MINI-KISS: A Tribute Act Of A Different Kind

MINI-KISS, an all-dwarf KISS cover band, has been causing quite a stir lately — so much so that when they performed at The Chamber in Atlanta last month, theirs was "easily the most anticipated rock show since RADIOHEAD's 2001 show at Stone Mountain," reports Andisheh Nouraee of Creative Loafing Atlanta. "Unfortunately, the band took a nearly foolproof entertainment concept and pretty much blew it.

"The biggest little problem was that they're not a cover band, even though they were clearly advertised as such," Nouraee continues. "They don't play instruments. In fact, they don't even have instruments. Minis Paul, Gene and Ace each 'played' cardboard cutouts of guitars. Mini-Peter had a real mini drum kit, but like the others, he only pretended to play. The music and some of the vocals came from a tape. The band's performance consisted of mimicking KISS' moves while Mini-Paul sang along to the tapes (quite badly). To make matters worse, tickets were $15 — a high ticket price to see a cover band, but Yellow Brick Highway robbery to see what one angry audience member described bitterly and accurately as, 'midgets dressed for Halloween doing karaoke.' "

To check out pictures of MINI-KISS in action, click here (all photos by Frank Mullen).

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