KISS put the wraps on their 2014 US touring schedule but appearing to be lip-synching to “Rock and Roll All Nite” on a float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. As the performance came to an end, several pyro explosions were set off from the back of the stage.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley issued a statement saying, “2014 has been a banner year for us and participating in one of the country’s most beloved events caps off what has truly been a spectacular 40th anniversary.” KISS starts a five-city Japanese tour on February 23rd in Nagoya followed by Europe in May and June.
Maybe KISS were not all that thankful after the parade. Stanley tweeted, “Bluntly, we were screwed over & misled by the exec in charge of Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade . We ALL deserved better.”
While Stanley didn’t explain what the specific issue was that bothered him, Billboard and other media outlets have speculated that it could have been that KISS wasn’t shown on camera until the song had almost reached its first chorus.
Meanwhile, KISS singer/bassist Gene Simmons discussed the band’s Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance with the New York Post’s Page Six on Friday, and suggested that he toned down his performance by curbing his infamous tongue-wagging antics.
“I was proud to be a part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” he said. “My tongue is God-given. As regards the parade, my intention was to be tongue in cheek. Mostly, I kept it in my cheek.”
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