NEWS UPDATE : July - August 2015

August 4 : Paul Stanley announces First-Ever SOUL STATION concert
From : KISSonline
KISS frontman Paul Stanley has announced the first-ever SOUL STATION concert at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California on September 11.

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

Stanley’s legendary band members will include: 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).

As co-founder of KISS, Stanley has piloted the band's music and business through its 40-year career as one of the biggest bands in the history of rock. In addition to 100 million in world sales, their 30 U.S. gold albums make them the #1 American band for most certified gold albums. Stronger than ever, the KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation. In celebration of 40 years, the band released KISS 40, a 2 CD set featuring forty tracks spanning KISS’s incredible forty-year recording career. Stanley has further established his legacy when his memoir Face The Music: A Life Exposed debuted at #2 on the New York Times best seller list upon its April 2014 release.

Soul Station Band Members

Rafael “Hoffa” Moreira (guitar & backing vocals)
Moreira has performed and recorded with the likes of Pink, Christina Aguilera, Steven Tyler, Backstreet Boys, New Kids On The Block, Sheryl Crow and Stevie Wonder in addition to being featured on television shows The Voice, American Idol, Rockstar INXS and Supernova.

Sean Hurley (bass)
Hurley is an LA-based recording and touring bassist for John Mayer and many others including Robin Thicke, Annie Lennox and Ringo Starr.

Alex Alessandroni (keyboards)
Alessandroni has performed, directed and/or recorded with artists such as Babyface, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Nelly Furtado, LeAnn Rimes, Faith Evans, Tony Braxton, Bobby Brown, Natalie Cole, Mike Patton and many more.

Ely Rise (keyboards)
Rise has performed on television shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! in addition to having written and produced for acts such as Adam Lambert, Macy Gray and Mike Posner. He stands as the go-to session player for some of today’s biggest producers.

ERIC SINGER (drums & backing vocals)
Singer has been a member of KISS for over 20 years, recording and touring worldwide to millions of fans. He has also toured with Brian May, Black Sabbath, Lita Ford and Alice Cooper.

Ramon Yslas (percussion)
Yslas is one of modern music’s most accomplished in his field, having done world tours and performances with platinum artists including Christina Aguilera, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Lopez and the Backstreet Boys. He has made numerous network television appearances with the likes of Stevie Nicks, Martina McBride and Carlos Santana on shows such as Saturday Night Live, Oprah, American Idol, The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman.

Nelson Beato (backing vocals)
Beato has worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Adele, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Kendrick Lamar and has appeared as a background vocalist on American Idol and The Voice. His voice can also be heard on albums by Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Guy Sebastian and Bebe Winans.

Crystal Starr (backing vocals)
Starr has backed artists such as Jessica Simpson, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West and Ariana Grande in addition to competing on American Idol and recently starring on Broadway’s Baby It’s You. Starr has also been a background vocalist on The Voice.

Ayana Layli (backing vocals)
Layli has sung for movies, commercials and records and began touring across the globe with singer/songwriter Sergio Mendes at the age of 21. She has also been a background vocalist for American Idol and The Voice. - Paul Stanley SOUL STATION

August 2 : SLASH And ACE FREHLEY Record THIN LIZZY Classic
From : Blabbermouth
Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash has recorded a guest appearance on a cover version of a THIN LIZZY classic for original KISS axeman Ace Frehley's forthcoming covers album, due later in the year via SPV/Steamhammer.

Slash wrote on Twitter : "Had a really fun, live session with @Ace_Frehley last night jamming on a #ThinLizzy tune for his new covers album. Good times!"

July 15 : New Andrew London single feat. Bruce Kulick (free download)
From : Andrew London (facebook)
Growing up in California, I have always loved the summertime. This year I’ve been driving the coast highway, finding a few songs along the way.

Today, I am excited to share the first single “American Summer” as a free download.
Make sure to roll your windows down and give it a listen.

Earlier this year Bruce and I sat in a Hollywood studio where some of the biggest records of the '60s were made and recorded guitars for the song “American Summer.”
We wanted a bright, Petty-meets-Townshend vibe to match the “driving the California coast” sound of the song.
Bruce’s guitars are all over - A hi-strung acoustic starts the song, his Gibson “Elvis Dove” acoustic, and plenty of electrics - a cherry SG with p90s and a Les Paul Jr on the rhythms. We were all smiles leaving the studio and proud to have the song available for FREE download on

ANDREW LONDON - American Summer

July 12 : New recorded KISS song : " Don't Touch My Ascot "
From :  Kiss Related Recordings
KISS have teamed up with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on a new animated full-length film called "Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery" that is available for download on July 10, and on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 21.
But before the film arrives a new song called “Don’t Touch My Ascot” featuring KISS with co-writers Greg Collins and Jared Faber from the film have surfaced online.

“Don’t Touch My Ascot” written By Tony Cervone, Greg Collins, Jared Faber, is a 1:13 minute long Jazzy a-capella song which features the lead vocals of all current KISS members in this order : Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.

Here's KISS having fun with the new song "Don't Touch My Ascot" from Scooby-Doo! & KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery.

July 5 : Thomas Zwijsen flamenco cover of "Rock 'n Roll All Nite"
From : Thomas Zwijsen
Thomas Zwijsen will release his new album of original work on October 3rd, 2015.
The new full-length album, Divide & Unite, will contain 11 original compositions.
The songs clearly display Thomas' classical background, as well as his influences of flamenco, rock and metal.
Anyone who pre-orders the album on CD will receive some cool extras, including a bonus EP containing 4 arrangements (of metal songs) for classical guitar.

Track listing Bonus EP

1 Speed Of Light - Iron Maiden
2 Ram it Down – Judas Priest
3 Rock and Roll All Night - KISS
4. ???

The Full Story Of Vinnie Vincent's Awesome Pre-Kiss Band

From :
Standard KISSTORY will tell you that before he joined KISS in 1982, guitarist Vinnie Vincent (AKA Vinnie Cusano) was in a band called WARRIOR with some of the members of the band NEW ENGLAND. Not much else seems to be said about this band except that their demos have turned up in collector's circles and online.

This brief bit of information always left me curious with many unanswered questions.
Who were Warrior? What was their KISS connection? Did they do gigs? How serious was the band? Is that really Vinnie Vincent singing lead vocals on those alleged WARRIOR demos ? And the one that has caused the most debate amongst KISS fans for years, is Vinnie as unpredictable and crazy as KISS like to make out?

The other members of WARRIOR were Jimmy Waldo on keys, Gary Shea on bass and Hirsh Gardner on drums. Together with John Fannon on guitar and lead vocals, they had been New England. The story of Warrior actually starts not with Vinnie but with NEW ENGLAND

Read the entire interview with Jimmy Waldo, Gary Shea and Hirsh Gardner on other Vinnie Vincent Warrior related re-recordings at

WARRIOR demo 1982

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