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Paul Stanley of Kiss’ 20 Best Onstage Quotes

The choicest lines from the king of concert banter

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Paul Stanley is many things: Singer-guitarist in Kiss, painter, philanthropist, musical theater adeptauthor. He’s also, indisputably, one of the all-time masters of rock & roll stage banter. By turns rousing, hilarious and non-sensical (and always entertaining), Stanley knows exactly how to keep the concert energy high even when the band is between songs. In honor of our new cover story (online in full here now!), here are 20 of his most delirious declarations taken from the viral bootleg collection Let Me Get This Off My ChestBy Melissa Horn

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“This is what is known as the Melbourne Symphony Ensemble under the direction of Mr. David Campbell”

The best part about this is that it actually happened. The Kiss collaboration with the orchestra resulted in a live album called Kiss Symphony: Alive IV. Truly a contender for the line with the least likely odds of ever being uttered by a member of the band when they got together back in 1973. 

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“Doesn’t mean you can’t be the loudest!”

Paul gives a humbly-sized audience — "the smallest crowd we played for" — a strangely endearing pep talk before launching into "Lick It Up." 

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“It will not make the blind man see! It will not make the cripple walk!”

Paul Stanley believes rock'n'roll can do a lot of things, but he's also not making any false promises.

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“You can win an election, you can lose an election, it’s up to you”

No clue what election in particular Stanley was talking about, but he added, "if we win, we get to rock'n'roll all night and party every day!" Which is platform to believe in. 

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