Paul Stanley‘s 98-year-old father attended KISS‘s February 16 concert at the Forum in Los Angeles, California.
Last night, the KISS frontman tweeted out a backstage photo of him with his dad, aloing with the caption: “MY DAD! The Oldest And Coolest Man Ever At A KISS Concert. At @theforum Saturday Night. He’ll be NINETY NINE In April!”
In KISS‘s official authorized biography “Kiss: Behind The Mask”, Stanley said that his father was born in the U.S. but “his parents were Russian-Hungarian-Polish.”
Paul recalled: “My family wasn’t that well off. When I was six, my father bought me a bike, which was the only thing that I was given of any value. We weren’t affluent, but we survived. There were times when money was very tight. In Manhattan, the four of us lived in a one-bedroom apartment; my parents slept in the living room and my sister and I shared the bedroom. My father worked as a furniture salesman, and my mother was a teacher. Originally, she was a registered nurse, and then she taught retarded kids. Ultimately, she became a full-time housewife.”
Stanley was born with a facial deformity, microtia, which prevented his right ear from forming properly and left him deaf on the right side. He later said that his parents had their own problems and did not acknowledge or provide support for Paul‘s difficulties.
Stanley said it took him decades into adulthood and plenty of therapy to help conquer his lack of self-esteem.