Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Kiss and Motley Crue to Play Alpine Valley in 2012

Kiss and Motley Crue
This summer, Motley Crue and KISS will be touring the United States together. They will play Alpine Valley on 9/8. Both bands were in attendance when the announcement was made. What stirred up the press was when Gene Simmons said that he’s sick and tired of seeing singers “getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them.” He wants “no fake B.S.” I think that’s an oxymoron, because all “B.S.” is by its nature “fake,” but I digress.
Tommy Lee stepped in and tried to backtrack a bit by saying “No disrespect to Rihanna….” but then went on to rip on American Idol. Lee was also mistaken, as American Idol features real (albeit well coached,) singers competing against one another. If you think about these comments too much you will just get confused, so it’s best not to take what they said at their press conference too seriously. After all, isn’t Motley Crue the band that has a bunch of scantily clad dancers on stage during their shows? In fact, here is a clip of a Motley Crue show where masked men chase a motorcycle riding little person around the stage just before the band comes out on choppers, while strippers drop from poles and spin from ropes in the air. They might be playing live, but they are certainly using the same props that they are so quick to rip on.

As for KISS, where would they be without all their props? They are the kings of props! Would anyone really be able to tell if they weren’t using backing tracks on some of their songs when they play live? With all the flash pots, fire, smoke, and ear splitting volume, it would be very easy to slip in a fake guitar solo or backing track.
KISS Does Not Lip Sync
At least one could say that KISS songs have a child like simplicity to them. That simplicity could certainly allow these aging rockers the chance to actually play them live. Still, the band uses more props than Lady GaGa, and she actually wrote all of her own material.

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