Paul Stanley’s Eye-Opening Moment That Affected His Entire Rock Career
KISS has always been a theatrical band and performed with high-quality stage performances for their fans. Their rock sound combined with their stage costumes, makeup, and stunts formed a complete audio and visual feast and gave their band a look that will not be forgotten easily. The band even turned everything related to their legacy into a museum, soon displayed in Las Vegas.
Hence, it wasn’t a shock when the band’s guitarist Paul Stanley was cast for a musical in 1999. He had watched ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ ten years prior and knew that he could be on stage performing in this musical. When he got the proposal to be in the musical as the Phantom, he didn’t give it a second thought before accepting the offer that changed his life.
How Did ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’ Change Paul Stanley’s Life?
The musical is the story of a man who sings behind a mask and haunts those who try to inhabit his opera. He falls in love with a young soprano named Christine, and the story continues from there. There have been many productions of the musical for 32 years and received over 70 theatre awards. Thanks to its reputation as one of the most well-known musicals, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear Paul Stanley was a fan.
Fortunately for him, the KISS frontman was offered to be the Phantom in the musical’s Canada production. During an interview, Stanley reflected on being the main character and said it gave him a huge awareness that changed his rock career forever. He resembled himself to the Phantom because he was also a musician hiding himself, his scars, and deformities behind a mask.
Not just his musical side but also the fact that he was looking for love but couldn’t find it was a personal aspect he related. The rocker stated that the experience was eye-opening in his private life since he had a marriage that was never supposed to happen. On the bright side, Stanley is happy to have his son out of a relationship that ended with a divorce.
Stanley on the whole experience:
“When I saw ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ in London in 1988, I watched it, and I went, ‘I can do that.’ And I had no background in that. Ten years later, I got a call at CAA, my talent agents, and they said, ‘How do you feel about trying to do a musical?’ And I said, ‘Well, what is it?’ And they said, ‘Phantom Of The Opera.’ You’d have to go do a full-on audition in New York.’ And I said, ‘I’m in.’ So I went to New York, got the role, and they flew me up to Toronto, where the show had run for ten years, and I took over, doing eight shows a week there.
And I suddenly realized that, in many ways, the Phantom was me. It was a story of a scarred, deformed musician who hid behind a mask. Wow! I didn’t even see that. And was looking for love and couldn’t give it back, even though he wanted it. So it was a turning point for me. It was eye-opening, and it also, perhaps, coincided with a change in my life, ending a marriage that really, perhaps, was never meant to be, but I got a wonderful son out of it.”
You can watch him confess these words below.