KISS disses Oshawa fans

KISS in Ottawa July 2009The rock band KISS, featuring lead singer Gene Simmons, will not perform a concert in Oshawa, as promised. Last April they announced that the top three Canadian towns that got the most online votes would get a KISS concert, according to a statement from the band that read: “No matter where the fans say, from stadiums to cornfields, if there are enough votes, KISS will be there!” However, when the rockers released their list of tour dates yesterday, Oshawa was nowhere on the list. “The size of the production turned out to

require a larger venue,” KISS spokesman Erik Stein told the Star. “In this case, that turned out to be the Air Canada Centre [in Toronto].” Oshawa Councillor Robert Lutczyk denies that their 6,500-seat General Motors Centre can’t handle the band, adding that although KISS has promised that they’re planning “something special” for Oshawa, the cryptic promise “doesn’t give me the warm, fuzzy feeling I’d like to be feeling right now. I’m devastated,” he admitted, adding, “Gene Simmons told me and my son personally that they would be coming, he told me the date would be in mid-October. How can KISS go back on their word like this? It’s unfair and it’s just wrong.” Winnipeg, which came in second with 12, 913 votes gets a concert on November 9, while Sault Ste. Marie, which came in third with 11,315 votes, was also left off the list. Oshawa had a total of 14,569 votes. 

UPDATE: Band manager Doc McGhee announced that KISS will be playing Oshawa’s GM Centre on Octpber 7, saying, “After the outpouring of emotion we saw today, there was no way we could follow our original plan and make you wait until a later tour leg. You’ll now be getting a special record release show. Oshawa, we promise a good time.”

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  1. Dan • August 25, 2009 @ 12:22 PM

    Meh il still be there at the ACC. If 14,569 voted for oshawa then they would have to play 3 shows at the GM center so id rather them play the ACC.

  2. rockman • August 25, 2009 @ 12:35 PM

    Yes, they are coming to winnipeg. I’m going to be rockin and rollin all night, when they come. Can’t wait!

  3. Amy • August 25, 2009 @ 3:24 PM

    That’s junk! They’re such hypocrites. It’s very disappointing. Even if they had to do 3 shows at the GM center, they would be much more up close and personal. You just don’t go back on your word to your fans. It isn’t fair.

  4. mandee • August 25, 2009 @ 4:46 PM

    wow, that is soo lame. im so glad i never liked KISS. i would probably be offended if i had liked them and they pussed out on their appearance. toronto should tell them to forget it and no one should buy tickets.

  5. john • August 25, 2009 @ 5:08 PM

    their not a real rock band their a joke and gene simmons sounds like a cat dying when he sings it amazes me that anyone would want to see them

  6. moondog • August 25, 2009 @ 7:32 PM

    good ill see them at the ACC cant wait

  7. Coop • August 25, 2009 @ 7:52 PM

    Oshawa should consider itself lucky.They’re a bunch of bloated old farts who are decades past being relevant in any way.John’s right they’re not even a real band.

  8. Jo-Anne • August 25, 2009 @ 8:00 PM

    well, I guess they’s be relevant to those who like their type of music…which doesn’t include myself. Gene Simmons is cringeworthy for sure, makes my skin crawl…couldn’t sit through his I Love Me interview with Q107 earlier this year…

    to each his own…enjoy

  9. moondog • August 25, 2009 @ 8:00 PM

    u make my skin crawl

  10. Nancy • August 25, 2009 @ 8:14 PM

    Actually, the KISS fans in Oshawa should consider themselves lucky! Reason being, is that this voting thing actually had fans fooled. You see, KISS still wanted a certain amount of cash to come to the winning town/city. So, the ticket price would have been based on the # of people to attend the venue. So, if KISS wanted say, $5 million for a show….divide that by 6,500 seats, and the fans would have had to pay just over $750 per ticket, and that is IF they pack the venue, which they would never do because of the ticket price and in turn for not packing the place, the price per ticket would go up even more because no matter what, KISS wants a certain amount per show. So, Toronto is the best alternative.

  11. Jo-Anne • August 25, 2009 @ 8:19 PM

    wow, that’s a huge surprise…I thought I would have made it “crol”…

  12. sheldon • August 25, 2009 @ 11:07 PM

    its all about the money…

  13. demigod • August 26, 2009 @ 2:50 AM

    The most over-rated band ever. I’d vote them off this continent.

  14. Shauna • August 26, 2009 @ 3:43 AM

    isnt paul stanly lead singer?

  15. Jo-Anne • August 26, 2009 @ 8:32 AM

    no, but Paul Stanley is…

  16. Nancy • August 26, 2009 @ 9:22 AM

    Turns out, they will be playing GM Place after all…on October 7th.

    Happy Birthday (yesterday) Gene Simmons. – join the army!

  17. demigod • August 28, 2009 @ 2:45 AM


    Nance,don’t understand your admiration of Gene Simmons. Doesn’t he represent everything you hate about a guy- being a womanizer? A query..would you ‘get with him’ if you had the chance? hehe.

  18. April • August 28, 2009 @ 3:18 AM

    Personally, I’ve NEVER liked the band, but I have to admit, I LOVE the TV show!! I think he’s a VERY smart businessman (I do not think anyone that watches the show could deny that, the man should have dollar signs as eyes, LOL!!) and a great Dad to his kids and his kids are also great!! Shannon and Gene make a great couple and seem VERY happy together and they sure brought up 2 great kids as well.

    The “Oshawa” concert was never announced as it was supposed to be a surprise as they were going to debut their new album for them since they won the contest. I read this all online and also heard it on the news as Gene was super mad that the press leaked it, before they could let Oshawa fans know and even the radio stations are talking about it (the fact that Gene is furious with our press). Well, Oshawa fans will be the lucky ones for sure, so I guess all the others cities that lost won’t suffer that much though, as KISS announced that they are adding a whole bunch of Canadian stops to their concert tour after all that was not planned at first, so for KISS fans, I guess they will be elated, but not me, not into them and never have been. Just like Gene and his family as people!!

  19. Nancy • August 28, 2009 @ 1:49 PM

    Demigod: My “admiration of Gene Simmons”? Why, because I said “Happy Birthday”? You sound jealous…hahaha. I never said that I “hate” womanizers. If he gets around, so be it…that’s up to him and up to the women who choose to go with it. At least he shows RESPECT to women in how he talks to and treats them. There is a huge difference between a “womanizer” and a “sexist”. As per your “query”, no, I would not ‘get with him’…but, don’t take that to mean that you have a chance with me, LMAO!

  20. demigod • August 28, 2009 @ 3:13 PM

    April, that whole fiasco was all Gene’s doing. He omitted Oshawa from the list KNOWING FULL WELL there would be backlash from the Canadian Press and Oshawa officials. Gene is a master manipulator of the media and a marketing genius. All that coverage got them more exposure and hype in promoting themselves. Appearing ‘pissed off’ was a nice touch,as was proclaiming Oshawa as ‘near and dear to their heart’ GAWD. Or should I say ‘gag’.

  21. demigod • August 28, 2009 @ 3:18 PM

    Nancy on August 28, 2009 1:49 PM

    Cringeworthy on so many levels..
    He sounds like your type..take a number, teehee.

  22. demigod • August 28, 2009 @ 3:21 PM

    Jo, hope you don’t mind me using your word ‘cringeworthy’. Too fitting 🙂

  23. Jo-Anne • August 28, 2009 @ 4:28 PM

    my words are your words demigod….totally fitting

    and ditto on your post re manipulation at the hands of Nance’s Hunka Hunka Ape…

  24. April • August 29, 2009 @ 3:05 AM


    I agree with you totally, Gene is a genius and I’m well aware that he knew that he would get backlash for not putting them on the list, that is why he did it, to get more press, but it is also true that OSHAWA will be getting the BEST concert out of them, so I guess the people from Oshawa win in the end, no? And that’s all that counts since they were the ones worried that they were not going to get their concert!! I still cannot believe that they beat out big cities like Vancouver!! Boy, Every single person in Oshawa must have voted twice (or 3 times) LOL!!

    So, have you picked the book up yet demigod?

  25. April • August 29, 2009 @ 3:06 AM

    Hey Jo,

    I have to admit one thing…. I cannot stand his barbed wire hair which he’s always puffing up (as he loves it so much) as he never heard of a relaxer, LOL!!

  26. Jo-Anne • August 29, 2009 @ 8:26 AM

    hahaha april! even with a ton of hair product he’d still be cringeworthy…

  27. Nancy • August 29, 2009 @ 12:18 PM

    April, I think big cities such as Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, etc. already get big concerts such as KISS, etc., so they don’t need to vote to have them come there.

    Demigod: Don’t worry, the thought of you makes me “cringe” more than you EVER could. So, fill us in on how Gene Simmons sounds like my “type”…oh, you must mean the “genius” part that you said above, haha. In all reality though, if the choice was between him and you-with no money involved…he’d smoke you in a heartbeat, LMAO!

    Jo-WAnne: “my words are your words demigod….totally fitting”. Totally fitting for sure! Doesn’t surprise me at all. 😉

  28. Jo-Anne • August 29, 2009 @ 1:14 PM

    so, thanks for the warning…

    when attending the Toronto Film Festival if I see you and Gene walking paw in paw, promoting the Remake of Planet of the Apes…I’ll stay clear…

  29. Nancy • August 29, 2009 @ 4:21 PM

    Uh…yeah…good plan!

  30. demigod • August 29, 2009 @ 4:25 PM

    He can have you!
    He’ll tell you all the things you need to hear, like..’You are near and dear to my heart’ and RESPECT you the next day LMAO

  31. Nancy • August 30, 2009 @ 12:41 AM

    Still more than you could ever give, isn’t it?

  32. Jo-Anne • August 30, 2009 @ 11:56 AM

    well, without a doubt Gene will always boast he has “more” to give you, Nance…lounge lizard Lothario image that oozes from his pores…

  33. Jo-Anne • August 30, 2009 @ 7:45 PM

    judging by the amount of your deleted posts, nance, I’d say you own the gutter…

  34. Nancy • August 30, 2009 @ 8:09 PM

    Well, from what I commented on the Anne Heche article, I’d say that the content of the “deleted posts” is not the reason for the deletion, and if you think that it’s “gutter” talk, maybe you should look at your own comments “ass” (referring of course, to your comment about “Anne is an ass”. Again, Tribute swears in the title of the article; you swear in your comments but…god forbid anyone else do so!

  35. demigod • August 31, 2009 @ 3:27 AM

    Jo didn’t call YOU an ass,but someone in an article. C O N T E X T. Whereas YOU call others worse, using ‘colorful’ remarks.

  36. Jo-Anne • August 31, 2009 @ 9:09 AM

    demigod, nice to see you get it, as always…

    “ass” was the word used in title of story, obvious take on same line…

    nance, if you R E A CH any higher, I fear your arms are in jeopardy of being yanked outta their sockets…

  37. Nancy • August 31, 2009 @ 6:41 PM

    Well DUH! I know she never called ME it! And again, DUH! I know “ass” was used in the title which is why I specifically said, and I quote:

    “Tribute swears in the title of the article”

    A swear is a swear, is it not? Doesn’t matter how it’s used or to whom it is used on, foul language is foul language. Maybe everything would be all better and I’d be such a “better person” if I picked the hell outta Tributes articles…every little spelling error; all the spelling and grammar errors of the people who comment; go on and on like the two of you do, about how “I” am so much more intelligent and educated and have better manners; how I write better; just plain INSULT people but not swear…unless of course, the swear is used in the story…then it’s okay, right?

  38. demigod • September 1, 2009 @ 3:41 AM

    Context matters. Can make all the difference in the world.
    Just be thankful Tribute doesn’t ban. If they did, you’d be the first to go hehe.

  39. Nancy • September 1, 2009 @ 8:32 AM

    You wish! Personally, I think you would be the first to go. I’ll say it again….because you very rarely give an opinion on the topic. So why would they keep you around? “hehe”.

  40. Nancy • September 1, 2009 @ 8:33 AM

    Oh, and also as I said, swearing is swearing…doesn’t matter!

  41. demigod • September 2, 2009 @ 3:59 AM

    What are you talking about? I give opinions/comments all the time. For instance, upon reading your uninsightful take on an article (after the chuckle or rolling eyes), I counter it. Though I may not always comment on the article directly, I do so indirectly. But I wouldn’t expect you to realize that.

  42. Nancy • September 2, 2009 @ 8:30 AM

    Yeah, you keep telling yourself that…I mean, somebody’s gotta believe it, right? “hehe”.

  43. demigod • September 2, 2009 @ 1:49 PM

    Nobody believes YOU. Yea, you’re a fine comment on the article followed by 20 of personal b-s.

  44. Nancy • September 2, 2009 @ 5:00 PM

    Here’s the difference between you and me….I really don’t give a flying f#ck what people “believe”. As for me being “a fine comment on the article followed by 20 of personal b-s.”…first of all, at least I DO give an opinion on the article (btw, nice of you to see the light and go drop a couple “article related” comments on the Demi & Ashton and Megan Fox articles. HAHAHA!), secondly, I don’t comment any more “personal b-s” than anyone else although, you don’t seem to mind it when it’s from say, Jo-WAnne, April…you know, one of your tribe…as long as it doesn’t have the name Nancy on it, am I correct? Nah, don’t even bother. We ALL know the answer anyways. Anyhow, I’m so done with you for today! 😛

  45. April • September 3, 2009 @ 2:25 AM

    Hey Nancy,

    I do not belong to anyone’s tribe, no indian in me last I looked, LMAO!!!

  46. demigod • September 3, 2009 @ 3:47 AM

    Yea you’re the reason I posted earlier today! I wasn’t even thinking about what you over yourself. You think you’ve put me in a position to prove something? I have nothing to prove- that would be you. You care DEEPLY in what others think of you..that’s why you try so hard, so drop the pretence. Btw, I’m touched you value my opinions on the articles so much that you’d complain about it. I know how much you look forward to ANYTHING I have to say. You are my #1 fan tee-hee

  47. Nancy • September 3, 2009 @ 8:56 AM

    Refer to: Nancy on September 2, 2009 8:30 AM.

  48. April • September 3, 2009 @ 3:43 PM

    Hey Nancy,

    What did you think of “Hell’s” this week? And “Big Bro”?

  49. Nancy • September 3, 2009 @ 5:14 PM

    Hahaha…well, you asked! On HK, I think that at some point little insecure Amanda had to go but, I felt like jumping through the tv and shaking Ramsay! WTF was he thinking? Suzanne needed to go!! She is selfish and rude…only out for herself. Whoopie has to go too! LOL. As for BB, I hope they keep Jeff. At least he tries his hardest to win the competitions. Jordan is a very nice girl but, if it had not been for Jeff, she would have been gone LONG AGO! He carried her this far (blunt but true) so I think he deserves to stay. I thought it was hilarious when they were in the yard collecting all the falling money and Kevin was locked up in the secret room…and they knew he was and was waiting for the key but they just kept going after the cash and left him there! LMAO. What did you think?

  50. Nancy • September 3, 2009 @ 5:16 PM

    Can’t wait for tonights episode!

  51. Nancy • September 3, 2009 @ 8:45 PM

    Well, so much for Jeff staying! Pfft!

  52. gypsy • September 3, 2009 @ 10:32 PM

    I really don’t like Natalee,Now that she won H.O.H, I think Jordon and the brainy broad will be put up on the block on Sunday.Jeff really blew it when he used p.o.v. last week,I bet he’s kicking himself in the ass now!!!!

  53. April • September 4, 2009 @ 12:29 AM


    I agree with you about Suzanne, NOT ONE of the girls likes her at ALL, she should be out, a MS, KNOW IT ALL BUT DOESN’T!! I still like the 2 poor injured guys to win, bald Kevin (who has 13 years experience) and one handed Dave (who is a man motivated by accomplishment and success. He trekked 2,200 miles on foot across the Appalachian Trail, WOW!!) with 10 years experience!! Copied that part about Dave from the CITY TV website, LOL!!

    Well, Jeff got a standing ovation and I’m wondering IF the next “mystery door” could be about bringing someone back into the game as they do it almost every year (but usually the viewers vote one back in, that would be cool, no?) BUT SINCE THE JERK NATALIE WON, she’d vote Jessie back in for sure!!

    I was SO excited when Jordan was ahead and winning and would have been happy if she or Michele had of won and I agree gypsy, I think both of them will definitely be put on the block!! Nancy, did you hear Natalie being called into the “DIARY ROOM” last show? As I was wondering what that was all about as it has yet to be mentioned why she was asked to go?? It was nice that Jessie and our man, Russell got along GREAT at the “JURY” house later on and I was actually surprised that Lydia was SAD he was out, as they fought all the time, guess she just likes all the men and the attention she’ll get now, LOL!! When Jeff learns that Kevin lied to him about Russell (as Lydia will tell him for sure as they all cooked up the plan together), he’ll wish he never let Russell go as he was WRONG (and I was sure Julie Chan was going to tell him tonight, but perhaps she will on the “Early Show” tomorrrow,) but I’ve never watched it as I’m almost asleep by then, LOL!! Jeff sure went from the nice and quiet guy to a super cocky guy in the end didn’t he?? The game sure changed him and wait till Lydia has 3 guys in the house, she’ll go NUTS, LMAO!! I wonder if Russell and Jeff will bury the hatchet or if they fight like dogs in heat (as they threatened to?) Oh, what drama, LMAO!!

  54. Nancy • September 4, 2009 @ 1:12 AM

    I agree, gypsy. Nathalie is not on my favourites list either and I too think she will definately put up Jordan and Michelle, she’s only using Kevin to help her get to the final two…well, he’s actually doing the same to her, haha. I hope there is something REALLY good in that Pandora’s Box that awaits her on Sunday’s episode. Julie said it is going to affect the game this time…it’s going to bug me all weekend now because I am a VERY curious person!

  55. demigod • September 4, 2009 @ 2:57 AM

    As meaningless as the first time I read it..

    Anyways, back to the article..Gene Simmons and your infatuation with him hehe..who else is there..oh yes, Vin Diesel.. eww, you like the down syndrome look?

  56. Nancy • September 4, 2009 @ 11:02 AM

    demigod: You know it’s not meaningless, that it is oh so true. It seems that YOU are the one with the infatuation. As for the “down syndrome look”…if I liked that look, I guess I’d like you…wouldn’t I? “hehe”. LMFAO!

  57. tributegirl • September 4, 2009 @ 8:40 PM

    Nancy, did you say you actually “like” Gene Simmons? I thought you just “liked” him, nothing like infatuation or anything.

  58. Nancy • September 4, 2009 @ 10:32 PM

    Actually, nope, never said I “like” him. I do recall saying (on another article before) that I like KISS’ music. I said “Happy Birthday Gene Simmons” in a comment earlier on this article and then the leeches turned it into “admiration”, getting “with him”, “infatuation”. When asked by someone on here before who I thought were good looking men (or hot), I mentioned Vin Diesel but NEVER mentioned Gene Simmons. So, they just look like the total fools they are for saying it, hahaha. I mean, I guess it would kind of be like me, knowing that Jo-WAnne likes uh, Neil Younge’s music, so I say she wants to “get with him”, “walk paw in paw with him”…she’s “infatuated” with him, LMFAO! Now THAT is gross! I couldn’t actually tell you which one it would be more gross for though, haha. As for demigod, I think he wants to “get with” Anne Heche…”hehe”.

  59. April • September 5, 2009 @ 2:42 AM

    Hey Nancy,

    No response to my novella? OMG, it took me long enough to write to you, LOL, and NO response???

  60. Nancy • September 5, 2009 @ 1:33 PM

    Hahaha, sorry…must have been demigod…got me all hot thinking of Gene Simmons again, LMFAO!!!!!!!

    Anyways, I hope Dave wins on HK. He needs to get rid of his toque though…actually if he wins, he just made need to KEEP wearing that toque in Whistler, LOL. On BB, I knew Julie wouldn’t tell Jeff, she can’t because it could jeopardize the outcome of the game because Kevin is still in the house. I didn’t hear Nathalie get called to the Diary Room!!!! Where the heck was I when THAT happened?! I just asked my daughter who watches as well, and she doesn’t remember it either..? Oh man, now I’m really curious! Hahaha. Yes, Jeff is not very shy and quiet anymore…still gorgeous though! I don’t think he and Russell will fight physically. Have words? Probably. I sure hope someone does get voted back in and I hope it’s Jeff. I love this time of year. Not just for back to school, hahaha, but for the season premiers of all my fave shows. Can’t wait for new Supernatural, Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Big Bang Theory, Kenny vs Spenny (gross usually but HILARIOUS!).

  61. April • September 6, 2009 @ 1:58 AM

    Funny as I LOVE “Supernatural”, “Ghost Whisperer” and “Medium” as well, but tried to like Big Bang but better things on at that time and watched one season of “Kenny vs. Spenny” and just found it silly and gross (which I’d normally like, LOL, but not this show!!!

  62. Nancy • September 6, 2009 @ 6:41 PM

    See, we have more in common! LOL.

  63. April • September 11, 2009 @ 2:49 AM

    Did you see Supernatural last night (as it returned)? What did you think? See the George Michael blog for my comments on “Hell’s” and “Big Bro” and get back to me okay? And also check out Michael Madsen’s as well as you are confusing me SO much, LOL!!

  64. Nancy • September 11, 2009 @ 7:00 PM

    Are you serious? I had no clue that Supernatural was starting last night! Nice way to start off the season, by missing my shows. I’ll have to search for it on cable and see if it’s on tonight. I’ll check out those other articles, hahaha.

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