Revisiting Kiss’ ‘Horrible’ Thanksgiving Parade: ‘This is How You Get Fired’
Stanley made those comments on Twitter shortly after the nationally televised event, which found Kiss performing on a stripped-down float that was a far cry from their usual bombastic stage presentations. Stanley said "we ALL deserved better," without going into details about what went wrong.
Five years later, band manager McGhee filled in the missing puzzle pieces during a Q&A session aboard the ninth annual Kiss Kruise.
"The worst thing we did was we played the Macy's Day Parade," he said. "We were supposed to be on the Gibson float, which was this huge float. So, it was great; it's just like Kiss. Well, the night before we found out that they wanted Paul to play Gibson [guitars], and he doesn't play Gibsons – because he plays Washburns. So, we couldn't go on the float. They go, 'Oh, we have another float for you.'"
Problem solved, right? Wrong. "So, we get there, and [the new float] is literally like, 25 feet long with two microphones on it. We looked like the shittiest thing on the Macy's Day Parade. When I saw it I went, 'ohhhh, this is how you get fired.' That was just a horrible time."
Obviously, McGhee was not fired, and continues to work with Kiss. Their current End of the Road farewell tour is scheduled to resume this December in Japan, and will conclude July 17, 2021 at an unnamed venue in the band's birthplace of New York City.
Watch Kiss Perform at the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade