KISS Caught Using Pre-Recorded Tracks At Antwerp Concert

“I have a problem when you charge $100 to see a live show and the artist uses backing tracks,” Gene Simmons said in 2015.

Kiss Backing Tracks

KISS drummer Eric Singer made a “rare” mistake during the band’s concert in Antwerp, Belgium this past Monday, which fans found as proof that KISS is using pre-recorded tracks during its performances.

Several KISS fans who attended the group’s show at Sportpaleis have shared video of KISS kicking off the set with “Detroit Rock City,” the classic song that has consistently served as the live opener for the band’s live performances in recent years.

At the end of the song, Singer, who has played with KISS on and off since 1991, apparently “forgets to rest for a measure,” according to YouTube commenter Austin Ogonoski, “instead continuing to play the standard beat for two additional measures.”

After “Eric realizes he messes up,” he “begins the drumroll/breakdown a measure late,” which “means Paul‘s [Stanley] vocal track is out of sync with what the band is actually playing,” Austin explains. “Paul‘s track plays ‘Everybody’s gonna leave their SEAT,’ completely out of sync with the song and when nobody is at a mic.”

In a 2015 interview with News.com, Gene Simmons criticized band’s who use pre-recorded vocal or musical backing tracks during concerts.

“I have a problem when you charge $100 to see a live show and the artist uses backing tracks,” Simmons said at the time. “It’s like the ingredients in food, if the first ingredient on the label is sugar that’s at least honest. It should be on every ticket — you’re paying $100, 30 to 50 per cent of the show is (on) backing tracks and they’ll sing sometimes, sometimes they’ll lip synch. At least be honest. It’s not about backing tracks, it’s about dishonesty.”