Despite being critical of pop singers who use backing tracks in 2012, Kiss has admitted to doing the same on their recent outing in Japan. The hard rockers needed to use some recorded parts of their new single "Samuari Son," which was made in collaboration with the Japanese group Momoiro Clover Z. The band explained in a tweet that the backing track has been used to recreate certain production aspects of the tune, Blabbermouth noted.

"Recorded Samurai Son for Japan. To reproduce production here we play live with extra tracks. Nothing to hide," the band wrote.

Back in 2012, Kiss was getting ready to hit the road with Mötley Crüe when outspoken member Gene Simmons threw some shade at contemporary pop stars.

"We're sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them," he said. "The guys you see on stage are playing their instruments. No fake bulls**t. Leave that to the Rihanna, Shmianna and anyone who ends their name with an 'A.'"

Kiss released the first collaboration with Momoiro Clover Z, "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina," in January. The Japanese pop group will open for Kiss March 3 at the Tokyo Dome.

Simmons and Co. released their last full-length album, Monster, in 2012. The record hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the Top Rock Albums charts. Rolling Stone gave the album three stars out of five.

"Kiss' 20th LP draws from their bottomlessly shallow cesspool of comfortably dumb cowbell-glam wham-bam -- with stewardess sex, married groupies and 'The Devil Is Me,' where Gene Simmons lowtalks like the smoothest used-car salesman in hell," the magazine wrote.