Fans slam the AFL for hiring ageing rockers KISS to play at the grand final after Crowded House bowed out

  • KISS are playing global farewell tour 
  • Have received rave reviews around the world 
  • Aussies are not so sure after being burned by Meatloaf 

Gene Simmons and the rest of legendary rock band KISS have been officially announced as this year’s AFL grand final entertainment, but some footy fans have slammed the move as they brace for a repeat of the 2011 Meatloaf disaster.

The AFL confirmed KISS will play the year’s biggest game as part of their global End of the Road farewell tour after Kiwi icons Crowded House withdrew from the showpiece sporting event. 

Formed in 1973, KISS is an iconic band celebrated for their distinctive makeup and extravagant stage performances. 

Their chart-topping hits, including Rock and Roll All Nite and Detroit Rock City, propelled them to become one of the best-selling acts in music history, amassing over 100million record sales across 44 albums globally. 

KISS’s enduring impact on the rock music landscape and their larger-than-life image have firmly established them as rock and roll legends. 

Gene Simmons of KISS performs during End Of The Road World Tour at Madison Square Garden. The blood-spitting rocker will be coming to Australia to play the AFL grand final
Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer of KISS are still rocking in 2023 and receiving positive reviews for their farewell tour performances
The original KISS lineup of Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley.  Criss and Frehley declined invitations to be part of the final KISS shows

While many AFL fans are happy to see them playing at the biggest day in the sport with one posting ‘Much better than some unknown Australian band’; others feel the American rockers’ best days are behind them.  

Some have even already began comparing KISS to the Meatloaf disaster of 2011. 

‘Really… Meatloaf wasn’t bad enough?’ one fan posted.

‘Woah! Four Meatloafs all at once!!’ added another. 

‘Going to be Meatloaf 2.0,’ posted yet another.

Meat Loaf’s appearance at the AFL grand final in 2011 is remembered for its controversy. 

Despite being a legendary rock artist, his performance during the halftime show was the subject of heavy criticism due to his vocal struggles and erratic behavior on stage. 

This event remains a notable moment in AFL grand final history, sparking discussions about the choice of halftime entertainment. 

The ageing rocker fired back, calling the AFL ‘the cheapest people I’ve ever seen in my life’ and blaming a hemorrhaging vocal cord for his abysmal performance.

Meatloaf was revered for his rock ballads in the 1980s but his disastrous appearance at the 2011 AFL grand final was a hot mess that left fans scratching their heads
AFL fans fear KISS will deliver another cringe performance just like Meatloaf because they are well past their best

Meatloaf would then apologise to the AFL and its fans.

‘I want to now make an apology for any angry or harsh words I have made towards the Australian football league, their fans and the people of Australia,’ he wrote on social media. 

‘I am truly sorry.’  

While AFL fans are assuming the worst for the KISS show at the AFL grand final, it has been a different story around the world with the rockers receiving glowing reviews for their 2023 tour.

‘Aside from perhaps Rammstein, I can’t think of another rock band that can bring this kind of a production, pulling from a pool of total bangers the width and depth of that which KISS have created these past five decades,’ a UK reviewer wrote.

‘KISS truly delivered a legendary farewell show that exceeded all expectations and will be remembered for years to come,’ wrote another reviewer after their Amsterdam show this year.

‘Whether you’re a seasoned fan or simply someone who appreciates great rock music, witnessing a show on their current farewell tour was an absolute must.’

KISS performed in Australia in 2013 and received a warm reception from locals, but 10 years later they are not so sure the ageing rockers have enough left in the tank
Musical performances at the AFL grand final have always been divisive and the announcement of KISS has also received its fair share of criticism

‘Excellent high-energy show right from the get go ! These guys rock it out as good as they were 40 years ago,’ a fan said after watching them at their final, sold out performance at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The band said they were looking forward to playing in Australia in a statement released through the AFL:

‘We’re absolutely thrilled to be to be performing in front of 100,000 footy fans at the biggest and best sporting event in the country! Be ready to ROCK as we’ll be coming full throttle into the ‘G. See you for that One Day in September,’ it read. 

KISS will perform their farewell show The Final Curtain exclusively at Sydney’s Accor Stadium on Saturday October 7. 

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