KISS fans are used to seeing Paul Stanley rocking and rolling all night, but the singer is now set to add some soul to his musical palette. Stanley has scheduled his first concert with his collective Soul Station that will take place on September 11 at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California.
Soul Station, which features a variety of respected musicians who have performed with some of the biggest stars from the worlds of rock, pop, R&B and country, will perform a set of memorable songs from the classic soul era.
The group includes KISS drummer Eric Singer, as well as guitarist Rafael “Hoffa” Moreira, bassist Sean Hurley, keyboardists Alex Alessandroni and Ely Rise, percussionist Ramon Yslas and backing singers Nelson Beato, Crystal Starr and Ayana Layli.
“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,” says Stanley in a statement. “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.”
Paul adds that he won’t be playing guitar at the concert and the set won’t include any KISS tunes. Instead, fans can expect to hear Stanley’s interpretations of songs by The Stylistics, The Dramatics, The Temptations and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles with arrangements and a sound that, he insists, will “just blow you away.”
If you’re in the U.S. in September, tickets for Stanley’s concert with Soul Station are on sale at TheRoxy.com.