Kiss and Tell
I could relate to David Browne’s article chronicling his experiences on tour with Kiss (#340, Aug. 16). Rock & roll all night? Party every day? Attending a Kiss reunion concert this summer just left me depressed. After paying $35 for a lousy seat, I ended up watching the show on two gigantic video screens. Factor in the parking ($20), exorbitant souvenirs ($45 for a T-shirt), and the band’s performance, and it became painfully obvious that these wild and crazy monsters of rock are nothing more than middle-aged businessmen who carry guitars instead of briefcases. Consider me AWOL from the Kiss army.
Mark E. Birdsall
Great article about being on the road with Kiss. And cheers to David Browne for being able to hang tough with the big guys.
The date of issue #340 is Aug. 16. Do you know why that day is so important? Because it marks the anniversary of the death of the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley. Did you devote a page to one of the greatest entertainers of all time? Noooo! You devoted nine pages to groups like Kiss and the Sex Pistols. As if it takes a lot of talent to stick out your tongue and spit blood.
Saint Catharines, Ontario
Paying Fast and Loose
Re Bret Watson’s ”Pay Daze,” I’d like to request a moratorium on the debate over TV stars’ salaries. As Watson mentioned, the renegotiation of performers’ salaries is a common practice and rarely attracts the attention — hostile or otherwise — that has been given the cast of Friends. Considering the success of shows such as Seinfeld, Frasier, Roseanne, and Friends, isn’t it only fair the stars be paid salaries commensurate with the enormous revenue their shows generate?
Paul Eric Artechi
El Centro, Calif.
I love to read your articles on how much today’s stars make. But how much do TV writers get per episode? I think it’s just as much the writing that keeps viewers attracted to a show.
Mark E. Relyea
Sherman Oaks, Calif.
How incredibly overjoyed I am to learn of my favorite TV stars’ salaries. It makes me feel great to know that Kelsey Grammer is pulling in $250,000 an episode when I can’t afford to pay my college tuition bill. Wow. Didn’t realize I was so bitter.
Council Bluffs, Iowa
”Are They Worth It?” Of course not. But as long as spoiled sports figures continue to get paid what they get paid, I have no problem with the Friends cast getting $100,000.
Victor Garcia III
Santa Fe, N.M.
The X-Files’ David Duchovny jumps onto moving trains and hangs suspended hundreds of feet in the air. He deserves his $100,000 per episode. On the other hand, the cast of Friends sit on a couch drinking coffee all the time, and the cast of ER stand in a room yelling out commands. It seems pretty simple to me: You should be paid for the work you do.