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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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“We’ve got meters”

Paul informs an audience that he's been measuring their volume levels throughout the show. But to what end? Who crunches these numbers? Are there three decades' worth of decibel charts sitting in Paul's garage? One can only hope.

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“It’s getting a little cool out tonight”

Paul turns idle small talk about the weather into a segue for "Hotter Than Hell." 

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“Rock’n’roll pneumonia!”

More weather-related banter, as Stanley notes that a dip in temperature might lead to "a little rock'n'roll pneumonia," and then the band detonates "Doctor Love."


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“I’m packin’ my pistol”

In this pre-"Love Gun" riff, Paul lets loose a volley of double entendres, introducing his "pistol," his "six-shooter of sex," his "uzi of ooze." You know what he's talking about, Pittsburgh! 

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“Tony Byrd, in charge of guitars, keyboards and Kool-Aid”

Tony Byrd is a famous guitar tech, and according to Stanley, also pretty good with Kool-Aid.

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“Here’s one that’s easy to remember”

This was Paul's pointed introduction to a performance of "Shout It Out Loud" — and an unintentional synopsis of the band's entire musical oeuvre and secret to its success.

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“Let’s call that rehearsal!”

Undaunted by a less-than-perfect performance from an Atlantic City audience during a sing-a-long, Paul graciously granted his fans a second chance. They nailed it. 

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“What’s the biggest part of my body?”

"It's my heart," he wisecracks. It doesn't get much cornier than that Borscht Belt-style bait-and-switch, but some classic Starchild enthusiasm helps this line get over. 

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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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