Aerosmith: Kiss Are A Comic Act

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry said they didn't used to like Kiss but have learned to love them - even if they see them as just a comic act compared to Aerosmith.

Aerosmith: Kiss Are A Comic Act
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Steven Tyler and Joe Perry gave Kiss some backhanded compliments when they talked about their relationship this week. They were speaking to The Cowhead Show (via HenneMusic) when they described Kiss as "a comic book." "I remember when we went out with Kiss in '76 or something, one of our roadies got into a knife fight with their guys. And I hated them ever since," said Tyler. "But since then I've gotten to know Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley], and they're beautiful people... But it is different. A Kiss lick and a Joe Perry lick - two different worlds," he said, adding that their music could "offend" him. "I hear [Kiss] and go, 'It's alright. But do they really mean it?'" he said. "And that's why I think Aerosmith has been around forever. We really do take ourselves seriously." Joe Perry made clear the difference between their bands: "They [Kiss] went the theatrical way and used rock and roll, kind of, as their soundtrack. And for Aerosmith, the music is our show. And from that point of view, it's apples and oranges." Both classic acts have albums out this year; Kiss released "Monster" last Tuesday while Aerosmith is preparing to launch "Music From Another Dimension" on November 6. What do you think about their comments? Too harsh, or right on the money? Share your opinion in the comments.

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    oppcorn
    ok
    dannydesktop
    I'm sure he liked KISS when they helped them pack comerica park in detroit for a double bill i went to.
    Turnips86
    And there I am in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, at three o' clock in the morning, looking for one thousand brown M&M's to fill a brandy glass, or Ozzy wouldn't go on stage that night. So, Jeff Beck pops his head 'round the door and mentions there's a little sweetshop on the edge of town. So, we go, and - it's closed. So there's me, and Keith Moon, and David Crosby breaking into this little sweetshop right? Well, instead of a guard dog, they've got this bloody great big Bengal tiger. Well I managed to take out the tiger with a can of mace, but the shopowner and his son, that's a different story altogether... I had to beat them to death with their own shoes... Nasty business really... But sure enough, I got the M&M's and Ozzy went on stage and did a GREAT show. That's all I thought of when reading this article
    JimBonJovi
    Wayne's World 2 was superb! Too bad most people here are too young to remember...Kiss are more prolific than Aerosmith. No contest.
    gkex
    Haha, yeah. And Fred Durst was years ahead of his time and way more prolific than Pink Floyd.
    gray96
    That's arguable, honestly (about Kiss and Aerosmith, not Fred Durst and Pink Floyd, obviously). I hear more Aerosmith influence than Kiss in a lot of hard rock from back the and now, but you always here a lot of musicians saying how seeing Kiss made them want to play music in the first place, so it could really go either way, I suppose.
    rebreh
    I think you are right. Going through interviews by grunge artists I was suprised how many actually cited Kiss as an influence.
    zalant
    There is a huge list of rockers from a particular generation (teenagers in mid-70s through mid-80s) who tell stories of painting themselves up like Ace and playing in front of the mirror. It's remarkable how similar all of those stories are. It really goes to show just how much of an impact they had when they first came out. Since the mid-80s, though, KISS really haven't been terribly relevant with new music. In that regard (musically), Aerosmith have been more prolific over roughly the same time period.
    gkex
    Okay, but if you compare anything KISS ever did with the album "Just Push Play" Aerosmith absolutely blows them out of the water as far as musical complexity. Also, Joe Perry is phenomenal and demonstrates musical abilities that really can't be matched by anyone in KISS. No doubt they influenced rock music, but I would argue that Aerosmith not only influenced rock but advanced it as well.
    gkex
    PS. Paul Stanley is cool, and is not in any way being criticized. For the record.
    SGofawesome
    It's because what Tyler is saying is correct - Kiss takes more heart into their stage show than their music. It's not like their music is by any means revolutionary. They just appeared to be that way. Doing their makeup and stage show, however, had just as much of an influence on the world, if not more, than Aerosmith's great music. So yeah, apples and oranges.
    RichieJovie
    Steven Tyler is a judge on a game show... he needs to have a look at himself before laying into anyone else...
    ehopes
    Steven Tyler has been in a successful band for over 42 years, is in the rock and roll hall of fame, has banged more women then you will ever meet in your life, has done more drugs then you will ever see in your life, and has more money then you will ever have in your life. So why does he have to look at himself before laying into anyone else?
    RichieJovie
    Done more drugs? Well there is a good claim to have. Makes him a total loser in my eyes. He should look to see where he is on the artistic spectrum. If you are promoting Talent shows and sucking on the corporate cock then having a go at KISS is a case of Mr Pot meet Mr Kettle.
    thf24
    He quit American Idol three months ago to focus on Aerosmith... nice try though.
    LotusBrommel
    doesn't matter at all if he quit. The fact is that HE DID IT for any length of time. Nice try though.
    Firehawk2410
    Steven Tyler's Idol stint wasn't a good idea, but his band wasn't pleased with it either, especially Joe Perry. I'm almost certain they gave him a choice of being in the band or being on Idol, and he chose the better one.
    jeffo46
    Aerosmith was IMO,the most dangerous band in the 1970's until Kiss came out and gut huge, thanks to their now classic " Live " album. After that, not only were Kiss the biggest band in the world, but also the most influential as far as launching millions of teenage boys, myself included into wanting to go and play Metal on Guitar. I didn't see Aerosmith doing that . Tyler & company took a back seat to Kiss during the rest of the 70's and 80's until their comeback in 1987 with Pernament Vacation . But they had to rely on outside writers ,which they still do to this day , and also Tyler ended up on American Idol of all Places. Kiss to their credit, reinvented themselves in the 80's by removing the makeup but in the long run, just ended up as another hair metal band until 1995 when MTV aired " Kiss Unplugged ", which reunited the original lineup. After that, the originals got back together in the makeup and launched a sold out world tour and stayed together for a few years until until both Ace & Peter left again. Now with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer wearing the Cat and Spaceman makeups & outfits, Kiss has become a joke as well and IMO, should call it a day.
    Nitnatsnok
    Aerosmith is a direct influence for Guns and Roses and Metallica, two of the biggest bands ever. Joe Perry made both James Hetfield and Slash start playing the guitar. Which all time great acts did Ace influence?
    dumbface12
    Ace Frehley heavily influenced Dimebag Darrell.
    Nitnatsnok
    What a perfect example. Aerosmith was influencing all time great music acts. Kiss was influencing great music acts.
    gray96
    Hey, at least Pantera got better over time instead of worse. And I don't hear any Aerosmith influence in Metallica, at least their good stuff. (Oh, wait....)
    Nitnatsnok
    Yeah Pantera got better when the went away from their Hair Metal (Kiss) beginnings xD
    gray96
    Oh, please. Kiss aren't hair metal. True, they went through a phase (sorta like, guess who: Pantera), but even then, they were way better than a lot of their peers in that genre.
    Nitnatsnok
    The Pantera that is decent has no Kiss influence in it either.
    gray96
    You can hear some Ace Frehley influence in Dimebag's approach to soloing, actually. It's a bit subtle, but it's definitely there.
    miahdoll
    Took the words outta my mouth. No Kiss, No Dimebag.
    Vicious_Turtle
    lets all be honest though, i love dime. but theres a reason they never got a record deal as a hair metal band.....they were total garbage
    Wolfscar
    If I heard correctly, Death is also a bit influenced by KISS. Since Chuck Schuldiner covered God of Thunder, I see no reason why.
    Nero Galon
    Lets face it, both bands are pretty good but they have done some things which have made us cringe....?