It is no surprise that KISS are way past their sell by date. Gene Simmons does all he can with his corny pranks and mouthing off to try and keep what little interest there may be in the band still alive. Yes, it is (somewhat of…) a good thing that the band are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but their actions and excuses as to why they won’t perform at the ceremony is-well, stupid.
Let’s be very frank here. Anyone alive today that ever experienced life when real rock and roll was alive and well openly admits that KISS is a part of that legacy. They may not all agree on if their music is worth any merit, but the showmanship and bravado sure are. It is also undeniable that even if one is hard-pressed to name a single KISS tune, there is not a second’s hesitation in recognizing their famous make-up, and yes, most would be able to even admit who their favorite KISS member was.
The point is this, the band built their reputation and established their legacy in the 70’s and early 80’s with all four founding members in tow. yes, they have had a few hits since then and carried on far too long. No one gives a toss about them when they shed their make up. Think about it-if fans dug them as just aging old guys from New York, why aren’t they touring without the gimmicks? The gimmick sells. yes, in the 80’s they even allowed a few different make-up changes to suit new members (though only two alternative designs were ever tested). Again, no one cared and Vinnie Vincent looked retarded with an ank on his face anyway. People (and loads of them) equate KISS with a certain era, and their main form of identity, the make-up. Why are Gene and Paul being idiots about the induction then?
The official statement on the band’s website claims that they wanted to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members, past and present, in spite of what the RRHOF may think. Good, nice gesture. They continue with this key bit;
Although KISS has moved forward far longer without them, Ace and Peter are at the very foundation of what we have built and this would all be impossible had they not been a part of it in the beginning
Exactly!, that is why this whole thing is asinine. The foundations laid by the founding members and the true “hits” all come from that era, 1973-1980 and once Peter Criss and Ace Frehley left, it wasn’t the same. To twist Gene’s words, the business carried on but not the band. We understand the gratitude Gene and Paul have for all the members in tow, but let’s get it straight. What they want to do is celebrate the business of KISS, not the band. They should propose what they want to to at a FORBES awards show, not here. Even KISS’s old management says they do not realize the mistake they are making.
We agree wholeheartedly with Ace, who vented his feelings towards the stupidity when he said in a recent interview, “I’m not gonna get on the stage with Tommy wearing my makeup. That’s absurd,”. It is absurd! Why celebrate some guy who is wearing your costumes and make-up…the stuff you made famous!?
The ‘Snobs say enough of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley and this garish never-ending corporation they flaunt called KISS. They are trying to rewrite their legacy by trying to say everyone is a part of it. Ask a kid to name a single KISS album or song or even member from 1985 until today and guess what-you won’t get an answer.
How’s that for an enduring legacy? Obviously KISS misunderstood their invitation, this is for the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of Shame.
The non-event happens April 10.