Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer PAUL STANLEY Announces First-Ever SOUL STATION Concert at the Roxy, September 11th
Soul Station is a ten piece coalition of some of today’s leading musicians paying tribute to an era of great soul music.
“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. It’s tragic to think that so many people are missing out on experiencing the power of so many great bands, artists and that incredible music,” said Stanley. “That music is part of the foundation of all the music I’ve made and Soul Station is my chance to celebrate it for a night that’s real and live.”
To clarify further he adds, “I don’t play guitar in the band and we don’t do a single KISS song. That's not what this is about,” Stanley continues. “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,” says Stanley. “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 and the Miracles, Blue Magic and on, these songs, arrangements and sound just blow you away.” To clarify further he adds, “I don’t play guitar in the band and we don’t do a single KISS song. That's not what this is about,” Stanley continues. “It’s magical to hear those songs played right and we’re making magic.”
September 11, Soul Station debut at Los Angeles’ legendary Roxy Theatre.
Tickets for the show will go on sale beginning 3pm ET/2pm CT/noon PT today, August 4th, at www.ticketfly.com.
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Exclusive Gene Simmons Interview: Why KISS Has Its Own Navy
By Wallace Immen / http://www.cruisington.com
It’s becoming an armada: the KISS Navy will be forming again for KISS Kruise V. This year, the Norwegian Pearl is set to host what’s becoming an annual Halloween celebration, this one nicknamed Five Alive, from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3.
It’s part of a growing industry in music-based theme cruises. There are more than a dozen jazz, country, soul, rock and nostalgia cruises scheduled at sea this year. Carnival has an ongoing concert series that has featured Journey, Styx, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and Rascal Flatts. Kid Rock filled the Norwegian Pearl in March.
But Kiss is the monster cruise success. More than three months before departure, the cruise is said to be completely sold out and there’s a waiting list. And the organizers are already talking of opening bookings for the 2016 edition.
In an exclusive interview with The Cruisington Times, Gene Simmons says that the cruise has become a phenomenon because the fans and the bands can unwind and just have fun at sea.
We’ve all got Great Expectations, Gene, what made you decide to take KISS to sea?
The KISS Kruise is a chance for all of us– the band and the fans– to have a ball. Just let your hair down and not worry about it at all. Kiss has always been about breaking the rules. We’ve never liked that moat–the stage– separating the band from the fans. So whenever we do a show, we try to take the action right to your face. A cruise will let the fans get up close. We try to take it inside you, we want you to smell it and taste it and feel it.
Epiphone celebrates the new Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer “White Lightning” Les Paul Outfit by giving our fans in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and EU a chance to win their own Epiphone “White Lightning” Les Paul with custom case designed by Tommy Thayer! Fans can enter the form below to register to win. Winners from each region will be chosen on September 1.
The new Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer “White Lightning” Les Paul Outfit is Tommy’s second signature Les Paul with Epiphone and features a beautiful custom metallic white finish and Seymour Duncan® JB™ Humbuckers, specially chosen by Thayer. The guitar also features a custom “White Lightning” hard case and a signed Certificate of Authenticity.
"My new White Lightning signature model is the pinnacle of looks, style and flash,” said Tommy Thayer. “I'm proud to put my name on a serious guitar that can be enjoyed at home or rock the biggest stages in the world."
There has never been an American band like KISS, recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the greatest trailblazing rock groups of all time. “Spaceman” Tommy Thayer’s life story is the classic tale of a musician who knew from childhood that he’d one day perform all over the world playing a Les Paul.
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Here's the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador performing KISS' "I Was Made for Lovin' You!"