KISS Announce Bizarre Plan to Sing ‘Beth’ WITHOUT Peter at Rock Hall Induction
Dear Gentle Reader: Please take note that this article is satire. It was created as part of an April Fool's Day joke.
Final plans are being set for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and concert in Cleveland, and in the wake of the presenters being announced, word from the KISS camp is that they will perform only one song for a mind-blowing 22 minutes, using up the entire time set aside for the band to be on stage.
That song? Beth.
It makes sense since it was the band's biggest and most well-known hit. Originally released on their 1976 album, Destroyer, it reached #7 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. The softly-sweet love song was also named #3 in VH1's 25 Greatest Power Ballads.
However, in an even more bizarre move, they plan to perform the song without Peter Criss, the song's writer and singer. Instead, they will use a pre-recorded vocal track of deceased Kiss drummer Eric Carr singing the song that has been held in their archives since the early 90's. Carr was the first replacement for Peter Criss, after Criss parted ways with the quartet over creative direction and health issues.
For many KISS fans this will come as an affront to the legacy of Peter Criss, and in a statement released today by Gene Simmons, the bassist says;
Suck it up you, babies. We're gonna do what we want, because we're Gene Simmons' KISS. Now, go back to your playpen and play with your KISS stuffed band members.