Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Steve Coronel (Ex Wicked Lester Guitarist And KISS Songwriter) Talks Growing Up With The Demon And Pre-KISStory

Steve Coronel is best known as the original guitar player in Wicked Lester, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley’s pre-KISS recording act. That’s the tip of the proverbial iceberg though and while people would possibly still be lining up to interview Steve were that the only criteria he has lots of other interesting conversation points. He knew the KISS guys way before the fame and makeup and in fact, recommended a young Stanley Eisen come over to his apartment to audition for a band vacancy his best bud from junior high ( Gene Simmons) had. He’s a pretty damn good guitar player to this day (as I heard during the course of the interview) and songwriter having written the songs “She” and “Goin Blind” which are now rightfully considered KISS Klassics among a lot of material for his post KISS band, LOVER. Steve is an interesting guy with an interesting and down to earth viewpoint on one of the most idolized and sensationalized bands in rock and roll history. I make no bones about my love for KISS and constant quest for more KISS information so with that, I dialed up Steve who was fun, engaging and totally up for my questions. Read on…

Legendary Rock Interviews: Hey Steve how’s it going?

Steve Coronel: Real good John, I was just rehearsing guitar…(plays a bit of blues scale with a nice tone). I’m still jamming.

LRI: I am still diggin some of your old songs. I caught your episode on Decibel Geek Podcast and really enjoyed it and I know you are doing a couple other interviews. Is it sort of surreal to be doing interviews again after all this time?

Steve: You know it’s a choice. I was recently interviewed for Sweden Rock magazine which was nice. I could have done these interviews a long time ago but I really don’t do these things for the ego boost. I have known people from that era in the 70s who were all about those little things they did back in those days and all about themselves. I realize I am a very small part of a very large organization. I’ve never wanted to embarrass myself by affiliating myself with things that I really don’t belong in. Recently, as tings have mellowed out a little bit more and there’s been so many years passed I have taken a little bit softer view on that time. That’s really my answer.

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