Aging rock stars turn out to be sage sources for wisdom when it comes to the slow ticking of Father Time, and the anxiety-filled inevitability of death. Who knew! Turns out, if you can survive mountains of cocaine and the ever-turning and ever-fickle tides of popular culture, the rest of life is easy.
Not long ago we talked about how David Crosby can dole out some pretty great advice about fearing death, and now we’ve got a second perspective in the form of KISS lead singer Paul Stanley. If you’re looking for make-up tips, then move along, this is all about the process of getting old.
Stanley and fellow founding member Gene Simmons both recently came down with COVID, but Stanley appears to be making a fine recovery, despite his nearly 70-year-old status. Stanley looks good for 70 too: unlike some of the other KISS members, Stanley is still in good enough shape to rock the cut-open spandex outfits that the band has made their signature. That doesn’t come easy, especially as you get older.
“Obviously you have to have some discipline,” Stanley shared back in 2014. “When you’re young, you’re immortal, and you feel you’ll live forever and survive anything. As you get older, you realise that’s not the case and you start to pay for your earlier sins.”
Stanley gives some pretty simple physical tips, including the old “you are what you eat” slogan, plus a recommendation to exercise when you can. To the surprise of nobody who has ever seen Stanley perform on stage, he also recommends aerobic dance classes. But for Stanley, the secret to a long and healthy life has more to do with the mental mindset that you put yourself in.
“I’m not one of those people who believe in a strict lifestyle. About twenty years ago, I had my cholesterol checked. Cholesterol runs high in my family, and the doctor said to me ‘You can’t eat ice cream again’. And I said ‘You’re talking to the wrong person!’
“Life is about enjoying it,” he continued, “and whether you do it in moderation, that’s really your choice. But the idea of not doing something, denying yourself, life is about indulging from time to time.”