Stephen Coronel

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Stephen Coronel
Stephen Coronel 2006.jpg
Background information
Born (1951-03-21) March 21, 1951 (age 64)
Manhattan, New York, USA
Genres Hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1964–present
Associated acts The Long Island Sounds, Bullfrog Bheer, Tree, Cathedral, Coffee, Rainbow, Wicked Lester, Lover, Kiss

Stephen Coronel is a guitarist and former member of the rock band Wicked Lester. He has been a friend of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons since 1963.


Coronel created the riff and chord structure of "She" and "Goin' Blind", co-authoring the songs with Simmons. A former member of The Long Island Sounds (with Seth Dogramajian), Bullfrog Bheer, Tree (with Paul Stanley), Cathedral, Coffee, Rainbow (unrelated to the Ritchie Blackmore band of the same name) and Wicked Lester,[1] he introduced Gene Klein to Stan Eisen in Steve's Washington Heights apartment. Wicked Lester later became Kiss, when Simmons and Stanley decided to start a new band. Coronel then formed the band Lover. He continues to work with music and also design. He has done for instance showrooms and expos for clients such as Canon Inc. in 2010.

Legal Problems[edit]

On Friday, September 26, 2014, Coronel was charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor following a search of his Plantation Pointe apartment, Sgt. Robin McIntosh of the Beaufort County (SC) Sheriff's Office said.Deputies seized a number of electronic devices and other evidence, McIntosh said. Additional details were not available Friday, McIntosh said, citing the pending forensic analysis of evidence. The investigation began when the U.S. Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force determined child pornography had been uploaded from a home in Bluffton, McIntosh said. The task force and Sheriff's Office tracked the material to Coronel's home.


  1. ^ Simmons, Gene (2002-10-22). Kiss and Make-Up. Random House Digital, Inc. pp. 56–. ISBN 978-0-609-81002-6. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 

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