Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
When KISS participated in the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2014, the actual experience was far from what the band had been assured. Despite their reputation for delivering spectacular live performances, the group found themselves overshadowed by floats featuring cartoon characters. They were led by two escorts who seemed less than enthusiastic, carrying a comically small introductory sign, creating a moment reminiscent of the iconic scenes from Spinal Tap.
Known for facing missteps and commercial challenges, this incident added another infamous chapter to the history of “The Hottest Band in the World.” KISS openly expressed their dissatisfaction following the 2014 parade appearance. However, it seems that Paul Stanley, known as the “Starchild,” is now able to reflect on that day with a sense of humor.
As Thanksgiving approached, Stanley reminisced about the occasion in a tweet. He posted a significant photo from that day, recounting the experience at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The iconic musician described how they were promised a grand float with 100 baton twirlers in KISS makeup but ended up with an SUV towing a U-Haul and two unenthusiastic escorts. Despite the unexpected turn of events, he humorously noted their happiness in the situation.
Below, you’ll find additional images providing different views of the parade. Despite the modest arrangement, KISS successfully incorporated some minor pyrotechnic effects while lip-syncing (as anticipated, given the televised parade context rather than a controlled concert setting) to “Rock and Roll All Nite.”
The significant downgrade from the initially promised elaborate setup, featuring a large float and 100 baton twirlers, to the humble 25-foot stage pulled by a truck had a notable cause…
“The Macy’s Day Parade performance turned out to be our biggest misstep,” remarked KISS manager Doc McGhee during a Q&A session on the ninth annual KISS Kruise (via Ultimate Classic Rock). He explained, “We were originally slated for the Gibson float, this grandiose setup fitting for KISS. However, the night before the parade, we discovered they wanted Paul to showcase Gibson guitars, and since he plays Washburns, we couldn’t use that float. They suggested an alternative.”
McGhee went on, “When we arrived, the new float was a mere 25 feet long with just two microphones. We ended up looking like the least impressive act in the Macy’s Day Parade. As soon as I saw it, I thought, ‘Ohhhh, this is how you get fired.’ It was a truly dreadful experience.”