From Paul Simon poking fun at his self-serious image to the Band's final concert with its original lineup to Kiss showing up at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, we've found times when some of our favorite musicians made holiday memories that we love to revisit every year. Below, you'll read about those and other classic rock Thanksgiving moments, and find links to our in-depth stories about them.
When Kiss appeared at the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in their hometown of New York City, the intended spectacle did not go according to plan. Situated on a last-minute, much smaller-than-expected float, the band members did their best to make the most of the makeshift circumstances, miming "Rock and Roll All Nite" on cold and rainy day. "We looked like the shittiest thing on the Macy's Day Parade," manager Doc McGhee later said. "That was just a horrible time."
On Nov. 20, 1976, Paul Simon opened up Saturday Night Live by singing his then-recent hit, "Still Crazy After All These Years," in perhaps the most memorable outfit of his career: a turkey suit. But after the first verse, he brought the song to an abrupt end and explained his side of the story: "When the turkey concept was first brought up, I said there's a very good chance I'm gonna end up looking stupid if I come out wearing it." Simon then walks offstage and confronts producer Lorne Michaels about the stunt, but winds up with a different problem.