As fun as it would appear on television, Caleb Johnson isn’t planning on donning any KISS face makeup for his performance with the legendary rock band on the “American Idol” Season 13 finale. The producers have discussed it, but the 23-year-old singer vetoed the idea.
“I would just look so, so stupid,” he tells reporters backstage after the final “Idol” performance show.
What won’t look stupid? The pricey pyrotechnics planned for his performance with the band. “I heard that they spent $25,000 on pyro for the show tomorrow,” he says. “We rehearsed it and it was literally like Fourth of July just boom, boom, boom. Like, it’s insane and we’re going to have a blast and it’s going to be the best.”
Meeting some of his rock heroes was better than Johnson imagined. “They were just some of the nicest, funniest people I’ve ever met. They were so welcoming,” he says. “They were so insightful and just gave me a lot of good feedback. Gene Simmons was like, ‘Hey man, I’m not going to sugar coat this, but man you’ve got the goods.’ And I was like, ‘Wow.’ That’s an icon, like an icon of rock and roll. It was just crazy and I am so, so excited to get to perform with them.”
First, though, Johnson is going to do a favor for his little brother. KISS is the younger Johnson’s favorite band, so Caleb has something special planned. “I’m going to let my brother meet them and hang out with them.”