Saturday, 27 May 2017

Kiss vs Ariana Grande

I can't stand KISS. I think that they are one of the worst rock bands of all time. If one of their "songs" comes on the radio, i change the station.

Ariana Grande's music, on the other hand, is completely unknown to me: i'm a long, long (long!) way from being her target audience.

I won't need to remind anyone of the horrific bombing in Manchester on Monday. Ms Grande herself was devastated and flew home -- i can't begin to imagine the emotional pain she was suffering, poor girl.

Now, read these snippets published yesterday:

'NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande has vowed to return to Manchester, England, to give a concert to raise money for the victims of Monday’s deadly bombing at her show there.

'In a statement on Friday, the pop star says “we won’t let hate win” and offered to “extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours.”

'“Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”'

And this:

'MANCHESTER, England (AP) — KISS has canceled its show at the arena where deadly terrorist attacks occurred at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, earlier this week.

'Live Nation announced Friday that the rock group’s May 30 concert at Manchester Arena will not take place. Band members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer said in a statement that they “are heartbroken by the atrocity committed against the innocent victims of Manchester.”

'The bombing on Monday night claimed the lives of 22 people, many of them teenagers and their parents. Refunds for the KISS show will be granted to all ticketholders at the point of purchase.

'The band said its “thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected and all the people of Manchester at this difficult time.”'

KISS, you spiritless fucking cowards, i can't imagine why you have any fans but apparently you do, but it seems you don't care enough about the ones in the Manchester area to go there and put on a show that might help them through this "difficult time" as you put it.

I recall the example of my favourite guitarist Rory Gallagher who, during "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland in the seventies, was one of the few performers who would tour there regularly. He did it for the fans, as a way to brighten their lives.

Well done Ariana Grande! I may even go to YouTube and check out your music. Bless you.

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