It just seems like they are hired guns as they are there in the background and you only hear Gene and Paul speak. I did forget Eric was in the band before the reunion though. But like I said I stopped following them after 2000
Kiss was my favorite band until I was 15 yrs old in 1981 (when I discovered Maiden :edmetal:). I last saw them in 2000 on their first farewell tour with the original four. And that was my Kiss goodbye.
I never liked they let Tommy and Eric assume Ace and Peter's personas. And those two are...
With the studio albums I'm sure no one is thinking "let's do this cheap". Shirley and Steve work on that until Steve is happy with it. I don't think Steve ever feels like he's trying to half-ass anything. You would think all bands are like this. No one sets out to make a shitty sounding record.
I would love to hear Maiden play Infinite Dreams live again. It's one of my all time favorite Maiden songs.
Edit: Ohhh, missed To Tame a Land - would love for that to make it's way into the setlist again.