Kiss‘ performance was among the highlights at this year’s 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Sure, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s performance of “Rock and Roll All Nite” was clearly lip-synched, but it was an unexpected surprise to see the Destroyer crew in full makeup aboard a float cruising alongside giant balloons of Pikachu and Spongebob Squarepants. However, guitarist Paul Stanley wasn’t too happy following Kiss’ Thanksgiving appearance.
“Bluntly, We were screwed over & misled by the exec in charge of #MacysThanksgivingDayParade. We ALL deserved better,” the guitarist tweeted the day after Thanksgiving. Stanley never elaborated why he was upset about the performance but Ultimate Classic Rock offers a few theories. First, NBC didn’t begin showing Kiss on television until almost the first chorus, and cameras were focused on Simmons during Tommy Thayer’s guitar solo.
Kiss’ Thanksgiving Day Parade performance was largely family-friendly as Gene Simmons didn’t partake in any of his trademark tongue-wagging. “I was proud to be a part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” Simmons told Page Six. “My tongue is God-given. As regards to the parade, my intention was to be tongue in cheek. Mostly, I kept it in my cheek.”
A Macy’s rep later dismissed rumors that the subdued, tongue-less Kiss performance was mandated from above, saying in a statement, “There were no restrictions placed on the Kiss appearance. Their performance was a highlight of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’s live national broadcast which captured the very best of this legendary group.” Stanley would disagree.
Watch Kiss’ Thanksgiving Day Parade performance below: