Paul Stanley of KISS: 'Otis Redding Changed My Life'

 Paul Stanley of Kiss performs onstage at Staples Center on March 04, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ABA)
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Paul Stanley is famous to millions around the world as the KISS Starchild, the band's enigmatic lead singer who has served as the yin to the yang of the Demon, Gene Simmons, for more than 40 years.

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Stanley opened up to Forbes in a new interview over the weekend, and the singer shared an inspirational musical moment from his youth that many might not expect: seeing soul legend Otis Redding live in concert.

"I was fortunate, as a kid I saw Otis Redding, which he was magic," Stanley revealed when asked about the first song that changed his life. "And you hopefully know the difference when you're in the presence of greatness as opposed to just an entertainer. So Otis was amazing. To hear 'Respect,' 'Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song),' you gotta write it down like that, 'Try A Little Tenderness,' Otis was a big man and he commanded that stage and even if you see Monterey Pop or some of these other concert films and you see Otis, I can only imagine what he would have gone on to do had he not met a tragic end."

Stanley will be walking it like he talks it next year when he drops the long-awaited debut album from his R&B band, Soul Station.

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