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Ep. 116 Paul Stanley Sings to a Backing Track, a New Can of Worms!

Episode 116, March 3, 2015. We discuss the can of worms you opened up, Paul Stanley sings over a backing track. This Ain’t No Spencer’s Crap… Mark shows a ticket, guitar picks and show poster from KISS’ appearance on the David Letterman Show.

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  • Marco

    Lip synch or singing along to a vocal track? Whichever, its something I wouldn’t want to see if I were at the concert.

    I have seen Kiss live on a few occasions (1980, 1995, 1997, 2001 & 2003 (the Symphony show) and I know that they (particularly Paul Stanley) can indeed play and sing live.

    I understand they applied the ‘Show Must Go On’ principle, but in my opinion, better not to do the song.

    I think such a measure is beneath Paul Stanley.

  • Mike Scott

    There’s definitely a backing track and, quite honestly, with the deterioration of Paul’s vocal abilities, it’s probably a good thing, and it’s not going to be the last time. Paul simply cannot sing what he used to sing and cannot even duplicate some of the newer material (I’ve cringed every time he’s attempted the scream on Modern Day Delilah!). But, hey, I love KISS and give total props to what Paul has accomplished in his career.

    Now, does it bother me to see the band decline in front of us onstage slowly but surely? A little. Do I understand that KISS is a more successful “brand” now than they ever have been and they’re cashing every check to capitalize on all of their hard work throughout their career? Of course! So, if that means they need to add a backing track here and there or lip sync on occasion, so be it. Sure, Gene must now eat crow after the ridicule he’s dished out to pop stars doing the same, but it’s in his make-up (pun intended) to put a spin on all things KISS. So, be prepared, it’s coming.

    Paul and Gene are living musical legends, and those are becoming more rare as we see so many 60-somethings from the classic rock genre kick the bucket. I say let them enjoy it. And, for those fans who still want to pay for that magical KISS concert experience, even if it’s not all live like the old days, more power to them as well. Most probably won’t know or even care anyway. And, to those of us who prefer not to lay out the cash for this version of the band, I’m sure we’ll end up spending it on KISS merch at some point soon. You’re welcome Gene!

    • Marco

      Agree with you regarding Paul’s voice. However he does have a beautiful lower register and maybe its time for Paul to sing what he can sing live. Might mean a more interesting set list? Might mean they need to do a new album and do most of that material live?

  • Mike

    I agree with you Mike. When I read about these things it always takes me back to Paul insisting that he and Gene are replaceable and that he can see a day when someone new steps into his shoes. It’s been obvious for quite some time that Paul can no longer sing the songs that made Kiss famous. So It makes me wonder what the criteria is to do such a replacement? Will it ever happen? He says it like it’s definite…

    Former KISS musicians like Ace Frehley and Peter Criss have been replaced by Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer — and Stanley said there will come a day when he’ll be replaced.

    “I’m not foolish enough to think that I’m the only person to do what I do,” he said. “The Yankees continued without Babe Ruth. Time marches on, and if you’re part of a movement or part of a commitment to a cause, then when you’re time is done … look, if you fall in battle, someone picks up your gun and runs.”

    I think it’s much easier to say it than to do it. What do you think?

    • Mike Scott

      Without a doubt, they plan on replacing themselves with new demon and starchild characters. I’ve been predicting it for years, even before Paul and Gene were confirming it publicly. What will be interesting, in my opinion, is whether the new KISS with the new demon and starchild replacements will make new music. If they don’t, it turns into a tribute or nostalgia act (some haters already believe this but it’s a debate for a different time). But, if they do make new music, it’s still a band. My prediction is that Paul and Gene will be heavily involved in the process of making new music with the “new” band to ease the fans through the transition. Whether or not it will work remains to be seen, but it’s coming.