One of the most legendary frontmen of the music industry and iconic founder of KISS, Paul Stanley, was recently interviewed by Outlaw Magazine and revealed what he thinks about the bands who opened the shows for KISS since the early 1970s.

Paul Stanley also talked about the early days of the legendary Canadian rock band Rush, which was founded in 1968 and revealed that his favorite openers were AC/DC, Rush and Priest.

Here is what he said:

“The first time Rush opened for us, they had their original drummer, John Rutsey, along with Geddy [Lee, bassist/vocalist] and Alex [Lifeson, guitarist].

But when Neil [Peart] joined, overnight it became a different band, Suddenly, they had this incredible musician backing Geddy and Alex.

There was only one Rush and they perfected a style and walked a road that nobody else had been on. I saw that band in its infancy and they went on to build an incredible legacy.”

He continued:

“I think for us, Rush was most exciting. When we first had them playing with us in Canada and John Rutsey was still the drummer. The first album [1974’s ‘Rush’] was so… It was Humble Pie, it was Zeppelin.

They obviously found their footing in something they wanted to do later on. They were always great.

AC/DC with Bon [Scott], when we had them on tour. Great! Priest – Priest was phenomenal. Bob Seger… We can go down the list. Bob Seger got his first gold album on tour with us. John Cougar Mellencamp… Tom Petty… The list goes on and on.”

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