July 29, 2006
Yesterday USA Today ran a story on the 25 years of MTV. The article covered the top 25 key moments in the channel's history. The unmasking of KISS on MTV was ranked #2 lead only by the birth of MTV at #1. Visit for the full story but below is the part on KISS: 2. Kiss comes clean Sept. 18, 1983 The moment: Rockers Kiss appear for the first time without their faces obscured by gobs of makeup. What made it special: The publicity stunt for the album Lick It Up was the first time the band members showed their real faces in public. Record and concert ticket sales rose, and the group remained makeup-free for several years. In 1996, the band reapplied its face paint for a reunion tour.