Home » Biff Byford of Saxon Expresses Strong Disapproval of KISS Avatars: “I Don’t Think They Should Do It”

Biff Byford of Saxon Expresses Strong Disapproval of KISS Avatars: “I Don’t Think They Should Do It”

Biff Byford, the lead vocalist of the longstanding British heavy metal band Saxon, has shared his perspective on KISS’s recent venture into the virtual realm. KISS has announced plans to present concerts featuring digitally animated avatars, similar to the virtual concert experience introduced by Swedish pop icons ABBA. During a recent interview on the Classic Album Review YouTube show, Byford, who has been at the helm of Saxon since its inception in the late 1970s, expressed his reservations about a virtual KISS show.

“I don’t think they should do it. [It’s] daft,” remarked Byford. “I think it works for ABBA because ABBA’s been defunct for years and years and years… And ABBA, they’re pop; they’re not rock. Now, if people want to go see an avatar show of them, then fair enough.”

Secure your tickets for Sonic Temple via StubHub, where tickets are fully insured and guaranteed through FanProtect. Byford added that, despite not having witnessed the ABBA show titled ABBA Voyage, presented at the ABBA Arena in London, he had heard that “it’s absolutely fantastic.”

Secure your tickets for Sonic Temple featuring KISS, Tool, Avenge Sevenfold, and more via StubHub, where tickets are fully insured and guaranteed through FanProtect. Keep in mind that pricing may vary compared to non-third-party ticketing platforms.

The Cost of Going Virtual

Byford also emphasized that the development cost of ABBA’s virtual show was exceptionally high, and a specially constructed theater was purpose-built for the concert experience. “I don’t know if KISS is going to do that,” Byford remarked. “I think it probably works better when it’s in a place that’s been built and equipped for it, rather than touring.”

He further explained that he had attended a touring show featuring a hologram of heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio, and he found the presentation lacking. “It’s all right, but, you know, it wasn’t perfect,” Byford noted. “And wherever you sat in the room, sometimes you wouldn’t see an arm or something… it just wasn’t perfect.”

Byford Shows Little Interest

When the interviewer suggested that the KISS avatar concert might be just the beginning, opening the door for similar shows featuring iconic rock bands like The Beatles and The Doors, who have lost key members, Byford remained indifferent to the idea. “To tell you the truth, I don’t really give a s*** whether they do or they don’t really,” he bluntly stated. “[Whether it’s The] Beatles or KISS … I probably won’t go. I might go see the ABBA one if they invite me.” KISS unveiled its plan to continue as a virtual performing entity during the final show of the band’s End of the Road farewell tour on December 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

In a promo video, the seasoned rockers disclosed that they wore motion-capture suits to create their digital avatars. The new show is being developed with the assistance of George Luca-founded Industrial Light & Magic and Pophouse Entertainment Group, the Swedish company behind the ABBA Voyage show. Meanwhile, Saxon is set to release a new studio album titled Hell, Fire, and Damnation on January 19, 2024. It is available for pre-order now.

<iframe width=”662″ height=”372″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Fnbc9gEpOTE” title=”Biff Byford: NOT playing football with Richie Blackmore | Supporting Rush | KISS Avatars are &#39;Daft&#39;” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share” allowfullscreen></iframe>

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *