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Desmond Child’s Gratitude: Acknowledging Paul Stanley’s Profound Influence

In the latest episode of the Shout It Out Loudcast, Kiss bassist Paul Stanley emerges as a pivotal figure in Desmond Child’s life, as revealed by Child himself. During a discussion about his new autobiography, ‘Livin’ On A Prayer: Big Songs Big Life,’ Child credited Stanley for being instrumental in his breakthrough and the creation of iconic anthems. Apparently, it was Stanley who played a crucial role in connecting Child with a rock icon, leading to a significant collaboration. Child expressed his gratitude towards Stanley, stating:

“I truly owe him everything because he was generous enough to share my contact with Jon Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi happened to be one of the acts opening for Kiss on a European tour, and they struck up a friendship. Paul suggested, ‘You know what? This band needs a hit. Why don’t you guys try writing with Desmond Child?'”

While Child had initially intended to collaborate with Jon Bon Jovi, Kiss had a different plan for him in the band’s name: “Little did I know—until recently—that they didn’t approach me to write for Bon Jovi. Instead, they believed that I could secure them a ‘pop cut’ and bring in funds for the band, supporting their touring and other endeavors.”

Stanley Guides Child in the Art of Crafting Studio Anthems

Throughout the ’80s and into the ’90s, Desmond Child made a name for himself as one of the premier rock songwriters for hire. He collaborated on chart-topping hits for artists like Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, and more. His journey into co-writing began with Kiss’ ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You’ in 1979.

Continuing his collaboration with Kiss, he co-penned hits such as ‘Heaven’s on Fire,’ ‘Reason to Live,’ and ‘Hide Your Heart,’ attributing much of his success, in his own words, to the guidance of Paul Stanley. Before delving into the conversation about working with Bon Jovi, Child acknowledged Stanley for not only facilitating his connection with Jon Bon Jovi but also imparting the skills to craft ‘Kiss-like’ hits:

“I always credit Paul Stanley with teaching me the art of writing stadium anthems ‘the Kiss way.’ There are rules to it. The lead singer—the protagonist—should never be the victim but always the winner. The music must uplift accordingly at all times. When the choruses hit, the goal is to make you want to rise up and pump your fist in the air. So, when I collaborated with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, and later with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, and Joan Jett, I brought all that expertise that Paul Stanley had imparted to me.” You can catch the full discussion in the latest podcast episode below.

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