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Review: Paul Stanley’s Soul Station

Paul Stanley has been and will forever remain my favorite member of KISS. I’ve always been able to relate to Paul on a personal and professional level, and he’s clearly the most talented member of KISS. I’ve consistently enjoyed the music he’s written and performed, including when he made forays into uncharted territory, like “Then She Kissed Me,” “Hold Me, Touch Me (Think Of Me When We’re Apart),” and “Odyssey.” Thankfully, I had the opportunity to interview Paul about his latest and most compelling work as a solo artist: Soul Station. Paul has assembled a soul group aptly named Paul Stanley’s Soul Station, and the band’s debut album entitled Now And Then is spectacular! Read on for my track-by-track review of this special record that is the embodiment of everything that makes Paul Stanley the unique individual and talent that he is.

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Paul Stanley On Soul Station

On March 19, Paul Stanley’s Soul Station is releasing its debut album, Now And Then. I’ve been listening to the record over the past month, and it’s phenomenal. I had the opportunity to interview Paul Stanley about this incredible artistic accomplishment, which was an honor and a pleasure. As you’ll see below, we talked about how he approached this album, when he expects to tour, and what’s next for Soul Station, among other topics. I hope you enjoy the interview, and make sure to buy a copy of Now And Then!

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2020: A Year To Remember

This time last year there was a lot of uncertainty in my life, both personally and professionally. Heading into 2020, I was hopeful that the year ahead would bring me good fortune and opportunity. Thankfully, I was correct. I had two amazing opportunities as a professional, and I personally had a great deal of good things happen too. However, what none of us could have anticipated was that a global pandemic would hit — and it hit hard.

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Review: Neal Schon’s Universe

With 2020 coming to an end, we’re all in need of hope and healing. Let’s get that process started with music — specifically, Universe by Journey guitarist Neal Schon. I was fortunate enough to receive an early copy of this album, and it’s phenomenal! Neal is one of those artists who is incredibly talented and wildly diverse. He can play any genre of music and let his guitar sing like no other. Read on for my thoughts on his latest album, Universe.

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Joey Cassata on Wrestling, Music, & Acting

Joey Cassata is a multi-talented artist. He’s a gifted musician, actor, and writer. He wrote Wrestling With Joeylicious, which is the novelization of an upcoming TV series that all wrestling fans will love! I had the chance to interview Joey about this project, as well as his time touring with KISS, being part of a major Broadway production with Josh Groban, and more. Enjoy!

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A Conversation With Tommy James

I had the immense pleasure of interviewing legendary rocker Tommy James, and we discussed a wide range of topics. The mafia, KISS, Billy Idol, Green Day — we covered it all! Speaking with a legend who has been in the music business for more than 50 years was an honor, and I hope you enjoy my conversation with Tommy James.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Music, Melissa Manchester Releases New Single

Celebrating 50 fabulous years in the music industry, Melissa Manchester is back with a new single from her forthcoming 24th studio album. The single is a newly reimagined take on her classic hit: “Just You and I.” As evidenced by this new take on one of my favorite songs, “Just You and I” is as relevant and potent today as it was when first released 44 years ago. Melissa’s new album, entitled RE:VIEW, will feature eight additional tracks — some of which are new takes on old favorites, while others are previously unreleased.

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KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 314

Last night I took part in another episode of the KISSFAQ Podcast. This time around we talked about it being the 40th anniversary of Eric Carr debuting as KISS’ new drummer. We also discussed Ace Frehley’s new single, “Space Truckin’,” from his forthcoming album: Origins, Vol. 2.  Check out the episode below, and enjoy!

Inside The Mind Of Michael Des Barres

I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Des Barres three times. He’s also the first celebrity I interacted with through my blog, way back in 2012. Since then, I’ve seen him perform live in New York City and continue to enjoy his countless artistic endeavors, which are always inspired. Michael has a new documentary, and it’s a rip-roaring success! Make sure to watch it, and check out the following interview I conducted with him, where we cover a wide range of topics.

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Review: Night Songs II by Barry Manilow

On Valentine’s Day Barry Manilow released one of the most romantic albums you’ll ever hear: Night Songs II. It’s the cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day that we all needed. Back in 2014 Barry Manilow released one of his greatest albums: Night Songs. Met with universal praise, Night Songs was nominated for a Grammy award and fans wanted more. Fast forward six years, and Barry Manilow is back with Night Songs II. This time around you can expect 13 songs, one of which is a bonus track that’s exclusive to the CD-version of the album, all lovingly arranged and masterfully sung by the incomparable Barry Manilow. I love that Barry is comfortable enough in his own skin that he continues to record, produce, and release whatever makes him happy. Most artists aren’t that brave. They simply keep repeating the same old music over and over again, or they merely try to imitate their past. Not Barry. He continues to evolve, explore, and create some of the most compelling music of his substantial and diverse career. Having so much music to enjoy makes being a fan of his immensely satisfying. There’s always something new to anticipate and experience. Speaking of which, let’s take a look at each of the tracks on Night Songs II.

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