DevilDriver Dez reveals Paul Stanley told him to give up trying – two days before he signed first record deal
Dez Fafara of DevilDriver has revealed how Kiss star Paul Stanley told him to abandon his dreams of being a rock star – just days before his band Coal Chamber signed their first record deal.
The metal frontman says he was working in his day-job when he chanced to meet Stanley.
Fafara explains: “Paul came in, and I told him I was in a band called Coal Chamber, and we were about to get a record deal.
“Paul, and I will never forget this, said: ‘Keep your job. No one ever makes it big – only in some rare cases.’ Two days later I signed my record deal – and never looked back.”
He continues: “That’s why I won’t give my opinion on unsigned bands. But I will say this: stick to your guns, ignore everyone who says you can’t or won’t, and follow your dream. Just be careful what you wish for.
“We played with Kiss six days ago but I’ll say this: Fuck Paul! It’s all about my man Gene the Demon Machine.”
Meanwhile, the glam rock icons have announced that mainman Simmons and Stanley are collaborating on a book about the band’s early years.
Nothin’ To Lose will include interviews with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, alongside big names from the early 70s and backstage people. It’s described as “about more than just the band, but about New York in the early Seventies” and it’s scheduled for publication next summer.