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New Fan-Filmed Performance Video Revives KISS Backing Tracks Accusations

A misstep by KISS drummer Eric Singer during the band's recent concert in Belgium has proven to some fans that the band is using pre-recorded tracks for their live concerts.

It appears that a slight misstep by KISS drummer Eric Singer during the band’s recent concert in Antwerp, Belgium has proven to some fans that the band is using pre-recorded tracks for their live concerts.

The “error” in question took place on June 6 at Sportpaleis during KISS‘s performance of their massive hit song, and frequent concert opener, “Detroit Rock City“.

Towards the end of the song, drummer Eric Singer seems to “forget to rest for a measure, instead, continuing to play the standard beat for two additional measures” says YouTube user Austin Ogonoski, who uploaded a video of the performance. After “Eric realizes he messes up,” he “begins the drumroll/breakdown a measure late,” which “means Paul’s [Stanley] vocal track is out of sync with what the band is actually playing,” Austin explains. “Paul’s track plays ‘Everybody’s gonna leave their SEAT,’ completely out of sync with the song and when nobody is at a mic.”

KISS fan and YouTube user Jochem Blaauw, who also shared fan-filmed video of the “Detroit Rock City” performance, posted in the clip’s description: “Show opening of the Antwerpen show 2022. Eric’s rare mistake at 5:05 makes even more interesting.” Jochem also went on to comment on another posted clip of the “flub”, writing: “Great quality. Curious about Eric’s rare mistake at 5:09 and Paul’s ‘singing’ right after…”

Speculation about KISS using “backing racks” for their live performances during their current “End Of The Road” tour began in late January 2019. The speculation comes from the fact that fans have noticed that frontman Paul Stanley has seemed to struggle with hitting certain high notes in many of the band’s tunes in recent years.

You can check out the fan-filmed video footage, courtesy of YouTubers The Fonz, Giggon Thebrat and Jochem Blaauw, below.

KISS are currently on tour for their “End Of The Road” farewell tour which launched back in 2019 and is scheduled to end sometime in early 2023.