Rock and roll legend Paul Stanley will hit the stage in a way that fans are probably not used to seeing. Stanley will shed “The Starchild” persona for a more soulful side of the Kiss co-founder and frontman. Stanley doesn’t even play guitar in the band, he just handles the lead vocal duties.
On the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Stanley will take the stage with his 11-piece musical coalition project called “Soul Station,” will make it’s live debut in Los Angeles at the Roxy Theatre. Sadly for Kiss fans, the show will have nothing to do with Kiss musically as the band does not play one Kiss song.
Stanley stated that he wanted return to the music that inspired him growing up:
“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. 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.”
When talking about Soul Station:
“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.”
Besides Stanley, Soul Station is made up of fellow Kiss member and drummer Eric Singer, Rafael “Hoffa” Moreira (guitar), Sean Hurley (bass), Alex Alessandroni and Ely Rise (keyboards), Ramon Yslas and backing vocalists Nelson Beato, Crystal Starr and Ayana Layli.
Stanley formed Kiss with co-founder Gene Simmons in 1973. Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 and has sold over a 100 million records worldwide.