Although Gene Simmons was glad to be a part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, KISS frontman Paul Stanley was a little less enthused. The singer took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the appearance, for which they played "Rock and Roll All Nite," but offered no specific reason why. It sounds like there was some sort of miscommunication between the band's camp and an executive in charge of the parade.
"Bluntly, We were screwed over & misled by the exec in charge of #MacysThanksgivingDayParade . We ALL deserved better.," the lead vocalist tweeted yesterday (Nov. 28).
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) November 28, 2014
Ultimate Classic Rock posted a video of the performance, which has Stanley, Simmons, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer miming the song. UCR points out that for much of the first verse, the camera is focused on the massive Adventure Time characters Jake and Finn. The camera also disregarded Thayer's solo and opted for a shot of Simmons showing off his tongue. The fireworks seemed to go off without a hitch though.
Simmons told the New York Post that he was "proud" to be a part of the festivities, and he tried to keep his tongue in his mouth for as long as he could to keep things PG. "My tongue is God-given. As regards the parade, my intention was to be tongue in cheek. Mostly, I kept it in my cheek," he said.
Sting, Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas and Idina Menzel all performed at the 88th annual parade.