NEWS UPDATE : October 2019
|October 5 :
PAUL STANLEY putting finishing touches on SOUL STATION album
Paul Stanley is putting the finishing
touches on the debut album from his R&B band SOUL STATION.
On Friday (October 4), Stanley shared a photo of him with some of
his SOUL STATION bandmates in the studio, along with the following
caption: "SOUL STATION In The Studio! Home Stretch Now!"
Earlier this year, Stanley told the Real Radio 104.1 radio station
that he wanted to wait for the right time to release the SOUL
STATION LP. "It really deserves full attention and my full
commitment," he explained. "So until we can do great live
performances — the band is amazing live — and until we can promote
it the way we should, it's just going to simmer. But it's really
just mind-blowing good. These are songs that, for one reason or
another, have been relegated to samples on a rap tune. And I don't
wanna hear background music for a rhyme — I wanna hear those songs.'
He continued: "This band is 13 people strong, and everybody's played
with Smokey [Robinson] and Stevie [Wonder] and THE TEMPS [THE
TEMPTATIONS] and Natalie Cole and Whitney Houston, and we knock
those songs out of the park."
Asked if he gets any hate from KISS fans for making an album that is
stylistically far removed from the music his main band is best known
for producing, Stanley said: "I'm sure there are some people who'd
rather me doing a KISS album or something like that, but when you
sign on with me, you understand that we're both in this together,
and sometimes I have to do what I need to do. And that's part of the
joy and the reward for me. So I would rather do a great SOUL STATION
album right now than tamper with KISS or the KISS legacy and do
something that I'm really not feeling at the moment."
A couple of years ago, Stanley spoke to Rock Cellar Magazine about
how the idea for SOUL STATION first came about. He said: "Well, my
roots are much more broad and varied than some people might realize.
This is funny; I was having tea with Jimmy Page in London and we
were talking about this. I said, 'Before I ever saw [LED] ZEPPELIN
or THE WHO or any of those bands, I saw Otis Redding. I saw Solomon
Burke. I saw THE TEMPTATIONS.' So it's very much a part of my DNA.
Motown and Philly soul and Stax/Volt, all that music is really,
unfortunately too nostalgic at this point and used too often for
loops and samples as opposed to hearing a great song. What's missing
nowadays so much is great live performances of that material. What's
being passed off now as R&B is usually a computer and a drum
machine. For a while, I thought about that, and I had an opportunity
a few years ago to put together something that was in essence SOUL
STATION. We did a couple of private shows and we all looked at each
other said, 'Why aren't we doing more of this?' It's great to have
that coming from people who are not only in demand but working all
the time with Stevie Wonder or Smokey [Robinson] or Pink or John
Mayer. These are real crème de la creme players but everybody has
the same passion for this music. To be able to recreate it, not in a
sterile way but with the same passion and intensity that it was made
with is something that we all feel very close to."
Asked what the greatest challenges are that he faces in delivering
this material in a live setting, Paul told Rock Cellar Magazine:
"There's a big weight on my shoulders because I'm singing songs by
some legends, and if I can't deliver them, I shouldn't be doing
them. So if I'm gonna sing Smokey or if I'm gonna sing Al Green or
David Ruffin or Eddie Kendricks, you'd better be on-point or you
shouldn't be doing it, plus the rest of the band is so damn good.
They have played with Smokey, they've played with Stevie Wonder,
with Natalie Cole, they've played with Whitney Houston and John
Mayer and with Carlos Santana; I mean, the list goes on and on. For
us all to be together as peers and be creating something this
exciting, everybody on stage is smiling. We're all just caught up in
the moment. To hear Crystal [Starr] sing 'I Want You Back' is just
mind-boggling. Her dad was a backup singer for Jackie Wilson.
Everybody's got their roots. From the get-go, anybody I ever called
to be a part of this immediately said, 'I'm in!' just to have the
opportunity to recreate and revive these songs; you don't get that
SOUL STATION made its live debut in September 2015 at West
Hollywood, California's The Roxy Theatre. The ten-piece band also
features KISS drummer Eric Singer.