The legendary rock band KISS is known for its patriotism, so it was no surprise that the group weighed in with their opinion of athletes sitting during the National Anthem. The band kicked off their “Freedom to Rock” tour in Worcester, Massachusetts last week and sent a crystal clear message on where they stand on the controversial topic.
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During each of their shows, the band plays their version of the National Anthem, but Paul Stanley took the time during this show to take what appeared to be a shot at athletes like San Fransisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“You should remember, patriotism is always cool,” he said. “Loving your country is always cool. Standing up, respecting and honoring our military is always cool. So, to show some respect between pick-throwing, we’re going to put our right hands over our hearts and why don’t we say the Pledge of Allegiance,” Stanley said before the band launched into its rendition of the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
The band doesn’t just say they are patriotic, they prove it. KISS joined the Veteran Tickets Foundation which offers discounted tickets to veterans and during their more recent tours, they intend to hire a current National Guard or reserve member to be their roadie for the day.
KISS also took care of both current and retired soldiers by donating $125,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.
It’s quite obvious that Paul Stanley is patriotic. He stated in a recent interview, “Saying that you love the country means that you love the diversity of people here,” he continued. “And caring about the plight of the military. I would feel that I’m short-changing myself to not do that.”
The group’s marketing and branding over the past few years have shown an increasingly patriotic theme. Many of the tour materials show the band draped in the American flag, and the band’s iconic logo is often decorated in red, white and blue.
Thank you, Kiss, for showing respect to the National Anthem, to our country, and to the veterans who so richly deserve it!