Fans are slamming the AFL for hiring aging rockers KISS for the grand finale after leaving Crowded House

Gene Simmons and the rest of legendary rock band KISS have been officially announced as entertainers for this year’s AFL Grand Final, but some football fans have slammed the decision as they brace for a repeat of the 2011 Meatloaf disaster.

The AFL confirmed that KISS will play the biggest game of the year as part of their End of the Road worldwide farewell tour after New Zealand icons Crowded House retired from the sporting event premier.

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

Your top hits, including Rock and roll all night long And Detroit Rock Citymade them one of the best-selling acts in music history, amassing over 100 million records sold worldwide with 44 albums.

KISS’s enduring influence on the rock music landscape and larger than life image have firmly established them as rock ‘n’ roll legends.

Gene Simmons of KISS performs at Madison Square Garden during the End Of The Road World Tour. The blood-spitting rocker is set to come to Australia to play the AFL grand final

Gene Simmons of KISS performs at Madison Square Garden during the End Of The Road World Tour. The blood-spitting rocker is set to come to Australia to play the AFL grand final

KISS' Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer are still rocking in 2023, receiving positive reviews for their farewell tour performances

KISS’ Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer are still rocking in 2023, receiving positive reviews for their farewell tour performances

The original KISS cast of Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley. Criss and Frehley declined invitations to attend recent KISS shows

The original KISS cast of Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley. Criss and Frehley declined invitations to attend recent KISS shows

While many AFL fans are happy to see them play at sport’s biggest day, they write: “Much better than an unknown Aussie band”; others feel that American rockers’ best days are behind them.

Some are even comparing KISS to the 2011 Meatloaf disaster.

“Really…meatloaf wasn’t bad enough?” one fan posted.

“Woah! Four meatloaf at once!!’ added one more.

“Will be Meatloaf 2.0,” posted another.

Meat Loaf’s performance at the 2011 AFL Grand Finals is remembered for its controversy.

Despite being a legendary rock artist, his performance during the halftime show drew widespread criticism due to his vocal issues and erratic behavior on stage.

This event remains a notable moment in the history of the AFL Grand Finals and sparked discussions about the choice of halftime entertainment.

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

Meatloaf was revered for his rock ballads in the 1980s, but his disastrous performance at the 2011 AFL Grand Final caused a major uproar that left fans shaking their heads

Meatloaf was revered for his rock ballads in the 1980s, but his disastrous performance at the 2011 AFL Grand Final caused a major uproar that left fans shaking their heads

AFL fans fear that just like Meatloaf, KISS will put on another terrible performance for having long since passed their best

AFL fans fear that just like Meatloaf, KISS will put on another terrible performance for having long since passed their best

Meatloaf would then apologize to the AFL and their fans.

“I would now like to apologize for any angry or harsh words I have uttered towards the Australian Football League, its fans and the people of Australia,” he wrote on social media.

‘I’m really sorry.’

While AFL fans are assuming the worst for the KISS show at the AFL grand finale, things are different around the world as the rockers receive rave reviews for their 2023 tour.

“Other than maybe Rammstein, I can’t think of any other rock band that can deliver a production of this nature, while drawing from a pool of absolute smashes the breadth and depth of what KISS have crafted over the past five decades,” said one British 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 just someone who appreciates great rock music, seeing a show on their recent farewell tour was an absolute must.”

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KISS hit Australia in 2013 and were warmly received by locals, but 10 years later they're not so sure the aging rockers have enough in their tanks

KISS hit Australia in 2013 and were warmly received by locals, but 10 years later they’re not so sure the aging rockers have enough in their tanks

The musical performances at the AFL Grand Finals have always been controversial, and the announcement of KISS drew some criticism

The musical performances at the AFL Grand Finals have always been controversial, and the announcement of KISS drew some criticism

“Excellent energetic show from the start!” “These guys rock as good as they did 40 years ago,” said a fan after seeing them perform at their last sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The band said in a statement released by the AFL that they are looking forward to playing in Australia:

“We’re absolutely thrilled to perform in front of 100,000 football fans at the biggest and best sporting event in the country!” Get ready to ROCK because we’re going full throttle into the G-Class. “See you on this one day in September,” it said.

KISS will be doing their farewell show The final curtain exclusively at Accor Stadium in Sydney on Saturday 7th October.

Janice Dean

Janice Dean is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Janice Dean joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: janicedean@wstpost.com.

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