Watch KISS’ Paul Stanley Perform the National Anthem at a San Antonio Spurs Game
KISS' Paul Stanley was in San Antonio Friday (Dec. 11) as part of the grand opening of a new Rock & Brews restaurant in the Texas city, but while in San Antonio, he also made an appearance at the San Antonio Spurs - Los Angeles Lakers game, where he sang the National Anthem.
After his introduction and prior to the song, he requested, "Would everybody please join me in singing to honor the military, the vets and the senseless killings that took place at the hands of terrorists? Let's all sing together." Flanked by servicemen, Stanley then proceeded to deliver the National Anthem for those in attendance. See his performance in the player above.
Speaking with the San Antonio Express News, Stanley discussed the National Anthem and his history with the song. "The Star-Spangled Banner is a real interesting one in that people tend to obliterate it when they do it and turn it into a showcase for vocal gymnastics instead of singing it as it was written. If you’re looking for showboating, you’re not going to hear it. The anthem should be sung with respect."
Stanley has enjoyed a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career with KISS, but has spoken recently about the idea of the band continuing after he and fellow original member Gene Simmons decide to retire. As much as I’m a big fan of what I do and think I do it really well, I didn’t invent the wheel,” Stanley says. “Somebody is out there who can come in and take my place, and at some point, I don’t see a reason for the band to fold anymore than I can see a reason for a team to fold.”
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