on March 5, 2021, after suffering for seven months with lung cancer. After his passing, a letter posted on the radio station’s website, apparently, Stanley wrote a farewell message to his fans, thanking them for joining him along with his music journey.
Here is what he said:
“Hey, gang… Well, if you’re reading this then I am off to catch up with that big club tour in the sky. But before the bus pulls out I wanted to thank all of you for being a part of my musical journey…. Somebody once said that if you love your job then it does not really work. And if that’s true (and I definitely think it is) then I have been happily out of work for over 50 years! Sure it would have been nice if this had all lasted a bit longer but my time on this mortal coil has been blessed with great family, friends, and coworkers and you can’t ask for much more than that!… Take care of yourself and each other and remember, now more than ever: It’s your world… pay attention! Peace.”
After seeing the devastating news, Paul Stanley shared a post on his official Twitter page saying goodbye to his colleague Michael Stanley by celebrating his ability to unite thousands of people in arenas through his music in addition to praising Stanley thanks to his kind and graceful soul.
Here is what Stanley said:
“RIP MICHAEL STANLEY… No relation to me, was a Cleveland legend. A musician & songwriter who could pack arenas. He then transitioned into a radio personality. A bright light & warm soul. His letter to his fans before his death says it all. Such grace.”
You can see the Twitter post below.
RIP MICHAEL STANLEY… No relation to me, was a Cleveland legend. A musician & songwriter who could pack arenas. He then transitioned into a radio personality. A bright light & warm soul. His letter to his fans before his death says it all. Such grace. https://t.co/GFRBwQjDqh
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) March 6, 2021