Kiss Singer Paul Stanley

Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 20, 2008

KISS has always been my favorite band. What's up with lead singer Paul Stanley these days?
—Amy Astor, La Grange, Texas

Stanley, 56, who co-founded the durable rock group in the early 1970s with musical partner Gene Simmons, is hitting the road this year for a 35th KISS anniversary tour of Europe. When he's not making music, he's painting, a lifelong smoldering passion that he rekindled several years ago as a way of dealing with a painful divorce. To his surprise, he found that the public was interested in his brushstrokes, and several of his creations have sold for upward of $50,000. He's a believer in the transformative power of art, in whatever form. "Whether you live in a station wagon or a villa," he says, "art will make your life better."