Paul Stanley says his guitarist Jimmy Page “paints with sound”.
The KISS co-founder, 70, says the Led Zeppelin legend, 78, is much more than a guitarist, comparing his music to paintings.
Taking part in a ‘Kiss Kruise’ Q&A, he said: ‘The guy I respect the most and had the biggest impact on me is Jimmy Page… Jimmy’s Beethoven. Jimmy is so beyond… When people say, ‘Oh, all due respect to a lot of other big name guitarists’, they’re guitarists. Jimmy Page is a brilliant cinematographer, he’s a brilliant arranger, he paints with sound.
He continued: “There are a lot of guys… They say, ‘Well, who’s the best: [Eric] Clapton or…?’ Jimmy Page is in a class of his own.
“And there are plenty of good guitarists, but he’s way beyond that. Plus, it’s amazing, because I was a 17-year-old kid seeing them in 1969 and it changed my life – It changed my life. I could I couldn’t believe how awesome they were; I couldn’t believe the bar could be this high. And to be at this point in my life where I’m going out to dinner with Jimmy, or Jimmy texts me or says: about KISS, he says: ‘You are a serious and crazy rock’n’roll band.’ Well, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
Paul added of the complexity hidden in Zeppelin’s tunes: “It’s not always the obvious thing that makes a song, and it’s not always the obvious thing that makes something right, whether it’s a painting or a song.
“When people say, ‘Oh, Zeppelin, that’s heavy metal or something,’ give me a break. These songs are paintings. You think you hear a big guitar. A little guitar with another guitar behind it, and it’s all layered. And that’s the shine. And I think too often in all kinds of things that we do in life, we think that’s what we see, and that’s is very often what is behind what we see, and very often is what is behind what we hear. It is not what we think it is. It is where I think a lot of people fail.
He concluded : “[Jimmy is] great. What he did is just crazy.”