Paul Stanley is coming to O.C. with his new Soul Station band

By Brittany Woolsey / Los Angeles Times

KISS frontman Paul Stanley is taking on a new musical style that might shock some fans of his hard-rock band, but it's one that he insists helped shape the face-paint-wearing, pyrotechnic group, which has been around since 1973.

Teaming up with a dozen other musicians, Stanley, who sings and plays guitar in KISS, is dropping the instrument, makeup and theatrics to sing covers of Motown and soul classics in a new group called Soul Station, which he is bringing to Orange County this month.

"Anything is more toned down than KISS," Stanley said, laughing, of the group made popular by hits like "Rock and Roll All Nite" and "Detroit Rock City."

"As soon as you do something, it's more toned down than what we do, but the power of something like Soul Station can take the top of your head off," he said. "It's very powerful, and I walk off stage drenched. It goes back to something that's stripped down, but by no means is it laid back. It's like a steamroller.

"You can't have a 13-piece band with horns and backup singers and not bowl somebody over. It's big, it's loud and it's fun. You don't usually assemble something like this and play a club. But that's part of what makes this so fun."

The band, which performs hits by groups like The Temptations and Jackson 5, is kicking off a short Southern California tour at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Feb. 26. The group will also play shows in Agoura Hills and Pasadena.




 Los Angeles, CA (February 11th, 2016) – On Opening Night of the 2016 LA KISS Arena Football season, legendary and multi-platinum selling rock band KISS is set to perform an exclusive pre-game acoustic concert for all of the LA KISS Season Ticket Holders. This is a rare opportunity to see the band stripped down and makeup free as they perform acoustic versions of their hit songs that have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. For one admission, Season Ticket Holders will get a sports experience unlike anything else; with a concert, a pyrotechnics show, laser lights, performers and the most fast-paced, high-action football around. This will be the season to watch for the LA KISS. Opening Night the LA KISS will kick off against the Jacksonville Sharks on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at 6:00pm at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

“We are really psyched to have KISS playing a pre-game concert for our Season Ticket Holders on opening day. We have great owners that are legendary performers and the fans love it when they see them at the games to cheer on the team”, said LA KISS CEO, Joe Windham.  “We have made some big off season acquisitions and expectations for the football team in its third year are running high. Paul and Gene are set to attend every game this year and help coax the team to finish in the top of the pack to secure a home playoff game. LA KISS will be upping the entertainment ante again by having KISS kick off the season in true rock fashion.”


KISS Donates Guitars To Brennan Rock N Roll Academy

Don Jorgensen / http://www.keloland.com reports:

Get ready to Rock n Roll all night! The legendary band KISS will be performing at Badlands Pawn Thursday night, unmasked and unplugged.

KISS is already in town and KELOLAND News caught up with them this afternoon to talk about a softer side to these hard rockers. 
We all see the band members of KISS on stage.  But what most of don't see is the generosity hidden behind the makeup and costumes.

The band members, who've been to Sioux Falls many times, talk highly about the Brennan Rock and Roll Academy where they interact with some of the kids from the Boys and Girls Club, who come here after school to learn to play music from volunteers.


Ace Frehley Announces New LP, 'White Room' Cover, Paul Stanley Reunion

'Origins Vol. 1' also features appearances by Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Slash, Lita Ford and more

By Kory Grow / Rolling Stone

Ace Frehley is beginning the new year by looking back. The former Kiss guitarist's new LP, Origins Vol. 1 – due out April 15th – finds him covering songs by Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy and other artists that have inspired him over the years. His heavy-hitting take on Cream's "White Room" is premiering here. The LP also features his first recording with Paul Stanley, an impassioned interpretation of Free's "Fire and Water," in nearly two decades. Other guests on the record include Slash, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Lita Ford and Rob Zombie guitarist John 5.

"I'm really thrilled with the whole thing," Frehley tells Rolling Stone. "I'm excited about it, and probably somewhere down the road there'll be a second volume."



On this day in KISStory - February 10, 1977, KISS won the People's Choice Award for the single "Beth" in the Best Song category.
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