Though it's long railed against other performers using the practice, KISS is fessing up to using a pre-recorded backing tracks for a song on its current tour of Japan.
The song in question is "Samurai Son," one of two tracks KISS recoded with the Japanese pop group Momoiro Clover Z for its latest album as well as for a new KISS 40 compilation released in Japan. After fans began questioning in social media whether KISS was indeed using a backing track, KISS tweeted that it "Recorded Samurai Son for Japan. To reproduce production her we play live with extra tracks. Nothing to hide." In another tweet, Gene Simmons acknowledged that KISS "came clean and admitted it albeit it was after we got caught and it was all over YouTube."
Simmons, you might recall, said in a 2012 interview that "We're sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes. The guys you see on stage (in KISS) are playing their instruments -- no fake bullshit. Leave that to the Rihanna-Shianna and anyone who ends their name with an A."
KISS is in Japan through April 14, then hits South America two days later before heading to Europe, including a headlining slot on this year's Download Festival on June 14 in the U.K. The next Kiss Kruise departs October 30 from Miami.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.