Turns out there was a lot going on behind all that KISS makeup.
In his new memoir, “Face the Music: A Life Exposed,” KISS frontman Paul Stanley (born Stanley Eisen) recounts that band member Ace Frehley had a collection of Nazi memorabilia.
The New York Post also reports that Stanley accuses both Frehley and Peter Criss of resenting himself and Gene Simmons (born Chaim Witz in Israel) for their dominant roles in the creation process (and probably because they’re the only two whose names you remember).
“As a result, the two of them tried to sabotage the band — which, as they saw it, was unfairly manipulated by [us] money-grubbing Jews.”
Stanley added that these accustations of anti-Semitism were “based on years and years of interactions.”
Frehley’s rep. blew off the claims: “Let’s just say that Paul is trying to sell some books,” Frehley’s manager, Dave Frey, told The Huffington Post. “It’s definitely not true.”
For more glam-rock inside dish, check out Stanley’s book, available April 8.
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.
Paul Stanley Calls KISS Members Anti-Semitic