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March 21, 1951 |
Manhattan, New York, United States
|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.
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, 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.
Coronel was arrested on September 26, 2014, on five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. An investigation was launched when the U.S. Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force determined child pornography had been uploaded from a residence in Bluffton, S.C.
Coronel was sentenced to 6 years jail on the 27 April 2016 for third degree sexual exploitation of a minor and is serving his sentence at the Kershaw Correctional Institution in South Carolina.
- 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.
- "Wicked Lester Guitarist Stephen Coronel Arrested on Child Pornography Charges".
- Legendary Rock Interviews interview with Steve Coronel by John Parks
- Kiss army Spain interview with Steve Coronel by Javier Rueda and Fernando Martínez
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