Paul Stanley’s Son Evan’s Biggest Music Inspiration Wasn’t KISS, It Was Actually Nirvana

Recently speaking to Guitar World, Paul Stanley’s son Evan disclosed that his major musical influence was not KISS, as many might assume, but rather Nirvana.

Contrary to what many might think, Evan didn’t immediately follow in his father’s musical footsteps. He shared:

“A lot of people think I came out of the womb playing guitar. I’ve been around it forever because of my dad, and, of course, he was an influence. But the biggest thing was when I went over to a friend’s when I was around 10, and he played ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ on a cheap, out-of-tune acoustic.”

The Beginning Of Evan’s Guitar Journey

He continued, revealing how he started to play guitar:

“I ran home and said, ‘Dad, I need to learn guitar.’ He showed me a D and an A chord and said, ‘If you remember these in the morning, I’ll show you G.’ I woke him up at 6 am the next day, showed him the chords, and I was off and running.”

Addressing KISS Rumors

This early exposure to music, particularly Nirvana, sparked a desire in Evan to perform on stage, eventually leading to the creation of his band, Amber Wild. In a talk with Jeff Gaudiosi of, Evan addressed the ongoing rumors about him taking over KISS. He clarified, referring to his involvement with Amber Wild:

“No, it’s the funniest thing. People keep asking that constantly. It’s like, dude, you can look at like a thousand interviews where my dad says it, Gene [Simmons] says it, I say it, Nick [Simmons] says it. It’s like, no. That’s my dad’s thing. I’m busy with my thing. I appreciate it. I’m grateful for it. I love it. I’m a fan of the music. I’m a fan of the show. I’ve gotten to have a really unique and very wonderful life as a direct result of it.”

The early success of Amber Wild led to an exciting opportunity — opening for KISS on the final 19 shows of their End of the Road Tour. Evan was thrilled to open for KISS on their final tour. He found it incredible to join them on stage, strengthening his musical bond with his father. For Evan, this opportunity was both a career highlight and a dream come true.