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KISS finally gets another football gig

'Kiss' Performs in New Jersey Getty Images

Back in Super Bowl XXXIII, the greatest rock band to ever don Kabuki makeup and blow stuff up was part of the on-field pre-game festivities.  In recent years, my default vote for any opportunity for a musical act to appear in a football-related capacity has been KISS.

I’ve nominated them for multiple Super Bowl halftimes, but I’ve been routinely ignored.  (Which is nothing new.)  More recently, I lobbied aggressively for KISS to take over the NBC Sunday Night Football opening song from Faith Hill.  In response, they asked me how I got this number and to please stop calling it.

Fortunately, someone in football is listening.

KISS will be a key part of the pre-Arena Bowl festivities, appearing at the Celebrity Gala on the Thursday night before the game and staging a concert the following evening.

It’s not quite what I’d envisioned, primarily since I can’t name more than two AFL teams or more than zero AFL players.  Hopefully, they’ll collect their fee in cash, straight or otherwise.

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  1. scoops1 says: Jun 14, 2013 11:08 AM

    Put these guys in RnR HOF already…..

    the fact that GnR and RHCP got in before KISS is pathetic

  2. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 14, 2013 11:13 AM

    That sounds about right for them.

  3. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 14, 2013 11:20 AM

    The only thing they’ve ever done that I really liked is “Kiss Saves Santa.”

  4. Iknoweverything says: Jun 14, 2013 11:26 AM

    KISS is the devil

  5. kpow55 says: Jun 14, 2013 11:28 AM

    Over rated gimmick band.

  6. myosin10 says: Jun 14, 2013 11:28 AM

    They do put on a great show. Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara maybe?

  7. damnsureis says: Jun 14, 2013 11:35 AM

    They can use the show to announce their 35th annual retirement tour. I’d rather see a band that was relevant after 1984.

  8. scoops1 says: Jun 14, 2013 11:38 AM

    damnsureis says: Jun 14, 2013 11:35 AM

    They can use the show to announce their 35th annual retirement tour. I’d rather see a band that was relevant after 1984.

    _____________________

    95% of those bands are still playing small venues recycling the same songs from 1986 and not writing anything new

  9. osiris33 says: Jun 14, 2013 11:38 AM

    I think “Rock n’ Roll All Night” should be a mandatory Super Bowl pre-game song

  10. ItIsWhatitis says: Jun 14, 2013 11:40 AM

    Haha, KISS was the first concert I ever went to…@the cape cod colliseoum almost 40 years ago. It was dangerous!

  11. djp141 says: Jun 14, 2013 11:40 AM

    Scab KISS sucks.

  12. joetoronto says: Jun 14, 2013 11:43 AM

    I can’t believe there’s still people around that don’t know the truth about Kiss.

    They never could play their instruments or sing, they were merely a production of the record company.

    Just like The Monkeys before them and many others since.

  13. thefox61 says: Jun 14, 2013 11:44 AM

    kpow55 says:
    Jun 14, 2013 11:28 AM
    Over rated gimmick band.

    Uh, right. They’ve been going strong for 40 years now. That’s probably longer than you’ve been alive.

  14. bigbenh8tr says: Jun 14, 2013 11:45 AM

    Rock and roll hall of fame give me a break. They are glam pop rock band.

    Mike, they might be a good football game BC they are purely about entertainment and money,just like the NFL is moving more and more towards a financially focused business than a football league. They are just as bad as 80s hair band for real rock n roll like Clapton, there stones, the who, hendrix, all man bros etc.

    I went to their farewell tour when I was in 8th grade (skid row without Sebastian opened along w ted Nugent…my first concert. I’m now 27. That’s all you need to know about this sellout money hungry group of “musicians”. Not to say I don’t enjoy Detroit rock city or Dr love.

  15. kpow55 says: Jun 14, 2013 11:46 AM

    I think the over 45 crowd loves them and the under 35 realizes what musical hacks they were….. Singing Lick it up 20x in a row just doesn’t stand the test of time.

    Even Gene Simmons has admitted in the past that they were never great musicians.

    Then again I think Elvis was a gloried karaoke singer and Johnny Cash was the man so what do I know?

  16. jimmysee says: Jun 14, 2013 11:48 AM

    Kiss always gets their fee in cash.

    Gene Simmons will appear for the opening of an envelope.

  17. i, flounder says: Jun 14, 2013 11:51 AM

    kiss is to music what poison is to music

  18. nfceastfan says: Jun 14, 2013 12:14 PM

    damnsureis says: Jun 14, 2013 11:35 AM

    They can use the show to announce their 35th annual retirement tour. I’d rather see a band that was relevant after 1984.
    ———————————————————-
    Good luck finding a relevant band after 1984. That’s the problem in a nutshell, and why bands like Kiss are still very popular.

  19. upperdecker19 says: Jun 14, 2013 12:15 PM

    Hall and Oates must have been busy

  20. fmwarner says: Jun 14, 2013 12:15 PM

    The great thing about KISS is that they’re critic-proof. You can’t say anything about them they haven’t said about themselves on multiple occasions. They have no pretense about what they are or aren’t. They put on a great show and people have a good time. That trumps musical virtuosity any day.

  21. La Milicia Negra says: Jun 14, 2013 12:19 PM

    a cartoon band nothing more, sure understood how to make money, music on the otherhand not so much..

  22. dryzzt23 says: Jun 14, 2013 12:20 PM

    Kiss are musical geniuses compared to the bands that have come out since 1990. NONE of the “musicians” since 1990 play well live, they all use autotune, and are generally made viable by over-production.

    Kiss made music fun, everything since 1990 is all about “my life sucks”, “my feelings are hurt”, “I lost my cellphone and can’t pay attention to anything after 5 seconds”, blah blah.

  23. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 14, 2013 12:20 PM

    KISS sucks. Only Motorhead is real.

  24. ryanrockzzz says: Jun 14, 2013 12:36 PM

    Kiss is an average playing band that had a great gimmick and sold millions of albums, and can STILL sell out clubs. If they were a “bad” band then no one would have supported them for 20 years. Anyone in the music industry will tell you-most top artists/ bands do it with average talent. They make it because they have a business/marketing sense and Kiss has maybe the best of any band in the last 25 years. They totally deserve to be in the rock and roll “hall of random bands.”

    Oh and yes, they would be way beter then the Faith Hill garbage that was running out there for the last few years. Hank Williams Jr. had it all over her.

  25. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 14, 2013 12:38 PM

    KISS on Sunday night football might be a little too much for some people.

    Now SLIPKNOT opening up the Sunday night football spot would be perfect!

  26. filthymcnasty1 says: Jun 14, 2013 12:45 PM

    Gene Simmons can throw a football further with his tongue than Christian Ponder can with that noodle arm of his.

  27. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 14, 2013 12:50 PM

    jimmysee says:Jun 14, 2013 11:48 AM

    Kiss always gets their fee in cash.

    Gene Simmons will appear for the opening of an envelope.
    _______

    He would be great at licking envelopes.

  28. kevpft says: Jun 14, 2013 12:53 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Jun 14, 2013 11:43 AM
    I can’t believe there’s still people around that don’t know the truth about Kiss.

    They never could play their instruments or sing, they were merely a production of the record company.

    Just like The Monkeys before them and many others since.

    =============

    Sorry, Joe, you’re pretty much completely wrong with that statement.

    First off, there’s nearly 40 years of live footage that proves your claim about their ability to sing or play wrong. And by “footage” I mean not just the company-released stuff, but all manner of raw live tapes and video. There’s simply no question about it. Go look up the ’75 Winterland San Francisco show on YouTube, and tell me how they faked it, please.

    Second, their albums were made on the cheap – for all of their supposed fame, everything up to and even a little after Alive was made on a shoestring, produced by their management, with barely enough money to record, let alone hire other musicians. It wasn’t until the Dynasty album that they started using sidemen in the studio, after their experience doing so with their studio albums.

    Third, have you actually listened to the records? The music is quite primitive for the most part, as is the playing. It’s not implausible at all that they played it. If hotshot pros were hired to record the albums, they would have sounded better.

    You’re even off on the Monkees (note spelling). They sang everything from the start, and could play their instruments well, but were indeed handled as a “product” in their early days, and the music was written & recorded by others. As time went on, though, songs they wrote and played on started to creep into the albums, and it was clear that they were perfectly capable musicians and songwriters.

  29. kordogg says: Jun 14, 2013 12:55 PM

    Can we have the original line up! Also why do they always book old bands? I like Kiss but why don’t they book a young rock group? WHAT A MINUTE! No Hipsters or Pop music please! Music is not art but a product! The young products offered today are medicore and souless and annoying. I am no music fan. A true music fan loves everything! People today who say they are music fans that hate on other peoples genres are not true music fans I like my genres but I can say that popular music or whatever is trending these days is not very excellent or original. I heard someone sample from a song that was released 5 months ago! But the Super Bowl is the main attraction anyway so in the end just mute the screen, watch something else, play some game like Metal Gear, or Madden just to get into the spirit. Hey it is free. And you get what you pay for. Kiss are a brand not a band, but some of their songs are still good so whatever.

  30. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 14, 2013 1:01 PM

    I’d prefer Tom Jones..

  31. makeham98 says: Jun 14, 2013 1:01 PM

    I got a copy of Gene Simmons’ book “Kiss and Makeup” off of half.com a few years ago. I highly recommend it if you suffer from insomnia. If only everyone were as gifted as Gene is in all facets of life.

  32. kevpft says: Jun 14, 2013 1:02 PM

    Oops, correction to my previous comment: should be “It wasn’t until the Dynasty album that they started using sidemen in the studio, after their experience doing so with their SOLO albums.”

  33. finfan62 says: Jun 14, 2013 1:09 PM

    Anyone recall their first football gig in 1975? Up at Cadillac High School in MI. As the story goes, the school’s football team played KISS’ music in the locker room to get them fired up before each game. And they were going undefeated that year. The band got wind of it and made a detour from their tour to play the CHS gymnasium for homecoming!

  34. icdogg says: Jun 14, 2013 1:17 PM

    I’m not a Kiss fan, but to say things like they’re a “brand not a band” is way off. They were/are a pretty good band and an even bigger brand.

    As far as the Monkees, they were a TV-show turned into a band, and at their height the only one who could even play an instrument even a little was Mike Nesmith. That guitar riff you hear on Last Train to Clarksville was probably played by Glen Campbell, he was one of the studio musicians in their sessions and it sounds like the way he plays.

  35. gromit45 says: Jun 14, 2013 1:20 PM

    …and still Cinderella gets no love. ; )

  36. mmsierra says: Jun 14, 2013 1:22 PM

    fmwarner says:
    Jun 14, 2013 12:15 PM
    The great thing about KISS is that they’re critic-proof. You can’t say anything about them they haven’t said about themselves on multiple occasions.
    —————————————————-
    You can’t say anything about KISS that hasn’t already been said about hemmoroids

  37. 6ball says: Jun 14, 2013 1:23 PM

    .

    The gig was made for Tony Bennett.

    .

  38. mrturophile says: Jun 14, 2013 1:36 PM

    Let’s not hate on Kiss. They were big, dumb fun back in the day. I nominate “Do You Love Me” as THE quintessential 70s rock song. It’s not even their best song, but give it a listen and tell me that it doesn’t capture 70s hard rock the best. It’s even funny. And if it isn’t intentionally humorous, well, then that makes it even more funny.

  39. mempusa says: Jun 14, 2013 1:43 PM

    KISS is awful and needs to go away

  40. joetoronto says: Jun 14, 2013 1:44 PM

    kevpft:

    You are completely misinformed, like Nickleback today, Kiss were as talentless a band as you’ll ever see.

    They were a production, plain and simple.

    Sorry to burst your bubble.

  41. brettfavresmidget says: Jun 14, 2013 1:55 PM

    The best part of Wanted Dead or Alive is when Rutger Hauer puts the grenade in Gene Simmons mouth, pulls the pin and walks away…

  42. duece5 says: Jun 14, 2013 2:14 PM

    KISS……the first rock show I ever saw, and i have seen most the great bands of the 70s and 80s…..it was the show of shows.

    Paul Stanley is one of the most underrated front men of rock ever.

    From VanHalen, Foreigner, REO, Bowie, Mellancamp, Cheap Trick, Loverboy, The Tubes, Heart, AC/DC, RUSH, Triumph, Damn Yankees, Steve Miller, The Police, The Cars, Slayer, Eddie Money, Kansas, and many more…….

    KISS still had the best show…..EVER!!!!

    Rock Roll all night and party every day!!!!

  43. emperorzero says: Jun 14, 2013 2:17 PM

    It’s not KISS without Ace Frehley.

  44. hatesycophants says: Jun 14, 2013 3:26 PM

    No reasonable person wants to watch a group of 60 – 70 year old dudes do anything.

  45. steelerfan9598 says: Jun 14, 2013 7:40 PM

    40 years, 37 million records sold and Gene Simmons alone has an estimated net worth of over $300 million. Yep, they suck. Get up, and get your grandma outta here!

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