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KISS’ Paul Stanley is known for his elaborate face makeup and stage costumes as the frontman of the band. He’s now revealing a deep connection to The Phantom of the Opera, perhaps because of the similarities of covering their faces.
Stanley was born deaf in one ear, which hindered him his whole life.
"Here's somebody who has a disfigurement that they're covering and they're trying to reach out to a woman and, as much as they want to do it, they don't know how,” he explained, Fox News reports. “Well, that pretty much summed up my life, you know. Only I wasn't living in a dungeon under an opera house.”
The newly-minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, 62, went on to talk about writing the memoir Face the Music: A Life Exposed, saying his goal is to “inspire” people who faced hardships as a child just as he had.
"I was an angry, dysfunctional kid with a real image problem and a hearing problem that put me under constant scrutiny. Growing my hair was the start of covering it up,” he said.
Stanley has made other headlines from the memoir, as he claimed original KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are anti-Semitic.