Why is Billy leaving Y&R?
by, 12-05-2013 at 10:58 AM (571 Views)
David Tom returning to Y&R I am sure he will do well in resuming Billy Abbott character. I loved David Tom's portrayal of young Billy Abbott and how he loved Ashley Bashioum's Mackensie. David Tom was very charming and dashing from what I remember him when he played the role of Billy Abbott and he also mesh with the Abbott family really well such his mother, Jill, Jack, his aunts, and his father, John Abbott. So, I am hoping that this means we see more of Billy Abbott interacting with the Abbott side more. No competition as far as I'm concerned. We just have to accept the change. I'll miss Billy Miller and wish him well and look forward to Mr. Tom making the role his own. There is no way you can compare two different actors playing the same role. Each brings their own personality and acting style to the role. I get tired of the OldKyle vs. newKyle competition and hope that there won't be another one over the change in Billy's. We just have to adapt, accept and enjoy. Make it his own? He played Billy before Billy Miller did! He may have been a younger Billy, but he was first young adult Billy. But I watched enough to know that DT has the same kind of swagger that BM has, which is what the character needs. He wasn't as funny, because Billy was a bit of a bad boy with a chip on his shoulder back then. But DT did have that rebelliousness about him - like a punk. I'm not sure that's going to fit Villy's fairtytale romance as much. A lot of what Billy was had to be modified for Villy, and Billy lost a little of that outsider status, he became a little sedate and mild. DT just looks like an outsider and it's not going to mesh with a purse-holding, hen-pecked 50s sitcom Billy.
Kiss felt that they had a great reputation as a live act, a decision was made to release a double live album. Even though double live albums were risky, and Casablanca was not in great financial shape, they decided to go forward with the idea. KISS “ALIVE” was a giant hit, and KISS became superstars from that day forward, and that, as they say is KISStory.During the 40 years of the band’s existence, as superstars in the 70s, through various lineup changes, during the successful reunion tour, during the Farewell Tour , and now with their current lineup, KISS has survived and thrived, despite the naysayers who keep slamming the band because they think the band is “a gimmick,” “satanic,” “don’t sing about flowers and rainbows,” and “can’t play.”
In my past blogs about the band, I did a top ten KISS albums of all time, and the top 50 KISS songs of all time. What I will be doing in this blog is just to show my appreciation for my all time favorite band on their 40th Anniversary.
I have been a KISS fan since 1977, ever since I got that “Destroyer” album that my mom let me keep. It was a fight, but I got to keep it. Through my school years, I learned really fast how musical tastes change. When I got to Junior High in the 80′s, my classmates hated KISS, as Ozzy Osbourne was the “in” thing. However, I stuck to my guns, and still listened to my “boys,” as I like to call them.
Of course, I have a lot of different tastes in music, as I love Opera, Classical, pop, rock, metal, etc. I played the violin at the time, and was a serious student of the instrument. That being said, I always followed what KISS was up to, and didn’t care what the kids at school thought. I think that is a lesson that I picked up from being a KISS fan. Always stand up for what you believe in. Also, be proud of who you are, and don’t worry about what others think. Those themes are in several KISS songs.
KISS’ music has been so valuable to me during the 36 years that I’ve been a fan. No matter the lineup, or whatever, if I am in a bad mood, I will put on KISS, and my mood will improve. When my parents died, their music was there to cheer me up, and KISS’ music has gotten me through some other rough times. On the other hand, when I am in a good mood, I will crank out KISS as well.
The one thing that I love about the band is that their fans, the KISS ARMY, are so passionate. I think that is so awesome. We KISS fans debate just about everything about the band. We have debates over favorite members, producers, albums, which tour is the best, which costumes are the best, and all sorts of things.
Another thing I love about the KISS Army is the way they show their devotion to the band. Some get amazing tattoos. Some fans have KISS rooms where they have all their merchandise stored, and the rooms in the house are decorated with everything KISS. Some, I am sure have named their kids after band members. I have a 15 year old beagle named Ace Frehley, whom I named after my favorite member of the band.
However, what I love the most is that the band has brought a lot of great people into my life. As I have said, I have gone to 46 KISS shows. I also have been to many KISS Expos, which are fan organized events where fans can buy merchandise from vendors, and there are guest speakers, and a KISS Tribute band performs. At these places, I have met so many friends and acquaintances that I would never have met. These people are like the brothers and sisters I never had.
Many of the band’s critics said they would never last. Well, let’s see. In the past 40 years, we have seen three horses (Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed) win the Triple Crown, and are still waiting 35 years for another horse to complete it. The USA has elected 6 US Presidents There have been wars all over the world. There have been several NFL dynasties in the past 40 years ( Steelers, 49ers, Cowboys, Patriots). Even music went through a whole bunch of changes (disco, punk, glam metal, metal, grunge).
That being said, and not even mentioning their own changes, who is still standing? KISS. That is a real testament to the band, especially Paul Stanley for really keeping the band going, especially through some of its slow times in the 80′s.
Thanks Gene, Paul, Peter, Ace, Tommy, Eric, Bruce, Eric.