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Pete Townshend Calls Kiss ‘A Very American Phenomenon’

Whats more, Townshend also stated that the redevelopment will reduce the number of shop space, price music shops out of existence, and jack up rents. In their defense, developers have denied demolishing Denmark Street and Tim Pan Alley, but Townshend has still insisted the redevelopment will change the heart of the Soho streets, and take away its historical culture. In other music news, John Lennon s killer Mark David Chapman is seeking forgiveness from widow Yoko Ono , for murdering the Beatle legend in December 1980. Chapman, who is serving 20 years-to life in prison, and has since been denied parole, has along with his wife Gloria written letters to Ono in a desperate bid to salve his conscience over the murder. They have also reached out to Sir.
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During a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Townshend says that KISS are American to their very core. “One thing that Kiss are absolutely, unquestionably not in any sense, whatsoever is European or English,” he observed. “They are straight out of Creem magazine meets Las Vegas.” He adds, “They couldn’t have happened here. They could maybe have happened in Berlin in which case their music wouldn’t have been like their music.
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Pete Townshend Says KISS Are A ‘Very American Phenomenon’

Townshend struck a somewhat bewildered tone when the subject of Kiss came up during a recent interview , pointing out right off the bat that theres an ocean both literally and figuratively separating the U.K.-bred Who from the proudly American Kiss. One thing that Kiss are absolutely, unquestionably not in any sense, whatsoever is European or English, he observed. They are straight out of Creem magazine meets Las Vegas. Not that theres anything wrong with that, mind you; its just that Townshend cant necessarily relate to it and he knows Kiss couldnt have made it anywhere but in the U.S. They couldnt have happened here. They could maybe have happened in Berlin in which case their music wouldnt have been like their music, he mused. They would have looked like they looked, but they would have made different kind of music. Theyre a very American phenomenon. And on the subject of how Kiss look you know, the makeup and everything Townshend admitted hes a bit confused. The early years of Kiss were difficult, because there was sort of a parody of rock inherent in what they were doing. And also, that business of wearing disguises. Not quite sure about it, he shrugged.
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