Kiss Frontman Reveals What Jimmy Page Really Thinks of Them, Shares Honest Opinion on Led Zeppelin

At this year’s Kiss Kruise, Kiss frontman Paul Stanley got the chance to sit down with the band’s fans and have a Q&A session. While discussing various topics about his career, one thing that stood out was when Tracii Guns, the original Guns N’ Roses guitarist and the current one for L.A. Guns, asked who is his musical role model. Stanley explained (transcript via Blabbermouth):

“The guy who I respect the most and had the most impact on me is Jimmy Page… Jimmy’s Beethoven. Jimmy is so far beyond… When people say, ‘Oh, all respect to a lot of other hotshot guitar players,’ they’re guitar players. Jimmy Page is a brilliant cinematographer; he’s a brilliant arranger. He paints with sound.”

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“There’s lots of guys… They say, ‘Well, who’s better: [Eric] Clapton or…?’ Jimmy Page is in a class totally by himself. And there’s loads of great guitar players, but he’s so far beyond that. Plus, it’s amazing, ’cause I was a 17-year-old kid seeing them in 1969 and it was life-changing — it changed my life. I couldn’t believe how great they were; I couldn’t believe that the bar could be that high.

Although he’s also a rock superstar and one of the people who helped define modern music, for Paul Stanley, having a close relationship with someone like Jimmy Page is mindblowing. He adds:

“And to be at this point in my life where I go out to dinner with Jimmy, or Jimmy sends me texts, or says to me, about Kiss he goes, ‘You guys are a serious, kick-ass rock and roll band.’ Well, it doesn’t get better than that.”

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Looking further into Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Page’s work, Stanley cannot help but be impressed by every aspect of Page’s musicianship. The Kiss frontman explained:

“It’s not always the obvious thing that makes a song, and it’s not always the obvious thing that makes anything great, whether it’s a painting or a song. When people say, ‘Oh, Zeppelin, that’s, like, heavy metal or something,’ give me a break.”

“Those songs are paintings. You think you’re hearing one big guitar. You’re not. You’re hearing a little guitar with another guitar behind it, and it’s all layered. And that’s the brilliance.”

“And I think that too often in all kinds of things that we do in life, we think it’s what we see, and it’s very often what’s behind what we see, and it’s very often what’s behind what we hear. It’s not what we think it is. That’s where I think a lot of people fail.”

Photos: Raph_PH (KissO2110719-67 (48692779101) (cropped)), Avda (Jimmy Page at the Echo music award 2013)

David Slavkovic

David always planned for music to be nothing more than a hobby. However, after a short career as an agricultural engineer he ended up news editor at KillerGuitarRigs, senior editor at Ultimate-Guitar.com, as well as a freelance contributor to online magazines such as GuitaristNextdoor.

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