Tuesday, August 4, 2015

KISS: Paul Stanley to debut soul tribute band in Los Angeles

KISS frontman Paul Stanley will debut his new soul tribute band, Soul Station, at The Roxy in West Hollywood on September 11.

Stanley bills the outfit as “a ten piece coalition of some of today’s leading musicians paying tribute to an era of great soul music.”

“When I was a boy,” says Stanley, “before I ever saw The Who or Led Zeppelin, I saw Solomon Burke and Otis Redding. I saw the Temptations and all that music is part of the foundation of the music I’ve made.

“Soul Station is my chance to celebrate it for a night that’s real, live and faithfully recreates the sound with the respect it deserves. Whether it’s the Stylistics, the Dramatics, the Temptations, Smokey and the Miracles, Blue Magic and on, these songs, arrangements and sound just blow you away.”

Stanley says fans should not expect a night of KISS music at a Soul Station show, even though KISS drummer Eric Singer is in the lineup.

“I don’t play guitar in the band and we don’t do a single KISS song,” he explains. “That’s not what this is about. It’s magical to hear those songs played right and we’re making magic.

“We’re living in a time of being fed canned pre-programmed backing tracks and lip syncing in place of the electricity and passion of real live R&B.”

Paul Stanley's Soul Station includes Rafael "Hoffa" Moreira (guitar, backing vocals), Sean Hurley (bass), Alex Alessandroni (keyboards), Ely Rise (keyboards), Eric Singer (drums, backing vocals), Ramon Yslas (percussion), Nelson Beato (backing vocals), Crystal Starr (backing vocals) and Ayana Layli (backing vocals).

Tickets for The Roxy show are now on sale.

KISS are enjoying some time off from the road and will next head to Australia and New Zealand for a series of shows in October.

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