If anyone has been following the KISS debacle on the internet I really don’t blame them. They haven’t been remotely relevant in a couple decades. However rabid fans continue to worship at their alter of over the top manufactured rock. So much so, as a matter of fact, they were somehow inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. They will be in the company of the best of the best and the cream of the crop of rock and roll. I can’t deny they are influential. KISS spawned other manufactured pop groups like the Spice Girls and the Backstreet Boys. Find a formula, milk it for all that its worth and then bow out gracefully. Unfortunately KISS never learned that last part and have continued to put out marginal album after marginal album for decades.
It’s been back and forth with them “We won’t play with Ace and Peter”, “We won’t play because the Rock Hall sucks”. They really can’t make up their minds on what the real reason is. The one person losing out the most is The Ankh Warrior Vinnie Vincent. Everyone is fighting over the Spaceman and The Catman, but what about poor Vinnie? Maybe he is the one making out being left out of the picture here.
What this boils down to is what KISS are they nominating? The current line up, which is a cover band for the everything pre mid-80’s as they haven’t put out a decent record since about that time, or the original line up with the accessible metal favorites everyone has grown to love? I think the answer here is obvious. No one, not even the Gene or Paul gives a rats ass about who plays the guitar or drums as long as the money train keeps rolling it’s all good. The revolving door that has become KISS is a joke, and the same can be said for Deep Purple and their 20 different members. This is Guns N Roses all over again, only the act is old and tired (on multiple levels). Apparently aging rockers think it’s cool to piss on the establishment. They love going all Johnny Rotten circa 1977 thinking it will give them that “edge”. However consider the source, old rockers in makeup that play for teenage boys and the dungeons and dragons crowd. It’s not edgy. It’s not rock and roll. It’s actually pretty pathetic.
Accept the honor Gene, it’s going to boost record sales for a couple days when everyone buys the greatest hits cd to rediscover their youth. God knows you worship the almighty dollar selling out to the highest bidder any chance you get. You said it’s for the fans. Well, stop being a dick then and play 3 songs. Play 15 minutes for the fans with the original lineup. The lineup that is the real KISS. The lineup that had the hits everyone can recognize from the first riff. I just don’t understand a hatred or contempt that can’t be overlooked for 15 stupid minutes of your life to play for “the fans” and have a crowd in awe of seeing something special one last time.
I truly think the Rock Hall needs to get with these bands before they get the nod and have a conversation something like this. “Paul, Gene, we want to induct you into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here’s what we want. You play 3 songs with Ace and Peter in makeup and you get the greatest honor in rock and roll. Can you agree to those terms? (Paul and Gene say no, and something about being artists blah blah blah) Well, okay thanks for your time. That was your only chance.” <click> That’ it. You knew damn well being inducted they were inducting the original lineup. Why does it come as a shock when people want to see that happen? Where is the outrage over the Ankh Warrior dammit!!!!