Paul Stanley’s Way To Get Over Gene Simmons’ Issues Is Pretty Good Advice

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Paul Stanley arrives at the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons aren’t always in rhythm with each other even though they’re in the band together for almost 50 years already. Recently, Stanley opened up to the audience about his relationship with Simmons and gave a good piece of advice that we all could use in our own lives. Stanley stated:

“We’re very different, but we certainly share pride in what we do, a work ethic. Maybe because our parents came from Europe where I think that that’s important stuff, is that pride in the work you do and to work hard for your money.”

He added:

“Other than that, I think one of the things that took me a long time to learn — and I think Gene, by the way… I mean, he’s family to me; he’s a brother. I remember there were things about him that used to drive me crazy.”

When Stanley was asked how he dealt with some of the past issues with Simmons, he said:

“I realized that that’s not his issue; that’s my issue. When people do things and it bothers you, you need to figure out why it bothers you, not expect them to change. It’s not about them. And things that used to bother me about Gene, I just had to kind of figure out, ‘Wait a minute. That’s my issue that bothers me. And why does it bother me?’ Because he can only be the best he that he can be; he’s never gonna be me, and I’m never gonna be him. So it’s just a matter of putting a lot of that stuff aside. We’re not gonna change anybody else, so we need to figure out why it bothers us.”

On the other hand, Simmons shared the same sentiments in a 2017 interview. He stated:

“You have to figure out that the person next to you isn’t you. So sometimes you don’t understand why I might have a different appetite than him,” referring to his desire to act, produce records and make films. But he later added of Stanley, “We do have a better relationship today because you live and you learn.”

While, in terms of shared work ethics, Simmons said:

“You understand that despite it all we both share a great work ethic, we show up on time and do the work and we never ‘Axl Rose’ our way out of anything. I think the same way a ‘Kardashian’ became a 72-day long time reference, I think Axl deserves that thing that could become a verb, ‘Don’t Axl your way out of this thing.’ I think that’s appropriate.”

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