What does Kiss co-founder Paul Stanley do in his spare time? Well, he starts an 11-piece band with leading musicians, of course, and they are getting ready to debut this fall.
Stanley’s new band, Soul Station, will debut on Sept. 11 at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. Billed as his musical ‘coalition,’ the performance is expected to include “a gathering of some of today’s leading musicians paying tribute to an era of great soul music.”
The lineup of Soul Station includes not only Stanley and Kiss drummer Eric Singer, but also guitarist Rafael “Hoffa” Moreira, bassist Sean Hurley, keyboard players Alex Alessandroni and Ely Rise, percussionist Ramon Yslas and backing vocalists Nelson Beato, Crystal Starr and Ayana Layli.
But if you’re expecting the pyrotechnics and performance that is the staple of Kiss, think again because fans can expect a complete different side of Stanley’s musical talent.
“I don’t play guitar in the band and we don’t do a single Kiss song. That’s not what this is about,” he explains. “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,” he says. “When I was a boy, 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 [Robinson] and the Miracles, Blue Magic and on, these songs, arrangements and sound just blow you away.”
Tickets for the September 11 show go on sale today, August 5 at 3PM ET and are available through the Roxy’s website.