The Kiss co-founder, guitarist and singer Paul Stanley talked in Q&A session (Transcribed by Blabbermouth) about the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who he already said many times over the decades that it’s his hero.
The two musicians are good friends and they often see each other anytime Paul Stanley visits England.
Kiss’ Paul Stanley talks about his hero Jimmy Page
“The guy who I respect the most and had the most impact on me is Jimmy Page… Jimmy’s Beethoven. Jimmy is so far beyond… When people say, ‘Oh, all respect to a lot of other hotshot guitar players,’ they’re guitar players. Jimmy Page is a brilliant cinematographer; he’s a brilliant arranger. He paints with sound.”
“There’s lots of guys… They say, ‘Well, who’s better: [Eric] Clapton or…?’ Jimmy Page is in a class totally by himself. And there’s loads of great guitar players, but he’s so far beyond that. Plus, it’s amazing, ’cause I was a 17-year-old kid seeing them in 1969 and it was life-changing — it changed my life. I couldn’t believe how great they were; I couldn’t believe that the bar could be that high. And to be at this point in my life where I go out to dinner with Jimmy, or Jimmy sends me texts, or says to me, about KISS he goes, ‘You guys are a serious, kick-ass rock and roll band.’ Well, it doesn’t get better than that.”
“It’s not always the obvious thing that makes a song, and it’s not always the obvious thing that makes anything great, whether it’s a painting or a song. When people say, ‘Oh, Zeppelin, that’s, like, heavy metal or something,’ give me break.
“Those songs are paintings. You think you’re hearing one big guitar. You’re not. You’re hearing a little guitar with another guitar behind it, and it’s all layered. And that’s the brilliance. And I think that too often in all kinds of things that we do in life, we think it’s what we see, and it’s very often what’s behind what we see, and it’s very often what’s behind what we hear. It’s not what we think it is. That’s where I think a lot of people fail.”
Paul Stanley will be on the road with Kiss for their Farewell tour that still doesn’t have an ending date.