Everyone knows that KISS offers up a lot of bells and whistles during its concerts, from pyrotechnics to lasers to fake blood, but Gene Simmons insists that there’s one thing the band’s shows won’t feature — backing tracks to augment the music. In an interview with news.com.au, Simmons maintains that his group is among the only rock acts who don’t use pre-taped recordings to help fill out their live sound.
“There’s nobody with a synthesizer on our stage, there’s no samples on the drums, there’s nothing,” he declares. “There’s very few bands who do that now — AC/DC, Metallica, us. I can’t even say that about U2 or The [Rolling] Stones.”
Talking further about his aversion to the practice he claims is so common, Simmons says, “I have a problem when you charge $100 to see a live show and the artist uses backing tracks…It should be on every ticket — you’re paying $100, 30 to 50 percent of the show is [on] backing tracks and they’ll sing sometimes, sometimes they’ll lip synch. At least be honest.”
Simmons, of course, isn’t known for holding his long tongue when it comes to sharing his opinions. Last year, he upset quite a few rock fans when he declared during an interview published in Esquire that rock music was “finally dead.”
KISS recently announced plans to tour Australia this October. Prior to that, the band is scheduled to embark on a South American trek in April, and also has a European outing lined up from late May to late June.