Paul Stanley Is Now a Singer in a Soul Music Cover Band

Rolling Stone | Kory Grow

720x405-GettyImages-150568415This fall, Kiss singer-guitarist Paul Stanley will begin a surprising new gig: soul singer. His new side group, Soul Station, which plays a mix of Sixties and Seventies soul classics, will perform its first-ever concert at Los Angeles’ Roxy Theatre on September 11th. “I don’t play guitar in the band and we don’t do a single Kiss song,” Stanley said in a statement. “That’s not what this is about.”

The Kiss vocalist’s nine-person Soul Station backing band consists of musicians who have played with artists ranging from Christina Aguilera to Bobby Brown. Its drummer, Eric Singer, also plays with Stanley in Kiss. The group will play a mix of songs by the Stylistics, Dramatics, Temptations, Smokey and the Miracles and Blue Magic, among others. Their repertoire includes the Miracles’ “Ooo Baby Baby,” the Temptations’ “Just My Imagination” and the Stylistics’ “You Are My Everything.”

“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,” Stanley said. “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…. These songs, arrangements and sound just blow you away.”

In the meantime, Kiss remain as active as ever. After Stanley’s Soul Station gig, the band will play a run of shows in Australia and New Zealand in October.

In other Kiss news, the group recently partnered with the makers of Scooby-Doo for a new feature-length cartoon, and the band was honored by songwriting-royalties organization ASCAP with a “Founders Award” at a gala where Dave Grohl called them his childhood superheroes. The band’s singer-bassist, Gene Simmons, has also launched a film venture with WWE studios, which will make “elevated horror movies.”

 

Paul Stanley of Kiss launches R&B cover band

George Varga | San Diego Union-Tribune

Kiss singer and guitarist Paul Stanley covered a lot of ground in his 2014 autobiography, “Face the Music: A Life Exposed,” including his disclosure that he was born without a right ear. But he didn’t drop a single hint to even suggest he was yearning to front a new band that will focus entirely on classic soul and R&B songs from the 1960s and ’70s.

That, however, is precisely what Stanley, 63 will do next month at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood. On Tuesday, the veteran rocker announced the official launch of Soul Station, a 10-piece music “coalition” that will makes it debut at the Roxy on Sept. 11 and features longtime Kiss drummer Eric Singer. Stanley will dispense with his usual guitar duties to focus exclusively on singing.

“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,” Stanley said in a statement released Tuesday.

“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 (so) on, these songs, arrangements and sound just blow you away.”

Since Stanley is not a jazz fan, it seems unlikely he named “Soul Station” after the classic 1960 album by sax great Hank Mobley. There are currently at least four other bands called Soul Station, including one in Italy, one in England, one in Australia and another in France.

As of this point, Stanley has announced no other shows with his Soul Station and no plans to record. He will rejoin Kiss for an October tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Will Stanley mix “Strutter,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Rock and Roll All Nite” or any other Kiss favorites into Soul Station’s concert repertoire, which will reportedly include covers of The Temptations’ “Just My Imagination, The Miracles’ “Ooo Baby Baby” and The Stylistics’ “You Are My Everything?”

In a word, no.

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

To aid him in his quest to create magic, Stanley will be assisted by a group of “legendary band members.” The lineup 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).

Apart from Kiss drummer Singer, none of Soul Station’s members qualify as legends, in any conventional sense of the word, although most of them have solid resumes. No fewer than five of the nine musicians have performed on “American Idol” or “The Voice,” although not as contestants.

Tickets, priced at $69.50 each, are now on sale for Soul Station’s Sept. 11 Roxy Theatre performance. There is, apparently no significance to the date of their show.

Slash and Ace Frehley collaborate to cover Thin Lizzy

RTT News

EN_00941598_0013Slash and KISS guitarist Ace Frehley have reportedly recorded a new version of a Thin Lizzytrack. The track will be included on Ace’s new covers album and Slash broke news of the recording session in a recent post to Twitter.

“Had a really fun, live session with Ace Frehley last night, jamming on a Thin Lizzy tune for his new covers album,” he said via Twitter. “Good times.”

Ace also revealed that he plans to sing lead on the release so that fans can get a feel for his singing voice.

“On Kiss records I’m not singing lead. So I’m going to sing lead on them like I do live so there’s (studio tracks) out there with me.”

SNAKED releases new single dedicated to KISS’ Paul Stanley

James Zahn | The Rock Father

404d77dbfc18bc347042b145ab0a9321_LThere’s an L.A.-based duo called SNAKED (Hugh Myrone and Depressed Teenager) that just debuted a new single called ”Paul Stanley” via NestHQ, and it’s worth a listen. They’re calling it RDM (Rockstar Dance Music), and over the top of the beats and riffs sits the onstage banter of the KISS vocalist for which the song is named. There’s a couple of “Ohs” and “Woos” that sound more like VAN HALEN’s David Lee Roth from the famed“Running With the Devil” acapella takes, but it’s a tune all about Paul. Check it out below… 

Looking back at Gene Simmons in 1984′s Runaway movie

Ryan Lambie | Den of Geek

runaway-3Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons starred in Michael Crichton’s 1984 sci-fi thriller, Runaway. Ryan looks back at a flawed yet intriguing film…

Late 1984 saw two killer robot movies make their debut in cinemas. You’ve probably heard of the first one, released in October: The Terminator, the film that launched the career of James Cameron and cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger’s status as a movie star.

The second was Runaway, another sci-fi thriller that, in theory, could have been the bigger hit. It starred Tom Selleck and Kiss member Gene Simmons. It was written and directed by Michael Crichton, the director of the superb Westworld and writer of such best-selling novels as The Andromeda Strain and The Terminal Manboth adapted into great films. Six years after Runaway, Crichton would write Jurassic Park, a book that is still sending ripples through pop culture today.

Runaway ended up making about $7 million in cinemas – less than 10 percent of Cameron’s low-budget Terminator. Critical notices were middling, and even Crichton didn’t seem to have much enthusiasm for his film; “I’m bored with special effects,” he told the Washington Post just one month after Runaway‘s release.

 Read the rest HERE…

Gene Simmons Disagrees With Paul Stanley Over New KISS Album

Timothy Guy | The Press Enterprise

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On Tuesday Gene Simmons Disagrees With Paul Stanley Over New KISS Album was a top story. Here is the recap: Gene Simmons reveals in a new interview that he is on a different page than KISS cofounder Paul Stanley when it comes to the idea of the band making another studio album.

Simmons was asked by Southern California newspaper The Press Enterprise in a new interview if there is any chance that the band would record new music soon and he contradicted Stanley’s recent comments that it was unlikely the band would ever record another album.

Gene said, “Paul (Stanley) may think there’s not going to be another record; I suspect there will be. We never force the issue. There is no one to answer to except our own gut.

“I recently wrote a song called ‘Your Wish is My Command’ and it feels like KISS. It came out pretty easy. When there’s enough material, we’ll look at each other and say ‘you wanna?’”

Read the full interview - here.

35 years ago: Eric Carr plays his first show with KISS

Corbin Reiff | Ultimate Classic Rock

On July 25, 1980, Kiss played their first concert without founding drummer Peter Criss, introducing Eric Carr to the world at the Palladium in New York City.

It was an event a few years in the making, really. Criss had spent a majority of the late ‘70s immersing himself deeper and deeper into the throes of drug addiction. It had significantly affected not only his behavior, but also his musical ability. He had drummed on just one track for 1979′s Dynasty – his own song, “Dirty Livin’” – and wasn’t featured at all on the follow-up, Unmasked. Session drummer Anton Fig performed on both albums in his place.

By the middle of 1980, Criss was officially out. In his autobiography Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss, Criss remembered the moment he was shown the door. “A few weeks after I got back from my honeymoon, I got a call to come to the office because the guys had something important to discuss,” he wrote. “I got to our conference room, which had a nice bar and a huge round table and all our gold records on the walls. There they were. ‘Where is everybody?’ I asked. ‘Ah, this is between us,’ one of them said. They cut to the chase. They didn’t want me in the band anymore. I was too out of control. I had lost my chops.”

The search for a replacement began almost immediately and concluded when the band selected Eric Carr, another Brooklyn native, to sit behind the kit. Carr had spent a majority of the previous decade in one group or another and had just called it quits with his last band, Thrasher. After a quick audition, the group felt good enough about his ability and his personality to extend him an invitation to join Kiss, which he accepted.

In his memoir Face the Music, Paul Stanley remembered his first impressions of their new drummer. “He seemed like a good soul,” Stanley wrote. “Some of the other people who auditioned had acted like rock stars, thinking they would gain points for that. Eric was sweet. He eventually proved to be tortured in his own way, but he certainly was a much-needed breath of fresh air in the wake of Peter’s departure.”

With their first new member, Kiss was left with a dilemma, should Eric Carr carry on the Catman role or assume a new persona? Stanley recalled the character quandary in his book. “It took some time to figure out a character for Eric. Heaven forbid we put him in a character people already knew. That seemed too obvious to us, and maybe sacrilegious. Originally, he was going to be the Hawk. We had a costume built with a protruding chest and feathers all over it. He painted a beak on his nose. But he looked like the mascot for a high school football team. All that was missing were the big foam chicken feet. It was horrible. Fortunately, he came up with the idea of the Fox. He wore the same size boots as Peter, so we used existing boots and had the platforms built up even more. The boots ended up being like stilts, and he still looked tiny next to us.”

With everything finally in order, Kiss took the stage at the Palladium to formally debut their new drummer. Carr’s sister Loretta would later recall the significance of the venue to her brother. “It was at the Palladium where, at the time, he was working with my dad delivering furniture. He had just gotten into Kiss, but still kept the job delivering furniture while he was in Kiss. So, he would rehearse with Kiss, then go and work with my dad after that.”

She went on to recount a funny episode that occurred just outside of the venue that night. “That day they were playing, the boss’ sons from the furniture store saw my father and asked him ‘What are you doing here?’ He told them my daughters are fans of Kiss, and in reality Eric was on the stage. So, the guy they knew was the guy behind the make-up: my brother Eric, who was delivering furniture for them, and they never knew.”

Carr would spend the next 11 years beating the skins in Kiss. Sadly, in 1991, after feeling a bit ill, Carr learned that he’d contracted a form of heart cancer. He passed away on Nov. 24, 1991 at the age of 41.

 

Ace Frehley Concert Photo Gallery from July, 2015

Rock Revolt

Ace Frehley packed Harrah’s Voodoo Lounge in Kansas City, MO with a sea of fans wearing Kiss and Space Invader shirts. Space Ace took the stage with a crowd favorite ‘Rocket Ride’. Ace continued through a notable set of 19 songs including ‘Space Invader’, ‘Love Gun’ and ‘Parasite’. He wrapped up the evening with ‘Detroit Rock City’ and ‘Deuce’. Kansas City photographer, John Thornbrugh was there to capture these incredible shots for RockRevolt™ Magazine!

See the entire photo gallery HERE

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SDCC Roundtable: Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer on SCOOBY-DOO! AND KISS: ROCK AND ROLL MYSTERY

Chris Salce | Nuke the Fridge

Screen Shot 2015-07-17 at 4.06.37 PMAt San Diego Comic-Con last week, exactly a week ago today, I had the privilege to interview “the best band in the land”  Kiss, for their new animated film Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery. In this roundtable interview, the Star Child Paul Stanley and the Spaceman Tommy Thayer discuss the film, touring, on stage injuries and what they think about musicians these days. Enjoy!

Q: What can you tell us about Kiss going into the Scooby-Doo universe?

Paul Stanley: The Scooby universe has never changed anymore than the Kiss universe has changed. What’s changed is these two worlds colliding. So, given the fact that we got to make a full-length feature, means that everything got a chance to be fully developed and taken to a degree that you certainly can’t do in a half hour. The idea of two iconic entities kind of sharing the same space, makes for something very exciting and combustable.

Q: What’s the best part about doing voiceover work as opposed to being on stage and performing?

Stanley: Well, you’re putting a voice to an animated character, even if it’s you, and there’s something very different about that because suddenly I found my voice being very different because it’s an animated piece as opposed to dramatic real life feature, so the character has more of a cartoon voice to it than perhaps mine.

Tommy Thayer: Yeah, there’s a slightly different kind of energy to it. It’s a little more high energy actually, where you push it more and the pace, you have to keep it exciting but it’s something we enjoyed doing. We did it all together, sat down with the script with the four of us in front of a mic one afternoon. We did most of it that way.

 

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Q: [Directed to Paul Stanley] I’m just curious, will you be doing anymore art shows?

Stanley: I will. I took some time off because (everyone should have this problem) the art became too big that when I originally when I started painting, I painted as a way to let off steam, and it became so popular that I was working with deadlines again, and I didn’t want it to get ruined for me. So I had to stop for awhile and I’m painting again and it’s exciting. I found myself almost getting on a treadmill like a hamster wheel, you know? I’m fortunate enough that I don’t need the money. The art is something important to me that I hold dear and to kind of pollute it, didn’t feel right. I just took a break and wanted to stay true to myself.

Chris Salce: So after this film, what’s next for Kiss?

Stanley: Kiss meets the Flinstones [laughs] no, um…who knows? That’s the beauty of Kiss is that we’re not a rock band in the sense that rock is what we’re limited to. The world is full of so many opportunities and so many options that it’s hard to see what’s next. There’s always something else exciting.

Thayer: In the immediate future, we are going off to Australia and New Zealand this fall on tour. We’ve been doing a lot of international touring this year. We’ve been to Japan and South America, we just finished Europe a couple weeks ago and we got the Kiss Cruise 5 at the end of October, which is something we love doing and I know our most dedicated fans love being there too. After that, next year, sky’s the limit.

Q: Your live show is so dynamic, what is the worst injury that you’ve had on stage?

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Stanley: There’s been a few. I’ve got a cracked rib on stage, which wasn’t very fun and then I had to keep doing the shows. I got hit in the face with a bottle, so I have a nice little scar and a few tours ago, one of the sparklers went off and burnt my eye.

Thayer: Luckily, we have great professional people working pyro wise, which is something Kiss is famous for also but we never had any major problems because it’s something that’s been done so professionally but maybe it was done a bit differently in the old days before I was here [smirks].

Q: What do you think of artists today that take off a day of their tour ’cause of fatigue but then you have people like Dave Grohl who breaks his leg and has his cast getting done on stage. Can you comment on that?

Stanley: In order to respect and covet the success you have, you have to earn it. And the difference between somebody who comes through it fairly easily and somebody who works their way up the ladder, makes a difference in how tough you are and what you give. We do shows with the flu, we do shows regardless. When somebody has a booboo on their foot and they need to take a week off, that’s because they didn’t come up the right way.

 

SDCC Roundtable: Gene Simmons and Eric Singer on SCOOBY-DOO! AND KISS: ROCK AND ROLL MYSTERY

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Thursday was my first day at Comic-Con in San Diego and it was a big one. One of the interviews I had that day were with none other than Kiss, for their new animated film Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery. Yes, you heard right. Kiss teams up with Scooby-Doo to solve a mystery! In this roundtable interview with the Demon Gene Simmons and the Catman Eric Singer, we discuss how the project came about and the secret to being successful. So here you go, you wanted the best, you got the best…

Q: Kiss and Scooby-Doo, how did this come about?

Gene Simmons: We appeared on Scooby in the seventies and now that Warners has stepped up and proudly made the most expensive Scooby movie of all time, Kiss meets Scooby-Doo really breaks the mold and because what you’ve got is rock n’ roll, Scooby stuff, there’s a mystery, as soon as you think you’ve got it figured out within the first half hour, all of a sudden, rules aside, everything changes. They’re often space monsters, sci-fi, witches, all the cool stuff fanboys love. End of story.

Q: If you could craft a unique song for a Marvel or DC comics character, who would it be?

Simmons: Dr. Doom because the character is so defined and when you understand, here’s the important part, the pathos of it, in other words, what makes this bad guy not just a one-dimensional thing. When you saw King kong, you understood that he actually loved that little girl but he loved her, he would die for her. That’s what made King Kong unique and what makes Dr. Doom unique is that this is actually damaged goods. This guy’s got his face with all kinds of acid and stuff so he’s not fighting the world, he’s fighting himself. I could have written ‘Unholy’ about him.

Q: How much control did you have over the characters and the writing itself?

Simmons: We respect and admire the Scooby mystique and the iconic nature of it so much that all we did was take care of Kiss. We take care of Kiss, they’ll take care of Scooby.

Eric Singer: They’ve got it! When they wrote the script, let’s face it, whoever did their homework, did their homework and basically got the real gist of the individual characters, physically, how the moved and basically stylistically with how they talked.

Chris Salce: You guys are obviously a really successful band, you’ve been around for years…

Simmons: And good looking too [smirks]

Chris Salce: [Laughs] yes, and everybody knows who Kiss is. How did you guys become such successful businessmen? You have a football team, TV shows, tons of merchandise all over the place and now Scooby-Doo.

Simmons: There’s no excuse because all the information mankind has ever put together is really available for free [picks up phone], so when a guy walks up and says ‘Yeah man what’s up?’ that’s not society’s fault, that’s his fault for not taking the time to learn language skills, people skills and all the information you want is right at your fingertips for free!

Singer: Yeah it’s called the internet!

Simmons: What you do before was the library and I used to go to the library everyday. Read. Seek and you shall find. I didn’t create that and you didn’t either so, in my new book, [smirks] ‘Me Incorporated,‘ it actually goes in there! It’s your responsibility, you can always make more money. I guarantee you tomorrow, if you cut out all the bulls*** money you spend on today, you’ll make twice as much money tomorrow. Cigarettes, bars, going on vacation, you don’t need to do all that stuff. That’s the first step, lean and mean.

Q: What’s the next team up that you would like to do?

Simmons: I would like to team up with God.

Q: Why God?

Simmons: He’s cool!

 

Paul Stanley crashed the EW interview with KISS, and it was the best thing ever

Mary Sollosi | EW

Screen Shot 2015-07-12 at 5.57.58 PMScooby-Doo has sleuthed alongside a lot of celebrities over the years, but none of that is anything like the upcoming Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery, Gene Simmons assures us. “What starts out as one layer of a mystery soon opens the portals to what could be,” he explains, “and we’re off into deep space on an adventure you’ve never seen before on any Scooby-Doo adventure.”

Simmons, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer — also known as three quarters of KISS — stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Lounge at Comic-Con to talk about the movie, which hits VOD July 10 and DVD and Blu-ray on July 21.

But watch the video to see Paul Stanley stop by, completing the quartet; find out Simmons’ favorite comic-book character (he was at the very first Comic-Con!); and hear all of them muse upon the wide variety of Scarletts in pop culture (Witch! O’Hara! Pimpernel!).