PAUL STANLEY AND SOUL STATION – CANYON CLUB – AGOURA HILLS, CA

This was the first of three shows around Southern California for Paul Stanley’s Soul Station and a packed house settled in for some relaxing laid back music delivered for the sole purpose of having a fun time.

Stanley claims that before The Who and Led Zeppelin he saw Solomon Burke, Otis Redding and the Temptations, all of whom he says played an important part in the early days of that other band he’s in.

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The Star Child has a 10 piece band that includes KISS drummer Eric Singer and is rounded out by guitarist Rafael “Hoffa” Moreira, bassist Sean Hurley, keyboard players Alex Alessandroni and Ely Rise, percussionist Ramon Yslas and backing vocalists Gavyn Rhone, Crystal Knighton and Laurhan Beato. The night is strictly a tribute to the Motown era so Paul plays no guitar and performs no KISS related material.

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The group performed songs from artists such as Al Green, Martha and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, The Stylistics and The Jackson 5. The 90 minute performance had people dancing though various areas of the venue. There are three backing vocalists (2 females and one male) and one of the female singers took lead on the the Jackson’s Five’s “ABC” eliciting perhaps the best response of the evening. Also included in the set were Stevie Wonder’s “Sign, Sealed and Delivered,” “The Tracks of My Tears” from Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Isley Brothers’ “Who’s That Lady” and “You are Everything” from the Stylistics, amongst other classics.

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The band encored with The Five Stairsteps’ “O-oh Child” (which has recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity due to its inclusion in both Grand Theft Auto V and the television show Scandal) and “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” from the Spinners.

There was a film crew on hand so perhaps we’ll see this show make it to DVD?

– Craig Newman

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