Mr. Speed was chosen by AXS over 200 other KISS cover bands to perform on national television at the World's Greatest Tribute Band Season 3 finale. Arena Football League's LA KISS is owned by KISS rockers Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Mr. Speed is accompanied by the AFL Los Angeles KISS Girls covering concert closer and most recognizable KISS song Rock And Roll All Nite from the 1975 Dressed To Kill album at the world famous Whisky A Go Go, Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, CA April 21, 2014. Mr. Speed tribute band members flew in from Cleveland, OH to Los Angeles, CA to perform as the original 1973-80 KISS lineup consisting of Rich Kosak as Paul Stanley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Danny Ayala as Gene Simmons (vocals and bass guitar), Joe Hess as Ace Frehley (lead guitar and vocals) and Andrew Scambati as Peter Criss (drums and vocals). On April 10, 2014, Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
(The following article is from hennemusic.com April 27, 2014)
KISS: Paul Stanley slams Rock Hall at LA KISS football game
KISS frontman Paul Stanley slammed the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during a halftime speech at the LA KISS arena football league home game in Anaheim, California on Saturday.
"I want you to know something...in case you didn't know already," Stanley told the crowd. "The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame hates us. You gotta know that when it takes 14 years to get invited to a party, they don't want you at the party. But YOU insisted ... YOU demanded ... and they had no choice."
"This is your award," he continued, holding up his Rock Hall trophy. "Nobody sitting behind a desk with a suit and tie is gonna tell you what rock and roll is. You are the ones who decide and we honor you. And it is my pleasure and my privilege to say thank you for this award."
Stanley's halftime speech at the LA KISS game (which he co-owns with bandmate Gene Simmons and others) was to celebrate the band's recent Rock Hall induction and to promote his newly-published memoir, "Face the Music: A Life Exposed", which debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list.
A pre-game event gave fans the opportunity to have their picture taken with Stanley's Rock Hall trophy, and those who brought a copy of his book could get it signed by the rocker.
Stanley and Simmons have long maintained a fractured relationship with the music industry insiders who run both Rolling Stone and the Rock Hall, and have always questioned the validity of both brands.
Following the band's April 10th induction at a ceremony in New York, the pair unleashed an attack on both entities and, specifically, Rock Hall co-founder and Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner, over their alleged treatment at the event.
"Our treatment at the RRHOF confirmed my worst suspicions," tweeted Stanley the day after. "Wenner and the rest are spineless weasels."
The singer continued his rant the following day, writing, "@JannWenner & his RRHOF made sure to treat us as uninvited guests. No passes. No schedule and on. We were great and he remains a small man."