Interview with Joseph Mojo Morganfield: I think Blues can be a happy song as well: Video, Photos

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Interview with blues singer Joseph “Mojo” Morganfield – Muddy Waters‘ youngest son is a rising star on the Chicago blues scene.

How has the Blues music influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken?

Having Blues at an early age, seeing my father’s trials and tribulations, seeing current events happening in the world…the Blues has made me stronger, with a thick skin, I have learned to hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

How do you describe your music philosophy and songbook? What was the hardest part to be Muddy’s son?

My music is definitely influenced by my father, with a more up to date approach. I don’t necessarily like “old fashioned” Blues – I think Blues can be a happy song as well.

The high expectations of being Muddy’s son – people compare me to Muddy. They need to realize there is only one Muddy Waters. I am trying to make a way for Mojo Morganfield.

Which meetings have been the most important experiences? What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?

Bob Margolin – knowing him as a kid and performing with him as an adult – we have an unbreakable bond.
Best advise was from my father – he taught me to be true to myself – to be me – people are going to like you or they’re not but you have to be true to yourself.

What do you miss most nowadays from the blues of the past? What are your hopes and fears for the future of?

I miss the stories and comraderies – when a musician was a musician and didn’t have to be in your band to perform on stage. I miss traveling with my band – now there are bands waiting for you. My dad would have never gone for that. His band went everywhere with him.

That the Blues will continue – we need to reach out to youth, to continue to find and encouraged young talent.

Why do you think that Delmark Records continues to generate such a devoted following?

It is the oldest American Jazz/Blues record label, and its right here in Chicago. With that recognition they can reach a lot of people. That is why I chose Delmark to release my new single “It’s Good to be King”.

What would you say characterizes Chicago blues scene in comparison to other US local scenes and circuits?

Chicago Blues is the capital of Blues – founded in Mississippi, but different in St Louis and Tennessee, made more of an urban sound in Chicago. My dad changed the dynamics – Chicago doesn’t use horns, we use a harp instead. Two guitars, a rhythm and a lead, we added a piano. That’s the Chicago way.

What are some of the most important lessons you have learned from your experience in the music paths?

Always have a rehearsal with a new band. Encourage others – especially younger – you never know who is the next Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, or Howling Wolf. Stay humble.

What is the impact of Blues on the racial and socio-cultural implications? How do you want it to affect people?

The Blues changed. When my father was a young man the blues was a black audience, but when Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, and Johnny Winters introduced the world to my father the Blues became white overnight. But the Blues is the foundation of music and crosses cultural borders – no boundaries – meaning age or race.

Let’s take a trip with a time machine, so where and why would you really want to go for a whole day?

1941 – Clarksdale MS to the day Alan Lomax recorded a young Muddy Waters for the Library of Congress. I also want to find Robert Johnson to see how great he was.

Interview By Michael Limnios / Photos by Connie Carroll

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System of a Down’s ‘Chop Suey!’ Hits One Billion Views on YouTube

The music video for System of a Down’s legendary breakout single “Chop Suey!” has just hit one billion views on YouTube. The milestone comes only months before the iconic song marks its 20th anniversary.

Having recruited a cult following with their debut self-titled album, System of a Down were poised to become the next great cult band in the vein of Frank Zappa or Primus, but with the release of 2001’s Toxicity, the Armenian-American band blew apart those expectations and attracted monumental mainstream success. Becoming one of the most bizarre acts to garner universal acclaim, Toxicity hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, going on to be certified triple platinum by the RIAA.

“I remember when I wrote ‘Chop Suey!’ we didn’t even have a tour bus yet,” Malakian recalled during an interview with Loudwire. “We were still in an RV and I was playing my acoustic guitar in back of the RV where there was a bed. I never write on the road. That’s one of the few, very few songs that I wrote while I was on the road, I remember writing the song when the RV was on the highway. I don’t know where we were, probably [driving] to the next gig, and it all came to me just hanging out in the back of the RV playing my acoustic guitar.”

He continued, “I can always feel when I write something good and I can always tell when I write something that needs a little work. I thought it was really good, but did I think it was going to turn into this huge song that was gonna get on MTV and become a huge hit for System of a Down? No. I didn’t know that. I didn’t know that it was gonna be our first [hit] single. I didn’t think it was gonna be so huge, but at the time I thought it was good. I was a fan of it.”

“Chop Suey!” — released Aug. 13, 2001 — was the first single from Toxicity. Its middle-eastern tonality and wild pacing immediately stood out from ‘90s and early 2000s nu-metal favorites, allowing System to solidify their identity as an avant-garde band, rather than just another angst-ridden clone act.

“All of a sudden I’m walking in the mall, and there are people who recognize me and know who the hell I am through the video asking for pictures, asking for autographs,” Malakian recalled. “I was a big famous rock star, yet I was still living with my parents.”

According to bassist Shavo Odadjian, “Chop Suey!” was originally title “Suicide,” the name was changed following a discussion with System’s record label. “‘Chop Suey!’ is ‘suicide’ chopped in half,” Odadjian told Loudwire. “We had to pick and choose our battles — we couldn’t battle everything. We were smart about it, we made it something cool.”

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At the end of the 2010s, “Chop Suey!” was the eighth-most watched music video on YouTube from the 2000s, accumulating more views (at the time) than Linkin Park’s “In the End” and 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.” As of 2020, “Chop Suey!” has been certified gold or platinum in at least four countries.

By any metric, “Chop Suey!” is one of the 21st century’s definitive singles across all genres and one of the greatest metal songs of all time. Congratulations to System of a Down for reaching the incredible milestone. Watch the video for “Chop Suey!” below.

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Watch the Kinks’ New Comic Book-Themed Video for ‘Lola’

To promote the Dec. 18 release of the 50th anniversary edition of Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, the Kinks have released a video for the record’s standout single, “Lola.”

The clip, embedded below, revisits the song’s lyrics as a graphic novel, drawn by Chris Garratt and Mick Kidd, the creators of the British comic strip Biff. It tells the story literally with occasional asides, such as the protagonist visiting a chiropractor on the line, “When she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine.” As in the song, it’s never fully spelled out if Lola is a woman or a man.

For the 50th anniversary of the record, the Kinks have added b-sides, alternate versions of the songs and outtakes, plus two 7″singles and audio commentary from Ray and Dave Davies. It adds a 60-page hardcover book with photos and and stories about the making of the record, a concept album that satirizes all aspects of the music industry.

“The album is a celebration of artistic freedom (including my own) and the right for anyone to be gender-free if one wishes,” Ray said in a press release. “The secret is to be a good and trusting person and friend.”

Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One arrived shortly after the Kinks four-year ban from performing in the U.S., the result of the American Federation of Musicians being fed up with their onstage behavior. The ban severely impacted their commercial potential at the moment the band was peaking creatively with The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society and Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire). But thanks to the Billboard Top 10 success of “Lola” and “Apeman” just missing the Top 40, Lola peaked at No. 35, their best showing since their 1964 self-titled debut.

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Scott Stapp: ‘With Arms Wide Open’ Mimicry Made Me Better Singer

Trust him. Scott Stapp‘s heard it all before, but he’s got a pretty good sense of humor in rolling with the punches over his dramatic vocal delivery in Creed‘s massive 2000 rock hit “With Arms Wide Open.” In fact, while chatting with The Ringer’s 10 Questions With Kyle Brandt (viewed below), he reveals that even his kids have had fun with him while mimicking the monster single.

Stapp first discusses the song’s history and the good that came from it. “It changed my life and I have just a sense of appreciation for that song coming to me and Mark [Tremonti] when it did and it’s still relevant in my life today,” says the singer.

But Brandt also addresses how the song changed how the band was viewed after its crossover success and even Stapp admits it got so overplayed in the early 2000s that even his wife told him she would turn away from it. From there, Brandt asked Stapp how much he’s seen people copping his vocal style in doing impersonations and Stapp revealed that even his kids have busted his chops from time to time.

“It started with my oldest son and oldest nephew. I’m driving down the street and they’re giggling in the back and I was either taking them to practice or taking them to school and was like, ‘What are you guys laughing at?’ … and they’re like ‘With arms wiiiiide opennnn,” recalls Stapp, adding, “Now, ten years later, my 13-year-old and my 9-year-old now, they were making fun of me in the car about McDonald’s always being open. They were hungry and wanted to go get something to eat. They’re like, ‘Dad, we’re hungry,’ and I’m like, ‘Where do you want to go?’ and they bust out together ‘McDonald’s wide open.’”

The singer continues, “It’s also funny to hear how other people hear you. Cause I never heard myself with this over-the-top [mimics sound] stuff, but I guess that’s the caricature voice of me and it’s funny man. I’m all about picking on myself. It’s all good man.”

In fact, there actually has been some benefit from being confronted with his vocal style by others. The vocalist told Brandt, “I don’t know where I picked up all the idiosyncrasies of how I enunciate and I’ve been called out on my vowels … But it’s actually helped me as a singer because I’ve heard that and I’ve intentionally enunciated differently on different words and syllables, so thank you world for pointing out a consistent pattern early in my 20s so I could evolve and grow as a singer. You made me better. Thank you.”

Stapp has rolled with the punches with aplomb over the years, even cheering on the 2016 Carolina Panthers after learning that one of the band’s favorite practice pastimes was something they called “Creedbombing.” It started with the idea of photobombing but instead popping up close to teammates and singing Creed lyrics with their “raspy” voices. The other key element was to offer “really deep, direct eye contact” mimicking Stapp’s delivering in the band’s videos to the person you’re Creedbombing.

Upon hearing the news in 2016, Stapp shared his appreciation for the humor and for its role in the team’s playoff run. “I just started dying laughing,” said the rocker at the time. “And then the next thing you know, my band is doing it to me out on tour. And I saw the humor in it and saw how funny it was. I think it’s awesome.”

Watch more of Scott Stapp’s interview on 10 Questions With Kyle Brandt in the player below.

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Coheed and Cambria Issuing ‘The Amory Wars’ Action Figures

Coheed and Cambria fans have followed the band through elaborate stories with dynamic characters woven through multiple albums. Now the characters from The Amory Wars will come a little closer to life with the introduction of a new action figure line.

Frontman Claudio Sanchez has partnered with his comic book brand EVIL Ink and leading action figure manufacturer NECA to create the inaugural line of The Amory Wars action figures.

Coheed & Cambria / EVIL Ink / NECA

“Now you can bring Coheed and Cambria into your home,” states the tease on the product info. “Help them save The Keywork from the evil clutches of Wilhelm Ryan and Mayo Deftiwolf!”

Sanchez says, “Lights, Camera, Action… Figures! I’m very happy to announce the release of our collaboration with NECA in bringing The Amory Wars line to life. As a child, toys played an integral role in the foundation of who I am now as a storyteller and the excitement never fades when I get to take this step with any of my creations.”

Coheed & Cambria / EVIL Ink / NECA

Given the current COVID-19 restrictions, there is an advisory for those purchasing as a potential holiday gift that explains, “Holiday deliveries may take longer than usual. We are doing everything we can to ship the action figure set for delivery ahead of Dec. 25.” Orders can be placed at the band’s webstore. Watch a trailer for the new figures below.

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Firstborne (Adler, LoMenzo) Debut Thrashy Journey Cover

Firstborne — the band comprised of drummer Chris Adler (ex-Lamb of God, ex-Megadeth), bassist James LoMenzo (ex-White Lion, ex-Megadeth), guitarist Myrone and singer Girish Pradhan — have partnered with Loudwire to bring you the exclusive premiere of their thrashy cover of Journey‘s pounding fan-favorite, “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart).”

On their original songs, Firstborne embrace a mix of classic heavy metal and rock with shades of thrash to give the music a deft balance between aggressive and anthemic.

With “Separate Ways” Firstborne retain their core values, indulging their anthemic side just a bit more, as is only natural when tackling this stomp ‘n’ pomp classic. The same plodding, nervous edge that plays out over the verse is perfectly intact and it’s the chorus that gets a boost courtesy of Adler’s kick drum flurries that beef this up with modern metal overtones.

“It’s hard to not appreciate Journey,” said Adler.

“As a musician I’ve always greatly appreciated their individual talents that combined into something so contagious,” the drummer continued. “I’ve always wanted to cover a Journey song and always thought of ‘Separate Ways’ as their ‘heaviest.’ The problem was always the same. No one can sing it. When I met and performed with Girish across India I knew I’d met one of very few people in the world that could take this on and make it his own. That’s the goal of the group. We can do anything — let’s have fun and share.”

The track comes on the heels of the recently released original single, “Sacred Lights” as Firstborne continue to churn out fresh songs following the five-track self-titled EP, which came out earlier this year in June.

Listen to Firstborne’s cover of Journey’s “Separate Ways” below and read our interview with LoMenzo and Myrone further down the page.

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Firstborne, “Separate Ways” (Journey Cover)

FIRSTBORNE — INTERVIEW

Do you remember the first time you heard “Separate Ways” or, at least, have a recollection of this song from your youth?

James Lomenzo: I was a fan of Journey’s from their very first album released in 1975. When Escape came out in ’81, I was totally sucked in — so many great songs!

Everyone was really interested in their next record, which was Frontiers. “Separate Ways” was so cool! It had a decidedly heavier edge and Steve Perry’s grittier vocal style seemed to give the song and the band a brand new coat of paint.

I remember thinking, “This sounds angry. After the huge success of Escape what have they go to be so angry about?” [laughs]

Myrone: I vaguely remember hearing this as a kid in the car. There’s something about the way that urgent synth line gets juxtaposed with the absolutely insane, crushing guitar riff that just activates all of the good brain chemicals.

What else were you listening to at the time and how did this song compare?

JL: There was a lot of new metal stuff around that time. Interestingly, “Separate Ways” seemed in the ballpark as far as aggression.

The original music video is widely regarded as the embodiment of cringeworthy. There’s a certain campiness to the ’80s that seems to be embraced more and more today under the guise of ‘take your music seriously, but not yourselves.’ What do you miss most about that time period (other than album sales)?

JL: I think if we weren’t separated by the pandemic, I could probably persuade Firstborne to do a similar, albeit more ironic, version of that wonderfully awful video.

M: Well, I wasn’t alive, so I wouldn’t really know, but I will tell you, the one maxim that has guided my entire experience in the music industry is that it’s supposed to be fun. There are so many better ways of making money in this lifetime, so if I’m going to make a living doing music, it HAS to be fun.

Doing this full-time is stressful. There’s so many emotions involved and the correlation between hours put in and money received isn’t always positive. When I spend 90 billion hours crafting the perfect guitar solo for a track that ultimately doesn’t make the record, you better bet your bottom dollar I had a good time doing it or I wouldn’t have done it at all.

Another note on the music video regarding the woman who is a central figure… have any of you, at any point, ever owned a white leather jacket? It’s pretty much the coolest rock ’n’ roll accessory.

JL: My brother Peter picked one up back then. I alas, only had my standard issue black Schott motorcycle jacket.

M: I’ve only worked up to the Canadian tuxedo phase of my wardrobe. I’m hoping that with a little more time, effort, and maybe some blood and tears, I too can one day achieve the white leather jacket look.

Neal Schon’s abilities seem to fly under the radar with the younger generations. What was so impactful about his style?

JL: Again, I was on board with Journey from their first album. They were actually more of a progressive band, so I was already hip to Schon’s amazing ability, let alone his playing in Santana previously. He has it all — fire, fury and taste!

M: One of my favorite things about Neal Schon is that he was one of Prince’s favorite guitar players. It makes sense. Neal can rip it up with the best of them, but he can also write the Hell out of a song, which I think is more impressive than any of the technical stuff. Also… his guitar collection? Insane. Legendary ripper.

As a bassist, what excites you the most about playing a steady arena rocker versus something more technically-minded?

JL: I like it all — technical, simple. Bass in giant arenas works best if it’s simple and to the point, but If people are sharing live music, any kind, then that’s where it’s at. I’ll say that having toured with AC/DC early on, I came to really appreciate arena rock in it’s best light —fill that giant room with something big, broad and powerful!

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Nick Perri Plays His Favorite Guitar Riffs

One of the interesting things about Gear Factor is hearing how musicians found their way to guitar for the first time. For Silvertide‘s Nick Perri, his discovery of rock music came just before he hit his teen years.

Perri credits his aunt with turning him on to rock ‘n’ roll when he was just 11-years-old. “I was raised in a very conservative Catholic household, shirt-and-tie all boys school, the whole thing. So I didn’t grow up with rock ‘n’ roll but my aunt, my mom’s sister, came over one day on Thanksgiving in the mid ‘90s with two cassette tapes. One was AC/DC’s Highway to Hell and the other was Pearl Jam’s Ten and I went upstairs, put the cassette tapes into the stereo and I remember hearing the sound an electric guitar could make and it was a total transformation. My life was different one minute before that and completely different the minute after.”

By the time Perri started playing guitar, it was another grunge era act, Nirvana, that inspired the first riff he learned to play. “Learning that for me was a big deal. I could go into school and say I knew how to play ‘Come as You Are’ by Nirvana.”

While Perri has built a following in Silvertide, of late he’s turned his focus to his solo band Nick Perri and the Underground Thieves. The group just issued their debut album, Sun Via, and Perri displays a few of his favorite riffs for the viewing audience.

Among them are the singles “Feeling Good,” “Excess” and “Everybody Wants One” before finishing out with “Politician.” The latter track has a very distinct influence, with Perri shouting out Eric Clapton’s Cream years. “Anything that Eric Clapton was doing in that era was just mega to me and it’s endlessly inspiring.”

You can pick up Nick Perri and the Underground Thieves new album, Sun Via, right here (As Amazon affiliates, we earn on qualifying purchases). Check out Nick’s full Gear Factor episode below.

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Watch Foo Fighters Watching Their Own History

Foo Fighters have released a 26-minute documentary in which Dave Grohl’s band looks back at its 25-year history and discusses memories of various moments.

The video, titled Times Like Those, marks the Foo Fighters’ quarter century after coronavirus restrictions forced them to cancel a tour that would have taken them to the small venues they played when they first started out.

“Foo Fighters have been running around the world playing music, making records, shooting videos and doing interviews and photo shoots for over 25 years,” the Star Wars-style introduction text reads. “Until March, when we, along with the rest of the world, were politely asked to sit still, take a breath and shut the hell up for a few months. Undaunted, we did what so many others have done throughout this collective pause and made the most of the silence, sitting down together and using this time for contemplation, growth and an honest assessment who we are as seen through the lens of who we’ve been – the bad fashion decisions, questionable facial hair and, to be fair, a pretty respectable collection of guitars. All of it.”

The intro notes that the band is “taking a look through some incredible times, though …[on] a freeway in a snowstorm, an ill-timed pause in the flow of traffic is just asking for a pileup and it ain’t always easy to be hit in the back of the head by your past. So, we invite you to crane your neck, and join us in taking a look at what taking a look looks like … or something.”

You can watch the video – which plays out like an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, as band members watch and comment on the onscreen action – below.

Foo Fighters will release their 10th album, Medicine at Midnight, on Feb. 5.

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Mumford & Sons Turn Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’ Into All-Out Live Jam

Nine Inch Nails‘ classic “Hurt” has gone through an interesting journey, one which now includes a Mumford & Sons interpretation. The folksy alternative outfit covered the song during their touring in support of their Delta album, and its now one of the highlights of a Delta Live EP.

“Hurt” initially appeared on Nine Inch Nails 1994 album The Downward Spiral, receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Song as Trent Reznor‘s anguished and tortured take connected with listeners. In 2002, country legend Johnny Cash covered the track, stripping it back even further while allowing his weathered vocal to showcase the song’s vulnerability. That version also had its fans, with Reznor even sharing his admiration for the Cash version.

While “Hurt” is well treaded ground at this point, Mumford & Sons add their own touches to their live version of the song. Playing the track at the Rock Werchter festival back in 2019, it starts with a wistful sounding solitary guitar and Marcus Mumford’s deep vocal. Building in instrumentation and intensity, by the end of the track it turns into an all-out jam mirroring Reznor’s initial cathartic explosion. Have a look below as it’s one of the heavier moments you’ll ever catch from the traditionally folk-sounding act.

The song appears on the band’s new Delta Live EP, which features recordings of songs from throughout their world tour. The set also includes such standouts as “Slip Away,” a performance of “Blood” with special guests Gang of Youths, the Milk Carton Kids joining them on “Awake My Soul” and their Beatles cover “With a Little Help From My Friends.”

Delta Live is current available as a vinyl offering via the band’s webstore.

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Musicians Calling Each Other Out Onstage

If you’re gonna call someone out, do it from the stage. In a time of Twitter feuds and comments section drama, we sometimes forget the glory of pro-wrestling style call-outs, which are often caught on tape.

A few bands have had beef with Limp Bizkit over the years, including Slipknot and Black Label Society. Zakk Wylde actually called out Limp Bizkit during a 2002 gig in Detroit, which was recorded for the band’s Boozed, Broozed, and Broken-Boned DVD. “Limp Bizkit sucks cock!” Zakk Wylde randomly screamed out during one of their songs, adding, “Another nail in fuckin’ Fred Durst’s motherfuckin’ coffin.” Thankfully, Wylde and Durst have since buried the hatchet.

Before Guns N’ Roses reunited for one of the biggest tours in history, bad blood festered between Axl Rose and his Appetite for Destruction bandmates for years. During one gig in the 2000s, Axl commented on the feud in between songs. “Slash may sound like the De La Hoya, but he’s the fucking Vargas,” Axl said, referencing a boxing match where Oscar De La Hoya beat Fernando Vargas by TKO. “They’re a bunch of a bad cops and I’m the fuckin’ Serpico and they can suck my dick.”

One of the few times feuding musicians were actually onstage together was during a Punk panel. Sex PistolsJohnny Rotten and RamonesMarky Ramone came to verbal blows in front of an audience, arguing over their own credentials. Marky accused Johnny of not “walking the walk” when it came to punk, while Johnny lambasted Marky as “not even an original Ramone.”

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Foo Fighters Celebrate 25th Anniversary With ‘Times Like Those’

Time flies! It seems like yesterday when Foo Fighters announced their presence with “This Is a Call.” But 25 years later, the band is ready to celebrate a special anniversary, admittedly a little late, with a short recollective event called Times Like Those.

In a Star Wars-like scroll at the beginning of the film, the group discusses the pandemic-related delay to their anniversary celebration, explaining, “We did what so many others have done throughout this collective pause and made the most of the silence, sitting down together and using this time for contemplation, growth and an honest assessment of who we are as seen through the lens of who we have been.”

From there, the guys are set up in their very own home theater (complete with popcorn), revisiting some old photos and footage and reflecting on their collective history.  Join the band on their trip down memory lane in the short video event below.

The band’s 25th anniversary also coincides with the band preparing to release a new album. Medicine at Midnight is due Feb. 5 and you can currently pre-order the set right here (As Amazon affiliates we earn on qualifying purchases.)

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WATCH: KISS Work at WalMart in Funny Old Promo Video

With Black Friday fast approaching, you can probably expect the need for more staffing at retail stores. But what happens when you hire KISS? The results played out in an old promotional video for WalMart seen below.

The foursome, in their full KISS attire, take their shot at working at a WalMart, initially signing on as greeters and donning their freshly created name tags. Though there are likely WalMart procedures that must be followed, a little bit of the KISS behavior starts to take over.

Tommy Thayer shows a flare for cake decorating, but of course there’s a desire to change all the cakes to KISS cakes. Paul Stanley certainly knows a little something about makeup having undergone his transformation many times over the years, but his makeup counter makeover leaves the customer a little confused as he mostly focused on the eye.

And then there’s Gene Simmons, who is working the checkout counter. Commenting on some of the items, he notices someone buying an Aerosmith CD, but offers, “Oh that’s really good, but you know what’s even better? This,” while tossing the other disc away and quickly presenting the latest KISS album.

This video appears to have been released around 2009 as a fresh case of KISS’ Sonic Boom album is being lowered by a crane from storage in the video. Have a look at the band’s commercial crossover in the player below.

KISS Work at WalMart

Things will be a little different for KISS this holiday season. Like many acts, they’ve shut down touring for 2020 amidst the pandemic. But they’re also planning a New Year’s Eve livestream with full production to help ring in 2021. The show will take place in Dubai, but fans can watch online. Get details on how to view this concert event here.

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