On this day in KISSTORY - May 20, 1980, KISS released Unmasked, their eighth studio album. The artwork featured Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, although Criss actually had no involvement with the recording of the album. Anton Fig (uncredited) played all drums on the album.
The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on July 30, 1980.
UNMASKED Track Listing:
Is That You? / Shandi / Talk To Me / Naked City / What Makes The World Go Round / Tomorrow / Two Sides Of The Coin / She's So European/ Easy As It Seems /Torpedo Girl / You're All That I Want
On this day in KISStory - May 20, 2009, KISS rocked over 25 million Americans with Detroit Rock City and Rock and Roll All Night as the band was front-and-center on the American Idol finale show performing with runner-up Adam Lambert.
- KISS was just about the best thing on Idol ALL SEASON LONG. - Rolling Stone
- a jaw-dropping, fist-pumping, pyro-enhanced performance with legendary rockers KISS. - MTV
- KISS Blow Up American Idol. Now that's the way to rock the house! - Associated Content
- It was a night to remember for all those members (including me) of the KISS Army. - WBAL Radio
- Carlos Santana had the unenviable task of following the act. He strummed out some of his famous licks, which felt very slow-paced after the unbelievable energy KISS brought to the theatre. I was actually screaming to see more KISS by this point. - TV Envy
On this day in KISSTORY - May 19, 1992, KISS released their critically acclaimed REVENGE album. With producer Bob Ezrin at the helm, a ferocious KISS delivered one of their heaviest and best albums ever! All the band members shined on this release! Ever reliable Paul Stanley was on top of his game here, delivering impassioned vocals through out the album. Even the Demon returned and proved what a committed and focused Gene Simmons is capable of! New drummer Eric Singer' power and intensity added to the KISS assault and Bruce Kulick recorded what many consider his finest KISS guitar work. REVENGE debuted at #6 on Billboard and remained on the charts for twenty three weeks. The album was certified Gold on 07/20/92.
REVENGE, which was dedicated to Eric Carr, also featured 'Carr Jam 1981,' an instrumental track written by Carr that Ezrin discovered from The Elder recordings. The song featured a thunderous Carr drum solo as the centerpiece and was a fitting tribute to the beloved drummer.
KISS released four music videos for REVENGE, 'Unholy', 'I Just Wanna', 'Domino' and 'Everytime I Look At You'. A video for 'God Gave Rock And Roll to You' was released in November 1991 to support the Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey movie soundtrack.
REVENGE Track Listing:
Unholy / Take It Off / Tough Love / Spit / God Gave Rock & Roll to You II / Domino / Heart of Chrome / Thou Shalt Not / Every Time I Look At You / Paralyzed / I Just Wanna / Carr Jam 1981
On this day in KISSTORY - May 19th, 1978 - KISS performed a free concert at Magic Mountain Amusement Park in Valencia, California to film the concert scenes for the "KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park" movie. The concert took place in the parking lot of Magic Mountain. Tickets were distributed through a California radio station and approximately 10,000 fans attended the show. KISS performed a full regular set list and then lip-synched "Love Gun" and "Shock Me" for the movie. Between the concert and filming the extra scenes, the shoot lasted several hours and the band members interacted with the crowd through out the event.
Paul on the concert and film shoot:
"I remember it all like it was yesterday. Doing a film and a concert in a band where some were barely speaking to each other and others not speaking at all was even weirder than the script! I still can't figure out the end of the film."
On this day in KISSTORY - May 18th, 1993 - KISS featuring Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Bruce Kulick were inducted into Hollywood's famed RockWalk. At the ceremony in front of fans, friends and family, Paul, Gene and Bruce spoke to the crowd and then left impressions of their hand prints in a block of cement. After adding plates of the KISS logo and their signatures, the stone plaque was later added to RockWalk located at the site of the famed Oriental Theatre now Guitar Center Hollywood. Eric Carr was posthumously inducted into the Rock Walk in 1995 and added to the KISS plaque.
Visit RockWalk's website at http://www.rockwalk.com/ and look up KISS under inductees for some more photos of the induction as well as photos of some of RockWalk's KISS memorabilia including an Ace Frehley Les Paul guitar, Peter Criss' boots and Paul Stanley's Iceman guitar and boots.
Dedicated to honoring those individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the music industry, Hollywood's RockWalk became a reality on November 13, 1985. At last, the Rock 'n Roll world could claim for itself an institution every bit as compelling as Mann's Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Hollywood's RockWalk has honored such creatively diverse and equally as accomplished individuals and groups such as KISS, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Johnny Cash, Dick Clark, Willie Dixon, The Doobie Brothers, Jimi Hendrix and Les Paul.
KISS ALIVE III ALBUM RELEASED
On this day in KISSTORY - May 18, 1993 - KISS' gold ALIVE III album was released. Their third live album featured a tougher sounding KISS, as Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer tore through sixteen KISS Classics, that focused mainly on material from the 80's and 90's . ALIVE III opens with a bang (literally) to the crunching "Creatures Of The Night" and slows down only briefly along the way for a beautiful version of "Forever". Performances on songs like "Duece", "Unholy", "Detroit Rock City" and "God Gave Rock And Roll To You", show just how tight and flexible this lineup was both vocally and musically! The album ends with a stellar version of the "Star Spangled Banner", featuring some tasty guitar work by Mr. Kulick, which should make any American KISS Fan proud!
Alive III was produced by Eddie Kramer and KISS and was recorded in November 1992 during KISS' REVENGE tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan, Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland, Ohio and Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Creatures Of The Night / Deuce / I Just Wanna / Unholy / Heaven's On Fire / Watchin' You / Domino / I Was Made For Lovin' You / I Still Love You / Rock 'n' Roll All Nite / Lick It Up / Forever / Take It Off / I Love It Loud / Detroit Rock City / God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You / Star Spangled Banner
Introducing The KISS Kruise VIII, Decades At Sea! With over 45 years of rock n’ roll experience, Paul, Gene, Tommy and Eric are proud to announce a theme that celebrates the over-the-top theatrics, captivating live shows, and fist-pumping anthems you love. Our eighth voyage will take a deep dive into the formative years of the hottest band in the world!
A new theme means new custom art work – don’t forget to check out our new website for all of the unique elements we’ll use to create everything from banners for the ship to special gifts the KISS Navy will receive on board!
On this day in KISSTORY - May 17, 2003, KISS closed KIIS-FM's massive annual "Wango Tango" concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The show drew over 50,000 fans.
Here's a fan-filmed clip of KISS performing "Love Gun" at the show.