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.

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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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    I'm sure he liked KISS when they helped them pack comerica park in detroit for a double bill i went to.
    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
    Wayne's World 2 was superb! Too bad most people here are too young to remember...Kiss are more prolific than Aerosmith. No contest.
    Haha, yeah. And Fred Durst was years ahead of his time and way more prolific than Pink Floyd.
    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.
    I think you are right. Going through interviews by grunge artists I was suprised how many actually cited Kiss as an influence.
    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.
    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.
    PS. Paul Stanley is cool, and is not in any way being criticized. For the record.
    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.
    Steven Tyler is a judge on a game show... he needs to have a look at himself before laying into anyone else...
    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?
    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.
    He quit American Idol three months ago to focus on Aerosmith... nice try though.
    doesn't matter at all if he quit. The fact is that HE DID IT for any length of time. Nice try though.
    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.
    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.
    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?
    Ace Frehley heavily influenced Dimebag Darrell.
    Took the words outta my mouth. No Kiss, No Dimebag.
    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
    What a perfect example. Aerosmith was influencing all time great music acts. Kiss was influencing great music acts.
    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....)
    Yeah Pantera got better when the went away from their Hair Metal (Kiss) beginnings xD
    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.
    The Pantera that is decent has no Kiss influence in it either.
    You can hear some Ace Frehley influence in Dimebag's approach to soloing, actually. It's a bit subtle, but it's definitely there.
    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....?
    Dave Mustaine mentioned in his book that Kiss was pretty influential on his playing too. I'm sure the dudes in Metallica were fans of Kiss as well. I would say it's a pretty fair statement that anyone who was 13-25 in the mid to late 70s and had any interest in rock and roll was somewhat of a fan of Kiss. Aerosmith as well. Although Kiss has much more influence on me musically.
    "Musically we take ourselves more seriously. That's why we pay Desmond Child to write our hit ballads, while Kiss pay Michael Bolton to write theirs..."
    MT in Austin
    Sad thing is Aerosmith hasn't rocked for years. Both Aerosmith and Kiss were great in their heyday. Both bands are past their primes. Having seen both bands in relatively recent years, Aerosmith has lost much more to the years than Kiss. Paul can still sing as good as he did in the day. The same can not be said for Steven Tyler. That's not a dis. That's my honest opinion. Who gives a crap what one old guy thinks of another? I certainly don't.
    So Aerosmith take their music seriously...jolly good for them. I don't have the desire to own any Aerosmith music or see them live. They do nothing for me at all. Perhaps I'm missing out. I just have a mental block with them. Kiss on the other hand I like. Sure the have released some awful stuff but they are on a roll at present.
    Tyler is a squid-faced sellout and Aerosmith hasn't been musically relevant for almost 20 years, so I think they should keep their mouths shut.
    Ok Steven, like we didn't know that. I'm still gonna listen to KISS and Aerosmith religiously.
    Well, KISS are a comic act, in the present. I don't think anyone would go see Kiss performing the new album without makeup on. It isn't that good. In the 80's they had some bitchin' songs.
    Kiss had some awesome music in the 80s and early 90s without makeup. They don't need that to sell records. It's just what their fans like. Revenge is probably one of their best albums. No make up. If you can see video from the Revenge tour you will see one hell of a kick ass concert.
    Aerosmith slams KISS for looking comic. KISS fans slam Aerosmith for calling KISS comic. Aerosmith fans slam KISS fans for listening to a band that is comic. Aight, nothing to see here, move on.
    I completely agree with what Perry said but what in the hell is Tyler going on about? Have you seen the Kiss army? I'm not a huge kiss fan, but where does he get off saying "And that's why I think Aerosmith has been around forever. We really do take ourselves seriously." Kiss has been around only 3 years less than Aerosmith and they are still touring. I know this is all for publicity and what not but there's no need to talk jive just because your band took a different approach.
    They are both over glorified bands in my opinion I was never a fan of either. Of course the guitarists licks are going to be different, they are different people and to add insult to injury I cant even think of a Joe Perry lick, only Aerosmith thing I can remember is Steven's little melody from Jaded and I dont know why. God of Thunder by KISS on the other hand I know the majority of the words to and certainly know the lick.
    Gene simmons was on American Idol as well for a few episodes. Vocally Steven Tyler is also alot better in my oppinion.
    Tyler is a better vocalist than Simmons (and probably Peter Criss), but I don't think that he's as good as Paul Stanley, do you? I'm not just saying that because I'm partial to Kiss, either.
    have you heard him recently? he sounds like shit (inb4 negative score cause of fanboys)
    I can't imagine that Tyler sounds the same as he did in his prime at this age, either.
    no, but his voice regressed way more then any of Kiss' bandmembers. I saw them life at Rock am Ring 2010 and they were amazing.
    I can't believe Aerosmith named their album that. I highly doubt their shitty music will sound like anything out of this dimension.
    Despite all the downvotes, I agree. It is a rather poor title for an album. And I haven't liked anything of theirs since at least the 80s.
    MT in Austin
    If Tyler hadn't put all his money up his nose in the 70s and 80s, he wouldn't have to ***** himself out to American Idol and Burger King. Just sayin'...
    The only musical talent in KISS were a few people that replaced original members.I always felt that their music was as fake and gimmicky as The Partridge Family.On the other hand,Aerosmith haven't done anything worth mentioning for many decades,but they were damn good at one time.
    Seriously? Paul Stanley has one of the greatest voices in rock ever, and Ace Frehley is an extremely influential guitarist. That's what I always thought, at least.
    KISS influences kids with no musical talent to get into music.Don't worry if you can't play , just dress like a chick, and paint up your face like a clown and those kids will never notice how bad the music is.They had a couple decent songs,but I doubt they wrote any of 'em or played in the studio,or live for that matter.Gene Simmons is a money-grubbing putz(that's a jewish dip-shit fyi) that takes joy in trading turds for dollars with their loyal fans.KISS is a puppet show.
    That's low, dude. Kiss was my first favorite band (still up there), and I play bass, guitar, and sing pretty well. Who cares if their image is stupid? So is basically every band's on the planet! I agree that a lot of the merchandising is ridiculous and that Gene Simmons is comes off as pretty greedy, but you can't say that they don't actually write songs and play them live or in the studio.
    I'm not gonna tell anyone who to listen to.My favorite bands get brutally bashed as well.I can see you love KISS ,as do millions.I don't care for them ,but they have been around long enough to prove their worth.I was kidding on the last post,but I can see I was pretty harsh.Rock on dude,if you love 'em ,that's all that really matters.
    No one here's gonna agree with me, but Joe Perry's opinion of Kiss is my opinion of Aerosmith. I tell ya, I saw Kiss play with Aerosmith back in 2003; I left before Aerosmith came on. Regardless, I don't see how you can take either band completely seriously.
    Lest we forget, that "I Don't want to miss a thing" was originally written for Cher. Yes...even Cher was to metal to accept that song.
    Yet when KISS reunited in 1996 and opened the tour in Boston, MA, who was sitting in the regular seats with the rest of the fans? Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford. But both of these bands are merely shells of their fomrer selves.
    Neither of them are exactly high art...but Kiss definitely has them on the Sell-out spectrum despite Tyler's best efforts...
    As a longtime fan (almost 15 years) of both bands, and as someone who saw both this year... Aerosmith was great, but KISS was incredible. Joe was right about theatrics (and actually I love that about KISS), but Steven is completely out of line with his comments. Once you remove the mixing and backup singers to cover the notes you can't hit anymore (Steven), Paul and Gene kick serious butt all by themselves. It's clear that KISS is a serious band. Steven is the one with a record of canceling shows and trying to start a solo career. Aerosmith's 2003 tour with KISS (though they co-headlined) was embarrassing because Steven insisted on playing after KISS. Talk about a "warm down" instead of a warm up... Trust me, it was painful. If that's what chipped Steven's shoulder, it was his own fault and he should get over it... The KISS Army is huge and shares a lot of fans, who he probably shouldn't be pissing off with a new Aerosmith album coming out in November.
    KISS and Aerosmith arguing is like watching two old men fight. You can't help but wonder which one breaks a hip first.
    I've never liked Kiss. They make extremely generic rock and they're the musical equivalent to Michael Bay: All style and no substance
    Kiss is like AC/DC but without all of the power and the energy... leaving nothing but cliche 70's riffs. At least the whole band in AC/DC were into the music, KISS was always just about the money, and their music showed it.