05/19/2018

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1992

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

05/19/2018

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1978

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."

05/18/2018

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1993

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.

05/18/2018

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1993

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.

Track List:

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

 

05/17/2018

KISS KRUISE VIII - Decades At Sea!

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!

05/17/2018

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 2003

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.

05/16/2018

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1975

On this day in KISSTORY - May 16th, 1975 - KISS headlined Detroit's Cobo Hall for the first time. The show before a sellout crowd of 12,000 plus, was part of the seventy-two date Dressed To Kill tour. It was also the first of five shows that KISS recorded for their classic album, KISS ALIVE!

The famous photo on the back cover of ALIVE!, featuring KISS fans Bruce Redoute and Lee Neaves holding their hand drawn KISS sign, was taken at this concert.

Paul Stanley comments on the Cobo show and Detroit:

"This concert and the release of "Alive!" marked a pivotal giant step towards achieving domination in the 70's. "Detroit Rock City" was written as a salute to the people who championed us as a headliner when others still saw us as an opening act. We can never forget them. We decided, that was the only place we would start the Reunion Tour."

Check out the frame-flip video of KISS at their historic Cobo Hall concert on May 16, 1975, which was recorded for KISS Alive! The audio in the video is from "Parasite" from this exact show.

 

05/15/2018

The real KISS ARMY rocks "Detroit Rock City!"

Awesome job, everyone! Thank you all for your service!

The band's name is “Riser Burn.” They are attached to the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, NC.

Drums-Specialist Ashton Milliken

Bass-Specialist Blake O’Brien

Keys-Specialist Gina Stafferi

Guitar-Sergeant First Class Kevin Quinones

Guitar-Staff Sergeant Gunnar Kallstrom

Vocals-Sergeant Rachel Watson

Vocals-Sergeant First Class Christopher Stone

Sound and light crew:

Specialist Chris Deroche

Sergeant Brian Bouchard

Sergeant Pat O’Hara

Sergeant First Class Tyler Goodwin

Video credit:Tom Ferguson

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