Artworks by KISS frontman Paul Stanley

September 11, 2009 Paul Stanley wears another face when he takes off his stage make up. The front man of the legendary rock band KISS, Stanley is an artist who creates painting and sculptures. The band has finished out a sold out tour of Canada and South America and now Stanley is touring with his artwork. Stanley will appear at the Wentworth Gallery at Woodfield in Schaumburg this weekend: from 7 to 9 pm Friday, September 11 and from 5 to 8 pm on Saturday, September 12.

Stanley has always been a visionary and trend setter; beginning in the early 1970s when he unveiled his persona in KISS as "The Starchild." His passion for both musical and visual arts has been a key to the ongoing phenomenon known as KISS. His artistic input has been seen on the designs of KISS album covers, stages and apparel.

As an art major and graduate of the prestigious High School of Music and Art in New York City, Stanley returned to his painting in 2005. His portraits and abstracts are emotionally charged compositions. He aims to maximize the direct, physical impact of his paintings through scale, texture, vivid color and simplicity of images.

When describing his painting, Stanley says, "Doing my art came out of something solitary and something that I had no intention of showing anybody, and yet once people saw pieces in my house, it became clear that there was a great demand for my art. People see my art taking all kinds of turns because it's exciting and new to me. It certainly goes from abstracts to abstract-impressionist to almost an '80's Pop Art feel, so it's changing, but that's part of the excitement."

Musically, after more than 28 years, Stanley has released his second and highly anticipated solo CD "Live to Win" and DVD, "One Live KISS" both to rave reviews. After a 2008 blockbuster 30-city tour in Europe, KISS fans are anxiously awaiting the Alive/35 tour this fall, that includes a stop in Chicago on November 6.

For more information about Stanley's music and art, visit or

To find out more about the exhibit at the Wentworth Gallery, visit or call 1-800-732-6140.

Meet Paul Stanley
7 to 9 pm on Friday
5 to 8 pm on Saturday
Wentworth Gallery
Woodfield Mall
847-995-1190 or 800-732-6140


As they celebrate 35 years of rockin', KISS recently announced the dates of the KISS ALIVE 35 North American tour. The tour kicks off with a rapidly-selling, special multiple-show engagement in Detroit Rock City beginning September 25h, where KISS will be playing the classic album that started it all: KISS ALIVE! The tour leg will then hit more than 40 additional cities before concluding in December; the tour stops at the United Center in Chicago on November 6.

This incredible show will feature a new stage set, pyro effects that only the "hottest band in the world" could deliver, and all new costumes. Fans will be treated to a 2½ hour set of some of rock's greatest hits, including "Rock and Roll All Nite," "I Was Made for Lovin' You," "Detroit Rock City," "God Gave Rock & Roll to You" and "Shout It Out Loud," as well as songs from the band's new album SONIC BOOM. Buckcherry will be main support on all of the KISS ALIVE 35 North American dates.

Said Gene Simmons, "For 35 years, KISS raised the bar for what a rock concert should really be. This year is no different - all new, all killer... all KISS! The master's class in rock is in session! KISS rules. Oh yeah!"

"Bigger IS better!" said Paul Stanley. "SONIC BOOM is our future and KISS Alive is our proud past. On this tour you get KISS Alive plus a slew of other classics and soon to be classics. New stage, new battle gear and a pyro arsenal that will again show everyone that there is only one KISS!"

After completing their biggest tour ever of South America, selling out stadiums once again in Europe, and leaving fans clamoring for more in Australia, KISS is excited to give North America its due. KISS ALIVE 35 North America marks the first leg of the world's first fan-routed tour -- more than 10,000 individual cities across Canada and the U.S. mounted their own unique campaigns to bring KISS to their towns. The fans have spoken, the votes have been tabulated, and the waiting is over as KISS unveils the first markets (follows).

SONIC BOOM- KISS' highly-anticipated album, and its first new material in 11 years - will be released exclusively at Walmart, and Sam's Club retail locations beginning October 6. Produced by the band's Paul Stanley in Los Angeles, the album is the centerpiece of a three-disc set that also features a completely re-recorded greatest hits CD as well as a live DVD shot in Argentina during the band's recent, record-breaking KISS ALIVE 35 South American tour. Tracks made famous on KISS ALIVE! - including "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Deuce," "Black Diamond," and "Hotter Than Hell" - are well represented on the greatest hits disc included with SONIC BOOM. The CD/DVD set will retail for $12, with pre-orders starting in September on before the official album release.

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