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KISSTORY @DEMOS CD-2 RARE KISS ! (Ace Frehley/Vinnie Vincent/Mark St John)
KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.2 (1971-1972)

1 Wicked Lester - Long, Long Road - 1971 - 1972
2 Wicked Lester - Sweet Ophelia - 1971 - 1972
3 Wicked Lester - Love Her All I Can - Session Part 2 - 1971 - 1972
4 Wicked Lester - Keep Me Waiting - Session Part 2 - 1971 - 1972
5 Wicked Lester - Keep Me Waiting - 1971 - 1972
6 Wicked Lester - Simple Type - 1971 - 1972
7 Wicked Lester - She - Session Part 2 - 1971 - 1972
8 Wicked Lester - She - 1971 - 1972
9 Wicked Lester - Too Many Mondays - 1971 - 1972
10 Wicked Lester - (What Happens) In the Darkness - 1971 - 1972
11 Wicked Lester - When the Bell Rings - Session Part 2 - 1971 - 1972
12 Wicked Lester - When the Bell Rings - 1971 - 1972
13 Wicked Lester - Molly - Session Part 2 - 1971 - 1972
14 Wicked Lester - Molly - 1971 - 1972
15 Wicked Lester - I Wanna Shout - 1971 - 1972
16 Wicked Lester - Sweet Ophelia - Alternative Version - 1971 - 1972
17 Wicked Lester - Love Her All I Can - Alternative Version - Session Part 1 - 1971 - 1972
18 Wicked Lester - Love Her All I Can - Alternative Version - 1971 - 1972
19 Wicked Lester - Keep Me Waiting - Alternative Version - 1971 - 1972
20 Wicked Lester - Simple Type - Alternative Version - 1971 - 1972
21 Wicked Lester - She - Alternative Version - 1971 - 1972
22 Wicked Lester - Too Many Mondays - Gene Simmons Vocal - 1971 - 1972
23 Wicked Lester - (What Happens) In the Darkness - Alternative Version - 1971 - 1972
24 Wicked Lester - When the Bell Rings - Alternative Version - 1971 - 1972
25 Wicked Lester - I Wanna Shout - Alternative Version - 1971 - 1972

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KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.1 (1966-1971)
01. Barracudas - Peter Criss - 1966
02. Barracudas - Peter Criss - It's Been So Long - 1966)
03. Barracudas - Peter Criss - Chiken– 1967
04. Barracudas - Peter Criss - No Use – 1967
05. Sounds of Soul - Peter Criss - Since I Fell For You – 1967
06. Sounds of Soul - Peter Criss - My Girl – 1967
07. Sounds of Soul - Peter Criss - Respect – 1967
08. The Cellermen - Eric Carr - Your Turn to Cry – 1967
09. The Cellermen - Eric Carr - I Cry at Night – 1967
10. The Cellermen - Eric Carr - Drum Solo – 1967
11. Chrystal Collins - No Matter How You Try - Rehearsal – 1968
12. Chrystal Collins - When You Grow Tired - Rehearsal – 1968
13. The Vintage - Peter Criss - What is a Man – 1969
14. Gene Simmons Demo - Stanley the Parrot – 1970
15. The Cellermen - Eric Carr - Then I Made A Wish – 1970
16. The Cellermen - Eric Carr - I Found You (The One I Adore) – 1968
17. Uncle Joe - Paul Stanley - Stop Look To Listen - 1966 – 1970
18. Gene Simmons Demo - Leeta– 1970
19. Chelsea - Peter Criss - Run Mr. Greene (aka Red Greene) – 1970
20. Chelsea - Peter Criss - Darling with The Stars Above 1970 – 1971
21. Chelsea - Peter Criss - You Make Me Feel - 1970 – 1971

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.3 (1971-1973)
01. Lips - Peter Criss - Beck - Version 2 - 1971
02. Lips - Peter Criss - Beck - 1971
03. Lips - Peter Criss - You're my Woman - Demo - 1972
04. Lips - Peter Criss - Don't You let Me Down - Demo - 1972
05. Lips - Peter Criss - Don't Let the Blues Surround You - Demo - 1972
06. Lips - Peter Criss - Hooked on Rock and Roll - Demo - 1972
07. Lips - Peter Criss - I'm Gonna Love You - Demo - 1972
08. Lips - Peter Criss - That's the Kind of Sugar Papa Likes - Demo - 1972
09. Celebration - Tommy James - Gene Simmons - Paul Stanley - 1972
10.Weddin' - Lyn Christopher - Gene Simmons - Paul Stanley - 1972
11. Celebrate I - Lyn Christopher - Gene Simmons - Paul Stanley - 1972
12. Celebrate II - Lyn Christopher - Gene Simmons - Paul Stanley – 1972
13. Kiss - Deuce - Eddie Kramer Demo - 1973
14. Kiss - Cold Gin - Eddie Kramer Demo - 1973
15. Kiss - Strutter - Eddie Kramer Demo - 1973
16. Kiss - Watchin You - Eddie Kramer Demo - 1973
17. Kiss - Black Diamond (Eddie Kramer Demo 73)
18. Kiss - Let Me Know - Bell Sound Demo - 1973
19. Kiss - 100,000 Years - Bell Sound Demo - 1973
20. Kiss - Firehouse - Bell Sound Demo - 1973
21.Kiss - Let Me Go Rock and Roll - Bell Sound Demo - 1973

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.4 (1973-1974)
01. Kiss - Acrobat - Live the Daisy - 1973
02. Salt and Pepper - Just My Imagination - Eric Carr - 1974
03. Salt and Pepper - Black Magic Woman - Eric Carr - 1974
04. Salt and Pepper - Misty - Eric Carr - 1974
05. Salt And Pepper - Coordination - Eric Carr - 1974
05. Salt and Pepper - Summertime - Eric Carr - 1974
07. Salt And Pepper - Down By the River - Eric Carr - 1974
08. Creation - Stranger - Eric Carr - 1974
09. Creation - Baby I Want You - Eric Carr - 1974
10. Creation - Work Song - Eric Carr - 1974
11. Creation - I'm So Lonely - Eric Carr - 1974
12. Creation - Something Telling me - Eric Carr - 1974
13. Creation - Looker of the Glass - Eric Carr - 1974
14. Creation - What are You Today? - Eric Carr - 1974
15. Creation - Fairy Shoemaker - Eric Carr - 1974
16. Creation - People - Eric Carr - 1974
17. Creation - Rock Steady - Eric Carr - 1974
18. Kiss - Love theme from Kiss - Live - 1974
19. Kiss - Warner Brothers NB-9001 Radio Spot - 1974

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.5 (1974-1975)
01. Kiss - Nothin' To Lose - Dick Clark TV - 1974
02. Kiss - Firehouse - Dick Clark TV - 1974
03. Kiss - Black Diamond - Dick Clark TV - 1974
04. Kiss - Firehouse - Mike Douglas Show - 1974
05. Creation - Eric Carr - I'm So Lonely - Single - 1975
06. Creation - Eric Carr - Something Tellin' Me - Single - 1975
07. Cashimir&Lecoux - Vinnie Vincent - Happy Birthday U.S.A. - 1975
08. Kiss - Deuce - Midnight Special TV - 1975
09. Kiss - She - Midnight Special TV - 1975
10. Kiss - Black Diamond - Midnight Special TV - 1975
11. Gene Simmons Demo - Man of 1000 Faces - 1975
12. Gene Simmons Demo - Burning Up with Fever - 1975
13. Gene Simmons Demo - Rock and Rolls Royce - 1975
14. Gene Simmons Demo - True Confessions - 1975
15. Gene Simmons Demo - See You Tonigh - 1975
16. Kiss - Hotter Than Hell - King Biscuit Alive - 1975
17. Kiss - Firehouse - King Biscuit Alive - 1975
18. Kiss - Black Diamond - King Biscuit Alive - 1975
19. Kiss - Let Me Know - King Biscuit Alive - 1975
20. Kiss - Rock and Roll All Nite - King Biscuit Alive - 1975

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.6 (1975-1976)
01.Kiss - Ain't None Of Your Business - Demo - 1975
02. Kiss - Ain't None Of Your Business - Instrumental - Demo - 1975
03. Kiss - Great Expectations - Alternate Version - Demo - 1975
04. Kiss - Flaming Youth - Alternate Version - Demo - 1975
05. Kiss - Do You Love Me - Alternate Version - Demo - 1975
06. Kiss - Sweet Pain - Instrumental - Demo - 1975
07. Kiss - King of the Night Time World - Instrumental Version - Demo - 1975
08. Kiss - Detroit Rock City - Instrumental - Demo - 1975
09. Kiss - God of Thunder - Instrumental - Demo - 1975
10. Kiss - Beth - Raw Orchestration - Demo - 1975
11. Kiss - Doncha Hesitate - Demo - 1975
12. Hitchhikers - Vinnie Vincent - This Song's for You Mama - 1976
13. Gene Simmons Demo - High And Low - 1976
14. Gene Simmons Demo - Daily Planet - 1976
15. Gene Simmons Demo - I Don't Want your Romance - 1976
16. Gene Simmons Demo - Howlin' for You Love - 1976
17. Gene Simmons Demo - Jelly Roll - 1976
18. Gene Simmons Demo - Rotten to the Core - Version 1 - 1976
19. Gene Simmons Demo - See You in Your Dreams Tonight - 1976
20. Kiss - Bad BadLovin II - Demo - 1976
21. Gene Simmons Demo - Mad Dog - 1976
22. Kiss - God of Thunder - Demo - 1976
23.Kiss - Bad Bad Lovin I - Demo - 1976

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.7 (1976-1977)
01. Kiss - Mr.Speed - Demo - 1976
02. Kiss - I Want You - Soundcheck Record - 1976
03. Treasure - Vinnie Vincent - I Wanna Love You - 1977
04. Meat Loaf - Bruce Kulick - Bat Out of Hell - Live - 1977
05. Meat Loaf - Bruce Kulick - You Took the Words Right Out of my Mouth - Live - 1977
06. Meat Loaf - Bruce Kulick - Two Out of Three ain't Bad - Live - 1977
07. Meat Loaf - Bruce Kulick - Paradise by The Dashboard Light - Live - 1977
08. Meat Loaf - Bruce Kulick - All Revved Up with No Place to Go - Live - 1977
09. Peter Criss Demo - Love Bite - 1977
10. Gene Simmons Demo - Love Came To Me - 1977
11. Gene Simmons Demo - Fourever - 1977
12. Peter Criss Demo - Hooligan - 1977
13. Kiss - Rocket Ride - Radio Single Edit - 1977
14. Paul Stanley Demo - Love Gun - 1977
15. Gene Simmons Demo - Love Is Blind - 1977

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.8 (1977)
01. Kiss - Detroit Rock City - The Lost Alive II
02. Kiss - Take Me - The Lost Alive II
03. Kiss - Ladies Room - The Lost Alive II
04. Kiss - Do You Love Me - The Lost Alive II
05. Kiss - Makin' Love - The Lost Alive II
06. Kiss - I Want You - The Lost Alive II
07. Kiss - God of Thunder - The Lost Alive II
08.Kiss - Cold Gin - The Lost Alive II
09. Kiss - Beth - The Lost Alive II
10. Kiss - Shout It Out Loud - The Lost Alive II
11. Kiss - Rock and Roll All Nite - The Lost Alive II
12. Kiss - Take Me - Alive II Cut Misprint Cover - 1977
13. Kiss - Hooligan - Alive II Cut Misprint Cover - 1977
14. Kiss - Do You Love Me - Alive II Cut Misprint Cover - 1977
15. Kiss - All American Man (Alternative Mix 1977)
16. Kiss - Rockin' In The U.S.A. - Alternative Mix - 1977
17. Kiss - Larger Than Life - Alternative Mix - 1977
18. Kiss - Rocket Ride - Alternative Mix - 1977
19. Kiss - Any Way You Want It - Alternative Mix - 1977

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.9 (1978-1979)
01. Wendroff - Bruce Kulick - Have a Party, Give a Party, Be a Party - 1978
02. Kiss - Strutter '78 - Radio Single Mix
03. Kiss - Rip and Destroy - Phantom of The Park TV - 1978
04. Kiss - Beth - Acoustic - Phantom of The Park TV - 1978
05. Kiss - I Stole Your Love - Phantom of the Park TV - 1978
06. Kiss - Rock and Roll All Nite - Phantom of the Park TV - 1978
07. Kiss - Black Diamond - Phantom of the Park TV - 1978
08. Gene Simmons Demo - Heartthrob - 1977
09. Kiss - Beth - Acoustic Guitar Version - 1978
10. Gene Simmons Demo - Reputation - 1978
11. Ace Frehley Demo - All for Nothing - 1978
12. Ace Frehley Demo - I'm In Need Of Love - 1978
13. Paul Stanley Demo - Tonight You Belong To Me - Alternative Mix - 1978
14. Paul Stanley Demo - Wouldn't You Like to Know Me - Alternate Version - 1978
15. Paul Stanley Demo - Take Me Away (Together as One) - Alternative Mix - 1978
16. Gene Simmons Demo - Radioactive - 1978
17. Kiss - I Was Made For Lovin' You - Single Edit - 1979
18. Kiss - Sure Know Something - Single Edit - 1979
19. Peter Criss Demo - Rumble - 1979
20. Peter Criss Demo - There's Nothing Better - 1979
21. Peter Criss Demo - Out Of Control - 1979

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.10 (1979)
01. Lightning - Eric Carr - Disco Symphony - 1979
02. Lightning - Eric Carr - In and Out of Love - 1979
03. Lightning - Eric Carr - Baby without Your Love - 1979
04. Lightning - Eric Carr - I Love the Way You Love Me - 1979
05. Lightning - Eric Carr - One Step at a Time - 1979
06. Kiss - I Was Made for Lovin You - Disco Mix - 1979
07. Kiss - Dirty Livin - Remix Kiss - 1979
08. Kiss - Hard Times - Single Mix - Different Ending - 1979
09. Peter Criss Demo - Dirty Livin' - 1979
10. Gene Simmons Demo - I Have Just Begun To Fight - 1979
11. Gene Simmons Demo - Reputation - 1979
12. Kiss - Dirty Livin' - Part Studio Rehearsal - 1979
13. Kiss - I Was Made for Lovin' You - Part Studio Rehearsal - 1979
14. Kiss - Sure Know Something - Part Studio Rehearsal - 1979

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.11 (1980)
01. Kiss - Eric Carr - Drum - Torpedo Girl - Eric Carr Application Tape - 1980
02. Kiss - Eric Carr - Drum - Torpedo Girl Mix - Down - Eric Carr Application Tape - 1980
03. Kiss - Shandi - Another Mix - Eric Carr Vocal - Eric Carr Application Tape - 1980
04. Kiss - Shandi - Mix - Down - Eric Carr Vocal - Eric Carr Application Tape - 1980
05. Kiss - Remaster - Remix - Eric Carr Vocal - Eric Carr Application Tape - 1980
06. Kiss - Shandi - Vocals Eric Carr - Eric Carr Application Tape - 1980
07. Kiss - You Really Got Me - Drum - Eric Carr Application Tape - 1980
08. Kiss - You Really Got Me - Mix - Down - Drum - Eric Carr Application Tape - 1980
09. Kiss - The Cradle Will Rock - Drum - Eric Carr Application Tape - 1980
10. Kiss - The Cradle Will Rock - Mix - Down - Drum - Eric Carr Application Tape - 1980
11. Kiss - You're Allthat I Want - Demo - 1980
12. Peter Criss - Could It Be Love - Out Take - 1980
13. Peter Criss - You’re my Girl - Out Take - 1980
14. Peter Criss - Could it Be Loved - Demo - 1980
15. Peter Criss - You’re my Girl - Demo - 1980
16. Peter Criss - I Found Love - Demo - 1980
17. Peter Criss - In Trouble Again - Remix - 1980
18. Peter Criss - Feel Like Letting Go - Remix - 1980
19. Peter Criss - Out of Control - Remix - 1980
20. Peter Criss - Where Will They Run - Remix - 1980
21. Peter Criss - Words - Remix - 1980
22. Peter Criss - There’s Nothing Better - Remix – 1980

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.12 (1980-1981)
01. Ace Frehley - Crazy Joe - Eugene - Remix - 1980
02. Bruce Kulick - Pick Me Up - Rozetta - 1980
03. Vinnie Vincent - Gypsy in her Eyes - 1981
04. Gene Simmons Demo - Feel like Heaven - 1981
05. Kiss - Nowhere to Run - Demo - 1981
06. Kiss - Deadly Weapons - Demo - 1981
07. Kiss - Every Little Bit of my Heart - Version 1 - Demo - 1981
08. Ace Frehley - Don't Run - Demo - 1981
09. Ace Frehley - Don't Run - Version 2 - Demo - 1981
10. Kiss - Heaven (Breakout) - Instrumental - Carr Jam Version 1 - Demo - 1981
11. Kiss - Heaven (Breakout) - Instrumental - Carr Jam Version 2 - Demo - 1981
12. Kiss - Council of the Elder - Demo - 1981
13. Kiss - Kixare for Kids - Instrumental - Demo - 1981
14. Kiss - Inedit Instrumental #1 - Demo - 1981
15. Kiss - Inedit Instrumental #2 - Demo - 1981
16. Kiss - Inedit Instrumental #3 - Demo - 1981
17. Ace Frehley- Don't Run - Version 3 - Demo - 1981
18. Kiss - I Want You - A Word without Heroes - Demo - 1981
19. Peter Criss - Bud Commercial (Short Version)

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.13 (1981-1982)
01 The Oath (LIVE FRIDAY'S TV 1981)
02 A World Without Heroes (LIVE FRIDAY'S TV 1981)
03 I (LIVE FRIDAY'S TV 1981)
04 Just a Boy - Early Demo Version (DEMO 1981)
05 Just a Boy - Fan Mix (DEMO 1981)
06 Just A Boy - Keyboard Version (DEMO KISS 1981)
07 Just a boy - Take 1 (DEMO KISS 1981)
08 Just a boy - Take 2 (DEMO KISS 1981)
09 Just a boy - Take 3 (DEMO KISS 1981)
10 Just a boy - Take 4 (DEMO KISS 1981)
11 Just a boy - Take 5 (DEMO KISS 1981)
12 Just a boy - Take 6 (DEMO KISS 1981)
13 Just a boy - Take 7 (DEMO KISS 1981)
14 Just a boy - Take 8 (DEMO KISS 1981)
15 Just a boy - Take 9 (DEMO KISS 1981)
16 Just A Boy (DEMO KISS 1981)
17 Just A Boy (REHEARSAL KISS 1981)
18 It's My Life - Eearly Instrumental Version) (DEMO KISS 1982)
19 It's My Life (DEMO 1982)
20 It's Gonna Be Alright (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1982)
21 Not For The Innocent (KISS DEMO 1982)
22 Keep Me Comin' (KISS LIVE 1982)
23 Rock And Roll Hell (KISS LIVE 1982)

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.14 (1982)
01 Boyz Are Gonna Rock (WARRIOR - VINNIE VINCENT 1982)
02 It's Not Pretty (WARRIOR - VINNIE VINCENT 1982)
03 Gypsy In Her Eyes (WARRIOR - VINNIE VINCENT 1982)
04 Back On The Streets (WARRIOR - VINNIE VINCENT 1982)
05 I Need Love (WARRIOR - VINNIE VINCENT 1982)
06 Baby Oh Why (WARRIOR - VINNIE VINCENT 1982)
07 Betrayed - Instrumental (WARRIOR - VINNIE VINCENT 1982)
08 Hot Nights - Instrumental (WARRIOR - VINNIE VINCENT 1982)
09 Baby O - Instrumental (WARRIOR - VINNIE VINCENT 1982)
10 Back On The Streets - Instrumental (WARRIOR - VINNIE VINCENT 1982)
11 I Need Love - Instrumental (WARRIOR - VINNIE VINCENT 1982)
12 Don't Leave Me Lonely - Drum Track - Take 1 - (DEMO ERIC CARR 1982)
13 Don't Leave Me Lonely - Drum Track - Take 2 - (DEMO ERIC CARR 1982)
14 I Love It Loud - Drum Track (DEMO ERIC CARR 1982)
15 I Still Love You - Drum Track (DEMO ERIC CARR 1982)
16 Killer - Drum Track (DEMO ERIC CARR 1982)
17 Rock And Roll Hell - Drum Track (ERIC CARR 1982)
18 Saint And Sinner - Drum Track (DEMO ERIC CARR 1982)

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.15 (1982-1983)
01 Jenillee - Guitar Vesion (DEMO PETER CRISS 1982)
02 Jenillee (DEMO PETER CRISS 1982)
03 Rock And Roll Survivor (DEMO PETER CRISS 1982)
04 Bad Boys (DEMO PETER CRISS 1982)
05 Let Me Rock You (DEMO PETER CRISS 1982)
06 Feel Like Heaven (DENO PETER CRISS 1982)
07 Exciter (Instrumental) (DEMO KISS 1983)
08 Untitled - Instrumental (DEMO KISS 1983)
09 Young And Wasted - Instrumental (DEMO KISS 1983)
10 So Many Girls, So Little Time (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1983)
11 LICK IT UP (DEMO KISS 1983)
12 Exciter (Instrumental 2) (DEMO KISS 1983)
13 Fits Like A Glove (DEMO KISS 1983)
14 Sexy Feel - Take 10 (DEMO ERIC CARR 1983)
15 Sexy Feel - Take 9 (DEMO ERIC CARR 1983)
16 So Many Girls , So Little Time (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1983)
17 Gimme More (DRUM TRACK) - Take 1 (DEMO ERIC CARR 1983)
18 Gimme More (DRUM TRACK) - Take 2 (DEMO ERIC CARR 1983)
19 Gimme More (DRUM TRACK) - Take 3 (DEMO ERIC CARR 1983)
20 Gimme More (DRUM TRACK) - Take 4 (DEMO ERIC CARR 1983)

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.16 (1983)
01 A Million To One - Instrumental - Mess Up - (DEMO KISS 1983)
02 A Million To One - Instrumental - Part 2 - (DEMO KISS 1983)
03 A Million To One - Instrumental - Partial - (DEMO KISS 1983)
04 A Million To One - Instrumental - Partial Scat - (DEMO KISS 1983)
05 A Million To One - Instrumental - Parts - (DEMO KISS 1983)
06 A Million To One - Instrumental - Take 1 - (DEMO KISS 1983)
07 A Million To One - Instrumental - Take 2 - (DEMO KISS 1983)
08 A Million To One - Instrumental - Take 3 - (DEMO KISS 1983)
09 A Million To One - Instrumental - Take 4 - (DEMO KISS 1983)
10 A Million To One - Instrumental - Take 5 - (DEMO KISS 1983)
11 A Million To One (DRUM DEMO ERIC CARR 1983)
12 All Hell's Breakin' Loose (DRUM DEMO ERIC CARR 1983)
13 And On The 8th Day (DRUM SOLO ERIC CARR 1983)
14 Dance all over your face - Take 1 (DRUM DEMO ERIC CARR 1983)
15 Dance all over your face - Take 2 (DRUM DEMO ERIC CARR 1983)
16 Dance all over your face - Take 3 (DRUM DEMO ERIC CARR 1983)
17 Exciter (DRUM DEMO ERIC CARR 1983)
18 Fits Like A Glove (DRUM DEMO ERIC CARR 1983)
19 LICK IT UP (DRUM DEMO ERIC CARR 1983)
20 Not For The Innocent (DRUM DEMO ERIC CARR 1983)
21 Young And Wasted (DRUM DEMO ERIC CARR 1983)

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.17 (1984)
01 Thrill In The Night - SINGLE EDIT (KISS 1984)
02 Keep Your Tail Between Your Legs (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1984)
03 Thrills In The Night - Instrumental Rehearsal 1 - Scat Vocal (DEMO KISS 1984)
04 Get All You Can Take - Instrumental (DEMO KISS 1984)
05 Thrills In The Night - Instrumental Rehearsal 2 - (DEMO KISS 1984)
06 Under The Gun - Instrumental (DEMO KISS 1984)
07 Get All You Can Take - Instrumental - Chorus Vocal (DEMO KISS 1984)
08 Heaven's On Fire - Rought Mix 1 (DEMO KISS 1984)
09 Heaven's On Fire - Rought Mix 2 (DEMO KISS 1984)
10 Under The Gun - Lead Dubs - (DEMO KISS 1984)
11 Under The Gun - Lead Dubs - Dif End Drum - (DEMO KISS 1984)
12 Thrills In The Night - Instrumental (DEMO KISS 1984)
13 Thrills In The Night - Rough Mix 2 (DEMO KISS 1984)
14 Get All You Can Take - Instrumental - Scat Vocal (DEMO KISS 1984)
15 (I've Had Enought) Into The Fire - Instrumental Scat Vocals (DEMO KISS 1984)
16 Thrills In The Night - Lead Dubs (DEMO KISS 1984)
17 Get All You Can Take - Lead Dubs (DEMO KISS 1984)
18 (I've Had Enought) Into The Fire - Lead Dubs (DEMO KISS 1984)
19 Medley - Sunshine Of Your Love (KISS LIVE 1984)
20 Thrills In The Night (Scat Vocals)
21 Whole Lotta Love (KISS LIVE 1984)
22 Heavens on Fire (KISS LIVE 84)
23 My Girl - Rehearsal with Richie Scarlet Vocals - (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1984-5)

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.18 (1984-1985)
01 Tell tale Valentine (DEMO ALLIANCE - PETER CRISS 1984)
02 Run for cover (DEMO ALLIANCE - PETER CRISS 1984)
03 Times of our lives (DEMO ALLIANCE - PETER CRISS 1984)
04 Blame it on love (DEMO ALLIANCE - PETER CRISS 1984)
05 I Will Survive (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1984)
06 I Got The Touch (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1984)
07 I'm An Animal (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1984)
08 Back Into My Arms Again (ACE FREHLEY 1984)
09 Dolls (ACE FREHLEY 1984)
10 We Got Your Rock (ACE FREHLEY 1984)
11 Asylum Turtles Radio Ad (RADIO 1985)
12 Omni Ad (RADIO 85)
13 We Won't Take It Any More (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1985)
14 100 Percent (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1985)
15 Any Way You Slice It (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1985)
16 Hello, Hello (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1985)
17 I Have Just Begun To Fight (Partial) (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1985)
18 Nobody's Perfect (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1985)
19 Nobody's Perfect (Instrumental) (DEMO GENE SIMMONS)
20 Russian Roulette (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1985)
21 Secretly Cruel (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1985)
22 Take It Like A Man (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1985)
23 What You See Is What You Get (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1985)
24 Daily Planet (Version #2) (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1985)
25 Untitled - Instrumental (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1985)
26 It Takes A Man - Version Chorus (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1985)

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.19 (1985-1986)
01 Back On The Streets (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1985)
02 Remember Me (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1985)
03 Give It To Me Anyway (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1985)
04 Audio-Video (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1985)
05 The Hurt Is On (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1985)
06 Wired Up (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1985)
07 I Heard An Angel (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1985)
08 The Girl Can't Dance (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1985)
09 Rock Or Be Rocked (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1985)
10 Baby It's You (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1985)
11 words are not enough (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1985)
12 Into The Night (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1985)
13 Stranger In A Strange Land (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1985)
14 Get Off My Back (LIVE BALL OF FIRE - PETER CRISS 1986)
15 (Why Won't You) Dance With Me (LIVE BALL OF FIRE - PETER CRISS 1986)
16 You Can Have Me Baby (LIVE BALL OF FIRE - PETER CRISS 1986)
17 Dreaming (LIVE BALL OF FIRE - PETER CRISS 1986)
18 Private Dreams (LIVE BALL OF FIRE - PETER CRISS 1986)
19 Make Your Next Stop My Heart (LIVE BALL OF FIRE - PETER CRISS 1986)
20 One Plus One (ACE FREHLEY 1986)

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.20 (1986-1987)
01 Rock Warriors - Remix (WHITE TIGER 1986)
02 Time Traveler (KISS DEMO 1986)
03 Sword And Stone - Alternate (PAUL STANLEY DEMO 1987)
04 Sword And Stone - Upgraded Studio (DEMO PAUL STANLEY 1987)
05 Sword And Stone (KISS DEMO Studio Track 1987)
06 When Two Hearts Collide (DEMO PAUL STANLEY 1987)
07 Best Man For You (DEMO PAUL STANLEY 1987)
08 Don't Let Go (DEMO PAUL STANLEY 1987)
09 Jump The Gun (DEMO GEOFF LIEB - PAUL STANLEY 1987)
10 My Way (DEMO PAUL STANLEY 1987)
11 My Way - Vocal Track (DEMO PAUL STANLEY 1987)
12 Reason To Live (DEMO PAUL STANLEY 1987)
13 Bang Bang You (DEMO PAUL STANLEY 1987)
14 Hide Your Heart (DEMO PAUL STANLEY 1987)
15 White Christmas (KISS LIVE)
16 Calling To You - Remix (FREHLEY'S COMET 1987)
17 Funk Rock (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1987)
18 Quick Lick Song (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1987)
19 Foxy Lady Revisited (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1987)
20 Breakout (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1987)

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.21 (1987-1988)
01 Nightmare (LIVE DEMO ERIC CARR 1987)
02 Betrayed (DEMO 1987)
03 Young blood , Young Fire (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT - JSS 1988)
04 Forbidden (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT - JSS 1988)
05 I'm On Fire For You (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT 1988)
06 My Love Goes With You (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT - JSS 1988)
07 Gypsy in Her Eyes (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT - JSS 1988)
08 Tears (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT 1983-86 PTI)
09 Maybe It's the Rain (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT 1988)
10 Ashes To Ashes (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT ASG 1988)
11 Ashes To Ashes (Extended Guitar Solo) (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT ASG 1988)
12 Back On The Street (DEMO VINNIE VINCEN 1983-86)
13 Burn (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT ASG 1988)
14 Deeper And Deeper (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT ASG 1988)
15 Dirty Rhythm (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT ASG 1988)
16 Ecstasy (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT ASG 1988)
17 Let Freedom Rock (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT ASG 1988)
18 Naughty, Naughty (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT ASG 1988)

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.22 (1988-1989)
01 (You Make Me) Rock Hard - Video Mix (MIX 1988)
02 Let's Put The X In Sex - Sex A-Pella Mix (KISS MIX 1988)
03 Let's Put The X In Sex - Hot Urban Mix (MIX 1988)
04 Let's Put The X In Sex - Hot Rock Mix (MIX 1988)
05 Let's Put The X In Sex - X Cessive MIX (MIX 1988)
06 Let's Put The X In Sex - Video MIX (MIX 1988)
07 Shoot You Full Of Love (MARK SLAUGHTER VOCAL 1988)
08 That Time Of Year (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT ASG 1988)
09 Rise to it - Full Power Guitar MIX (KISS 1989)
10 Forever (KISS Remix 1989)
11 Nowhere To Run (REMIX 1989)
12 Partners in crime (REMIX 1989)
13 Something Wicked This Way Comes (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1989)
14 Street Legal - Full Demo (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1989)
15 Street Legal - Bits (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1989)
16 Street Legal - Intro (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1989)
17 Street Legal - Intro MIx Version I (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1989)
18 The Street Giveth & The Street Taketh Away (DEMO SIMMONS - THAYER 1989)
19 Ain't That Peculiar (DEMO ERIC CARR 1989)

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.23 (1989-1990)
01 Give It To Me Anyway (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1989)
02 The Backstreet Shuffle (DEMO MARYANN SCANDIFFIO - ACE FREHLEY 1989)
03 I Need You (DEMO MARYANN SCANDIFFIO - ACE FREHLEY 1989)
04 Baby It's You (DEMO MARYANN SCANDIFFIO - ACE FREHLEY 1989)
05 Don't Go (DEMO MARYANN SCANDIFFIO - ACE FREHLEY 1989)
06 I Want Out (DEMO MARYANN SCANDIFFIO - ACE FREHLEY 1989)
07 Betrayed (KISS LIVE 1990)
08 Little Caesar (KISS LIVE 1990)
09 Zeptune - Instrumental (BRUCE KULICK 1990)
10 Love For Sale (THE KEEP - PETER CRISS - 1990)
11 Between The Lines (THE KEEP - PETER CRISS - 1990)
12 Do Ya Know What I Mean (THE KEEP - PETER CRISS - 1990)
13 Been A Long Time (THE KEEP - PETER CRISS - 1990)
14 All Night Long (THE KEEP - PETER CRISS - 1990)
15 Over You (VINNIE VINCENT - GORAN DEMO 1990)
16 Love Goes With You (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT - GORAN 1990)
17 Young blood, Young Fire (VINNIE VINCENT - GORAN DEMO 1990)

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.24 (1991)
01 God Gave Rock And Roll To You II (Edit) (KISS 1991)
02 Domino (DEMO KISS 1991)
03 Love For Sale (CRISS - NARO 1991)
04 Blue Moon Over Brooklyn (CRISS - NARO 1991)
05 Do Ya Know What I Mean (CRISS - NARO 1991)
06 Between The Lines (CRISS - NARO 1991)
07 Wait For The Minute To Rock 'N Roll (DEMO CRISS-NARO 1991)
08 No, I'm Not Afraid (DEMO CRISS-NARO 1991)
09 Bad People Burn In Hell (DEMO CRISS-NARO 1991)
10 Wild Child (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT 1991)
11 Genesis - Instrumental (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT 1991)
12 Rocks On Fire (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT 1991)
13 Euphoria - Alternate Version (VINNIE VINCENT 1991)
14 Get The Led Out - Alternate Version (VINNIE VINCENT 1991)
15 Nuke It (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT 1991)
16 Shocker (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT 1991)
17 Invincible (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT 1991)

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.25 (1991-1992)
01 Rocks On Fire - Alternate Version (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT 1991)
02 Full Shredd (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT 1991)
03 Truth (DEMO VINNIE VINCENT 1991)
04 Every Time I Look At You (Scat Vocals) (DEMO KISS 1992)
05 Heart of chrome (Expo Instrumental 1995) (DEMO KISS 1992)
06 Heart Of Chrome (Expo Instrumental) (DEMO KISS 1992)
07 Heart Of Chrome (Instrumental) (DEMO KISS 1992)
08 Heart Of Chrome (Scat Vocals) (DEMO KISS 1992)
09 I Just Wanna (Instrumental) (DEMO KISS 1992)
10 Paralyzed (Extended Mumble) (DEMO KISS 1992)
11 Take It Off (Instrumental 2) (DEMO KISS 1992)
12 Take It Off (Instrumental) (DEMO KISS 1992)
13 Take It Off (Scat Vocals) (DEMO KISS 1992)
14 Thou Shalt Not (Expo Alt Version) (DEMO KISS 1992)
15 Thou Shalt Not (Instrumental) (DEMO KISS 1992)
16 Tough Love (Instrumental Different Version) (DEMO KISS 1992)
17 Tough Love (Instrumental) (DEMO KISS 1992)
18 Tough Love (Scat Vocals) (DEMO KISS 1992)

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.26 (1992-1995)
01 Unholy (Alternate Version) (DEMO KISS 1992)
02 Unholy (demo version 1991-92) (DEMO KISS 1992)
03 Detroit Rock City (ARSENIO HALL SHOW 1993)
04 Deuce (ARSENIO HALL SHOW 1993)
05 Detroit Rock City - Version TV (dick CLARK'S NEW YEAR 93)
06 Rock And Roll All Nite - Version Broadcast (dick CLARK'S NEW YEAR 93)
07 Makin' Love - Version Broadcast (dick CLARK'S NEW YEAR 93)
08 Korg G3 Medley - Instrumental
09 C'Mon And Love Me - Unplugged Cut (MTV 1995 NY)
10 God Of Thunder - Unplugged Cut (MTV 1995 NY)
11 Got To Choose - Unplugged Cut (MTV 1995 NY)
12 Hard Luck Woman - Unplugged Cut (MTV 1995 NY)
13 Heaven's On Fire - Unplugged Cut (MTV 1995 NY)
14 Louie Louie - Unplugged Cut (MTV 1995 NY)
15 Spit - Unplugged Cut (MTV 1995 NY)
16 Outromental (COS HEAD UNRELEASED INSTRUMENTAL 1995)
17 The Shooter (CRISS DEMO SESSIONS HOLLYWOOD LP STUDIOS 1995)
18 Seeds (CRISS DEMO SESSIONS HOLLYWOOD LP STUDIOS 1995)
19 Zig Zag (CRISS DEMO SESSIONS HOLLYWOOD LP STUDIOS 1995)
20 Leave me alone (CRISS DEMO SESSIONS HOLLYWOOD LP STUDIOS 1995)

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.27 (1995-2001)
01 Sister (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1995)
02 Take Me To The City (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1995)
03 Don't Wanna Lose You (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1995)
04 Too Far Gone (DEMO ACE FREHLEY 1995)
05 Cherokee Boogie - Instrumental (ACE FREHLEY 1996)
06 Take Me To The City (ACE FREHLEY 1996)
07 I Am Yours (DEMO GENE SIMMONS 1997)
08 I’m An Animal Animal (ACE FREHLEY 1997)
09 Back On The Streets (ACE FREHLEY 1997)
10 Liar (BRUCE KULICK 1997)
11 Strange Ways (ERIC SINGER & KARL COCHRAN 1997)
12 Love Her All I Can - (ERIC SINGER & KARL COCHRAN 1997)
13 In Your Face (KISS JAPAN BONUS 98)
14 Psycho Circus - Single Edit (KISS 98)
15 Raise Your Glasses (COLLECTOR'S MIX 98)
16 Detroit Rock City '98 (DRC movie re-recording)
17 Never Told You (VENUS ENVY - ACE FREHLEY 1998)
18 Mystic Lady (VENUS ENVY - ACE FREHLEY 1998)
19 Pretty Injured (VENUS ENVY - ACE FREHLEY 1998)
20 Pepsi Commercial (2000 TV Spot)
21 (4-9-5 - Instrumental) (DEMO BRUCE KULICK 2001)

KISSTORY DEMOS & RARE SONGS - Vol.28 (2003-2007)
01 Carnival Of Souls - Alternate MIX (PAUL STANLEY 2003)
02 Waiting For The Morning Light - Alternate Mix (GENE SIMMONS 2003)
03 King Of The Night Time World - Uncut (KISS ROCK THE NATION LIVE)
04 All The Way - Uncut (KISS ROCK THE NATION LIVE)
05 Psycho Circus - Uncut (KISS ROCK THE NATION LIVE)
06 Detroit Rock City (ROCKIN' THE CORPS 2005)
07 Love Gun (ROCKIN' THE CORPS 2005)
08 Rock And Roll All Nite (ROCKIN' THE CORPS 2005)
09 Rocking In The Free World (PEARL JAM - ACE FREHLEY)
10 2005 Man (ACE FREHLEY 2005)
11 God Of Thunder (TRIBUTE SUPERGROUP ROCK HONORS 2006)
12 Detroit Rock City (ROCK HONORS 2006)
13 Love Gun (ROCK HONORS 2006)
14 Detroit Rock City (AFL Footy Show 19 April 2007)
15 Live To Win - In Part (AFL Footy Show 19 April 2007)
16 Shandi (Today Show 13 April 2007)

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KISS
Background information
Origin
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres
Hard rock ·
heavy metal ·
shock rock ·
glam metal
Years active
1973–present
Labels
Casablanca ·
Mercury ·
Roadrunner ·
Kiss ·
Universal Music Group
Associated acts
Wicked Lester ·
E.S.P. ·
Frehley's Comet ·
Momoiro Clover Z ·
Black 'n Blue
Members
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons
Tommy Thayer
Eric Singer
Past members
Ace Frehley
Peter Criss
Eric Carr
Vinnie Vincent
Mark St. John
Bruce Kulick
Kiss (often stylized as KISS) is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Simmons (vocals and bass), Frehley (lead guitar and vocals), and Criss (drums and vocals).
With their make-up and costumes, they took on the personae of comic book-style characters: The Starchild (Stanley), The Demon (Simmons), The Spaceman or Space Ace (Frehley), and The Catman (Criss). Due to creative differences, both Criss and Frehley had departed the group by 1982.
In 1983, Kiss began performing without makeup and costumes, thinking that it was time to leave the makeup behind. The band accordingly experienced a minor commercial resurgence, and their music videos received regular airplay on MTV. Eric Carr, who had replaced Criss in 1980, died in 1991 of heart cancer and was replaced by Eric Singer. In response to a wave of Kiss nostalgia in the mid-1990s, the original lineup re-united in 1996, which also saw the return of their makeup and stage costumes. The resulting Alive/Worldwide Tour was commercially successful. Criss and Frehley have both since left the band again and have been replaced by Singer and Tommy Thayer, respectively. The band has continued with their original stage makeup, with Singer and Thayer using the original Catman and Space Ace makeup, respectively. In September 2018, Kiss announced that, after 45 years of recording and performing, they will embark on their final tour, One Last Kiss: End of the Road World Tour, in 2019.[1]
Kiss is one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 25[2] million RIAA-certified albums.[3][4][5] On April 10, 2014, Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
History
1971–1975: Early years
Kiss traces their roots to Wicked Lester, a New York City-based rock band led by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. They recorded one album, which was shelved by Epic Records, and played a handful of live shows. Simmons and Stanley, feeling a new musical direction was needed, abandoned Wicked Lester in 1972 and began forming a new group.[6][7][8]
In late 1972, Simmons and Stanley came across an ad in the East Coast version of Rolling Stone placed by Peter Criss, a veteran drummer from the New York City scene who had previously played in the bands Lips and Chelsea. Simmons and Stanley met him in a nightclub where he was playing drums. After hearing Criss sing, they thought of him being in the band. Criss then auditioned for and later joined the new version of Wicked Lester. The trio focused on a much harder style of rock than Wicked Lester played. They also began experimenting with their image by wearing makeup and various outfits.[9] In November 1972, the trio played a showcase for Epic Records A&R director Don Ellis, in an effort to secure a record deal. Although the performance went well, Ellis disliked the group's image and music.
In early January 1973, the group added lead guitarist Ace Frehley. Frehley impressed the group with his first audition, although he showed up wearing two different colored sneakers, one red and one orange. A few weeks after Frehley joined, Wicked Lester changed their name to Kiss.[10]
The Kiss logo
Stanley came up with the name while he, Simmons and Criss were driving around New York City. Criss mentioned that he had been in a band called Lips, so Stanley said something to the effect of "What about Kiss?"[11] Frehley created the now-iconic logo, making the "SS" look like lightning bolts, when he went to write the new band name over "Wicked Lester" on a poster outside the club where they were going to play.[12] (Some of Wicked Lester's artwork included one lightning bolt for the "S" in Lester.[13]) Later, Stanley designed the logo with a Sharpie and a ruler and accidentally drew the two S's nonparallel because he did it "by eye." The art department asked him if he wanted it to be redrafted to be perfect and he said, "It got us this far, let's leave well enough alone. Our number one rule has always been no rules."[14]
The letters happened to look similar to the insignia of the Nazi SS, a symbol that is outlawed in Germany by Section 86a of the German criminal code. Since 1979, most of the band's album covers and merchandise in Germany have used an alternate logo, in which the letters "SS" look like the letters "ZZ" backwards. This logo is also used in Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary and Israel to avoid controversy.
The band's name has repeatedly been the subject of rumors pertaining to alleged hidden meanings. Among these rumors are claims that the name is an acronym for "Knights in Satan's Service", "Kinder SS", or "Kids in Satan's Service". Simmons has denied all of these claims.[15][16]
The first Kiss performance was on January 30, 1973, for an audience of three at the Popcorn Club (renamed Coventry shortly afterward) in Queens. For the first three gigs, January 30 to February 1, they wore little to no makeup; the iconic makeup designs associated with Kiss made their debut during the March 9–10 shows at The Daisy in Amityville, New York. On March 13 of that year, the band recorded a five-song demo tape with producer Eddie Kramer. Former TV director Bill Aucoin, who had seen the group at a handful of showcase concerts in the summer of 1973, offered to become the band's manager in mid-October. Kiss agreed, with the condition that Aucoin sign the band to a record label within two weeks. On November 1, 1973, Kiss became the first act signed to former teen pop singer and Buddah Records executive Neil Bogart's new label, Casablanca Records.[17]
The band entered Bell Sound Studios in New York City on October 10, 1973, to begin recording their first album. On December 31, the band had their official industry premiere at the Academy of Music in New York City, opening for Blue Öyster Cult. It was at this concert that Simmons accidentally set his hair (which was coated in hairspray) ablaze for the first of many times while performing his fire-breathing routine.[18]
Kiss' first tour started on February 5, 1974, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, as an opening act.[19] The band's self-titled debut album was released on February 8. Casablanca and Kiss promoted the album heavily throughout the spring and summer of 1974. On February 19, the band performed "Nothin' to Lose", "Firehouse" and "Black Diamond" on ABC's In Concert (aired March 29), their first television appearance. On April 29, the band performed "Firehouse" on The Mike Douglas Show. This broadcast included Simmons's first televised interview, a conversation with Mike Douglas in which Simmons declared himself "evil incarnate", eliciting uncomfortable reactions from a confused studio audience. Fellow Jewish-American guest Totie Fields said it would be humorous if beneath all the make-up Simmons was "just a nice Jewish boy". Simmons responded, "You should only know", to which Fields replied, "I do. You can't hide the hook", a reference to the stereotypical "Jewish" nose.[20]
Despite the publicity and constant touring, Kiss initially sold just 75,000 copies. Meanwhile, the group and Casablanca Records were losing money quickly. The band (while touring) stopped in Los Angeles in August 1974 to begin recording their second album, Hotter Than Hell, which was released on October 22, 1974. The only single, "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll", failed to chart, and the album stalled at No. 100.[21]
With Hotter Than Hell quickly dropping off the charts, Kiss was pulled from their tour to quickly record a new album. Casablanca head Bogart stepped in to produce the next album, trading in the murky, distorted sound of Hotter Than Hell for a cleaner and slightly poppier sound. Dressed to Kill, released on March 19, 1975, fared slightly better commercially than Hotter Than Hell. It also contained what later became the band's signature song, "Rock and Roll All Nite".[22]
Although Kiss albums had not proved to be big sellers, the band was quickly gaining a reputation for their live performances. Kiss concerts featured such spectacles as Simmons spitting "blood" (an effect made primarily from raw egg whites, strawberry syrup and red food coloring) and "breathing fire" (spitting flammable liquid at a torch), Frehley soloing as his guitar burst into flames (light and smoke bombs placed inside the guitar), Criss's elevating drum riser that emitted sparks, Stanley's Townshend-style guitar smashing, and pyrotechnics throughout the show.[23]
By mid 1975, Casablanca was almost bankrupt, and Kiss was in danger of losing their record contract. Both parties desperately needed a commercial breakthrough if they were to survive.[24] That breakthrough came in an unlikely form: a "double live" album.[25]
1975–1978: Rise to prominence
Kiss wanted to express the excitement felt at their concerts (which their studio albums had so far failed to do) with their first live album. Compiled from May–July concerts in Detroit, Cleveland and Wildwood, NJ and released on September 10, 1975, Alive! achieved Gold status and spawned Kiss' first top 40 single: a live version of "Rock and Roll All Nite". It was the first version of the song with a guitar solo, and this recording has become the best-known version. It is also the basis of most covers, such as the cover by Poison in 1987. In recent years the band admitted that additional audience noise had been added to the album, as well as overdubs on select guitar and vocal spots, not to deceive fans, but to add more "excitement and realism" to the record.[26]
The success of Alive! not only brought Kiss the breakthrough they had been seeking, but arguably saved Casablanca, which was close to bankruptcy. Following this success, Kiss partnered with producer Bob Ezrin, who had previously worked with Alice Cooper. The result was Destroyer (released March 15, 1976), Kiss's most musically ambitious studio album to date. Destroyer, with its rather intricate production (using an orchestra, choir, and numerous tape effects), was a departure from the raw sound of the first three studio albums. Album art was designed by Ken Kelly, who had drawn Tarzan and Conan the Barbarian and also produced album covers for acts such as Rainbow and Manowar.[27][28] While the album sold well initially and became the group's second gold album, it quickly dropped down the charts. Only when the ballad "Beth", the B-side to the single "Detroit Rock City", began to gain more airplay on FM radio did the album's sales rebound. The single was subsequently reissued with the A and B-sides reversed. "Beth" peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and its success led to an increase in sales for both the album (which achieved platinum status by the end of 1976) and concert tickets.
In October 1976, Kiss appeared on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, lip-synching "Detroit Rock City", "Beth" and "King of the Night Time World". The show, co-produced by Bill Aucoin, helped introduce Kiss to an even wider audience. In addition to the three songs, Kiss was the subject of a brief comedic "interview" conducted by Paul Lynde. This included Lynde noting, when hearing the member's first names, "Oh, I love a good religious group." The group was introduced to Lynde by Margaret Hamilton, reprising her character of the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard Of Oz.
Two more highly successful studio albums were released in less than a year: Rock and Roll Over (November 11, 1976) and Love Gun (June 30, 1977). A second live album, Alive II, was released on October 14, 1977. All three albums were certified platinum soon after their release. Between 1976 and 1978, Kiss earned $17.7 million from record royalties and music publishing.[29] A 1977 Gallup poll named Kiss the most popular band in America. In Japan, Kiss performed five sold-out shows at Tokyo's Budokan Hall, breaking the previous record of four held by the Beatles.
In May 1977, Kiss made their first of many comics appearances in Howard the Duck issue 12, published by Marvel Comics.[30] This served as a precursor to many more Kiss-related comics, initially published by Marvel.
The first Kiss compilation album, Double Platinum, was issued on April 2, 1978. This double album included many remixed versions of their hits, as well as "Strutter '78", a re-recorded version of a song from the group's first album. At Bogart's request, this version of the song featured a disco influence.[31]
During this period, Kiss merchandise became a substantial source of income for the group. Some of the products released included a pair of comic books issued by Marvel (the first contained ink mixed with actual blood donated by the group), a pinball machine, dolls, "Kiss Your Face Makeup" kits, Halloween masks, board games, lunchboxes, trading cards and many other pieces of memorabilia. Membership in the Kiss Army, the band's fan club, was in the six figures. Between 1977 and 1979, worldwide merchandise sales (in-store and on tour) reached an estimated $100 million.[32]
1978: Solo and film projects
Kiss were at their commercial peak by 1978. Alive II was the band's fourth platinum album in just under two years, and the ensuing tour had the highest average attendance (13,550)[citation needed] in the group's history. In addition, Kiss' gross income for 1977 was $10.2 million. The group, along with manager Aucoin, sought to take the band to the next level of popularity. To that end, an ambitious, two-pronged strategy was devised for 1978.[33]
The first part involved the simultaneous release of four solo albums from the members of Kiss. Although Kiss has claimed that the solo albums were intended to ease rising tensions within the band, their 1976 record contract did in fact call for four solo records, with each of them counting as half an album toward the group's five-record commitment.[34] Each album was a solo effort (none of the group appeared on another's album), and were all released and marketed as Kiss albums (with similar cover art and poster inserts). It was the first time that all current members of a rock band had released solo albums on the same day.[35]
For the band members, it was a chance to showcase their individual musical styles and tastes outside of Kiss, and in some cases to collaborate with contemporary artists. Stanley's and Frehley's albums were most similar to Kiss' hard rock style, while Criss' album featured an R&B style with multiple ballads. Simmons' was the most eclectic of the four, featuring hard rock, ballads, Beatles-influenced pop and a cover of "When You Wish upon a Star" from the Disney film Pinocchio. Simmons' many collaborators included Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, the Doobie Brothers' Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Donna Summer, Janis Ian, Helen Reddy, Bob Seger, Katey Sagal and his then-girlfriend Cher.
The solo albums were released on September 18, 1978. Casablanca spent $2.5 million on the marketing campaign for the albums, and announced they were shipping five million copies, guaranteeing platinum status.[36] Despite the large shipments, none of the albums sold particularly well and were later sold as cut-outs. Of the four, Frehley's album was the most successful, and spawned the only hit single, a cover of "New York Groove", written by Russ Ballard and originally performed by Hello.[37]
The second part of Kiss' and Aucoin's plan called for the band to appear in a film that would cement their image as larger-than-life rock and roll superheroes. Filming commenced in the spring of 1978. Although the project was proposed to the band as a cross between A Hard Day's Night and Star Wars, the final result fell far short of those expectations. The script underwent numerous rewrites, and the band (particularly Criss and Frehley) grew increasingly frustrated with the filmmaking process.
The final product, Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park, debuted on NBC on October 28, 1978. It was released theatrically, after many changes, outside the U.S. in 1979 under the title Attack of the Phantoms. The band members were unhappy with the finished film, and would speak about their filmmaking experience in later interviews with a mix of humorous embarrassment and regret. They felt that the film portrayed them more as clowns than superheroes. The artistic failure of the film led to a rift between the band and Aucoin.[38] It has been only sporadically available on home video; currently, a version of the film is available on the compilation DVD Kissology Volume Two: 1978–1991.
1979–1983: Final make-up years
Kiss' first album of new material in two years, Dynasty (May 22, 1979), continued its platinum streak. The disco-flavored "I Was Made for Lovin' You" became one of the band's biggest hit singles to date, peaking at No. 11. Session drummer Anton Fig did almost all the percussion on the album while Criss recovered from an automobile accident. The only song to feature Criss' drumming was "Dirty Livin'", on which he also sang lead.[39]
Billed as "The Return of Kiss", the Dynasty Tour was expected by Kiss and their management to build on the success of previous tours. Plans were drawn up for a Kiss-themed traveling amusement park called "Kiss World", but were abandoned because of the immense costs involved;[40] however, "The Return of Kiss" saw a marked decline in attendance.[41]
The crowds on this tour were much younger than previous audiences had been, with many preadolescent children in Kiss make-up with their mothers and fathers (who were sometimes wearing the make-up themselves) in tow at most concerts. Kiss themselves did little to dissuade this new fan base, donning colorful costumes that reinforced a cartoonish image for these younger fans.[42]
The fans were unaware of the dissension within the band. One very public indication of the heightened friction within the group was an infamous October 31, 1979 interview on Tom Snyder's late-night The Tomorrow Show. During the episode, a visibly irritated Simmons and Stanley attempted, unsuccessfully, to contain the inebriated Frehley, whose frequent laughter and joking overshadowed the conversation between Snyder and the rest of the band. Criss made references to his large gun collection, to the chagrin of Simmons.[43]
By the end of the Dynasty tour in December 1979, tensions between Criss and the rest of the band were at an all-time high. His drumming skills had noticeably eroded, and he even intentionally slowed down—or stopped playing altogether—during some concerts. The final show of the tour (December 16, 1979) was the last time Criss performed with the group for almost 17 years, although he remained an official member for nearly six more months.[44][45]
Session drummer Anton Fig played all the drums on the next album, Unmasked, although he was not credited, while Peter Criss appeared on the cover. Showcasing a slick, contemporary pop sound, Unmasked (released May 20, 1980) had the dubious distinction of being the first Kiss album since Dressed to Kill to not achieve platinum sales. Soon after the album's release, Criss' departure was officially announced.[46][47] Anton Fig, considered a member of Kiss for one day following the departure of Criss, was then fired by Stanley and Simmons, who felt he was not a good fit for the band.[48]
The band auditioned dozens of replacements for Criss in June 1980. One of the many who auditioned was Tico Torres (who would later be with Bon Jovi). They finally settled on a little-known drummer-guitarist-pianist-keyboardist-singer from Brooklyn named Paul Charles Caravello (born July 12, 1950) who adopted the stage name Eric Carr. His first make-up design was modeled on a hawk, though it was rejected as Stanley felt it looked more like a chicken. Carr ultimately settled on a "Fox" persona. In his Fox make-up, he was introduced on ABC's Kids Are People Too!, and debuted with the group on July 25, 1980, at the Palladium concert hall in New York City. This was Kiss's only U.S. show in support of Unmasked. The band's 1980 tour of Australia and New Zealand, on the other hand, was one of the biggest in their history, as they played to sold-out crowds and received overwhelmingly positive press coverage.[49][50]
For their next album, the band worked again with producer Ezrin, with whom Kiss had found success on Destroyer. Early press reports indicated that the new album would be a return to the hard rock style that had originally brought the band success. However, 1981's Music from "The Elder" was a concept album featuring medieval horns, strings, harps, and synthesizers.[51]
The album was presented as a soundtrack to a film that was never made, making it difficult to follow the storyline. To make matters worse, having received negative feedback following their record company's preview of the album, Kiss altered the record's track sequence in most countries to emphasize potential singles "The Oath" and "A World Without Heroes", which all but guaranteed the inability of listeners to understand the already muddled storyline. Once released, fan reaction to The Elder was harsh; it failed to achieve gold status and peaked at No. 75 on the Billboard album chart.[52]
The band made only two appearances in support of the new album, both in January 1982. One was a performance on the ABC late-night variety program Fridays, while the second was a lip-synced performance that was broadcast via satellite during Italy's Sanremo Music Festival.[53] Kiss also performed "I" and "A World Without Heroes" on Solid Gold.
Absent from the satellite performance was Frehley, who had become increasingly frustrated with Kiss' new musical direction. Upset with the band's decision to record Music from "The Elder", he did not actively participate in the album's creation, providing lead vocals for only one track, "Dark Light". He did not appear at a special concert at Studio 54 in New York City, leaving Kiss to perform as a trio. He recorded his guitar parts at his home studio in Wilton, Connecticut and mailed them to Ezrin. Another source of frustration for Frehley was that with the departure of Criss, and with Carr not being an equal partner in the band, he was often outvoted 2-to-1 on group decisions. In June 1982, Frehley's departure from the band was negotiated, although he did not officially leave until December, and remained a business partner with Simmons and Stanley until 1985.
Simmons stated in his autobiography Kiss and Make-Up that Eddie Van Halen wanted to fill Frehley's spot. Simmons and Eddie's brother Alex convinced Eddie to remain with Van Halen.[54] Eddie was anxious to break up Van Halen because of tensions with lead singer David Lee Roth, who left the band soon thereafter.[55][56] Other notable musicians who auditioned for the band include Punky Meadows of Angel,[57] Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake and Dio,[58] Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi,[59] and Yngwie Malmsteen.[60]
Soon after, Kiss made major changes to their business dealings – chief among them was severing ties with their manager of nine years, Bill Aucoin, and cutting back on their unwieldy organizational tree. Although Frehley had already decided to leave the band, he was pictured on the covers of 1982's Killers and Creatures of the Night, although he did not participate in the recording of either album.[61]
Creatures of the Night (October 13, 1982) was Kiss' heaviest album to date, and although it fared better than Music from "The Elder", it peaked at only No. 45 on the charts and was not certified gold until 1994. In Frehley's absence, Kiss utilized a number of guitarists for the recording of the album, including Vinnie Vincent (born Vincent John Cusano on August 6, 1952).
Frehley's last appearance with the band (until the 1996 reunion) was in the music video for the single "I Love It Loud", which was co-written by Vincent. Frehley also appeared on the cover of the original Creatures of the Night album artwork. When the album was remixed and re-released in 1985 with a non-make-up cover and a slightly different song order, to reflect the band's roster change and abandonment of their make-up and costumes, Vincent was again absent from the album cover, as then-current lead guitarist, Bruce Kulick, appeared instead.[62] The liner notes accompanying the remixed LP, however, credited both Frehley and Vincent with lead guitar performances on the Creatures of the Night album. Vincent officially replaced Frehley as lead guitarist in December 1982, as the band embarked on its 10th Anniversary Tour.[63][64]
Vincent originally wanted to use his birth name in the band, but this was vetoed by Simmons on the grounds that it sounded "too ethnic". Specifically, according to Simmons, "it sounded like a fruit vendor." Simmons went on to note that "fairly or unfairly, rock and roll is about image".[65] Vincent then suggested the name "Mick Fury", but this was also disallowed. Simmons later suggested the name change to "Vinnie Vincent". Vincent started actively pushing to join Kiss as a full member. Despite the misgivings that both Simmons and Stanley harbored about his personality, Vincent was taken into the band. Stanley designed a character, "The Wiz"[66][67] also known as "The Egyptian Warrior",[68] and make-up centered around an Egyptian ankh, for Vincent.[65] According to the official authorized Kiss biography, written by David Leaf and Ken Sharp, "The Egyptian Ankh Warrior" refers to Vincent's make-up and persona, while the nickname "The Wiz" refers to his virtuosity as a guitar player.[69] According to the Simmons autobiography Kiss and Make-Up, Vincent's Kiss persona was solely "The Wiz". A persona as "The Ankh Warrior" or similar is not mentioned in the book at all.[66][67]
From 1982 to 1983, the new lineup of Kiss became Simmons (the Demon), Stanley (the Starchild), Eric Carr (the Fox) and Vincent (The Egyptian Warrior[68] or the Wiz[66][67]). This incarnation of Kiss was to be the last incarnation of the original make-up era.
Vincent's personality did not mesh well with either Stanley or Simmons, and he was dismissed from Kiss at the end of the Creatures tour. He was reinstated before recording started for Lick It Up because Simmons and Stanley could not find a new lead guitarist on such short notice. Vincent appeared on the cover of Lick It Up and was credited as the lead guitarist. He received a writing credit for eight of the ten songs on the album; "Fits Like a Glove" and "Dance All Over Your Face" were written solely by Simmons.
Personality issues arose once again, and Vincent was fired following the Lick It Up tour, due in part to excessive guitar soloing at a 1984 concert in Quebec. He was replaced by Mark St. John (birth name Mark Norton). Vincent's work on Creatures of the Night was not officially recognized until the album was remastered in 1997.
Vincent was later utilized by Kiss as a songwriter on the 1992 album Revenge, contributing to the songs "Unholy", "Tough Love", "Heart of Chrome" and "I Just Wanna". Before long, Vincent fell out with Simmons and Stanley for a third time, and they again severed their musical ties.
Persistent rumors circulated for years among Kiss fans regarding the true reason for Vincent's dismissals from Kiss, with at least one band member refusing to comment except to say that legally it was not up for discussion. Simmons stated in an interview several years later that Vincent's firing was for "unethical behavior", but he did not elaborate:
I named Vincent Cusano, 'Vinnie Vincent'. That's the only gift he's allowed. It's interesting that Vinnie hasn't changed his name back to Vinnie Cusano. Vinnie, for the record, was fired for unethical behavior, not because of lack of talent. The guy is very talented. He was unethical. He was fired.[70]
1983–1995: Unmasking
Sensing it was time for a change, Kiss made the decision to abandon their trademark make-up and costumes. The band officially appeared in public without make-up for the first time on a September 18, 1983 appearance on MTV, which coincided with the release of Lick It Up.[71] The tour to promote the new album and the unmasked band members began in Lisbon, Portugal, on October 11, 1983, at Pavilhão Dramático de Cascais, their first concert without make-up since early 1973. Lick It Up became Kiss' first gold record in three years, but the tour was even more sparsely attended than the previous one. Vincent did not get along with Simmons and Stanley, and he left the band at the conclusion of the tour in March 1984. Vincent's replacement was Mark St. John, a session player and guitar tutor.[72]
With St. John, Kiss released the album Animalize on September 13, 1984. Animalize followed the success of Lick It Up, and due in part to consistent MTV play for the "Heaven's on Fire" video, Animalize was the band's best-selling record in America during the decade, with over two million albums sold. With the success of the album and subsequent tour, Kiss had recaptured some of their earlier glory (though not to the level of their 1970s heyday). St. John, however, came down with reactive arthritis during tour rehearsals, and only performed at a handful of shows. St. John was relieved of his duties from Kiss in December 1984 and was replaced by Kulick (born December 12, 1953, in Brooklyn). Kulick was Kiss' fourth lead guitarist in less than three years, but he stayed with the band for 12 years.[73] Kulick was one of the band's longest-serving members, with the longest continuous tenure of anyone other than Simmons and Stanley, but he never wore the band's iconic makeup.
One of the first concerts Kulick played was at Detroit, Michigan's Cobo Hall. It was filmed for the MTV special Animalize Live. This was later released as the band's first home video, (Animalize Live Uncensored).
The lineup of Stanley, Simmons, Carr and Kulick turned out to be the most stable since the original, and for the rest of the 1980s, Kiss released a series of platinum albums: 1985's Asylum, 1987's Crazy Nights and the 1988 greatest hits compilation Smashes, Thrashes & Hits. Crazy Nights, in particular, was one of Kiss' most successful albums overseas. The single "Crazy Crazy Nights" reached No. 4 on the singles chart in the United Kingdom, their highest-charting single in that country.[74]
Kiss ended the decade with the October 1989 release Hot in the Shade. Although the album failed to achieve platinum status, it spawned the hit ballad "Forever", co-written by Michael Bolton. Peaking at No. 8 in the US, it was the group's highest-charting single since "Beth" and was the band's second Top 10 single.[74]
During this time, Kiss struggled with their identity and fan base. Simmons, arguably the driving force in Kiss during the 1970s, became less involved with the group in the 1980s as he pursued outside interests, most notably a film career. Stanley took a more prominent role as a result.[75][76]
In February 1991, the band decided to once again enlist Ezrin to produce their next album. Before recording could begin in earnest, however, tragedy struck. In March 1991, it was discovered that Carr had a tumor on his heart. It was successfully removed the following month, but more tumors were soon discovered in his lungs. Carr received chemotherapy and was pronounced cancer-free in July. However, in September he suffered the first of two cerebral hemorrhages. He died on November 24, 1991, at the age of 41.[77][78] Coincidentally, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury died the same day.
Despite the tragic loss of a longtime member, Kiss continued, introducing veteran drummer Eric Singer (born Eric Doyle Mensinger on May 12, 1958, in Cleveland, Ohio). Singer had played with Paul Stanley previously, as part of Stanley's backing band during a 1989 solo tour. Singer also played with artists such as Black Sabbath, Gary Moore, Lita Ford, Badlands and Alice Cooper.
Kiss released Revenge on May 19, 1992. It featured a leaner, harder-edged sound, as indicated by the first single, "Unholy". In a surprise move, Kiss enlisted Vincent to help with songwriting duties. The album debuted in the Top 10 and went gold. Kiss embarked on a brief club tour of the U.S. in the spring of 1992, before beginning an American tour in September 1992. The tour was documented on the album Alive III, released on May 14, 1993. Four days later, Kiss were inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk.[79]
During this period, Kiss nostalgia started to pick up steam. June 1994 saw the release of Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved, a compilation album featuring popular artists of the era putting their own spin on Kiss songs. The result was an eclectic mix, featuring Lenny Kravitz's funky version of "Deuce" (with Stevie Wonder on harmonica), a ska punk version of "Detroit Rock City" by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Garth Brooks' straightforward take on "Hard Luck Woman", with Kiss themselves as his backing band.
In 1995, the group released the book Kisstory, a 440-page, 9 pounds (4.1 kg), detailed chronicle of the group's history to that point. That same year, the band embarked on a unique and well-received Worldwide Kiss Convention Tour. The conventions were all-day events, featuring displays of vintage Kiss stage outfits, instruments and memorabilia; performances by Kiss cover bands; and dealers selling Kiss merchandise from every stage of the band's career. Kiss appeared live at the conventions, conducted question and answer sessions, signed autographs, and performed a two-hour acoustic set composed mostly of spontaneous fan requests. On the first U.S. date (June 17, 1995), Criss appeared onstage with Kiss to sing "Hard Luck Woman" and "Nothin' to Lose". It was the first time Criss had performed publicly with the band in nearly 16 years.[80][81]
1995–2001: Reunion
On August 9, 1995, Kiss joined the long line of musicians to perform on MTV Unplugged. The band contacted Criss and Frehley and invited them to participate in the event. Both joined Kiss on stage for several songs at the end of the set: "Beth", "2000 Man", "Nothin' to Lose" and "Rock and Roll All Nite".[80] The Unplugged appearance set off months of speculation that a possible reunion of the original Kiss lineup was in the works. In the weeks following the Unplugged concert, however, the band (with Kulick and Singer), returned to the studio for the first time in three years to record a follow-up to Revenge. Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions was completed in February 1996, but its release was delayed for almost two years. Bootleg copies of the album circulated widely among fans.[82] While Kiss continued to exist publicly as Simmons, Stanley, Kulick and Singer, arrangements for a reunion of the original lineup were in the works. These efforts culminated with a public event as dramatic as any the band had staged since their 1983 unmasking on MTV. With the following statements, Tupac Shakur introduced the original Kiss lineup, in full makeup and Love Gun-era stage outfits, to a rousing ovation at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards:[83]
You know how the Grammys used to be, all straight-looking folks with suits. Everybody looking tired. No surprises. We tired of that. We need something different, something new, we need to shock the people ... so let's shock the people!
On April 16, the band held a press conference aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City, where they announced their plans for a full-fledged reunion tour, with the help of new manager Doc McGhee. The conference, MC'd by Conan O'Brien, was simulcast to 58 countries. On April 20, nearly 40,000 tickets for the tour's first show sold out in 47 minutes.[84]
The first public concert featuring the newly reunited Kiss was an hour-long warm-up show on June 15 for the annual KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, California, during which the band nearly ignited the stage of the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater.[85] On June 28, the Kiss Alive/Worldwide Tour began at Tiger Stadium in Detroit in front of a sold-out crowd of 39,867 fans. The tour lasted for 192 shows over the course of one year and earned $43.6 million, making Kiss the top-drawing concert act of 1996.[86] The average attendance of 13,737 is the highest in the group's history.[84]
In September 1998, the reunited group issued Psycho Circus. Although it was the first album with the original lineup since 1979's Dynasty, the contributions of Frehley and Criss were minimal. While the images of Frehley and Criss are featured prominently on the album, most of the lead guitar work was later revealed to have been performed by future band member Tommy Thayer. Former member Kulick made an appearance on the intro of the song "Within". Most drum duties were handled by session musician Kevin Valentine. Despite the controversy, the album achieved a No. 3 chart debut, the highest position for a Kiss album until Sonic Boom debuted at No. 2 in 2009.[87] The title track received a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance.[88] The Psycho Circus Tour opened at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Halloween in 1998, and was simulcast on FM radio across the U.S. It proved to be another success, and was historic for being the first to ever incorporate 3D visuals into a stage show.[89][90]
On August 11, 1999, Kiss was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the "Recording Industry" category. August 13 saw the release of the film Detroit Rock City, starring Edward Furlong. The film takes place in 1978, and focuses on four teenagers willing to do anything to score tickets for a sold-out Kiss show in Detroit.
The next month, the group worked in collaboration with World Championship Wrestling to produce a Kiss-themed wrestler known as The Demon, whose face was painted to resemble Simmons' makeup. The group performed "God of Thunder" live on WCW Monday Nitro to debut the character. The band received $500,000 for the one-night, one-song performance.[91] According to wrestler Dean Malenko, their appearance was the lowest rated Nitro ever. The character was short-lived, and all ties to Kiss were cut by WCW when its head, Eric Bischoff' was relieved of his duties in September of that year.
Kiss launched a U.S. Farewell Tour in March 2000.[92] The group quickly added dates to the tour, which ran through April 2001. 2000 also saw the release of a computer game, Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child, based on the comic book series Kiss: Psycho Circus from Todd McFarlane Productions.
2001–2008: Post-reunion
On the eve of the Japanese and Australian leg of the Farewell Tour on January 31, 2001, Criss suddenly left the band once again, because he and the band could not come to agreement with his contract salary. Taking his place was previous Kiss drummer Singer who, in a move that was controversial among longtime fans, assumed Criss' Cat persona as the Farewell Tour continued.[93]
With the band supposedly set to retire by early 2001, a career-encompassing collection entitled simply The Box Set, consisting of 94 tracks on five CDs, was released in November of that year, while the summer saw perhaps the most outrageous item of Kiss merchandise yet – the Kiss Kasket. In introducing the Kiss Kasket, Simmons quipped, "I love livin', but this makes the alternative look pretty damn good."[94]
On December 4, 2001, Kiss was one of the honorees at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences ("The Recording Academy") Heroes Award ceremony, at the NARAS New York Chapter. NARAS has 12 chapters throughout the United States, hence 12 ceremonies throughout the year, with the honorees each being honored by the chapter closest to their residence. By receiving this honor, which NARAS has renamed the "Recording Academy Honors", Kiss effectively received NARAS' second-highest career honor, right behind the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.[95][96]
Kiss was relatively quiet through the rest of the year, but 2002 started with some controversy as Simmons took part in a controversial interview on National Public Radio with host Terry Gross.[97] In February 2002, Kiss (with Singer on drums and Frehley on lead guitar) performed during the closing ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. This was Frehley's final performance as a member of Kiss.
On March 6, 2002, Kiss performed a private concert at a resort in Trelawny, Jamaica. Frehley, who was no longer under contract, did not perform with the group. He was replaced by Thayer, who donned Frehley's Spaceman makeup and costume for his first live appearance with Kiss.[98] That month, the band (with Thayer) taped an appearance on the American sitcom That '70s Show.[99] The episode, "That '70s Kiss Show", aired in August 2002. Thayer again performed with the group in April 2002, when Kiss performed "Detroit Rock City" (with pre-recorded music and live vocals) for an appearance on Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary show, which aired on May 3.[100]
In February 2003, Kiss traveled to Australia and recorded Kiss Symphony: Alive IV with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Etihad Stadium (then known as Telstra Dome) in Melbourne. Thayer once again replaced Frehley, while Criss returned to the group. This album was the first released on Sanctuary Records, which was later sold to Universal Music Group – owners of the rest of Kiss' catalog.
Despite claims made prior to the Farewell Tour that it would be the group's last, Kiss toured with Aerosmith in 2003. Frehley announced that his departure from the band was permanent, stating that he believed the Farewell Tour would be Kiss' last,[101] and that he did not want to open for Aerosmith.[102] He was permanently replaced by Thayer, as Kiss moved into a post-reunion phase that saw the band easing into a new lineup, permanently featuring Thayer as "Spaceman" and Singer as "the Catman". On this tour, still featuring Criss, the group introduced the "Platinum" tickets package, with the most expensive packages costing $1,000. This package included a seat in the first five rows, a meet-and-greet with Kiss after their performance and a photograph with the band.[103] The tour earned more than $64 million in 2003, which ranked seventh for the year.[104]
Current members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer have replaced Ace Frehley and Peter Criss as "The Spaceman" and "The Catman" respectively.
Simmons and Stanley did not renew Criss' contract when it expired in March 2004. Criss, on his website, stated that "No one, again, no one has called me, or my attorney about an extension for future touring. As a founding member I find this to be disrespectful to me, and to the fans that have made us one of the biggest bands in the world."[105] Criss stated in a radio interview in 2004 with Eddie Trunk that Simmons and Stanley were going to start a new Kiss, and felt that he was getting too old to play the drums for two hours (Criss was almost 59 at this time).
During the summer of 2004, Kiss headlined the Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour, with Poison as the opening act. The tour ended in August with a sold-out show in Mexico City. Selected dates on the tour were filmed for the Rock the Nation Live! concert DVD, released on December 13, 2005.[106] Stanley, who had been experiencing increasing difficulty with his hip, had his mobility limited during the tour. He has already had two hip surgeries performed, with more likely in the future.[107]
After the conclusion of the Rock the Nation Tour, Kiss performed only sporadically for a number of years. The group played two shows in 2005, and another six in 2006. Four of the 2006 shows were July concerts in Japan, including two dates (July 22 and 23) as a headlining act at the 2006 Udo Music Festival. Kiss performed four July 2007 concerts, three of which were dubbed the Hit 'N Run Tour. Prior to the final show on July 27, Stanley was hospitalized with an extremely rapid heartbeat. In his absence, Kiss performed in concert as a trio for the first time since 1982. This was the first Kiss concert that Stanley had missed during his then 34-year tenure with the group.[108]
Kiss (along with Queen, Def Leppard and Judas Priest) were honored at the inaugural "VH1 Rock Honors" event, held May 25, 2006 in Las Vegas. A tribute band, consisting of Rob Zombie (vocals), Slash (guitar), Scott Ian (bass), and Supernova bandmates Tommy Lee (drums) and Gilby Clarke (guitar), performed "God of Thunder" with Frehley.
In June 2006, Simmons and Stanley attended the opening of the Kiss Coffeehouse in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. On October 15, 2006, Simmons, Stanley and Criss were inaugural inductees into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, along with performers such as Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Louis Armstrong, the Ramones and Tony Bennett.[109]
Stanley released his second solo album, Live to Win, on October 24, 2006, and undertook a brief solo tour in support. On October 31 the same year, the group released Kissology Volume One: 1974–1977, the first of 10 possible DVD sets featuring complete concert footage, interviews and never-before-seen clips.[110] By January 2007, the set had been certified 5x platinum in the United States.[111] A second volume was released on August 14, 2007. It was certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA on October 24.[112] What seemed to be the final entry, Kissology Volume Three: 1992–2000, was released on December 18, 2007, and has been certified 8x Platinum by the R.I.A.A.[113] Stanley insisted that there are more volumes forthcoming, during an interview with Norwegian broadcasting in the summer of 2008, but no details have been given.
In April 2007, former guitarist St. John died from an apparent cerebral hemorrhage at age 51.[114] After being forced to leave Kiss in 1984, St. John formed the short-lived glam metal group White Tiger. In 1990, he briefly collaborated with Criss in a band called the Keep, which only performed once and released no recordings. St. John largely dropped out of public view in later years, but did make occasional appearances at Kiss fan conventions.
Though Kiss had been eligible for enshrinement in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1999, they were not nominated until 2009 and were not inducted until 2014. While this snub displeased some fans, Stanley and Simmons maintained that it was meaningless to them. Nevertheless, a group of about 200 Kiss fans held a protest rally in front of the Hall of Fame in Cleveland on August 5, 2006. It was the first known organized demonstration seeking the induction of a band into the Hall.[115]
In 2007, a new comic book series featuring the band was released by the Kiss Comics Group in association with Platinum Studios. Titled Kiss 4K: Legends Never Die, the first issue was published in both a regular size and a giant 1.5' x 2.5' "Destroyer edition".
The band picked up their pace in 2008, embarking on their first proper tour of Europe in nearly a decade. On January 30, 2008, Stanley confirmed that Kiss would launch the Kiss Alive/35 World Tour, playing arena and stadium shows in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. On March 16, 2008, Kiss closed the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit as well as performing in Brisbane and Sydney as part of this tour. Kiss played at the Rock2Wgtn two-day festival held in Wellington, New Zealand on March 22 and 23, 2008; the festival also featured Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Poison, Alice Cooper, Lordi, Sonic Altar and Symphony of Screams, with special effects provided by WETA Workshop (of The Lord of the Rings and King Kong fame).
Throughout the summer of 2008, Kiss headlined festivals as well as their own shows and played to a record audience of about 400,000 people.[116] As part of this tour, Kiss headlined the Download Festival at England's Donington Park on June 13. Three days later, they headlined the Arrow Rock Festival in Nijmegen, Netherlands. On June 28, Kiss headlined the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium. It was the last show of the European leg of the Kiss Alive/35 Tour. On August 4, Kiss played at Rockin' the Rally at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as part of the tour. South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds proclaimed August 4, 2008 to be "Kiss Rock and Roll Day" in South Dakota. In September 2008, both Simmons and Stanley confirmed rumors that the Kiss Alive/35 Tour would continue with extensive tours of North America in the beginning of 2009, as well as South America. The latter tour included shows on April 5 in Argentina, April 7 and 8 in Brazil, April 14 in Peru (the first Kiss show ever in Peru), and other concerts in Venezuela (the first Kiss show ever in Venezuela) and Chile. That summer, Kiss came back to North America to continue the Alive/35 World Tour, starting on July 18 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[117][118][119]
2008–2012: Sonic Boom and Monster
More than 10 years after their last studio album, and following years of denials about ever wanting to do a new album, Stanley and Simmons changed their minds. In November 2008, Stanley stated to rock photographer Ross Halfin that a new Kiss album was in the works. Stanley himself would be the producer, and the album would have a "real 70s Kiss sound" to it. Later that month, Simmons and Stanley both publicly confirmed the information about a new Kiss album:
We have 4 tunes recorded. If you're a fan of our stuff from about 1977, you'll feel right at home. All of us have taken up the songwriting call to arms in the same spirit we once did – without a care in the world and without outside writers. Nothing to prove to anyone. Just doing what comes naturally. Ignoring fashions, trends and with a personal vow from all of us: no rapping. There are plenty of people out there doing this and they don't need four palefaced guys pretending they're from the hood. Besides, I'm not sure how to correctly pronounce 'wassup.' See you all there ... Or maybe later![116]
The band appeared on American Idol in May 2009, performing "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock and Roll All Nite" with Adam Lambert.[120]
In October 2009, a new studio album, titled Sonic Boom, was released.[121] It included a CD of new material, re-recorded versions of famous Kiss hits (previously released as Jigoku-Retsuden, a Japanese exclusive album in 2008) and a live DVD recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina.[122] "Modern Day Delilah" was released as the lead single from Sonic Boom on August 19, 2009. The song was Kiss' first single release in 11 years, since 1998's "You Wanted the Best". The song gained positive feedback from both critics and fans, and was compared to the band's 1970s work.[123][124] In support of the new album, Kiss appeared live on Late Show with David Letterman on October 6, 2009, and on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 7, 2009. Sonic Boom debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 108,000 copies in its first week of release.
On September 25, 2009, the Kiss Alive/35 North American Tour kicked off at Cobo Hall in Detroit; both nights were filmed for future DVD release. These were the band's final performances there, as the venue was later closed as part of the renovation of the Cobo Center. Kiss headlined the 2009 Voodoo Experience held at City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana on Halloween night.[125] During their performance at the MTS Centre on November 9, 2009, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, one of the lighting trusses caught on fire from a pyro cue. The truss had to be lowered in order to have the fire put out. During the five or so minutes it took to extinguish the fire, the band broke into the song "Firehouse". No one was hurt and the show continued.[126]
Kiss started the European leg of the Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour in May 2010. Tragedy struck Kiss for a third time when former manager Aucoin died of cancer on June 28, 2010, at the age of 66. Stanley and Simmons said he was like the fifth member of Kiss. The tour included their first UK arena shows in 11 years and their first visit to Slovakia. Kiss later played at two dates in US cities Cheyenne, Wyoming and the North Dakota State Fair in Minot, North Dakota in July 2010. They also played at the Indiana State Fair in August and the Minnesota State Fair in September. They also made a brief appearance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, New York on August 17, 2010. On July 23, Kiss started The Hottest Show on Earth Tour in the United States. The tour saw the band play numerous shows throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.
On April 13, 2011, Kiss began recording a new album due for release later in the year.[127] Simmons stated, the album "is gonna be the next step to Sonic Boom. Very similar – straight rock songs, no ballads, no keyboards, no nothing, just rock."[127] The band also used old analog equipment instead of more popular digital recording gear. Simmons said: "Technology is a seductive bitch, she will seduce you. You press this button, you don't have to do anything. But analog is the love of your life. You can push real hard and it always gives back. For the new album, the actual recording process was 24-track tape and an old Trident board. And as many tubes as possible. You need tubes, electricity and thick wood to make that thick sound."[128][129]
Kiss spent the summer of 2011 playing venues in the US and Canada, visiting cities they had not played in some time; it was dubbed the "Lost Cities Tour". Their next album Monster was released in October 2012. KISS by Monster Mini Golf was opened in March 2012 in Las Vegas. The facility is an 18-hole indoor miniature golf course, featuring arcade games, a gift shop and numerous pieces of band memorabilia on display. The complete current version of the band attended the grand opening.[130]
Kiss appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on March 20, 2012. A press conference was held on the same day to announce a summer North American tour called The Tour, co-headlined by Mötley Crüe. The Tour started on July 20 and ended on October 1. The single "Hell or Hallelujah" was released internationally on July 2, 2012, and on July 3 in North America. Monster was released on October 9, 2012, in North America to critical and fan acclaim, debuting in the Top 3 in the US and Top 10 in many countries.
Kiss kicked off the Monster Tour on November 7, 2012, in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the River Plate Stadium and continued the six-date South American leg with dates in Santiago, Asunción, Porto Alegre, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro until November 18. The Australian leg began on February 28, 2013, in Perth at the Perth Arena and ran through March 16 in Mackay at Virgin Australian Stadium. They were joined by Mötley Crüe, Thin Lizzy and Diva Demolition. The band extensively toured Europe and Canada with a few US dates in June through August, and then Japan in October.
2013–2016: 40th anniversary, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and international collaboration
In 2015, Kiss released a collaboration CD with another artist for the first time.[131] The artist was Momoiro Clover Z, the most popular female idol group according to 2013 and 2015 surveys in Japan.[132][133][134][135]
On October 16, 2013, Kiss was again announced as a nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,[136] and was subsequently announced as an inductee on December 17.[137]
In 2013, Kiss purchased a share of an Arena Football League expansion franchise set to begin play at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California in 2014. Simmons, Stanley and manager McGhee jointly owned the team, called the Los Angeles Kiss. Both Simmons and Stanley are known fans of the AFL.[138] The LA Kiss offered National Football League free agent quarterback Tim Tebow a contract to join their team and play in the AFL, but he did not join.[139] The team folded in 2016.
In 2014, Kiss toured as co-headliners with Def Leppard. After Simmons toured with Joe Elliott in South America, the two talked about their bands working together. From June 23 to August 31, 2014, the bands toured 42 cities, with a dollar per ticket donated to such military charities as Wounded Warrior Project.[140]
For the first time in the band's 41-year history, Kiss was featured on the cover of the April 10, 2014 (Issue 1206) edition of Rolling Stone magazine. On April 10, 2014, Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though the rockers did not perform, the original four members (Simmons, Stanley, Frehley and Criss) showed up at the 29th annual induction ceremony in Brooklyn to accept their honor.[137][141]
External video
Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mi na
Kiss's first collaboration single with another artist.
On January 28, 2015, Kiss released a collaboration single with the Japanese female idol group Momoiro Clover Z, titled "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mi na". It was the first time Kiss had issued a collaboration record with another artist.[131] In Japan, it was released physically in two versions: "Momoiro Clover Z Edition" (on CD and Blu-ray) and "Kiss Edition" (CD only).[142][143] An alternate mix of the single's title song was also included as an opening track on the Japanese-only SHM-CD album Best of Kiss 40, released in Japan on the same day.[144][145]
Before the collaboration, the members of Kiss had watched concert videos of Momoiro Clover Z. Stanley later commented during an interview:
Spectacular show! Great choreography! Music like we never heard before. We said, "this is something we can do!" Somebody said, "Kiss, why are you doing it?" "Because we can!" It's two worlds getting together, doing something unbelievable. Music power rocks the world.[146]
On September 15, 2015, the RIAA announced that the band had earned more gold records than any other American band in the association's 63-year history, with a total of 30 gold album awards (including the band's four 1978 solo albums). Cary Sherman, the RIAA CEO and chairman, commented:
What an extraordinary achievement for an enduring band. Forty years later and the band is still rocking. Congratulations to KISS on their Gold album milestone and continued success.[147]
2016–present: Freedom to Rock Tour and final years
In 2016, Kiss conducted a summer tour, titled the Freedom to Rock Tour, of less frequented cities and smaller venues. The tour ran throughout the summer, with opening acts Caleb Johnson and the Dead Daisies.[148] On December 13, 2016, Kiss performed during the Season 11 finale of The Voice, accompanied by the season winner Sundance Head.
There have also been conflicting stories on whether Kiss will record another album or not. Simmons has said "yes" in interviews, saying that he has songs written and lined up for a new album. Stanley and Thayer dispute this however and say that they don't vow to make one and that the band can move forward without new music.[149][150]
Simmons and Stanley made cameo appearances in the 2016 movie Why Him?.[151]
On September 19, 2018, following a performance on America's Got Talent, Kiss announced that they will be ending their career with the One Last Kiss: End of the Road World Tour in 2019.[1][152] The tour kicks off on January 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and currently features 74 additional dates that run through December 3 in Auckland, New Zealand.[153]
In October 2018, the band reunited with Ace Frehley and Bruce Kulick on the Kiss Kruise. They performed "New York Groove", "2,000 Man", "Hide Your Heart" and "Domino". This is the first time Frehley and the band have performed since 2002 for their first Kiss Farewell Tour and Kulick's first time performing with the band live since his departure in 1997.[154]
Musical style
Kiss have typically been classified under the genres of hard rock, shock rock,[155] and heavy metal.[156][157][158][159] Most of their '70s albums, particularly the first six released between 1974 and 1977 as well as 1982's Creatures of the Night, featured a hard rock or traditional heavy metal style. 1979's Dynasty and 1980's Unmasked featured a more disco/pop rock sound, and 1981's Music from "The Elder" found the band dabbling in progressive rock. In 1983, starting with Lick It Up and the removal of their trademark make-up, the band began incorporating elements of glam metal into their sound and visual image.[160][161] Later, in the early 1990s, their sound grew heavier and abandoned the glam metal sound.[162] In the mid-1990s, the band returned to their original sound.[158]
Their music is described as "a commercially potent mix of anthemic, fist-pounding hard rock, driven by sleek hooks and ballads loud guitars, cloying melodies, and sweeping strings. It was a sound that laid the groundwork for both arena rock and the pop-metal that dominated rock in the late '80s."[158] The first review of Kiss by Rolling Stone, in 1973, described the band as "an American Black Sabbath".[163] The same magazine's review of Hotter than Hell stated that "with twin guitars hammering out catchy mondo-distorto riffs and bass and drums amiably bringing up the rear, Kiss spews forth a deceptively controlled type of thunderous hysteria."[164] At the same time, Bennington Banner from Rock Music magazine said, "With its members' bizarre, Kabuki-like makeup, studded black leather costumes and arsenal of on-stage firepower – both musical and literal – Kiss represents the most extreme form of hard rock in 1974."[165]
Influence
British glam rock band Slade (pictured in 1973) was among the band's influences
Kiss was strongly influenced by Alice Cooper and the New York Dolls,[166] while Gene Simmons states "their musical heart and soul lies in England".[167] The Beatles and the trio of rock guitarists Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck were among the British acts he praised, with Simmons stating, "I've ripped off so many English riffs, if the British influence wasn't there, we wouldn't be here. 'Rock and Roll All Nite' is a direct bastard child of Slade's 'Mama Weer All Crazee Now'".[167] In his book, Kiss and Make-Up, Simmons wrote of the glam rock group Slade, "... we liked the way they connected with the crowd and the way they wrote anthems ... we wanted that same energy, that same irresistible simplicity".[168]
The world of concert touring was changed by Kiss's practice of erecting uniquely designed stage sets. Tours got larger, carrying more personnel and equipment, including sets, costumes, sound and lighting gear, pyrotechnics, all requiring more trucking, and the total cost increasing by millions of dollars. Kiss also innovated with a significant expansion of concert merchandising, selling non-musical Kiss-branded goods to concertgoers. The sales of merchandise helped pay for the concert expenses and bring a profit to the band as well as give them more of a presence without relying solely on radio. Other bands copied Kiss by selling their own branded goods at concerts, a practice which became more of a necessity in the 1980s with increasing costs of touring.[166][169]
Members
Further information: List of Kiss members
Current
Paul Stanley – vocals, rhythm guitar (1973–present)
Gene Simmons – vocals, bass (1973–present)
Tommy Thayer – lead guitar, vocals (2002–present)
Eric Singer – drums, percussion, vocals (1991–1996, 2001-2002, 2004–present)
Former
Ace Frehley – lead guitar, vocals (1973–1982, 1996–2002)
Peter Criss – drums, percussion, vocals (1973–1980, 1996–2001, 2002–2004)
Eric Carr – drums, percussion, vocals (1980–1991; his death)
Vinnie Vincent – lead guitar, vocals (1982–1984)
Mark St. John – lead guitar, vocals (1984; died 2007)
Bruce Kulick – lead guitar, vocals (1984–1996)
Make-up designs
"We had to go through torture to perfect the process of putting it on," Stanley admitted in 1996. "I can remember plenty of times when I blinded myself with black eye make-up ... In the beginning, the white was a zinc oxide cream which you can buy in any pharmacy. We didn't know what we were doing; we just wanted white faces ... and the zinc oxide beating spraying ourselves with white paint. We eventually worked our way up to what's called 'clown white.' The two best brands are made by Stein's and Max Factor ... At first, the black was Maybelline waterproof eyeliner, but it would crack because it's only meant to draw a line around your eye, not a whole star. Now we use black grease sticks, which are a more solid form of greasepaint. The silver that Peter and Ace use is made by Stein's, and it comes in bottles in either metallic gold or metallic silver ... The only time we have problems is in situations of extreme heat. I remember doing a show when it was so hot and humid that the make-up literally ran off our faces. Between songs we'd run to the side of the stage to slap on more clown white!"[170]
The Starchild
Paul Stanley
The Demon
Gene Simmons
The Spaceman/
Space Ace
Ace Frehley
(since 2002:
Tommy Thayer)
The Catman
Peter Criss
(since 2004: Eric Singer)
The Fox
Eric Carr
The Ankh Warrior
Vinnie Vincent
St. John and Kulick were members of Kiss only during the period where the band members did not perform wearing make-up. The four original makeup designs have been registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with ownership and licensing rights held by Simmons and Stanley. The Spaceman makeup design was sold to Simmons and Stanley by Ace Frehley.
Awards and nominations
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Kiss
Discography
Main article: Kiss discography
Studio albums
Kiss (1974)
Hotter than Hell (1974)
Dressed to Kill (1975)
Destroyer (1976)
Rock and Roll Over (1976)
Love Gun (1977)
Gene Simmons (1978)
Ace Frehley (1978)
Peter Criss (1978)
Paul Stanley (1978)
Dynasty (1979)
Unmasked (1980)
Music from "The Elder" (1981)
Creatures of the Night (1982)
Lick It Up (1983)
Animalize (1984)
Asylum (1985)
Crazy Nights (1987)
Hot in the Shade (1989)
Revenge (1992)
Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions (1997)
Psycho Circus (1998)
Sonic Boom (2009)
Monster (2012)
See also
Book: Kiss
Heavy metal portal
Category:Kiss (band)
Kiss videography
List of songs recorded by Kiss
List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart
List of best-selling music artists
List of awards and nominations received by Kiss
Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards
2007 Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 Best Reissue Won
2008 Paul Stanley Showman Award Won
Grammy Awards
The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Kiss has received one award nomination.
1999 "Psycho Circus" Best Hard Rock Performance Nominated
Metal Edge Readers' Choice Awards
1996 Kiss Band of the Year
1996 Kiss Best Metal/Hard Rock Band
1996 Kiss Best Concert Performance
1996 Kiss Best Concert Tour
1996 Paul Stanley Best Vocalist
1996 Gene Simmons Best Bassist
1996 Ace Frehley Best Guitarist
1996 Kiss Unplugged Best Video Cassette
1997 "Jungle" Song of the Year
1998 Psycho Circus Album of the Year
1998 "Psycho Circus" Song of the Year
1998 "Psycho Circus" Best Video Clip
1998 Second Coming Best Video Cassette
1998 Kiss Best Concert Performance
1998 Gene Simmons Best Bassist
2000 Kiss Stage Show of the Year
MTV Video Music Awards
The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV. KISS has received just one nomination.
1984 "All Hell's Breakin' Loose" Best Cinematography Nominated
People's Choice Awards
The People's Choice Awards is an awards show recognizing the people and the work of popular culture. Kiss has received one award to date, for song Beth in 1977.
Result
1977 "Beth" Favorite New Song Won
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum and award show dedicated to honoring the history and cultural impact of rock and roll. KISS was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 10th, 2014
2014 Kiss Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Won
Kiss
Paul Stanley ·
Gene Simmons ·
Tommy Thayer ·
Eric Singer
Ace Frehley ·
Peter Criss ·
Eric Carr ·
Vinnie Vincent ·
Mark St. John ·
Bruce Kulick
Studio albums
Kiss ·
Hotter Than Hell ·
Dressed to Kill ·
Destroyer ·
Rock and Roll Over ·
Love Gun ·
Dynasty ·
Unmasked ·
Music from "The Elder" ·
Creatures of the Night ·
Lick It Up ·
Animalize ·
Asylum ·
Crazy Nights ·
Hot in the Shade ·
Revenge ·
Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions ·
Psycho Circus ·
Sonic Boom ·
Monster
'78 solo albums
Ace Frehley ·
Gene Simmons ·
Paul Stanley ·
Peter Criss
Live albums
Alive! ·
Alive II ·
Alive III ·
Kiss Unplugged ·
You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! ·
Kiss Symphony: Alive IV ·
Kiss Instant Live ·
Alive! The Millennium Concert ·
Kiss Alive 35 ·
Kiss Sonic Boom Over Europe ·
Kiss Rocks Vegas
Compilations
Double Platinum ·
Killers ·
Chikara ·
Smashes, Thrashes & Hits ·
Greatest Kiss ·
The Very Best of Kiss ·
20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss ·
The Best of Kiss, Volume 2: The Millennium Collection ·
Gold ·
The Best of Kiss, Volume 3: The Millennium Collection ·
Jigoku-Retsuden ·
Kiss 40 ·
Kissworld
Box sets
The Originals ·
The Box Set ·
Kiss Chronicles: 3 Classic Albums ·
Kiss Alive! 1975–2000 ·
Ikons
Video albums
Animalize Live Uncensored ·
Exposed ·
Crazy Nights ·
X-treme Close-Up ·
Kiss Konfidential ·
Kiss My Ass: The Video ·
Kiss Unplugged ·
Psycho Circus 3-D Video ·
The Second Coming ·
Kiss Symphony: The DVD ·
Rock the Nation Live! ·
Kissology Volume One: 1974–1977 ·
Kissology Volume Two: 1978–1991 ·
Kissology Volume Three: 1992–2000 ·
Kiss Rocks Vegas
Tribute albums
Hard to Believe: A Kiss Covers Compilation ·
Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved ·
A Tribute to the Creatures of the Night ·
Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to Kiss ·
Spin the Bottle: An All-Star Tribute to Kiss ·
Gods of Thunder: A Norwegian Tribute to Kiss ·
Lick It Up – A Millennium Tribute to Kiss ·
Kiss My Ankh ·
Sheep in KISS Make Up
Concert tours
The Early Days of Kiss ·
Kiss Tour ·
Hotter than Hell Tour ·
Dressed to Kill Tour ·
Alive! Tour ·
Destroyer Tour ·
Rock & Roll Over Tour ·
Love Gun Tour ·
Alive II Tour ·
Dynasty Tour ·
Unmasked Tour ·
Creatures of the Night Tour ·
Lick It Up World Tour ·
Animalize World Tour ·
Asylum Tour ·
Crazy Nights World Tour ·
Hot in the Shade Tour ·
Revenge Tour ·
Kiss My Ass Tour ·
Alive/Worldwide Tour ·
Psycho Circus World Tour ·
Kiss Farewell Tour ·
World Domination Tour ·
Rock the Nation World Tour ·
Rising Sun Tour ·
Hit 'n Run Tour ·
Alive 35 World Tour ·
Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour ·
The Hottest Show on Earth Tour ·
The Tour ·
Monster World Tour ·
The KISS 40th Anniversary World Tour ·
Freedom to Rock Tour ·
Kissworld Tour ·
One Last Kiss: End of the Road World Tour
Films
Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park ·
Detroit Rock City ·
Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery
Merchandising
Action figures ·
Comics ·
Kiss: Psycho Circus ·
Pinball ·
Pinball video game ·
Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child ·
Kiss Kasket ·
Kiss by Monster Mini-Golf ·
Los Angeles Kiss ·
Bibliography
Related
Articles
Discography ·
Videography ·
Band members ·
Songs ·
Awards ·
Kiss Army ·
Operation Payback ·
The Elder ·
Stephen Coronel
Bands
Black 'n Blue ·
Black Sabbath ·
Chelsea ·
Eric Singer Project ·
Frehley's Comet ·
Grand Funk Railroad ·
Mini Kiss ·
Union ·
Vinnie Vincent Invasion ·
White Tiger ·
Wicked Lester
Albums
Gene Simmons Vault ·
Live to Win ·
One Live Kiss ·
The Original Wicked Lester Sessions ·
Origins, Vol. 1 ·
Rockology ·
Unfinished Business
List of Kiss members
The current lineup of Kiss, from left to right: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.
Kiss is an American hard rock band from New York City, New York. Formed in 1973, the group originally featured rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley, bassist Gene Simmons, lead guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss, all of whom contributed to vocals.[1] The band's lineup remained stable until 1980, when Criss left on May 17.[2] He was replaced by Eric Carr later in the year.[3] Two years later Frehley also left the band, although Stanley and Simmons have claimed that he was fired due to a problem with drug and alcohol abuse.[4]
Frehley was replaced by Vinnie Vincent, who performed on Creatures of the Night and Lick It Up before leaving in 1984.[5] Mark St. John performed on Animalize, before Bruce Kulick replaced him after the album's release.[6] Carr died on November 24, 1991,[7] being replaced by Eric Singer.[8] In 1996, founding members Frehley and Criss rejoined the band for the Alive/Worldwide Tour, marking the first performances of the original lineup in 17 years.[9] The reunited lineup released one studio album, Psycho Circus, in 1998.[1]
Following the 2000–2001 Farewell Tour, Kiss intended to retire from touring; however, the band returned in 2002 with returning drummer Singer (who rejoined the previous year) and new lead guitarist Tommy Thayer.[1] Criss returned to the band later in the year, but left again in 2004.[10] With the current lineup, Kiss has released two studio albums: 2009's Sonic Boom and 2012's Monster.[1]
Members
Paul Stanley 1973–present
vocals ·
rhythm guitar
all Kiss releases
Gene Simmons 1973–present
vocals ·
bass
all Kiss releases
Tommy Thayer
1989 ·
1992 ·
2002–present
lead guitar ·
vocals
Hot in the Shade (1989) – "Betrayed" and "The Street Giveth and the Street Taketh Away" only ·
Revenge (1992, only backing vocals) ·
all Kiss releases from Psycho Circus (1998) to present
Eric Singer
1991–1996 ·
2001–2002 ·
2004–present
drums ·
percussion ·
vocals
all Kiss releases from Revenge (1992) to Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions (1997) ·
all Kiss releases from Kiss Alive 35 (2009) to present
Ace Frehley
1973–1982 ·
1995 ·
1996–2002
lead guitar ·
vocals
all Kiss releases from Kiss (1974) to Music from "The Elder" (1981) ·
You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! (1996) ·
Psycho Circus (1998) ·
Alive! The Millennium Concert (2000)
Peter Criss
1973–1980 ·
1995 ·
1996–2001 ·
2002–2004
drums ·
percussion ·
vocals
all Kiss releases from Kiss (1974) to Dynasty (1979) ·
You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! (1996) ·
Psycho Circus (1998) ·
Alive! The Millennium Concert (2000) ·
Kiss Symphony: Alive IV (2003)
Eric Carr 1980–1991
(his death)
drums ·
percussion ·
vocals
all Kiss releases from Music from "The Elder" (1981) to Revenge (1992) – "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You II" and "Carr Jam 1981" only on Revenge
Vinnie Vincent 1982–1984
lead guitar ·
vocals
Creatures of the Night (1982) ·
Lick It Up (1983)
Mark St. John 1984
lead guitar ·
vocals
Animalize (1984)
Bruce Kulick 1984–1996
lead guitar ·
vocals ·
keyboards
all Kiss releases from Animalize (1984) to Psycho Circus (1998) – "Lonely Is the Hunter" and "Murder in High Heels" only on Animalize; "Psycho Circus", "Within" and "Dreamin'" only on Psycho Circus
Kiss videography
The following is the filmography of the American rock band Kiss.
Music videos
1975 Rock and Roll All Nite Unknown
C'mon and Love Me
1976 I Want You
Hard Luck Woman
Love 'em, Leave 'em
Unknown
1979 I Was Made for Lovin' You John Goodhue
Sure Know Something
1980 Shandi Unknown
1981 A World Without Heroes Bruce Gowers
1982 I Love It Loud Paul Davey
1983 Lick It Up Martin Kahan
All Hell's Breakin' Loose
1984 Heaven's on Fire David Lewis
Thrills in the Night Albie Vos
1985 Tears Are Falling David Mallet
Who Wants to Be Lonely
Uh! All Night
1986 Rock and Roll All Nite (Live) Claude Borenwzeig
1987 Crazy Crazy Nights Jean Pellerin & Doug Freel
Reason to Live Marty Callner
1988 Turn On the Night
1989 Let's Put the 'X' in Sex Rebecca Blake
(You Make Me) Rock Hard
Hide Your Heart Marty Callner
Rise to It Mark Rezyka
Forever
1991 God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You II
1992 Unholy Paul Rachman
I Just Wanna
Domino
Every Time I Look at You Mark Rezyka
1993 I Love It Loud (Live) Joseph Young
1997 Shout It Out Loud (Live) Wayne Isham
1998 Psycho Circus James Hurlburt
2009 Modern Day Delilah Wayne Isham
Lyric videos
2012 "Hell or Hallelujah"
2013 "Right Here Right Now"
Video albums
1985 Animalize Live Uncensored Released: April 19, 1985
Label: Mercury Records
Formats: VHS
US: Platinum[1]
1987 Exposed Released: May 18, 1987
Label: PolyGram Music Video
Formats: VHS, DVD
US: Platinum[1]
CAN: Platinum[2]
1988 Crazy Nights Released: June 6, 1988
Label: PolyGram Music Video
Formats: VHS
US: Gold[1]
1992 X-treme Close-Up Released: August 18, 1992
Label: PolyGram Music Video
Formats: VHS, DVD
US: Platinum[1]
CAN: Gold[2]
1993 Kiss Konfidential Released: August 16, 1993
Label: PolyGram Music Video
Formats: VHS, DVD
US: Gold[1]
CAN: Gold[2]
1994 Kiss My Ass: The Video Released: August 23, 1994
Label: PolyGram Music Video
Formats: VHS, DVD
US: Gold[1]
1996 Kiss Unplugged Released: March 12, 1996
Label: PolyGram Music Video
Formats: VHS, DVD
US: Gold[1]
1998 Psycho Circus 3-D Video Released: October 20, 1998
Label: Mercury Records
Formats: CD
US: Platinum[1]
The Second Coming Released: November 24, 1998
Label: PolyGram Music Video
Formats: DVD
US: Platinum[1]
AUS: 2x Platinum[3]
2003 Kiss Symphony: The DVD Released: September 10, 2003
Label: Sanctuary Records
Formats: DVD
US: 2× Platinum[1]
ARG: Platinum[4]
CAN: 2× Platinum[2]
AUS: Platinum[5]
2005 Rock the Nation Live! Released: December 13, 2005
Label: Image Entertainment
Formats: DVD
US: 2× Platinum[1]
CAN: 2× Platinum[2]
AUS: Platinum[6]
2006 Kissology Volume One: 1974–1977 Released: October 31, 2006
Label: VH1 Classic Records
Formats: DVD
US: 5× Platinum[1]
CAN: 8× Platinum[2]
2007 Kissology Volume Two: 1978–1991 Released: August 14, 2007
Label: VH1 Classic Records
Formats: DVD
US: 6× Platinum[1]
Kissology Volume Three: 1992–2000 Released: December 18, 2007
Label: VH1 Classic Records
Formats: DVD
US: 8× Platinum[1]
2016 Kiss Rocks Vegas Released: August 26, 2016
Label:
Formats: DVD, Blu-Ray, CD
Feature films
1978 Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park Gordon Hessler
1999 Detroit Rock City Adam Rifkin
2015 Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone
Other appearances
In 2010 Love theme from KISS appeared in the movie Somewhere, directed by Sofia Coppola.
Kiss in the 1998 Millennium episode "...Thirteen Years Later".
Kiss was also featured in the Family Guy episodes "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" and "Road to Europe".
In 2002, Kiss filmed a music video with the cast of the popular sitcom That '70s Show to announce that the show was going into syndication. The half-hour special showed behind the scenes of the making of the video. The half-hour special, called That '70s Kiss Show, aired on VH1.
Gene Simmons makes a cameo appearance in the 2008 movie Detroit Metal City (a live action adaptation of the manga of the same name) as Jack ill Dark, a legendary Black metal guitarist from the United States.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley appeared as themselves in the 2009 Fairly OddParents episode "Wishology Part 1: The Big Beginning."
Kiss appeared on the season finale of American Idol in 2009 and 2014 during results shows in which they performed with Adam Lambert and Caleb Johnson.
Gene Simmons appears as himself on the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode "Long Road Home".
Gene Simmons makes an appearance on Castle, in the episode "To Love and Die in L.A." as a friend of the murder victim whose case Castle and Beckett investigate.
They also appear in an episode of What's New, Scooby-Doo? performing as themselves, they later appeared in the Scooby-Doo movie Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley appear in the 2016 comedy film Why Him? as themselves.
In 1976 Kiss has appeared in The Paul Lynde Halloween Special as themselves.
List of songs recorded by Kiss
The original lineup of Kiss in 1977. Clockwise from top: Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley.
Kiss is an American hard rock band from New York City, New York. Formed in January 1973, the group originally included rhythm guitarist and vocalist Paul Stanley, bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons, lead guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss.[1] Songwriting is typically led by Stanley and Simmons, who also perform the majority of lead vocals, although all members regularly contribute.[2] The band's self-titled debut album featured only one songwriting credit for Frehley and Criss (on "Love Theme from Kiss", written by all four members), as well as a cover version of Bobby Rydell's "Kissin' Time".[3] Frehley wrote or co-wrote three songs on Hotter than Hell,[4] and two on 1975's Dressed to Kill.[5] For Destroyer, the band worked closely with producer Bob Ezrin, who was credited for songwriting on seven of the album's nine tracks.[6]
Rock and Roll Over, released in 1976, was again led by Stanley and Simmons, with Sean Delaney co-credited alongside the former on three tracks.[7] 1977's Love Gun featured a writing credit each for Frehley and Criss, as well as a cover of "Then She Kissed Me", originally by The Crystals.[8] After each member released an eponymous solo album in 1978, Kiss returned in 1979 with Dynasty, which featured session drummer Anton Fig in place of the injured Criss.[9] Fig also performed on Unmasked the following year, by which time Criss had left Kiss.[10] Unmasked included several songwriters from outside of the band, including producer Vini Poncia on all but three tracks.[11] Following the addition of Eric Carr on drums, the band released Music from "The Elder" in 1981, which was the last to feature Frehley who departed the following year.[12]
Frehley was replaced by Vinnie Vincent, who first wrote and performed on Creatures of the Night in 1982.[13] The album also featured two songs co-written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance.[13] Vincent remained for the 1983 follow-up Lick It Up, although left after the album's touring cycle.[14] He was replaced for Animalize by Mark St. John, which included songs co-written by Desmond Child, Mitch Weissman and Jean Beauvoir.[15] Bruce Kulick debuted on Asylum as the band's fourth lead guitarist, which again included credits for Child and Beauvoir.[16] Crazy Nights and Hot in the Shade featured returning contributors Poncia, Child and Weissman, as well as new additions such as Tommy Thayer, Michael Bolton and Bob Halligan Jr.[17][18] Carr died of cancer on November 24, 1991, with Eric Singer taking over as the band's drummer.[1]
The band's 1992 release Revenge was largely co-written with Ezrin, who had returned as producer.[19] In 1996, Frehley and Criss returned for an original lineup reunion tour.[1] The group released Psycho Circus in 1998, which was primarily written by Stanley and Simmons with contributions from Curtis Cuomo, Holly Knight, Karl Cochran, Ezrin and Kulick.[20] By 2004, the lineup of Kiss included lead guitarist Thayer and drummer Singer.[1] The group's next studio album followed in 2009 – Sonic Boom was written entirely by the band's members, with all but Singer credited.[21] 2012's Monster credited the drummer on just one track, "Back to the Stone Age", which was written by the whole band.[22] In early 2015, Kiss released a single in collaboration with Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z entitled "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mi na".[23]
Songs
Rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley, the primary songwriter in Kiss, has written (or co-written) and performed lead (or co-lead) vocals on over 120 songs for the band.
Bassist Gene Simmons is the second main songwriter and vocalist in the band, with writing credits on over 100 songs and singing credits on over 90.
Original lead guitarist Ace Frehley wrote or co-wrote 18 and performed lead vocals on 12 songs during his two tenures.
Peter Criss, the original Kiss drummer, wrote only five tracks for the band, but performed vocals on a total of thirteen.
Guitarist Bruce Kulick co-wrote 20 songs for Kiss, both as a band member and as a guest contributor, and performed lead vocals on "I Walk Alone".
The band's current drummer Eric Singer is featured as a co-writer on only one Kiss track, "Back to the Stone Age", which is credited to the whole group.
Tommy Thayer has written or co-written 16 songs for the group since 1989, as well as singing on two ("Outta This World" and "When Lightning Strikes").
Anton Fig performed drums on Dynasty and Unmasked, and co-wrote the song "Dark Light" for Music from "The Elder".
Bob Ezrin produced three Kiss albums, co-writing 21 songs with various band members.
Kiss covered Bobby Rydell's "Kissin' Time" for their 1974 self-titled debut album.
Kim Fowley co-wrote two songs on 1976's Destroyer – "King of the Night Time World" and "Do You Love Me".
Kiss recorded a cover of "Then He Kissed Me", originally by The Crystals, under the title "Then She Kissed Me", for the 1977 album Love Gun.
Alive II features a recording of The Dave Clark Five's "Any Way You Want It", written by the eponymous frontman.
The 1979 album Dynasty included a cover of The Rolling Stones song "2,000 Man".
Lou Reed contributed to songwriting for three tracks on Music from "The Elder".
Bryan Adams co-wrote three songs for the 1982 releases Killers and Creatures of the Night.
Diane Warren co-wrote the singles "Turn On the Night" and "(You Make Me) Rock Hard", as well as writing "Nothing Can Keep Me from You" for the 1999 film Detroit Rock City.
Holly Knight co-wrote one song for 1989's Hot in the Shade and two for 1998's Psycho Circus.
Michael Bolton wrote the 1990 single "Forever" with Stanley.
Black 'n Blue frontman Jaime St. James co-wrote "In My Head", released on 1997's Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions.
Kiss covered the Ramones song "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" for the 2003 tribute album We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to Ramones.
In 2014, the band contributed a recording of the Wings track "Venus and Mars/Rock Show", written by Paul and Linda McCartney, to the tribute album The Art of McCartney.
The band collaborated with Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z for the single "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mi na", released in 2015 with B-side "Samurai Son"
List of songs recorded by Kiss, with writer(s), lead vocalist(s), original release and year
"100,000 Years"
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons Paul Stanley Kiss 1974 [24]
"2,000 Man"
(The Rolling Stones cover)
Mick Jagger
Keith Richards Ace Frehley Dynasty 1979 [25]
"Ain't That Peculiar"
Eric Carr
Smokey Robinson
Pete Moore
Bobby Rogers
Marv Tarplin Eric Carr The Box Set 2001 [26]
"All American Man"
Paul Stanley
Sean Delaney Paul Stanley Alive II 1977 [27]
"All for the Glory"
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons Eric Singer Sonic Boom 2009 [28]
"All for the Love of Rock & Roll"
Paul Stanley Eric Singer Monster 2012 [29]
"All Hell's Breakin' Loose" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons
Vinnie Vincent
Eric Carr Paul Stanley Lick It Up 1983 [30]
"All the Way"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Hotter than Hell 1974 [31]
"Almost Human"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Love Gun 1977 [32]
"And on the 8th Day"
Gene Simmons
Vinnie Vincent Gene Simmons Lick It Up 1983 [33]
"Any Way You Slice It"
Gene Simmons
Howard Rice Gene Simmons Asylum 1985 [34]
"Any Way You Want It"
(The Dave Clark Five cover)
Dave Clark Paul Stanley Alive II 1977 [35]
"Anything for My Baby"
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Dressed to Kill 1975 [36]
"Baby Driver"
Peter Criss
Stan Penridge Peter Criss Rock and Roll Over 1976 [37]
"Back to the Stone Age"
Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley
Tommy Thayer
Eric Singer Gene Simmons Monster 2012 [38]
"Bad, Bad Lovin'"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons The Box Set 2001 [39]
"Bang Bang You"
Paul Stanley
Desmond Child Paul Stanley Crazy Nights 1987 [40]
"Beth" Song released as a single
Peter Criss
Stan Penridge
Bob Ezrin Peter Criss Destroyer 1976 [41]
"Betrayed"
Gene Simmons
Tommy Thayer Gene Simmons Hot in the Shade 1989 [42]
"Black Diamond"
Paul Stanley Peter Criss
Paul Stanley Kiss 1974 [43]
"Boomerang"
Gene Simmons
Bruce Kulick Gene Simmons Hot in the Shade 1989 [44]
"Burn Bitch Burn"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Animalize 1984 [45]
"C'mon and Love Me" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Dressed to Kill 1975 [46]
"Cadillac Dreams"
Gene Simmons
Vini Poncia Gene Simmons Hot in the Shade 1989 [47]
"Calling Dr. Love" Song released as a single
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Rock and Roll Over 1976 [48]
"Carr Jam 1981"
Eric Carr none (instrumental) Revenge 1992 [49]
"Charisma"
Gene Simmons
Howard Marks Gene Simmons Dynasty 1979 [50]
"Childhood's End"
Gene Simmons
Tommy Thayer
Bruce Kulick Gene Simmons Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions 1997 [51]
"Christine Sixteen" Song released as a single
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Love Gun 1977 [52]
"Cold Gin"
Ace Frehley Gene Simmons Kiss 1974 [53]
"Comin' Home"
Paul Stanley
Ace Frehley Paul Stanley Hotter than Hell 1974 [54]
"Crazy Crazy Nights" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Adam Mitchell Paul Stanley Crazy Nights 1987 [55]
"Creatures of the Night" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Adam Mitchell Paul Stanley Creatures of the Night 1982 [56]
"Dance All Over Your Face"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Lick It Up 1983 [57]
"Danger"
Paul Stanley
Adam Mitchell Paul Stanley Creatures of the Night 1982 [58]
"Danger Us"
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Sonic Boom 2009 [59]
"Dark Light"
Ace Frehley
Gene Simmons
Anton Fig
Lou Reed Ace Frehley Music from "The Elder" 1981 [60]
"Detroit Rock City" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Bob Ezrin Paul Stanley Destroyer 1976 [61]
"Deuce"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Kiss 1974 [62]
"The Devil Is Me"
Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley
Tommy Thayer Gene Simmons Monster 2012 [63]
"Dirty Livin'"
Peter Criss
Stan Penridge
Vini Poncia Peter Criss Dynasty 1979 [64]
"Do You Love Me"
Paul Stanley
Kim Fowley
Bob Ezrin Paul Stanley Destroyer 1976 [65]
"Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?"
(Ramones cover)
Dee Dee Ramone
Johnny Ramone
Joey Ramone Paul Stanley We're a Happy Family:
A Tribute to Ramones 2003 [66]
[67]
"Domino" Song released as a single
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Revenge 1992 [68]
"Don't Touch My Ascot"
(with Greg Collins and Jared Faber)
Tony Cervone
Greg Collins
Jared Faber Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons
Tommy Thayer
Eric Singer
Greg Collins
Jared Faber Scooby-Doo! and Kiss:
Rock and Roll Mystery 2015 [69]
"Doncha Hesitate"
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley The Box Set 2001 [70]
"Down on Your Knees"
Paul Stanley
Mikel Japp
Bryan Adams Paul Stanley Killers 1982 [71]
"Dreamin'"
Paul Stanley
Bruce Kulick Paul Stanley Psycho Circus 1998 [72]
"Easy as It Seems"
Paul Stanley
Vini Poncia Paul Stanley Unmasked 1980 [73]
"Eat Your Heart Out"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Monster 2012 [74]
"Escape from the Island"
Ace Frehley
Eric Carr
Bob Ezrin none (instrumental) Music from "The Elder" 1981 [75]
"Every Time I Look at You" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Bob Ezrin Paul Stanley Revenge 1992 [76]
"Exciter"
Paul Stanley
Vinnie Vincent Paul Stanley Lick It Up 1983 [77]
"Fanfare"
Paul Stanley
Bob Ezrin none (instrumental) Music from "The Elder" 1981 [78]
"Firehouse"
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Kiss 1974 [79]
"Fits Like a Glove"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Lick It Up 1983 [80]
"Flaming Youth" Song released as a single
Ace Frehley
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons
Bob Ezrin Paul Stanley Destroyer 1976 [81]
"Forever" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Michael Bolton Paul Stanley Hot in the Shade 1989 [82]
"Freak"
Paul Stanley
Tommy Thayer Paul Stanley Monster 2012 [83]
"Get All You Can Take"
Paul Stanley
Mitch Weissman Paul Stanley Animalize 1984 [84]
"Getaway"
Ace Frehley Peter Criss Dressed to Kill 1975 [85]
"Gimme More"
Paul Stanley
Vinnie Vincent Paul Stanley Lick It Up 1983 [86]
"God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You II" Song released as a single
(Argent cover)
Russ Ballard
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons
Bob Ezrin Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons Revenge 1992 [87]
"God of Thunder"
Paul Stanley Gene Simmons Destroyer 1976 [88]
"Goin' Blind"
Gene Simmons
Stephen Coronel Gene Simmons Hotter than Hell 1974 [89]
"Good Girl Gone Bad"
Gene Simmons
Davitt Sigerson
Peter Diggins Gene Simmons Crazy Nights 1987 [90]
"Got Love for Sale"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Love Gun 1977 [91]
"Got to Choose"
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Hotter than Hell 1974 [92]
"Great Expectations"
Gene Simmons
Bob Ezrin Gene Simmons Destroyer 1976 [93]
"Hard Luck Woman" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley Peter Criss Rock and Roll Over 1976 [94]
"Hard Times"
Ace Frehley Ace Frehley Dynasty 1979 [95]
"Hate"
Gene Simmons
Bruce Kulick
Scott van Zen Gene Simmons Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions 1997 [96]
"Heart of Chrome"
Paul Stanley
Vinnie Vincent
Bob Ezrin Paul Stanley Revenge 1992 [97]
"Heaven's on Fire" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Desmond Child Paul Stanley Animalize 1984 [98]
"Hell or Hallelujah"
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Monster 2012 [99]
"Hell or High Water"
Gene Simmons
Bruce Kulick Gene Simmons Crazy Nights 1987 [100]
"Hide Your Heart" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Desmond Child
Holly Knight Paul Stanley Hot in the Shade 1989 [101]
"Hooligan"
Peter Criss
Stan Penridge Peter Criss Love Gun 1977 [102]
"Hot and Cold"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Sonic Boom 2009 [103]
"Hotter than Hell"
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Hotter than Hell 1974 [104]
"I" Song released as a single
Gene Simmons
Bob Ezrin Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons Music from "The Elder" 1981 [105]
"I Confess"
Gene Simmons
Ken Tamplin Gene Simmons Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions 1997 [106]
"I Finally Found My Way" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Bob Ezrin Peter Criss Psycho Circus 1998 [107]
"I Just Wanna" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Vinnie Vincent Paul Stanley Revenge 1992 [108]
"I Know Who You Are"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Love Gun
(deluxe edition reissue only) 2014 [109]
"I Love It Loud" Song released as a single
Gene Simmons
Vinnie Vincent Gene Simmons Creatures of the Night 1982 [110]
"I Pledge Allegiance to the State of Rock & Roll"
Paul Stanley
Curtis Cuomo
Holly Knight Paul Stanley Psycho Circus 1998 [111]
"I Still Love You"
Paul Stanley
Vinnie Vincent Paul Stanley Creatures of the Night 1982 [112]
"I Stole Your Love"
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Love Gun 1977 [113]
"I Walk Alone"
Gene Simmons
Bruce Kulick Bruce Kulick Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions 1997 [114]
"I Want You"
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Rock and Roll Over 1976 [115]
"I Was Made for Lovin' You" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Vini Poncia
Desmond Child Paul Stanley Dynasty 1979 [116]
"I Will Be There"
Paul Stanley
Bruce Kulick
Curtis Cuomo Paul Stanley Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions 1997 [117]
"I'll Fight Hell to Hold You"
Paul Stanley
Adam Mitchell
Bruce Kulick Paul Stanley Crazy Nights 1987 [118]
"I'm a Legend Tonight"
Paul Stanley
Adam Mitchell Paul Stanley Killers 1982 [119]
"I'm Alive"
Paul Stanley
Desmond Child
Bruce Kulick Paul Stanley Asylum 1985 [120]
"I'm an Animal"
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons
Tommy Thayer Gene Simmons Sonic Boom 2009 [121]
"I've Had Enough (Into the Fire)"
Paul Stanley
Desmond Child Paul Stanley Animalize 1984 [122]
"In My Head"
Gene Simmons
Scott van Zen
Jaime St. James Gene Simmons Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions 1997 [123]
"In the Mirror"
Paul Stanley
Bruce Kulick
Curtis Cuomo Paul Stanley Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions 1997 [124]
"In Your Face"
Gene Simmons Ace Frehley Psycho Circus
(Japanese edition only) 1998 [125]
"Into the Void"
Ace Frehley
Karl Cochran Ace Frehley Psycho Circus 1998 [126]
"Is That You?"
Gerard McMahon Paul Stanley Unmasked 1980 [127]
"It Never Goes Away"
Paul Stanley
Bruce Kulick
Curtis Cuomo Paul Stanley Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions 1997 [128]
"It's My Life"
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons Paul Stanley The Box Set 2001 [129]
"Journey of 1,000 Years"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Psycho Circus 1998 [130]
"Jungle" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Bruce Kulick
Curtis Cuomo Paul Stanley Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions 1997 [131]
"Just a Boy"
Paul Stanley
Bob Ezrin Paul Stanley Music from "The Elder" 1981 [132]
"Keep Me Comin'"
Paul Stanley
Adam Mitchell Paul Stanley Creatures of the Night 1982 [133]
"Killer" Song released as a single
Gene Simmons
Vinnie Vincent Gene Simmons Creatures of the Night 1982 [134]
"King of Hearts"
Paul Stanley
Vini Poncia Paul Stanley Hot in the Shade 1989 [135]
"King of the Mountain"
Paul Stanley
Desmond Child
Bruce Kulick Paul Stanley Asylum 1985 [136]
"King of the Night Time World"
Paul Stanley
Kim Fowley
Mark Anthony
Bob Ezrin Paul Stanley Destroyer 1976 [137]
"Kissin' Time" Song released as a single
(Bobby Rydell cover)
Kal Mann
Bernie Lowe Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley
Peter Criss Kiss 1974 [138]
"Ladies in Waiting"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Dressed to Kill 1975 [139]
"Ladies Room"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Rock and Roll Over 1976 [140]
"Larger than Life"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Alive II 1977 [141]
"Last Chance"
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons
Tommy Thayer Paul Stanley Monster 2012 [142]
"Leeta"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons The Box Set 2001 [143]
"Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll" Song released as a single
Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley Gene Simmons Hotter than Hell 1974 [144]
"Let Me Know"
Paul Stanley Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley Kiss 1974 [145]
"Let's Put the X in Sex" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Desmond Child Paul Stanley Smashes, Thrashes & Hits 1988 [146]
"Lick It Up" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Vinnie Vincent Paul Stanley Lick It Up 1983 [147]
"Little Caesar"
Eric Carr
Gene Simmons
Adam Mitchell Eric Carr Hot in the Shade 1989 [148]
"Lonely Is the Hunter"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Animalize 1984 [149]
"Long Way Down"
Paul Stanley
Tommy Thayer Paul Stanley Monster 2012 [150]
"Love 'Em and Leave 'Em"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Rock and Roll Over 1976 [151]
"Love Gun" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Love Gun 1977 [152]
"Love Her All I Can"
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Dressed to Kill 1975 [153]
"Love Theme from Kiss"
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons
Ace Frehley
Peter Criss none (instrumental) Kiss 1974 [154]
"Love's a Deadly Weapon"
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons
Rod Swenson
Wes Beech Gene Simmons Asylum 1985 [155]
"Love's a Slap in the Face"
Gene Simmons
Vini Poncia Gene Simmons Hot in the Shade 1989 [156]
"Mad Dog"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons The Box Set 2001 [157]
"Magic Touch"
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Dynasty 1979 [158]
"Mainline"
Paul Stanley Peter Criss Hotter than Hell 1974 [159]
"Makin' Love"
Paul Stanley
Sean Delaney Paul Stanley Rock and Roll Over 1976 [160]
"Master & Slave"
Paul Stanley
Bruce Kulick
Curtis Cuomo Paul Stanley Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions 1997 [161]
"A Million to One"
Paul Stanley
Vinnie Vincent Paul Stanley Lick It Up 1983 [162]
"Modern Day Delilah" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Sonic Boom 2009 [163]
"Mr. Blackwell"
Gene Simmons
Lou Reed Gene Simmons Music from "The Elder" 1981 [164]
"Mr. Speed"
Paul Stanley
Sean Delaney Paul Stanley Rock and Roll Over 1976 [165]
"Much Too Soon"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Love Gun
(deluxe edition reissue only) 2014 [166]
"Murder in High-Heels"
Gene Simmons
Mitch Weissman Gene Simmons Animalize 1984 [167]
"My Way"
Paul Stanley
Desmond Child
Bruce Turgon Paul Stanley Crazy Nights 1987 [168]
"Naked City"
Gene Simmons
Vini Poncia
Bob Kulick
Pepe Castro Gene Simmons Unmasked 1980 [169]
"Never Enough" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Tommy Thayer Paul Stanley Sonic Boom 2009 [170]
"No, No, No"
Gene Simmons
Bruce Kulick
Eric Carr Gene Simmons Crazy Nights 1987 [171]
"Not for the Innocent"
Gene Simmons
Vinnie Vincent Gene Simmons Lick It Up 1983 [172]
"Nothin' to Lose" Song released as a single
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons
Peter Criss Kiss 1974 [173]
"Nothing Can Keep Me from You"
Diane Warren Paul Stanley Detroit Rock City 1999 [174]
"Nowhere to Run"
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Killers 1982 [175]
"The Oath" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Bob Ezrin
Tony Powers Paul Stanley Music from "The Elder" 1981 [176]
"Odyssey"
Tony Powers Paul Stanley Music from "The Elder" 1981 [177]
"Only You"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley Music from "The Elder" 1981 [178]
"Outta This World"
Tommy Thayer Tommy Thayer Monster 2012 [179]
"Paralyzed"
Gene Simmons
Bob Ezrin Gene Simmons Revenge 1992 [180]
"Parasite"
Ace Frehley Gene Simmons Hotter than Hell 1974 [181]
"Partners in Crime"
Paul Stanley
Adam Mitchell Paul Stanley Killers 1982 [182]
"Plaster Caster"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Love Gun 1977 [183]
"Prisoner of Love"
Gene Simmons
Bruce Kulick Gene Simmons Hot in the Shade 1989 [184]
"Psycho Circus" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Curtis Cuomo Paul Stanley Psycho Circus 1998 [185]
"Radar for Love"
Paul Stanley
Desmond Child Paul Stanley Asylum 1985 [186]
"Rain"
Paul Stanley
Bruce Kulick
Curt Cuomo Paul Stanley Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions 1997 [187]
"Raise Your Glasses"
Paul Stanley
Holly Knight Paul Stanley Psycho Circus 1998 [188]
"Read My Body"
Paul Stanley
Bob Halligan Jr. Paul Stanley Hot in the Shade 1989 [189]
"Reason to Live" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Desmond Child Paul Stanley Crazy Nights 1987 [190]
"Reputation"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Love Gun
(deluxe edition reissue only) 2014 [191]
"Right Here Right Now"
Paul Stanley
Tommy Thayer Paul Stanley Monster
(digital editions only) 2012 [192]
[193]
"Rise to It" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Bob Halligan Jr. Paul Stanley Hot in the Shade 1989 [194]
"Rock and Roll All Nite" Song released as a single
Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley Gene Simmons Dressed to Kill 1975 [195]
"Rock and Roll Hell"
Gene Simmons
Bryan Adams
Jim Vallance Gene Simmons Creatures of the Night 1982 [196]
"Rock and Roll Demons"
(hidden track also known as "Rock and Roll Party")
Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley
Bob Ezrin none (instrumental) Destroyer 1976 [197]
"Rock Bottom"
Paul Stanley
Ace Frehley Paul Stanley Dressed to Kill 1975 [198]
"Rocket Ride" Song released as a single
Ace Frehley
Sean Delaney Ace Frehley Alive II 1977 [199]
"Rockin' in the U.S.A."
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Alive II 1977 [200]
"Room Service"
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Dressed to Kill 1975 [201]
"Russian Roulette"
Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley Gene Simmons Sonic Boom 2009 [202]
"Saint and Sinner"
Gene Simmons
Mikel Japp Gene Simmons Creatures of the Night 1982 [203]
"Samurai Son"
(with Momoiro Clover Z)
Paul Stanley
Greg Collins Paul Stanley "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mi na" 2015 [204][23]
"Save Your Love"
Ace Frehley Ace Frehley Dynasty 1979 [205]
"Say Yeah" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Sonic Boom 2009 [206]
"Secretly Cruel"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Asylum 1985 [207]
"Seduction of the Innocent"
Gene Simmons
Scott van Zen Gene Simmons Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions 1997 [208]
"See You in Your Dreams"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Rock and Roll Over 1976 [209]
"Shandi" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Vini Poncia Paul Stanley Unmasked 1980 [210]
"She"
Gene Simmons
Stephen Coronel Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley Dressed to Kill 1975 [211]
"She's So European"
Gene Simmons
Vini Poncia Gene Simmons Unmasked 1980 [212]
"Shock Me"
Ace Frehley Ace Frehley Love Gun 1977 [213]
"Shout It Out Loud" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons
Bob Ezrin Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons Destroyer 1976 [214]
"Shout Mercy"
Paul Stanley
Tommy Thayer Paul Stanley Monster 2012 [215]
"Silver Spoon"
Paul Stanley
Vini Poncia Paul Stanley Hot in the Shade 1989 [216]
"Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell"
Gene Simmons
Vini Poncia Gene Simmons Hot in the Shade 1989 [217]
"Spit"
Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley
Scott van Zen Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley Revenge 1992 [218]
"Stand"
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons Sonic Boom 2009 [219]
"Stop, Look to Listen"
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley The Box Set 2001 [220]
"Strange Ways"
Ace Frehley Peter Criss Hotter than Hell 1974 [221]
"The Street Giveth and the Street Taketh Away"
Gene Simmons
Tommy Thayer Gene Simmons Hot in the Shade 1989 [222]
"Strutter" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons Paul Stanley Kiss 1974 [223]
"Sure Know Something" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Vini Poncia Paul Stanley Dynasty 1979 [224]
"Sweet Pain"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Destroyer 1976 [225]
"Take It Off"
Paul Stanley
Bob Ezrin
Kane Roberts Paul Stanley Revenge 1992 [226]
"Take Me"
Paul Stanley
Sean Delaney Paul Stanley Rock and Roll Over 1976 [227]
"Take Me Down Below"
Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley
Tommy Thayer Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley Monster 2012 [228]
"Talk to Me" Song released as a single
Ace Frehley Ace Frehley Unmasked 1980 [229]
"Tears Are Falling" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Asylum 1985 [230]
"Then She Kissed Me"
(The Crystals cover)
Jeff Barry
Ellie Greenwich
Phil Spector Paul Stanley Love Gun 1977 [231]
"Thief in the Night"
Gene Simmons
Mitch Weissman Gene Simmons Crazy Nights 1987 [232]
"Thou Shalt Not"
Gene Simmons
Jesse Damon Gene Simmons Revenge 1992 [233]
"Thrills in the Night" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Jean Beauvoir Paul Stanley Animalize 1984 [234]
"Time Traveler"
Paul Stanley
Desmond Child Paul Stanley The Box Set 2001 [235]
"Tomorrow" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Vini Poncia Paul Stanley Unmasked 1980 [236]
"Tomorrow and Tonight"
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Love Gun 1977 [237]
"Torpedo Girl"
Ace Frehley
Vini Poncia Ace Frehley Unmasked 1980 [238]
"Tough Love"
Paul Stanley
Bob Ezrin
Bruce Kulick Paul Stanley Revenge 1992 [239]
"Trial by Fire"
Gene Simmons
Bruce Kulick Gene Simmons Asylum 1985 [240]
"Turn On the Night" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Diane Warren Paul Stanley Crazy Nights 1987 [241]
"Two Sides of the Coin"
Ace Frehley Ace Frehley Unmasked 1980 [242]
"Two Timer"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Dressed to Kill 1975 [243]
"Uh! All Night"
Paul Stanley
Desmond Child
Jean Beauvoir Paul Stanley Asylum 1985 [244]
"Under the Gun"
Paul Stanley
Desmond Child
Eric Carr Paul Stanley Animalize 1984 [245]
"Under the Rose"
Gene Simmons
Eric Carr Gene Simmons Music from "The Elder" 1981 [246]
"Unholy" Song released as a single
Gene Simmons
Vinnie Vincent Gene Simmons Revenge 1992 [247]
"Venus and Mars/Rock Show"
(Wings cover)
Paul McCartney
Linda McCartney Paul Stanley The Art of McCartney 2014 [248]
"Wall of Sound"
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons
Tommy Thayer Gene Simmons Monster 2012 [249]
"War Machine"
Gene Simmons
Bryan Adams
Jim Vallance Gene Simmons Creatures of the Night 1982 [250]
"Watchin' You"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Hotter than Hell 1974 [251]
"We Are One" Song released as a single
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Psycho Circus 1998 [252]
"What Makes the World Go 'Round"
Paul Stanley
Vini Poncia Paul Stanley Unmasked 1980 [253]
"When Lightning Strikes"
Tommy Thayer
Paul Stanley Tommy Thayer Sonic Boom 2009 [254]
"When Your Walls Come Down"
Paul Stanley
Adam Mitchell
Bruce Kulick Paul Stanley Crazy Nights 1987 [255]
"While the City Sleeps"
Gene Simmons
Mitch Weissman Gene Simmons Animalize 1984 [256]
"Who Wants to Be Lonely"
Paul Stanley
Desmond Child
Jean Beauvoir Paul Stanley Asylum 1985 [257]
"Within"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Psycho Circus 1998 [258]
"A World Without Heroes" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons
Bob Ezrin
Lou Reed Gene Simmons Music from "The Elder" 1981 [259]
"X-Ray Eyes"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Dynasty 1979 [260]
"Yes I Know (Nobody's Perfect)"
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Sonic Boom 2009 [261]
"You Love Me to Hate You"
Paul Stanley
Desmond Child Paul Stanley Hot in the Shade 1989 [262]
"(You Make Me) Rock Hard" Song released as a single
Paul Stanley
Desmond Child
Diane Warren Paul Stanley Smashes, Thrashes & Hits 1988 [263]
"You Wanted the Best" Song released as a single
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley
Peter Criss
Ace Frehley Psycho Circus 1998 [264]
"You're All That I Want"
Gene Simmons
Vini Poncia Gene Simmons Unmasked 1980 [265]
"Young and Wasted"
Gene Simmons
Vinnie Vincent Gene Simmons Lick It Up 1983 [266]
"Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mi na" Song released as a single
(with Momoiro Clover Z)
Paul Stanley
Greg Collins
Yuho Iwasato Momoiro Clover Z "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mi na" 2015 [267][23
Rooted in the campy theatrics of Alice Cooper and the sleazy hard rock of glam rockers the New York Dolls, Kiss became a favorite of American teenagers in the '70s. Most kids were infatuated with the look of Kiss, not their music. Decked out in outrageously flamboyant costumes and makeup, the band fashioned a captivating stage show featuring dry ice, smoke bombs, elaborate lighting, blood spitting, and fire breathing that captured the imaginations of thousands of kids. But Kiss' music shouldn't be dismissed -- it was a commercially potent mix of anthemic, fist-pounding hard rock driven by sleek hooks and ballads loud guitars, cloying melodies, and sweeping strings. It was a sound that laid the groundwork for both arena rock and the pop-metal that dominated rock in the late '80s.
Kiss was the brainchild of Gene Simmons (bass, vocals) and Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar, vocals), former members of the New York-based hard rock band Wicked Lester; the duo brought in drummer Peter Criss through his ad in Rolling Stone, while guitarist Ace Frehley responded to an advertisement in The Village Voice. Even at their first Manhattan concert in 1973, the group's approach was theatrical, and Flipside producer Bill Aucoin offered the band a management deal after the show. Two weeks later, the band was signed to Neil Bogart's fledgling record label, Casablanca. Kiss released their self-titled debut in February of 1974; it peaked at number 87 on the U.S. charts. By April of 1975, the group had released three albums and had been touring America constantly, building up a sizable fan base.
Alive!
Culled from those numerous concerts, Alive! (released in the fall of 1975) made the band rock & roll superstars; it climbed into the Top Ten and its accompanying single, "Rock 'N' Roll All Nite," made it to number 12. Their follow-up, Destroyer, was released in March of 1976 and became the group's first platinum album; it also featured their first Top Ten single, Peter Criss' power ballad "Beth." Kiss mania was in full swing; thousands of pieces of merchandise hit the marketplace (including pinball machines, makeup and masks, and board games), and the group had two comic books released by Marvel as well as a live-action TV movie, Kiss Meet the Phantom of the Park. A 1977 Gallup poll named Kiss the most popular band in America. The group was never seen in public without wearing their makeup, and their popularity was growing by leaps and bounds; the membership of the Kiss Army, the band's fan club, was in the six figures.
Dynasty
Even such enormous popularity had its limits, though, and the band reached them in 1978, when all four members released solo albums on the same day in October. Simmons' record was the most successful, reaching number 22 on the charts, yet all of them made it into the Top 50. Dynasty, released in 1979, continued their streak of platinum albums, yet it was their last record with the original lineup -- Criss left in 1980. Kiss Unmasked, released in the summer of 1980, was recorded with session drummer Anton Fig; Criss' true replacement, Eric Carr, joined the band in time for their 1980 world tour. Kiss Unmasked was their first record since Destroyer to fail to go platinum, and 1981's Music from the Elder, their first album recorded with Carr, didn't even go gold -- it couldn't even climb past number 75 on the charts. Ace Frehley left the band after its release; he was replaced by Vinnie Vincent in 1982. Vincent's first album with the group, 1982's Creatures of the Night, fared better than Music from the Elder, yet it couldn't make it past number 45 on the charts.
Lick It Up
Sensing it was time for a change, Kiss dispensed with their makeup for 1983's Lick It Up. The publicity worked, as the album became their first platinum record in four years. Animalize, released the following year, was just as successful, and the group essentially recaptured their niche. Vincent left after Animalize and was replaced by Mark St. John, although St. John was soon taken ill with Reiter's Syndrome and left the band. Bruce Kulick became Kiss' new lead guitarist in 1984. For the rest of the decade, Kiss turned out a series of best-selling albums, culminating in the early 1990 hit ballad "Forever," which was their biggest single since "Beth." Kiss was scheduled to record a new album with their old producer, Bob Ezrin, in 1990 when Eric Carr became severely ill with cancer; he died in November of 1991 at the age of 41. Kiss replaced him with Eric Singer and recorded Revenge (1992), their first album since 1989; it was a Top Ten hit and went gold. Kiss followed it with the release of Alive III the following year; it performed respectably, but was not up to the standards of their two previous live records.
Psycho Circus
In 1996, the original lineup of Kiss -- featuring Simmons, Stanley, Frehley, and Criss -- reunited to perform an international tour, complete with their notorious makeup and special effects. The tour was one of the most successful of 1996, and in 1998 the reunited group issued Psycho Circus. While the ensuing tour in support of Psycho Circus was a success, sales of Kiss' reunion album weren't as stellar as anticipated. Reminiscent of the band's unfocused late-'70s period, few tracks on Psycho Circus featured all four members playing together (most tracks were supplemented with session musicians), as the band seemed more interested in flooding the marketplace with merchandise yet again instead of making the music their top priority. With rumors running rampant that the Psycho Circus Tour would be their last, the quartet announced in the spring of 2000 that they would be launching a U.S. farewell tour in the summer, which became one of the year's top concert draws. But on the eve of a Japanese and Australian tour in early 2001, Peter Criss suddenly left the band once again, supposedly discontent with his salary. Taking his place was previous Kiss drummer Eric Singer, who in a controversial move for some longtime fans, donned Criss' cat-man makeup (since Simmons and Stanley own both Frehley and Criss' makeup designs, there was no threat of a lawsuit) as the farewell tour continued.
KISSology
With the band scheduled to call it a day (supposedly) by late 2001, a mammoth career-encompassing box set was set for later in the year, while the summer saw perhaps the most over-the-top piece of Kiss merchandise yet -- the "Kiss Kasket." The group was relatively quiet throughout the rest of the year, but 2002 started with a bang as Gene Simmons turned in an entertaining and controversial interview on NPR where he criticized the organization and berated host Terry Gross with sexual comments and condescending answers. He was promoting his autobiography at the time, which also caused dissent in the Kiss camp because of inflammatory remarks made toward Ace Frehley. Frehley subsequently declined to appear at an American Bandstand anniversary show; his place was taken by a wig-wearing Tommy Thayer, and Simmons was quick to dismiss the performance as another in a long series of money-oriented decisions. The band kept touring the globe with no new album in stores, but in 2008 they returned to the studio, re-recorded their hits, and released Jigoku-Retsuden aka KISSology or Kiss Klassics (the release was initially exclusive to Japan).
Sonic Boom
In spring of 2009, the band began recording their first studio album in 11 years, and released the results in October with the title Sonic Boom. Produced by Paul Stanley and Greg Collins, the album was exclusively distributed in North America by Wal-Mart. In 2012, the band's 20th studio album, Monster, surfaced, rewriting the cowbell-heavy party rock of their '70s heyday and adding some nods to the sinister metal of 1992's Revenge. In 2014, after 15 years of eligibility, Kiss was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The following year they released a collaborative single with the Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z. In 2017, a career-spanning single-disc best-of, Kissworld, was released to coincide with a massive world tour of the same name.
All Credits Art Direction Artwork Audio Production Bass Composer Design Guitar MC Performer Photography Primary Artist Producer Text Tributee Vocals
2018 Classic Road Trip [UMOD] Primary Artist
2018 Rock & Roll Love Kiss Primary Artist
2018 Rock Legends: The Ultimate Collection Primary Artist
2017 '70s Schooldays: The Ultimate Collection [2017] Primary Artist
2017 20 #1's: Classic Rock Vol. 2 Primary Artist
2017 American Road Trip Primary Artist
2017 Classic Rock Ballads [2017] Primary Artist
2017 Kissworld: The Best of Kiss Kiss Primary Artist
2017 Live on Air: Legendary Broadcasts Kiss Primary Artist
2017 No. 1 Dad: The Ultimate Collection Primary Artist
2017 Now That's What I Call Tailgate Anthems Primary Artist
2017 The Roots Of Kiss Primary Artist
2017 Throwback Tunes: Classic Rock Primary Artist
2016 Buenos Aires 1994 Kiss Primary Artist
2016 Crazy Nights: Legendary Radio Broadcasts Kiss Primary Artist
2016 Fresno Broadcast 1979 Kiss Primary Artist
2016 Kiss Rocks Vegas Kiss Primary Artist
2016 Kiss Rocks Vegas [Video] Kiss Primary Artist
2015 Kiss of Death: A Tribute to Kiss Pretty Boy Floyd Tributee
2015 Now That's What I Primary Artist
2015 The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Musical Companion to the Novel by Mitch Albom [Original Soundtrack] Primary Artist
2014 100% Classic Rock Primary Artist
2014 Best of Classic Rock Primary Artist
2014 Countdown 40th Anniversary Primary Artist
2014 Greatest Ever! Rock Ballads [2014] Primary Artist
2014 Heavy Metal Icons Primary Artist
2014 Kiss 40 Years: Decades of Decibels Kiss Primary Artist, Producer
2014 Latest & Greatest American Anthems Primary Artist
2014 Latest & Greatest Driving Rock Anthems Primary Artist
2014 Latest & Greatest Heavy Metal Primary Artist
2014 NOW: 25 Top Hits of the 1970's Primary Artist
2014 Rock Anthems: The Ultimate Collection [2014] Primary Artist
2014 The Ultimate Collection: Driving Songs Primary Artist
2014 The Art of McCartney Primary Artist
2014 Under Command Portrait / RAM Composer
2013 100 Hits: Driving Rock [2013] Primary Artist
2013 5 Classic Albums Kiss Primary Artist, Producer
2013 Best of Kiss Kiss Primary Artist
2013 Eddie Stobart Trucking Songs Primary Artist
2013 Fast Loud Death Lost Society Tributee
2013 Latest & Greatest Guitar Heroes Primary Artist
2013 Oh Yes We Can Love: The History of Glam Rock Primary Artist
2013 The Ritz on Fire Kiss Primary Artist
2013 The Very Best of TV Ad Songs Primary Artist
2012 105 Friends '80: Gli Ottantoni Di Ross & Tony Primary Artist
2012 American Anthems: All Time Classics Primary Artist
2012 Greatest Ever! Driving Rock Primary Artist
2012 Greatest Ever!: Heavy Metal Primary Artist
2012 Greatest Ever!: Soft Rock: The Definitive Collection Primary Artist
2012 Monster Kiss Primary Artist
2012 The Boys Are Back in Town 2012 Primary Artist
2012 The Casablanca Singles: 1974-1982 Kiss Primary Artist, Producer
2011 American Anthems II Primary Artist
2011 Gods of Guitar [Universal] Primary Artist
2011 Greatest Ever! Eighties Hits: The Definitive Collection Primary Artist
2011 RTL2 Pop Rock Selection Primary Artist
2011 The Dilemma [Original Soundtrack] Primary Artist
2010 Babies Go Kiss Tributee
2010 Icon Kiss Primary Artist, Producer
2010 Icon 2 Kiss Primary Artist, Producer
2010 Kiss/Hotter Than Hell Kiss Primary Artist
2010 Rock Anthems [Universal 2010] Primary Artist
2010 Sounds of Vancouver 2010: Canada's Hockey Anthems Primary Artist
2010 Total 80s Pop Primary Artist
2010 Total Drivetime Primary Artist
2009 100 Hits: Movies Composer
2009 Authorized Bootleg: Live - Nashville Municipal Auditorium 1998 Kiss Primary Artist
2009 Dad Rocks! Primary Artist
2009 Destroyer/Rock And Roll Over Kiss Primary Artist
2009 Guitar Monster Primary Artist
2009 Hair Metal Hero DJ Solo Primary Artist
2009 I Love You, Beth Cooper Primary Artist
2009 Kissology: The Ultimate Kiss Collection, Vols. 1-3 Kiss Primary Artist
2009 Kitsune Tabloid Phoenix Primary Artist
2009 Legends of Rock Kiss Primary Artist
2009 Legends of Rock Primary Artist
2009 Monster Ballads: The Ultimate Set Primary Artist
2009 Now That's What I Primary Artist
2009 Over the Top Unauthorised Kiss Primary Artist
2009 Resurrection Unauthorized Kiss Primary Artist
2009 Sonic Boom Kiss Primary Artist, Producer
2009 The Lowdown Unauthorized Kiss Primary Artist
2009 Ultimate Collection: Dad Primary Artist
2008 100 Hits: Drive Time Primary Artist
2008 Absolute Rock Anthems Primary Artist
2008 Alive: The Millennium Concert Kiss Primary Artist, Producer
2008 All-Star Sports Jams Primary Artist
2008 Alle Hits! Die 70er Primary Artist
2008 Billboard Top 40 Karaoke: 1970s [Box] Sybersound Primary Artist
2008 Classic Rock BBQ Primary Artist
2008 Classics Kiss Primary Artist
2008 Dad's Jukebox Primary Artist
2008 Die Hit Giganten: Hot Hits Primary Artist
2008 Die Ultimative Chart Show: Die Erfolgreichsten Rock Classics Primary Artist
2008 Die Ultimative Chartshow: Rock Classics Primary Artist
2008 Discoveries Kiss Primary Artist
2008 Driving Songs: The Ultimate Collection Primary Artist
2008 Favorites Kiss Primary Artist
2008 Firehouse - Live Kiss Primary Artist
2008 I Love Metal [Central Station] Primary Artist
2008 IKONS Kiss Primary Artist
2008 In Concert [DVD] Kiss Primary Artist
2008 KISSology Kiss Primary Artist
2008 New Recordings/KISSology Kiss Primary Artist
2008 Noisemakers of 70's Rock Primary Artist
2008 Now That's What I Call Classic Rock Primary Artist
2008 Old Skool of Rock, Vol. 2 Primary Artist
2008 Perfect Driving Album Primary Artist
2008 Playlist Plus Kiss Primary Artist
2008 Playlist Your Way Kiss Primary Artist
2008 Pondus Flat Fuzzpedal Primary Artist
2008 Rock Power Kiss Primary Artist
2008 Rock the Universe [Immortal] Primary Artist
2008 Solid Rock, Vol. 2 Primary Artist
2008 The Best of 1976: 20th Century Masters Primary Artist
2008 The Best of 1979: 20th Century Masters Primary Artist
2008 The Best of Hard Rock, Vol. 2: 20th Century Masters the Millennium Collection Primary Artist
2008 The Best of Kiss: Green Series Kiss Primary Artist
2008 The Complete Collection Kiss Primary Artist
2007 70's, Vol. 3 Primary Artist
2007 As Cinco Melhores Primary Artist
2007 Biggest BBQ Album, Vol. 2 Primary Artist
2007 Cat Tales Kiss Primary Artist
2007 Club 80s [Universal] Primary Artist
2007 Deejay 25 Primary Artist
2007 Essential Playlist: 20 Non-Stop Hits! 70s Primary Artist
2007 Greatest Kiss Kiss Primary Artist
2007 Halloween [2007 Original Soundtrack] Primary Artist
2007 Heavy Metal [Rhino Box Set] Primary Artist
2007 KISSology: The Ultimate Kiss Collection, Vol. 2: 1978-1991 Kiss Primary Artist
2007 KISSology: The Ultimate Kiss Collection, Vol. 3: 1992-2000 Kiss Primary Artist
2007 Legends Informercial Set Primary Artist
2007 Move: Driving with Pop & Beat Songs Primary Artist
2007 Now That's What I s [3 CD] Primary Artist
2007 Road Trippin' Primary Artist
2007 Rockopilatorio Primary Artist
2007 The Seventies: Hard Rockin 70's, Vol. 1 Primary Artist
2007 The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] Primary Artist
2007 The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection: Love Hurts Primary Artist
2007 True Disco Primary Artist
2007 True Power Ballads Primary Artist
2006 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection, Vol. 3 Kiss Primary Artist
2006 Ace, Gene, Peter and Paul (Solos Box Set) Kiss Primary Artist
2006 Double Platinum: Box Set Kiss Primary Artist
2006 Greatest Ever!: Eighties [2006] Primary Artist
2006 Guilty Pleasures: Shameless Blameless Fun Primary Artist
2006 Headbanger Classics, Vol. 1 Primary Artist
2006 KISSology: The Ultimate Kiss Collection, Vol. 1: 1974-1977 Kiss Primary Artist
2006 Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 Kiss Primary Artist
2006 Krazy Killer (1994 Detroit Kiss Konvention/Interviews) Kiss Primary Artist
2006 Monster Ballads: Platinum Edition Primary Artist
2006 Monsters of Rock [EMI] Primary Artist
2006 R35: Rock & Pops Super Hits Primary Artist
2006 Skitz Metal Primary Artist
2005 Best of Hard Rock, Vol. 2: Kiss/Scorpions/Alice Cooper Primary Artist
2005 Chronicles Kiss Primary Artist, Audio Production
2005 Greatest Kiss Kiss Primary Artist
2005 Instant Live: Alltel Pavillion at Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC, 07/27/04 Kiss Primary Artist
2005 Love Gun: Live at River Plate Stadium, Argentina Kiss Primary Artist
2005 MTV Unplugged, Vol. 3 Primary Artist
2005 Peer Pressure, Vol. 2 D-Block Primary Artist
2005 Power Ballads Gold Primary Artist
2005 Rock Hits [Universal] Primary Artist
2005 Rock the Nation: Live Kiss Primary Artist
2005 Rockin' the Corps Primary Artist
2005 Rockin' the Corps [DVD] Primary Artist
2005 The Classic Interviews Kiss Primary Artist
2005 Top Gear [Universal] Primary Artist
2005 Ultimate 16: Ultimate 80's Rock Primary Artist
2004 20th Century Masters - The DVD Collection: The Best of Kiss Kiss Primary Artist
2004 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss, Vol. 2 Kiss Primary Artist
2004 Best of Glam Rock Primary Artist
2004 Gold: 1974-1982 - Sound+Vision Kiss Primary Artist, Producer, Audio Production
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [Box Set] Primary Artist
2004 Instant Live: Clark County Amphitheatre - Ridgefield, WA, 06/22/04 Kiss Primary Artist
2004 Instant Live: Ford Pavilion at Montage Mountain - Scranton, PA, 07/23/04 Kiss Primary Artist
2004 Instant Live: Tweeter Center - Tinley Park, IL, 07/09/04 Kiss Primary Artist
2004 Instant Live: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Virginia Beach, VA, 07/25/04 Kiss Primary Artist
2004 The String Quartet Tribute to Kiss Vitamin String Quartet Tributee
2004 Very Best of MTV Unplugged, Vol. 3 [Bonus DVD] Primary Artist
2004 World Cup Of Hockey 2004 Primary Artist
2003 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of '80s Rock Primary Artist
2003 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss Kiss Primary Artist, Producer
2003 Autant en Emporte le Rock 1960-2000 Ange Primary Artist
2003 Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll: Special Novelty Edition Primary Artist
2003 Kiss Symphony: Alive IV Kiss Primary Artist, Art Direction
2003 Kiss Symphony: The DVD Kiss Primary Artist
2003 Kiss Symphony: The Single Disc Kiss Primary Artist, Art Direction
2003 Live at the Showgrounds Kiss Primary Artist
2003 Live at the Sydney Showgrounds 1980 Kiss Primary Artist
2003 On Line Strictly Bad Tunes Primary Artist
2003 Rock Heroes Primary Artist
2003 The Lost Concert 1976 Kiss Primary Artist
2003 Unauthorized Part 2 Kiss Primary Artist
2003 We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones Primary Artist
2002 Astronomicon Without Face Composer
2002 Cover Ups Good Riddance Tributee
2002 Dark Genesis Iced Earth Primary Artist
2002 Frosh, Vol. 5 Primary Artist
2002 Live in Las Vegas Kiss Primary Artist
2002 Pure 80's Rocks Primary Artist
2002 The Very Best of Kiss Kiss Primary Artist
2001 Big Hits of the 60's [CSC/EMI] Primary Artist
2001 Dallas Cowboys: The Ultimate Team Performer, Composer, Primary Artist
2001 Denver Broncos: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 Primary Artist
2001 Immortals Kiss Primary Artist
2001 KGGO: Kiss This CD!!! Primary Artist
2001 Murder in the Graveyard Primary Artist
2001 One Hit Wonders: Novelty Experience Primary Artist
2001 Rock Star Performer, Primary Artist
2001 Rock and Roll Legends [Video/DVD] Kiss Primary Artist
2001 The Box Set Kiss Primary Artist, Producer
2001 The Sun Records Story Performer
2001 The Vintage [Video/DVD] Kiss Primary Artist
2000 Adopted by Aliens The Shape Shifters MC
2000 Audio Biography CD Kiss Primary Artist
2000 Hell's Guardians: Interviews Kiss Primary Artist
2000 Killer Kiss Kiss Primary Artist
2000 Kiss in Conversation Kiss Primary Artist
2000 Lucky Numbers Performer, Primary Artist
2000 Naughty Platinum Rock Performer, Primary Artist
2000 Private Talks Kiss Primary Artist
2000 Sing When You're Winning Robbie Williams Performer, Primary Artist
2000 Unauthorized [Video/DVD] Kiss Primary Artist
199? Ady Henry Kiss/Manhattan II Composer
1999 25th Anniversary Star Profile Kiss Primary Artist, Design
1999 Bootleg Live On-Air: Generic Version Performer, Primary Artist
1999 Detroit Rock City Performer, Primary Artist
1999 Gene Simmons Interview Kiss Primary Artist, Performer
1999 Hi Records: Early Years, Vols. 1 & 2 Performer, Primary Artist
1999 Hot Rod Box Set Performer
1999 Kings of the Night Time World Kiss Primary Artist
1999 Kiss Anthems '98 Primary Artist
1999 Rock Ballads [Imprint] Primary Artist
1999 Tale of the Fox Kiss Primary Artist
1999 That'll Flat Git It!, Vol. 16 Performer, Composer, Primary Artist
1999 The Best of Sun Rockabilly, Vol. 2 Performer
1999 The Sun Gods Performer
1998 Alive and Talking [Interview and Poster] Kiss Primary Artist
1998 Essential Sun Rockabillies, Vol. 5 Performer
1998 Kiss Box Kiss Primary Artist
1998 Kiss Uncovered Kiss Primary Artist
1998 Kiss: The Second Coming I & II [Video] Kiss Primary Artist
1998 Lost Hits of the 60's Performer
1998 Psycho Circus Kiss Primary Artist, Vocals, Bass
1998 Psycho Circus [3-D Video] Kiss Primary Artist
1998 Stone Cold Metal Steve Austin Performer, Primary Artist
1998 The Originals 1974-1979 Kiss Primary Artist
1998 The Second Coming Kiss Primary Artist
1998 Unmasked Revenge: Interview Sessions Kiss Primary Artist
1998 Unmasked: Covered in Scandinavia Kiss Primary Artist
1998 We Are One [Australia] Kiss Primary Artist
1998 We Are One [UK] Kiss Primary Artist
1998 Welcome to the Psycho Circus Kiss Primary Artist
1997 70s & 80s, Vol. 26 Performer
1997 Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions Kiss Primary Artist
1997 Country Hits [Riviere] Performer, Primary Artist
1997 Greatest Kiss Kiss Primary Artist
1997 Hell in the Asylum Kiss Primary Artist
1997 Hell in the Asylum: The Interview Sessions Kiss Primary Artist
1997 Hot Rod: Hot Rod Rebels Performer
1997 I Was Made for Lovin' You Kiss Primary Artist
1997 Kiss My Ass [Bootleg] Kiss Primary Artist
1997 Kiss of Death Kiss Primary Artist
1997 Kissaholic Killers Kiss Primary Artist
1997 Kissin' Stockholm 1997 Kiss Primary Artist
1997 Kissmania Interview Sessions Kiss Primary Artist
1997 Rock N Roll Thru the Night Kiss Primary Artist
1997 Strikeforce, Vol. 2 Performer, Primary Artist
1997 That'll Flat Git It!, Vol. 14 Performer, Composer, Primary Artist
1997 The Essential Sun Rockabillies, Vol. 3 Performer, Primary Artist
1997 Wreaking Havoc Performer, Primary Artist
1996 Beautiful Girls Performer, Primary Artist
1996 Complete Sun Singles, Vol. 3 Performer, Primary Artist
1996 Djupa andetag Frida Performer
1996 Greatest Hits [1998] Kiss Primary Artist
1996 MTV Unplugged Kiss Primary Artist
1996 MTV Unplugged [Video/DVD] Kiss Primary Artist
1996 Rock Boppin' Baby: Sun Rockabilly, Vol. 5 Performer
1996 Rock Hard Again Kiss Primary Artist
1996 The Interviews, Vol. 2 Kiss Primary Artist
1996 The Phantom of the Park Kiss Primary Artist
1996 The Rockview Interviews Kiss Primary Artist
1996 Unissued Sun Masters Performer
1996 You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! Kiss Primary Artist, Producer
1995 Classic Live Performances, Vol. 2 Performer, Primary Artist
1995 Fifteen Years On [Interview Picture Disc] Kiss Primary Artist
1995 Guitar Rock: The Late '70s Primary Artist
1995 Hard Rock Essentials: 1980s Performer, Primary Artist
1995 Jock Rock, Vol. 2 Performer, Primary Artist
1995 Masters of Metal: Thunder n' Spice Primary Artist
1995 Stomp 442 Anthrax Composer
1994 Chess Rhythm & Roll Performer, Composer, Primary Artist
1994 Hot City Nights [Alex] Performer, Primary Artist
1994 Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved Composer
1994 Kiss My Ass: The Video [VHS] Kiss Primary Artist
1994 Speed [Original Soundtrack] Performer, Primary Artist
1994 Super Hits, Vol. 5 [Hollywood] Performer, Primary Artist
1994 Wham Bam Thank You Glam Primary Artist
1993 Alive III Kiss Primary Artist, Producer
1993 Back Stage Pass (Live & Rockin') Performer, Primary Artist
1993 Black Lodge [CD Single] Anthrax Performer, Primary Artist
1993 Classic Rock, Vol. 5: Glitter Bands Performer, Primary Artist
1993 Dazed and Confused [Music from the Motion Picture] Performer, Primary Artist
1993 Hit Parader Salutes 20 Years of Metal Primary Artist
1993 Kiss Konfidential Kiss Primary Artist
1993 Konfidential and X-Treme Close Up Kiss Primary Artist, Producer
1993 Marquee Metal Performer, Primary Artist
1993 Now: 1987 [40 Tracks] Performer, Primary Artist
1992 Domino Kiss Primary Artist
1992 Everytime I Look at You Kiss Primary Artist
1992 God Gave Rock & Roll to You Kiss Primary Artist
1992 Hard to Believe: Kiss Covers Compilation Composer
1992 Revenge Kiss Primary Artist
1992 Sun Rockabilly: The Classic Recordings Vocals, Guitar
1992 Super Hits of the 60's Performer, Primary Artist
1992 X-Treme Close-Up Kiss Primary Artist
1991 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey [Soundtrack] Performer, Primary Artist
1991 First Degree Metal Performer, Primary Artist
1991 Heavy Metal Love Performer, Primary Artist
1991 Heavy Metal Memories Performer, Primary Artist
1991 Sounds of the Seventies: 1976 - Take Two Performer, Primary Artist
1990 Dick Clark's All-Time Hits, Vol. 3 Performer, Primary Artist
1990 Forever Kiss Primary Artist
1990 I Was Made for Lovin' Kiss Primary Artist
1990 Rise to It Kiss Primary Artist
1990 Rock & Roll Meltdown Primary Artist
1990 Twisted Metal Vocals, Performer, Primary Artist
1989 Hot in the Shade Kiss Primary Artist
1989 Rock & Roll Originals, Vol. 5 Performer, Primary Artist
1988 20 Great Hits of 1964 Performer, Primary Artist
1988 Chikara Kiss Primary Artist
1988 Conversation Kiss Primary Artist
1988 Early Years, Vol. 2 Performer, Primary Artist
1988 Smashes, Thrashes & Hits Kiss Primary Artist, Producer
1987 Crazy Nights Kiss Primary Artist
1987 Exposed Kiss Primary Artist
1987 Good Old Rock and Roll, Vol. 1 Performer
1987 Hi Records: The Early Years Performer, Composer, Primary Artist
1987 Interview Disc Kiss Primary Artist
1986 Hear 'n Aid Performer, Primary Artist
1985 Animalize: Live Uncensored [Video] Kiss Primary Artist
1985 Asylum Kiss Primary Artist
1985 The Singles Kiss Primary Artist
1984 Animalize Kiss Primary Artist
1984 Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'N' Roll Style Performer, Primary Artist
1983 Lick It Up Kiss Primary Artist
1982 Creatures of the Night Kiss Primary Artist
1982 Killers Kiss Primary Artist, Producer
1981 Endless Love [1981] [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Performer, Primary Artist
1981 Music from "The Elder" Kiss Primary Artist, Composer
1981 The Best of the Solo Albums Kiss Primary Artist
1980 Unmasked Kiss Primary Artist
1979 Dynasty Kiss Primary Artist
1978 Ace Frehley Ace Frehley / Kiss Primary Artist
1978 Double Platinum Kiss Primary Artist, Producer
1978 Gene Simmons Kiss / Gene Simmons Primary Artist
1978 Paul Stanley Kiss / Paul Stanley Primary Artist, Performer
1978 Peter Criss Peter Criss / Kiss Primary Artist
1978 The Originals II Kiss Primary Artist
1977 Alive II Kiss Primary Artist, Producer, Audio Production
1977 Just Landed Cosmic Kid Michael Bundt Performer, Composer, Primary Artist
1977 Kiss My Axe 1978 Kiss Primary Artist
1977 Love Gun Kiss Primary Artist, Producer, Audio Production
1977 Sneak Attack Kiss Primary Artist
1976 Destroyer Kiss Primary Artist
1976 Fried Alive Kiss Primary Artist
1976 Hit Machine Performer, Primary Artist
1976 Kiss Destroys Anaheim, Pt. 1 Kiss Primary Artist
1976 Kiss Destroys Anaheim, Pt. 2 Kiss Primary Artist
1976 Mindbender Performer, Primary Artist
1976 Rock and Roll Over Kiss Primary Artist
1976 Rock and Roll Over Radio Special Kiss Primary Artist
1976 The Originals Kiss Primary Artist
1975 Alive! Kiss Primary Artist
1975 Discomania [K- Performer, Primary Artist
1975 Dressed to Kill Kiss Primary Artist, Producer, Audio Production
1974 Hard Goods Primary Artist
1974 Hotter Than Hell Kiss Primary Artist
1974 Kiss Kiss Primary Artist
1968 Thunder on a Clear Day Twentieth Century Zoo Photography, Artwork
'80s Forever [UMOD] Primary Artist
100 Rock Primary Artist
100% Rock Guitar Anthems [Mood Media] Primary Artist
101 70s Rock Anthems Primary Artist
101 Drivetime Primary Artist
101 Power Ballads [Universal] Primary Artist
17 Top Hits of 1984 Primary Artist
20 #1's Classic Rock [2018] Primary Artist
20 #1's: Classic Rock Primary Artist
20 #1's: Power Ballads Primary Artist
20 #1’s: Classic Rock Love Songs Primary Artist
20 No. 1’s: 80's Rock Primary Artist
2001 Rock and Roll Anthems Primary Artist
25 Jaar Top 40 Hits, Deel 4: 1977-1980 Primary Artist
A Special Kiss Album for Their Summer Tour Kiss Primary Artist
A Taste of Platinum Kiss Primary Artist
Absolute Rock Anthems II Primary Artist
Absolute Rock Anthems, Vol. 3 Primary Artist
Agora Ballroom, 1974 Kiss Primary Artist
Air Guitar Anthems [UMOD] Primary Artist
Antyradio: Najlepszy Rock Na Swiecie, Vol. 4 Primary Artist
Arena Rock, Vol. 1 Performer
Artist Collection Kiss Primary Artist
Asylum of Death: Interviews Kiss Primary Artist
Beautiful Girls Primary Artist
Beer Blokes & BBQs, Vol. 3 Primary Artist
Best of 70s Rock, Vol. 2: 20th Century Masters Primary Artist
Best of 80s Rock, Vol. 2: 20th Century Masters Primary Artist
Best of Superstar Series Kiss Primary Artist
Big Bash 20/20 Primary Artist
Black Diamond: An Unauthorized Documentary Kiss Primary Artist
Burning Point Burning Point Tributee
CAPS: Campus and Pub Songs Primary Artist
Chart Show: Die Erfolgreichsten Song Girls Aller Zeiten Primary Artist
Classic Power Ballads Primary Artist
Classic Rock Anthems [Spectrum] Primary Artist
Classic Rock Icons Primary Artist
Classic Rock Radio Primary Artist
Classic Rock Workout Primary Artist
Classic Rock [Mood] Primary Artist
Classic Rock [Rhino] Primary Artist
Collection [Edge] Kiss Primary Artist
Collector's Edition Tin Kiss Primary Artist
Crazy Crazy Nights Primary Artist
Dad's Jukebox: The Very Best Of The 60's, 70's & 80's Primary Artist
Dazed and Confused Primary Artist
Don't Think. Feel!: SHM-CD Compilation Rock/Soul/Blues Edition Primary Artist
Dressed To Thrill: A Tribute To Kiss With Female Vocalists Tributee
Dressed to Kiss Kiss Primary Artist
Driven By the 80s Primary Artist
Driving Rock Primary Artist
First Kiss, Last Licks [Box] Kiss Primary Artist
Game On: The Sound of Darts Primary Artist
Gods of Guitar [Deluxe Digital] Primary Artist
Goldmark Songs Jutta Bokor Text
Greatest Ever 70s Rock Primary Artist
Greatest Ever! Dad Rock Primary Artist
Hard 'n' Heavy: 20 Hard Rock Classics Primary Artist
Hard Rock Gold Primary Artist
Headbanger's Hits, Vol. 5 Performer
Hear the Light, Vol. 1 Primary Artist
Hell or Hallelujah Kiss Primary Artist
Hockey Anthems: 1st Period-The Legends Primary Artist
How It Works: The Dad - The Album Primary Artist
Hurley's Tracks: LOST EP Primary Artist
In Vegas Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Chronicle Pavilion - Concord, CA, 06/20/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Cricket Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ, 06/18/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, TX, 06/12/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI, 06/30/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Darien Lake Pac - Darien Center, NY, 07/14/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Float-Rite Amphitheatre - Somerset, WI, 06/26/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Germain Amphitheatre - Columbus, OH, 07/10/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Hershey Park Pavilion - Hershey, PA, 07/18/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Journal Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM, 06/16/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Marcus Amphitheater - Milwaukee, WI, 07/07/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Nissan Pavilion - Bristow, VA, 07/24/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Post-Gazette Pavillion - Pittsburgh, PA, 07/04/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH, 07/11/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Smirnoff Music Centre - Dallas, TX, 06/11/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Sound Advice Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL, 07/30/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Starwood Amphitheatre - Nashville, TN, 07/02/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY, 07/21/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Trump Taj Mahal - Atlantic City, NJ, 07/17/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Tweeter City - Mansfield, MA, 07/16/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Tweeter Waterfront - Camden, NJ, 07/13/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Umb Bank Pavilion - Maryland Heights, MO, 06/28/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Verizon Wireless Amphiteater - Selma, TX, 06/10/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Bonner Springs, KS, 06/27/04 Kiss Primary Artist
Instant Live: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA, 06/19/04 Kiss Primary Artist
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ACE FREHLEY
Birth name
Paul Daniel Frehley
Also known as
Space Ace
Born
April 27, 1951
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres
Hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s)
Musician, songwriter
Instruments
Guitar, vocals
Years active
1973–present
Labels
Casablanca, Mercury, Megaforce, Bronx Born
Associated acts
Kiss, Frehley's Comet, Ace Frehley Band
Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley (/'fre?li/; born April 27, 1951)[1][self-published source][2] is an American musician and songwriter best known as the original lead guitarist and co-founding member of the rock band Kiss. He invented the persona of the "Spaceman" (a.k.a. "Space Ace") and played with the group from its inception in 1973 until his departure in 1982. After leaving Kiss, Frehley embarked on a solo career, which was put on hold when he rejoined Kiss in 1996 for a highly-successful reunion tour.
Frehley's second tenure with Kiss lasted until 2002, when he left at the conclusion of what was originally purported to be the band's Farewell Tour. His most recent solo album, Spaceman, was released on October 19, 2018. Guitar World magazine ranked him as the 14th Greatest Metal Guitarist of All Time. Outside Kiss, Frehley had commercial success, with his first solo album going platinum. His first album with his "Frehley's Comet" band was also a big seller. Frehley is also known for the use of many "special effects" guitars, including a Gibson Les Paul guitar that emits smoke from the neck humbucker pickup and produces spinning pyrotechnics, and a custom Les Paul that emits light based on song tempo.
Biography
Early years
Paul Daniel Frehley was born and raised in The Bronx of New York City, the youngest of three children of Esther Anna (Hecht) and Carl Daniel Frehley.[3] His father, from Pennsylvania, was the son of Dutch immigrants, and his mother is originally from North Carolina.[4] He has a sister Nancy and a brother Charles, a classical guitarist. As a youth, Frehley was part of the Ducky Boys street gang. The Frehleys were a musical family, and when Frehley received an electric guitar as a Christmas present in 1964, he immersed himself in learning the instrument. "I never went to music school; I never took a guitar lesson, but everybody in my family plays an instrument. My mother and father both played piano, his father was the church organist, and my brother and sister both played piano and acoustic guitar." Frehley was always surrounded by music. Frehley started playing guitar at age 13. He lists Jimi Hendrix, Albert Lee, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and The Who as his main influences.[5]
Growing up on the corner of Marion Avenue and 201st Street, off Bedford Park Boulevard (also known as 200th Street) and Webster Avenue in the Bedford Park section of the Bronx,[9] Frehley graduated from Grace Lutheran School at age 13. However, he was thrown out of two high schools and dropped out of the third. Two of the high schools he attended were DeWitt Clinton High School on Mosholu Parkway and Theodore Roosevelt High School on Fordham Road. He got the nickname "Ace" in high school from friends who said he was "a real ace" for his ability to get dates. Also in his high school years, a guidance counselor encouraged him to get into graphic arts. His family did not have much money, and in his teen years, Frehley got involved in street gangs. He later credited guitar playing for "saving his life" as a member of Kiss.
Frehley's earliest bands included The Outrage, The Four Roses, King Kong, Honey and The Magic People. When Frehley's later band, Cathedral, began getting paying gigs, he dropped out of high school. At the insistence of his family and girlfriend, Frehley eventually returned and earned a diploma. After graduation, Frehley held a string of short-term jobs—mail carrier, furniture deliverer, messenger, and liquor store delivery boy.[10]
Kiss
Frehley spent the early 1970s in a series of local bands including one called Molimo who recorded half an album for RCA Records in 1971.[11] In late 1972, his friend, Chris Cassone, spotted an advertisement for a lead guitarist in The Village Voice and showed the ad to Frehley.[12] Frehley went to 10 East 23rd Street above the Live Bait Bar. Frehley auditioned for Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar), Gene Simmons (bass guitar) and Peter Criss (drums) for the band. Frehley, who showed up with best friend Chris Cassone,[13] wearing one red and one orange sneaker, was less than impressive visually, but the band liked what they heard from his playing. About three weeks later, the band named Frehley as their lead guitarist. By January 1973, the band came up with the name Kiss. Frehley designed the band's double-lightning-bolt logo, which was polished up by Paul Stanley. The band quickly decided to paint their faces for live performances, and Frehley decided to start painting silver stars on his eyes. When the group eventually decided to adopt stage personas to match their makeup and costumes, Frehley became Space Ace. Later his stage persona was also known as The Spaceman.
The Spaceman
While Kiss spent their early days rehearsing and playing in empty clubs, Frehley worked as a part-time cab driver to pay bills. In September 1973, Kiss members began to receive a $75 a week salary from new manager Bill Aucoin, and Frehley quit his cabbie job.
Kiss released their debut album, Kiss, in February 1974 – Frehley was credited for writing two songs, "Love Theme from KISS" (the only song co-written by the four original members) and a fan classic, "Cold Gin". However, due to Frehley's lack of confidence in his own singing voice, Simmons performed the vocals. Frehley wrote or co-wrote several of the band's songs over the next few years but did not record vocals on a song until "Shock Me" (inspired by his near-electrocution during a concert in Lakeland, Florida), which appeared on 1977's Love Gun.[10]
As lead guitarist, Frehley was known for his frenetic, atmospheric playing, becoming one of the most popular guitarists in the 1970s and spawning a generation of new players. Frehley stated in the book Kiss: Behind the Mask that many guitarists have told him his playing on 1975's hit Alive! prompted them to pick up the instrument. Frehley is well-recognized for using Gibson Les Paul guitars, including his trademarked model conversion Les Paul Custom (that he modified himself), which filled the stage full of smoke during his live guitar solo.
Along with the three other Kiss members, Frehley released an eponymous solo album in 1978. His was the best-selling of the four, and the album's lone single—the Russ Ballard-written "New York Groove", originally recorded by Hello—reached the Top 20 in the United States.[14]
Frehley's songwriting presence within the group increased in 1979. He contributed three songs for 1979's Dynasty and three for 1980's Unmasked. While this was not the most commercially successful time for Kiss in the United States, the band was beginning to take off in other countries (mostly in Australia, where Dynasty and Unmasked are their biggest-selling albums). Even as his songwriting role within Kiss was increasing, Frehley found himself increasingly at odds with the musical direction of the band. After Peter Criss left Kiss in 1980, Frehley was often outvoted 2-1 in band decisions, as replacement drummer Eric Carr was not a partner in Kiss and had no vote. Frehley's participation in the recording of 1981's Music from "The Elder" was far more limited than with previous albums. This was in large part due to his unhappiness with the band's decision to create a concept album rather than a straightforward rock album, and also, by Frehley's own admission, his "not relating all that well" to producer Bob Ezrin, who cut many of Frehley's solos from the recorded tracks.
Although Frehley appeared on the covers for 1982's greatest hits album Killers and studio album Creatures of the Night, he had no involvement with Killers, and minimal (no musical) input on Creatures of the Night. Frehley's last appearances with the band were the video for "I Love It Loud", a series of European promotional appearances in November 1982 and a band interview with MTV in early 1983 promoting their world tour.
Solo career/Frehley's Comet
In December 1982, Kiss began the Creatures of the Night tour without Frehley: he was replaced by Vinnie Vincent. However, Frehley retained a one-quarter share in the Kiss partnership until 1985. He received one-quarter of the profits for both Lick It Up and Animalize although he had no involvement with either record.[1]
In 1984, Frehley started his post-Kiss solo career by assembling a band that included, among others, drummer Anton Fig (who had performed on Frehley's 1978 solo album and on two Kiss albums). Bassist John Regan (who had worked with Peter Frampton), whom Frehley met in 1980, was also an original member of the band as was vocalist/guitarist Richie Scarlet and keyboardist Arthur Stead.[1] The group, whose name alternated between 'Ace Frehley' and Frehley's Comet, recorded a series of demos throughout 1984 and 1985.[15] The band performed their first ever live show at S.I.R. Studios in New York City on November 30, 1984, and played a handful of shows in the Northeast United States in March 1985.
After a few unsuccessful attempts at securing a recording contract, the group eventually signed to Megaforce Records and released their first album, Frehley's Comet, on July 7, 1987. The album was co-produced by Eddie Kramer, who had produced not only a number of Kiss albums, but Frehley's 1978 album and some of his 1984–85 demos. Fig, now being the in-studio drummer for David Letterman's late-night television show, performed on the album but was unable to maintain a permanent commitment to touring. He played on the 1987 tour in the U.S. when Frehley's band played a double bill with Y&T, and White Lion opening the shows. By the time the band began recording this album, Scarlet had left the group to pursue other projects and was replaced by Tod Howarth. In addition, at some point between the initial Frehley's Comet shows in 1984–85 and their signing to Megaforce, the band had become a four-piece, with Stead no longer playing with the group.
Frehley's Comet, a mixture of hard rock and pop metal, was a successful return to the music scene for Frehley. The album peaked at No. 43 on the Billboard 200 (selling nearly 500,000 copies[1]), and the single, a Russ Ballard cover "Into the Night", reached No. 27 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[16] "Rock Soldiers" was an autobiographic song, written partially about Frehley's April 1982 police chase in White Plains, NY while driving in DeLorean with his friend. The video for "Rock Soldiers" received moderate airplay on MTV, particularly on Headbangers Ball.
Despite the positive reviews and healthy album sales of Frehley's Comet, Frehley was unable to maintain much commercial momentum. Two 1988 Frehley's Comet albums—the live EP Live+1 and second studio album Second Sighting peaked at No. 84 and No. 81, respectively. A pair of tours in support of Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden ended prematurely, with the band claiming lack of payment in both cases.[17]
In order to reverse his band's declining commercial fortunes, Frehley dropped the Frehley's Comet moniker and issued 1989's Trouble Walkin' under his own name. Tod Howarth and Jamie Oldaker also decided to leave before recording started on the album, and were replaced by Scarlet and Sandy Slavin. Despite the return to a more traditional hard rock style, Trouble Walkin' continued the pattern of declining sales, and peaked at #102.
One notable aspect of Trouble Walkin' was the guest appearance of Peter Criss, who provided backing vocals on several tracks, along with Sebastian Bach and other members of Skid Row. It was the first time Criss and Frehley had performed together on an album since Kiss' 1979 album, Dynasty, although Criss had shown up briefly at a Frehley's Comet show in Los Angeles in 1987, playing drums on a final encore of "Deuce". Frehley would return the favor by playing solos on Peter Criss' Cat #1 album on TNT Records, released in 1994. In contrast to the somewhat adversarial relationship Frehley had with Kiss (particularly Gene Simmons) throughout the 1980s, he and Criss had maintained good ties during the decade. In June 1995, Frehley's and Criss' bands embarked on the "Bad Boys Tour" with Scarlet on guitar, marking the end of Frehley's solo band for several years as Kiss shortly thereafter reunited and began touring together again.[18]
Reunion with Kiss
Love Gun Tour stage setup
In 1996, Frehley rejoined Kiss for a successful reunion tour, on which all four original members of the band performed live for the first time since original drummer Peter Criss' departure in 1980. After the tour, they announced that the original lineup would return to the studio to record a new album. The resulting record, Psycho Circus, was promoted with a successful world tour, but it was revealed a couple of years later that Frehley's and Criss's involvement on it was minimal. "Into the Void", which was Frehley's lone contribution to the record, including vocals and lead guitar duties, is believed to be the only track that all four original members performed on. After completing the "Farewell Tour" with Kiss in late 2001, Frehley left the band and resumed his solo career.[19]
Autobiography
Ace Frehley released his autobiography, No Regrets - A Rock 'N' Roll Memoir, on November 1, 2011. The autobiography was authored by Frehley, Joe Layden and John Ostrosky, and published through Gallery Books, a subdivision of Simon & Schuster.[20] The book entered The New York Times Best Seller list in the hardcover non-fiction category at #10.[21]
Technique
In a 2009 interview with Rock N Roll Experience Magazine, Frehley stated, "I'm an anomaly, I'm an un-schooled musician, I don't know how to read music, but I'm one of the most famous guitar players in the world, so go figure."[22]
"I play guitar in such an unorthodox way," he told Guitar World in 1996. "I've never taken a guitar lesson. One of our assistants brought it to my attention a few months ago that, sometimes, when I play chords, my thumb is on the fretted side of the neck. I have no idea why or how I do it, but I do." "I remember a time early on when Ace and I would play," added Paul Stanley, "and I would do vibrato with my hand, and Ace would get vibrato by shaking his whole arm against the neck of the guitar [laughs]."[23]
Signature Les Paul Guitars
Frehley currently has three Gibson and two Epiphone Signature Les Paul Guitars. His first model, released in 1997 included a signature headstock, lightning bolt inlays, and (allegedly) three DiMarzio Super Distortion pickups. His second signature guitar, the "Budokan" Les Paul replicates his heritage cherry sunburst guitar he used in 1976. His most recent model replicates his 1959 Lemon Burst Les Paul Standard, this one was only made by Gibson. Both Gibson and Epiphone produced the first two guitars.
Frehley in 1977 performing his signature smoke effect during the Love Gun Tour
Discography
Solo albums
Ace Frehley (1978)
Frehley's Comet (1987)
Second Sighting (1988)
Trouble Walkin' (1989)
Anomaly (2009)
Space Invader (2014)
Origins, Vol. 1 (2016)
Spaceman (2018)
Live albums
Live+1 (1988)
Greatest Hits Live (2006)
Compilation albums
12 Picks (1997)
Loaded Deck (1998)
Studio Albums With Kiss
Kiss (1974)
Hotter Than Hell (1974)
Dressed to Kill (1975)
Destroyer (1976)
Rock and Roll Over (1976)
Love Gun (1977)
Dynasty (1979)
Unmasked (1980)
Music from "The Elder" (1981)
Psycho Circus (1998)
Solo singles
1978: "New York Groove" - from the album Ace Frehley, his 1978 KISS solo album. This is a cover of a song written by Russ Ballard, which was recorded by the band Hello, for their album Keeps Us off the Streets, released in 1976.
1987: "Into the Night" - from the album Frehley's Comet.
1987: "Rock Soldiers" - from the album Frehley's Comet.
1988: "Words Are Not Enough" - (from the album Live+1).
1988: "Insane" - from the album Second Sighting.
1988: "It's Over Now" - from the album Second Sighting.
1989: "Do Ya" - from the album Trouble Walkin'. A cover of a Jeff Lynne song, written in 1971 whilst in The Move. The song was later recorded with Jeff Lynne's ELO, and included on their album A New World Record, released in 1976.
2009: "Outer Space" - from the album Anomaly.
2014: "Gimme a Feelin'" - from the album Space Invader.
2014: "The Joker" - from the album Space Invader). A cover of the Steve Miller classic from his 1973 album The Joker.
2016: "White Room" - from the album Origins, Vol.1. A cover of the Cream classic from their 1968 album Wheels of Fire.
2016: "Fire and Water" - from the album Origins, Vol.1. A cover of the Free classic from their 1970 album, Fire and Water, featuring Paul Stanley of KISS on vocals (promotional video).
2018: Bronx Boy (released as a single on April 27, 2018, Ace Frehley's birthday) - from the album Spaceman.
2018: Rockin' With The Boys - from the album Spaceman.
Guest appearances
"Eugene" – Song on the 1981 self-titled album by Crazy Joe and the Variable Speed Band. Frehley co-wrote and co-produced the song with Joe Renda and played synth drums.
"Bump and Grind" – Song on the 1984 Wendy O. Williams album - WOW, Frehley played lead guitar.
"Bad Attitude," "Walk the Line" and "Blue Moon Over Brooklyn". Frehley played lead guitar on these three songs which feature on his former KISS bandmate Peter Criss' album Cat #1 – the 1994 "Criss" album.
"Cherokee Boogie" – Song on the 1996 compilation album Smell the Fuzz: Guitars that Rule the World 2. The song was written, produced and engineered by Frehley, who also played all guitars on it.
"Rocker Room Theme" – Song on the 1998 Still Wicked album Something Wicked This Way Comes. Frehley played rhythm and lead guitar. CD also features Ron Leejack (Wicked Lester), Gordon G.G. Gebert, MaryAnn Scandiffio and Michael Sciotto.
"Foxy Lady" – Song on the 1998 ESP (Eric Singer Project) album Lost and Spaced. Frehley played lead guitar.
"Freedom" – Song on the 2000 Karl Cochran album Voodooland. Frehley played the guitar solo on the bonus demo version.
"Insanity of Life" – On the 2002 Richie Scarlet album. Frehley played guitar on Johnny's in Love and lead guitar on Too Far Gone, which he co-wrote with Scarlet.
"Know Where You Go" - On the 2002 Anton Fig album Figments: Frehley played lead guitar.
"Bad Choice" - on the 2005 Kathy Valentine album Light Years: Frehley played the lead guitar solos.
"2,000 Man" (New Version). In 2005, Frehley played this new version on Eddie Trunk's Merry Kissmas special.
"God of Thunder" (Live Version) - In 2006, Frehley was a guest at the VH1 Rock Honors. He performed with a 'super-group' of Rob Zombie, Slash, Gilby Clarke, Scott Ian, and Tommy Lee. They performed the KISS classic: "God of Thunder".
"Black Diamond" (Live Version) - On June 25, 2008 Frehley appeared onstage at New York's Madison Square Garden with Pearl Jam for an encore performance of Kiss's "Black Diamond" sung by drummer Matt Cameron.
"Black Light Messiah" – August 12, 2008 Jam Pain Society. Frehley played lead guitar on the song "The Ride".
On December 20, 2008, Frehley appeared on That Metal Show with host Eddie Trunk.
"Highway to Hell" (Live Version) - On July 21, 2009, Frehley appeared on the Dark Horse Tour with members from each of the tour's participating bands in a rendition of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell". Frehley played lead guitar with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback on rhythm guitar and backing vocals—and Austin Winkler of Hinder and Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach sharing lead vocals.[citation needed]
"Nothin' but a Good Time" - Frehley played lead guitar on a re-recorded version of this song which features on Bret Michaels' 2013 album Jammin' With Friends. It was originally recorded and released as a single by the rock band Poison.
"Rise Up (Back From The Grave)" - This is a 2014 collaboration between Kris Randall and Ace Frehley. Written by Frehley and Randall; produced by Kris Randall.
"Starman" - Ace Frehley played lead guitar on Joe Silva's cover of the David Bowie song, released in 2014. The recording also featured Anton Fig on drums and Will Lee on bass, both of whom featured on the Ace Frehley 1978 KISS solo album.
Filmography
1978: Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park
1988: Frehley's Comet: Live + 4 (VHS)[24]
1992: X-treme Close-Up
1994: Ace Frehley – Acevision Volume #1[25]
1996: Kiss Unplugged
1998: Kiss: The Second Coming Documentary
1999: Detroit Rock City
2004: Kiss Loves You
2004: Remedy[26]
2006: Kissology Volume One: 1974-1977
2007: Kissology Volume Two: 1978-1991
2007: Kissology Volume Three: 1992-2000
2009: Let's Go Cobo (Documentary)
Interviews
Behind the Player:Ace Frehley DVD (2010)
A Conversation with Ace Frehley on The Pods & Sods Network [1]
Along with Eddie Van Halen, Kiss' Ace Frehley inspired numerous up-and-coming rockers to pick up the guitar in the 1970s, and by the next century he was listed by just about every contemporary rock guitarist as an important influence. Operating under the glossy, platform boot-bolstered persona Spaceman (sometimes Space Ace), Frehley played with Kiss from the group's inception in 1973 to 1982, when he embarked on a successful solo career. He rejoined the group in 1998 for their international reunion tour, and stayed with them through 2002, eventually returning to his solo work in 2009 with the release of Anomaly. Having beaten his addiction to drugs and alcohol in the interim, Frehley enjoyed a creative surge in the 2010s, issuing a string of well-received albums like Space Invader (2014) and Spaceman (2018), and releasing a popular 2011 autobiography, No Regrets: A Rock 'N' Roll Memoir.
Born Paul Frehley on April 27, 1951, in the Bronx, New York, Frehley began playing guitar when he received an electric six-string for his 14th birthday in 1965. Already a big fan of the Rolling Stones, he was blown away when he caught a multi-band live show in N.Y.C. in early 1967, featuring both the Who and Cream, among others, which solidified his desire to pursue rock guitar more seriously (and put a promising art career on the back burner). Frehley began playing in local bands soon after, adding both Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix to his influences -- and around this time, adopted the nickname "Ace." Although none of the bands he played with had taken off, he answered an ad in a local paper for a new hard rock, theatrically based group in early 1973.
A few weeks after his initial tryout, Frehley was hired as the lead guitarist for the new quartet, joining bassist/singer Gene Simmons, rhythm guitarist/singer Paul Stanley, and drummer Peter Criss to form the band Kiss. By year's end, the greasepaint- and costume-wearing band was signed to Casablanca Records, and by 1978, had become one of the world's top hard rock bands. A string of platinum albums and sold-out tours lasted from 1975-1979, until the trappings of fame threatened to break up the band. Frehley's best friend in the band, Criss, left Kiss in 1980, as the group unsuccessfully experimented with non-metal styles. Ace Frehley's use of alcohol and drugs increased due to his ever-increasing unhappiness in the band, and, by 1982, he'd exited Kiss.
MTV Unplugged
Within a year or two after his split from Kiss, Ace began putting his own solo band together, Frehley's Comet. The band played local N.Y.C. clubs, but failed to issue a record until 1987's self-titled debut for Megaforce Records. Instead of following the heavy metal direction of his exceptional 1978 solo album, Frehley's Comet tried to keep pace with the current pop-metal movement (Mötley Crüe, etc.), issuing two other albums (and a live EP) by 1989. Around this time, Frehley put his old art talents to use once again through computer graphics, with a few of his images even being featured in an art exhibit. Despite mudslinging in the press between Simmons/Stanley and Frehley in the early '90s, all four original Kiss members made up in time to reunite for a 1995 taping of MTV Unplugged. The taping was such a success that it led to a full-blown reunion of the original lineup, resulting in the massively successful 1996-1997 Alive Worldwide Tour.
Frehley continued as a member of Kiss until the end of their Farewell Tour (lasting longer than fellow original member Peter Criss, who dropped out in 2001). Live appearances, including gigs at the massive Rocklahoma festival, kept Ace busy until 2009, when he released the album Anomaly on his own label, Bronx Born Records. In 2011 he published No Regrets, a detailed and frank memoir that recounted, among other things, his aforementioned struggles with alcohol and cocaine addiction. In 2013 he celebrated seven years of sobriety and spent much of that year appearing at horror, sci-fi, and pop culture conventions.
Origins, Vol. 1
The following April, after a long wait, Kiss was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, before August brought the release of Space Invader, a solo album that took a heavier approach than Anomaly. Released in 2016, Origins, Vol. 1 was an all-covers album featuring songs from Ace's favorite bands, up to and including Kiss, with new versions of "Parasite" and "Cold Gin" sitting next to songs from Thin Lizzy and Cream. The following year, Frehley joined Kiss bassist/vocalist Simmons on-stage at a Hurricane Harvey benefit for the Children Matter organization in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was the first time the former bandmates had performed together in over 16 years. In 2018 Frehley issued his eighth solo long payer, Spaceman, which featured a power pop cover of Eddie Money's "I Wanna Go Back" and the rowdy single "Rockin' with the Boys," the latter of which was written during Kiss' '70s heyday.
Songwriting
Ace Frehley / John Regan
Eric Carr / Ace Frehley / Richie Scarlett
Willie Dixon / Jimmy Page / Robert Plant
Ace Frehley / Ronnie Mancuso
Ace Frehley / Tod Howarth / Jim McClarty / Kevin Russell
Ace Frehley / Rachael Gordon
Mike McCready
Jeff Lynne
Slash
Brian Downey / Scott Gorham / Phil Lynott / Brian Robertson
Andy Fraser / Paul Rodgers
Marc Ferrari / Ace Frehley
Brian Connolly / Steve Priest / Andy Scott / Mick Tucker
Ace Frehley / John Regan / Richie Scarlett
Ace Frehley / John Regan
Genghis Khan
Ace Frehley / John Ostrosky
Ace Frehley / Richie Scarlet / Arthur Stead
Sebastian Bach / Ace Frehley
Desmond Child / Holly Knight / Paul Stanley
Monty Byrom / Danny Chauncey / Ira Walker
Sebastian Basco / Ace Frehley / Gen Rubin
Ace Frehley / Rachael Gordon
Ace Frehley / Gene Moore
Tod Howarth
Eddie Curtis / Ahmet Ertegun / Steve Miller
Ace Frehley / Richie Scarlet
Ace Frehley / Ira Schickman
John Kay / Rushton Moreve
Kait DiBenedetto / Ace Frehley / Ken Gullic / Tom Kunzman
Russ Ballard
Russell Ballard
Anton Fig / Phil Galdston
David Askew / Ace Frehley / Jesse Mendez
Anton Fig / Ace Frehley
John 5
Chris Cassone / Ace Frehley
Carter Cathcart / Ace Frehley
The Jam Pain Society
Ace Frehley / Larry Kelly
Ace Frehley / Larry Kelly / Sue Kelly
Gene Simmons / Jim Vallance
Ace Frehley / Chip Taylor
Sean Delaney / Ace Frehley
Rocket Ride feat. For Love Not Lisa
Sean Delaney / Ace Frehley
Snow Blind
Ace Frehley & Frehley's Comet
Tod Howarth
Jimi Hendrix
Ace Frehley / Jeanette Frehley
Mick Jagger / Keith Richards
Ray Davies
Phil Brown / Bill Wray
Ace Frehley / Marty Kupersmith
ACED OUT
Pete Brown / John Bruce
Lita Ford
Chip Taylor
All Credits Additional Personnel Audio Production Band Basic Track Bass Bass (Upright) Composer Computer Graphics Cover Art Concept Cover Design Creative Director Design Drums Effects Engineer Featured Artist Group Member Guest Artist Guitar Guitar (Acoustic) Guitar (Baritone) Guitar (Bass) Guitar (Electric) Guitar (Rhythm) Guitar (Synthesizer) Guitars Introduction Layout Layout Design Main Personnel Member of Attributed Artist Mixing Musician Overdubs Performer Primary Artist Producer Quotation Author Slipcover Concept Soloist Sound Effects Special Effects Synthesizer Tributee Vocals Vocals (Background)
2018 Spaceman Ace Frehley Primary Artist, Producer, Design, Creative Director, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
2017 Four on the Floor Broken Teeth Composer
2016 Buenos Aires 1994 Kiss Composer
2016 Kiss Rocks Vegas [Video] Kiss Composer
2016 Origins, Vol. 1 Ace Frehley Primary Artist, Engineer, Slipcover Concept, Basic Track, Bass, Composer, Guitar (Rhythm), Guitars, Introduction, Producer, Vocals
2015 Metal Matters: Charting the Evolution of Metal Composer, Guitar, Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
2014 Kiss 40 Years: Decades of Decibels Kiss Main Personnel, Composer, Primary Artist, Producer
2014 Space Invader Ace Frehley Primary Artist, Producer, Engineer, Cover Art Concept, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Overdubs, Sound Effects, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
2014 True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story Johnny Winter Quotation Author
2013 5 Classic Albums Kiss Group Member, Composer, Guitar, Vocals
2013 Aftershock: The Island Years Anthrax Composer
2013 Electric Punishment Vicious Rumors Composer
2013 Jammin' with Friends Bret Michaels Guitar
2013 Oh Yes We Can Love: The History of Glam Rock Primary Artist, Producer
2013 The Ritz on Fire Kiss Composer
2012 Audience of One Oren Ambarchi Composer
2012 The Casablanca Singles: 1974-1982 Kiss Composer, Primary Artist, Producer
2011 The Serpents Kiss Al Atkins / Paul May Composer
2010 Behind the Player [Video] Ace Frehley Primary Artist
2010 The Art of Malice John 5 Composer
2009 Anomaly Ace Frehley Primary Artist, Producer, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Synthesizer), Guitar (Bass), Bass, Guitar (Rhythm), Special Effects, Design, Cover Art Concept, Layout Design, Layout, Composer, Effects
2009 Kitsune Tabloid Phoenix Performer, Composer
2008 Alive: The Millennium Concert Kiss Vocals, Guitar, Composer
2008 Black Light Messiah The Jam Pain Society Primary Artist
2008 Classics Kiss Composer, Primary Artist
2008 Discoveries Kiss Composer
2008 Favorites Kiss Composer
2008 IKONS Kiss Producer, Audio Production, Member of Attributed Artist, Guitar, Composer, Primary Artist
2008 Lick It Up: A Millenium Tribute to Kiss Composer
2008 Playlist Plus Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Guitar, Composer
2008 Pondus Flat Fuzzpedal Primary Artist
2008 The Best of Kiss: Green Series Kiss Composer
2008 The Complete Collection Kiss Composer, Primary Artist
2007 Heavy Karaoke: Hits of Kiss [DVD] Composer
2007 Heavy Metal [Rhino Box Set] Guitar
2007 Mullets Rock! Too! Producer, Primary Artist
2007 Warchest Megadeth Composer
2006 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection, Vol. 3 Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Composer
2006 Ace, Gene, Peter and Paul (Solos Box Set) Kiss Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Synthesizer), Guitar (Bass), Vocals (Background), Guitar (Rhythm), Composer, Primary Artist
2006 Greatest Hits Live Ace Frehley Primary Artist, Producer, Mixing, Audio Production, Main Personnel, Vocals, Guitar, Performer, Composer
2006 Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Composer
2005 Archives and Artifacts Death Angel Composer
2005 Chronicles Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Group Member, Composer
2005 Greatest Kiss Kiss Composer
2005 Lightyears Kathy Valentine Guest Artist, Main Personnel, Guitar, Soloist
2005 Rock Breakout Years: 1988 Great White Composer
2004 Fiinky Pie Fiinky Pie Composer
2004 Gold: 1974-1982 - Sound+Vision Kiss Producer, Audio Production, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Bass), Group Member, Composer, Primary Artist
2004 Trenton Makes the Cryptkeeper Five The Cryptkeeper Five Composer
2003 16 Biggest Hits [Bonus Track] Mickey Gilley Composer
2003 Fu2 First Degree the D.E. Composer
2003 Hardcore UFOs Box Set: Revelations, Epiphanies and Fast Food in the Western Hemisphere Guided by Voices Composer
2003 Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to Kiss Hayseed Dixie Composer
2003 Long Live Rock N Roll Primary Artist
2002 Figments Anton Fig Guest Artist, Main Personnel, Guitar
2002 Live Undermind Composer
2002 Put Your Love in Me: Love Songs for the Apocalypse Plasmatics Additional Personnel, Guitar
2002 Snow Spock's Beard Composer
2002 Symphony of the Damned Lefay Composer
2002 The Very Best of Kiss Kiss Producer, Primary Artist
2001 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Freddy Fender Freddy Fender Composer
2001 Start at the Top Skin Yard Composer
2001 The Box Set Kiss Producer, Guitar, Composer, Primary Artist
2001 The New York Yankees Collection Primary Artist
2000 A World Without Heroes: A Kiss Tribute Performer, Composer, Primary Artist
2000 Hot Rod Series: Power Ballads Composer
2000 Kiss Covered in Scandinavia [Limited 2CD Edition] Composer
1999 ESP ESP Guest Artist, Guitar, Performer, Featured Artist
1999 Kings of the Night Time World Kiss Composer
1999 New York Songs Performer, Primary Artist
1999 Planet Electrica: Protection Composer
1999 Post Orgasmic Chill Skunk Anansie Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric)
1999 Retrospective Red House Painters Composer
1999 The Kiss of Death: A Sikk Tribute to Kiss Composer
1998 Alive and Talking [Interview and Poster] Kiss Primary Artist
1998 All Punk Rods: A Gearhead Magazine Compilation Composer
1998 Kiss: The Second Coming I & II [Video] Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Rhythm)
1998 Loaded Deck Ace Frehley Primary Artist, Producer, Composer
1998 New York Yankees Greatest Hits, Vol. 2: The Dream Season Performer, Primary Artist
1998 Psycho Circus Kiss Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Baritone), Vocals (Background), Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
1998 Psycho Circus [3-D Video] Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Rhythm)
1998 Wasted L.A. Guns Composer
1997 12 Picks Ace Frehley Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Composer
1997 80's Country: 1982-1984 Composer
1997 Are You Dead Yet? The Necro Tonz Composer
1997 Greatest Kiss Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Electric), Vocals (Background), Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
1997 Harden My Heart: The Best of Quarterflash Quarterflash Composer
1997 King of the Retards Mog Stunt Team Composer
1997 Kiss My Ass [Bootleg] Kiss Vocals, Guitar, Composer
1997 Maximum Abduction Hypocrisy Composer
1997 Return of the Comet: Tribute to Ace Frehley Composer
1997 Super Hits Mickey Gilley Composer
1996 Back to Back Hits: Great White/April Wine [1996] Great White Composer
1996 Greatest Hits [1998] Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
1996 Guitars That Rule the World, Vol. 2: Smell the Fuzz: The Superstar Guitar Album Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Guitar, Performer, Composer, Primary Artist
1996 MTV Unplugged Kiss Guest Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Composer
1996 MTV Unplugged [Video/DVD] Kiss Composer
1996 Spacewalk: A Salute to Ace Frehley Tributee, Composer
1996 Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 25 Performer, Primary Artist
1996 You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! Kiss Vocals, Guitar, Composer
1995 1944 Cozy Cole Composer
1995 Guitar Heroes [Special Music Company] Performer, Primary Artist
1995 Only Country 1980-1984 Composer
1995 Whatever Makes You Happy The Dwellers Composer
1994 Anthrax Live: The Island Years Anthrax Composer
1994 Criss Cat #1 Criss Guitar
1994 Kiss My Ass: The Video [VHS] Kiss Composer
1994 Shock Me Red House Painters Composer
1994 Talk to Me Mickey Gilley Composer
1994 Talk to Me Mark Jefferis Composer
1994 The Fourth Dimension Hypocrisy Composer
1994 United DJs of America, Vol. 1 Kimball Collins Composer
1993 Softhand For Love Not Lisa Vocals, Guitar, Composer, Primary Artist
1993 The Best of Great White: 1986-1992 Great White Composer
1992 Hard to Believe: Kiss Covers Compilation Composer
1992 Live Noize Anthrax Composer
1992 Solid! Behind the Times Colorblind James Experience Composer
1992 This Is Lovers Reggae, Vol. 2 Composer
1991 Attack of the Killer B's Anthrax Composer
1991 Live + 4 Ace Frehley Primary Artist, Vocals, Guitar
1991 Metal Mania [Priority] Performer, Composer, Primary Artist
1991 Voyce Boxing Voyce Boxing Composer
1990 Air Yen Composer
1990 Decoded & Danced Up Composer
1990 Guys Next Door Guys Next Door Composer
1990 Vince Andrews Vince Andrews Composer
1989 Hot in the Shade Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Electric), Vocals (Background), Guitar (Rhythm)
1989 Knockout Sugar Ray & the Bluetones Composer
1989 Master of Disguise Lizzy Borden Composer
1989 Masters of Metal: Strikeforce, Vol. 1 Performer, Primary Artist
1989 Ozma Melvins Composer
1989 Trouble Walkin' Ace Frehley Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Composer
1989 Walk in the Fire Strangeways Composer
1988 Frolic Through the Park Death Angel Composer
1988 Live Bad Brains Composer
1988 Live + 1 Frehley's Comet Producer, Primary Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Composer
1988 Satisfaction [Original Soundtrack] Composer
1988 Second Sighting Frehley's Comet / Ace Frehley Primary Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Cover Design, Computer Graphics, Composer
1988 Second Sighting/Live + 1 [Bonus Track] Frehley's Comet Composer, Guitar, Producer, Vocals
1988 Smashes, Thrashes & Hits Kiss Guitar
1988 So Sexist Chemical People Composer
1987 Exposed Kiss Guitar
1987 Frehley's Comet Ace Frehley Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Vocals (Background), Composer
1987 Interview Disc Kiss Guitar
1987 Original Rock & Roll, Vol. 2 Composer
1987 Pleasures of the Flesh Exodus Composer
1987 Pursuit of Happiness Beat Farmers Composer
1985 Animalize: Live Uncensored [Video] Kiss Composer
1985 Back into Blue Quarterflash Composer
1985 Something to Believe In APB Composer
1984 W.O.W. Wendy O. Williams Guest Artist, Main Personnel, Guitar
1982 Creatures of the Night Kiss Guitar, Musician, Group Member
1982 Greatest Hits [MCA] Lloyd Price Composer
1982 Killers Kiss Bass (Upright), Vocals (Background), Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
1981 Music from "The Elder" Kiss Vocals, Guitar, Group Member, Composer
1981 The Best of the Solo Albums Kiss Guitar
1980 Unmasked Kiss Vocals, Guitar, Group Member, Composer
1979 Dynasty Kiss Vocals, Guitar, Band, Composer
1978 Ace Frehley Ace Frehley / Kiss Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Synthesizer), Guitar (Bass), Vocals (Background), Guitar (Rhythm), Performer, Composer
1978 Double Platinum Kiss Guitar, Composer
1978 The Originals II Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Electric), Vocals (Background), Guitar (Rhythm)
1978 Totally Hot Olivia Newton-John Composer
1977 Alive II Kiss Producer, Vocals, Composer
1977 Love Gun Kiss Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Composer
1977 Sneak Attack Kiss Vocals, Guitar, Composer
1976 Destroyer Kiss Guitar, Group Member, Composer
1976 Rock and Roll Over Kiss Guitar
1976 The Originals Kiss Vocals, Guitar, Vocals (Background), Composer
1975 Alive! Kiss Guitar, Composer
1975 Dressed to Kill Kiss Producer, Guitar, Composer
1974 Hotter Than Hell Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Group Member, Composer
1974 Kiss Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Composer
101 70s Rock Anthems Primary Artist
Agora Ballroom, 1974 Kiss Composer
Album, Vol. 1 Composer
Be Naughty Be Hair Metal Primary Artist
Bleeding On the Edge of Happiness Viva La Venus! Composer
Bronx Boy Ace Frehley Primary Artist
City Limits Performer
Death In the Family Mike Paradine Composer
Devil Music 3/13 Composer
Dressed To Thrill: A Tribute To Kiss With Female Vocalists Composer
Eugene Crazy Joe & The Variable Speed Band Synthesizer
Festival of Starch Nathan Alfaro Composer
First Kiss, Last Licks [Box] Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Electric), Vocals (Background), Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
Galactic Explorer: The Uncut Interviews Ace Frehley Primary Artist
Hard Rock Gold Primary Artist
Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park Kiss Primary Artist
New York City Groove Primary Artist
Pure Rock, Pt. 1 Primary Artist
Sonic Lobotomy Damnation Alley Composer
Wuff Grunz Hund / Schwein Composer
Similar To
AC/DC
Joe Perry
Mötley Crüe
Twisted Sister
Alex Lifeson
Angus Young
Billy Gibbons
Brian May
Bruce Kulick
C.C. DeVille
Dave Meniketti
Diamond Darrell
Eddie Van Halen
Extreme
Faster Pussycat
Glen Buxton
J Mascis
Johnny Thunders
Kim Thayil
Kirk Hammett
Lita Ford
Mark Farner
Michael Bruce
Mick Mars
Mike McCready
Nirvana
Nuno Bettencourt
Peter Frampton
Randy Rhoads
Richie Sambora
Rick Nielsen
Robin Trower
Scott Ian
Skid Row
Skin Yard
Ted Nugent
Tesla
Tom Scholz
Tommy Bolin
Vito Bratta
Blue Öyster Cult
Bon Jovi
Lenny Kravitz
Punky Meadows
Slash
The Cult
Influenced By
Led Zeppelin
Alice Cooper
Cream
Humble Pie
Jeff Beck
Jimi Hendrix
Mick Ronson
Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
Mountain
Santana
The Kinks
The Rolling Stones
The Who
The Yardbirds
Bo Diddley
Eric Clapton
Jimmy Page
Pete Townshend
Ritchie Blackmore
Followed By
Andy LaRocque
Jerry Cantrell
Mick Mars
Nirvana
Ty Tabor
Associated With
Kiss
Paul Stanley
Vinnie Vincent
Ace Frehley & Frehley's Comet
Frehley's Comet
Collaborated With
Anton Fig
Bob Ezrin
Eddie Kramer
Gene Simmons
John Regan
Peter Criss
Tod Howarth

GENE SIMMONS
Background information
Birth name
Chaim Witz
Also known as
The Demon
The God of Thunder
Dr. Love
Reginald Van Helsing
Born
August 25, 1949
Tirat Carmel, Israel
Genres
Hard rock
Occupation(s)
Musician ·
singer-songwriter ·
record producer ·
actor ·
entrepreneur ·
television personality
Instruments
Vocals ·
bass guitar
Years active
1970–present
Associated acts
Kiss ·
Wicked Lester
Gene Klein (born Chaim Witz (Hebrew: ???? ????, [xa'im 'vit?s]; August 25, 1949), known professionally as Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, author, and television personality. Also known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the bassist and co-lead singer of Kiss, the rock band he co-founded with lead singer and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley in the early 1970s.
Early life
Simmons was born as Chaim Witz on August 25, 1949, at Rambam Hospital, in Haifa, Israel, to Jewish emigrants from Hungary. His mother, Florence Klein (originally Flóra Kovács), was born in Jánd, and survived internment in Nazi concentration camps.[1] She and her brother, Larry Klein, were the only members of the family to survive the Holocaust. His father, Ferenc "Feri" Yehiel Witz, was a carpenter. Simmons spent his early childhood in Tirat Carmel, and was raised in a Jewish household. He practiced playing his guitar for hours on end.[2] He has said that his family was "dirt poor," scraping by on rationed bread and milk.[3] At age seven, he began to pick wild fruit and sell it on roadsides together with a friend.[4]
At age eight, he immigrated to the United States with his mother and settled in New York City. His father remained in Israel, where he had one other son and three daughters. In the United States, Simmons changed his name to Eugene Klein (later Gene Klein), adopting his mother's maiden name. At age nine, he briefly attended a Jewish religious school, Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, before transferring to a public school.[5] Before his musical career began, Simmons worked a variety of jobs in the city. An "excellent typist", he served as an assistant to an editor of the fashion magazine Vogue, and also spent several months as a sixth grade instructor on the Upper West Side.[6]
A significant influence on Simmons was the Beatles. "There is no way I'd be doing what I do now if it wasn't for the Beatles. I was watching The Ed Sullivan Show and I saw them. Those skinny little boys, kind of androgynous, with long hair like girls. It blew me away that these four boys [from] the middle of nowhere could make that music."[7]
Kiss
Gene Simmons as "The Demon", 2010
Simmons became involved with his first band, Lynx, then renamed the Missing Links, when he was a teenager. Eventually, he disbanded the band to form the Long Island Sounds, the name being a pun on Long Island Sound. While he played in these bands, he worked at odd jobs on the side to make more money, including trading used comic books. Simmons attended Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, New York. He joined a new band, Bullfrog Bheer, and the band recorded a demo, "Leeta"; this was later included on the Kiss box set.[citation needed]
Simmons formed the rock band Wicked Lester in the early 1970s with Stanley Eisen (now known as Paul Stanley) and recorded one album, which was never released. Dissatisfied with Wicked Lester's sound and look, Simmons and Stanley attempted to fire their band members; they were met with resistance, and they quit Wicked Lester, walking away from their record deal with Epic Records. They decided to form the "ultimate rock band", and started looking for a drummer. Simmons and Stanley found an ad placed by George Peter John Criscuola (known as Peter Criss) who was playing clubs in Brooklyn at the time; they joined and started out as a trio.
During this time, Criss and Simmons also appeared on an unreleased album by Captain Sanity together with members from Criss' previous band Chelsea. Paul Frehley (better known as Ace Frehley) responded to an ad they put in The Village Voice for a lead guitar player, and soon joined them. Kiss released their self-titled debut album in February 1974. Stanley took on the role of lead performer on stage, while Simmons became the driving force behind what became an extensive Kiss merchandising franchise. The eye section of his "Demon" makeup with Kiss came from the wing design of comic book character Black Bolt.[8]
Simmons' 'The Demon' make-up
In 1983, when the fame of Kiss was waning, the members took off their trademark make-up and enjoyed a resurgence in popularity that continued into the 1990s. At this time, Peter Criss, the original drummer, was voted out of the band, and a replacement was sought to fill his vacancy. The new drummer was Paul Charles Caravello, who went by the stage name of Eric Carr, and played for Kiss from 1980 until his death in 1991. The band hosted its own fan conventions in 1995, and fan feedback about the original Kiss members reunion influenced the highly successful 1996–1997 Alive Worldwide reunion tour. In 1998, the band released Psycho Circus. Since then, the original line-up has once again dissolved, with Tommy Thayer replacing Ace Frehley on lead guitar and Eric Singer (who performed with Kiss from 1991 through 1996) replacing Peter Criss on drums.
Playing style
Among most Kiss songs, lead vocal duties are spit between Simmons and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley. Some notable songs featuring Simmons singing lead include "Rock and Roll All Nite", "A World Without Heroes", "I Love It Loud", "Calling Dr. Love", "Unholy", "Spit" (second lead vocals), "Boomerang", and "You Wanted the Best" (first lead vocals), among others.
Stage makeup and persona
In addition to playing bass, Simmons is known for his large tongue and on stage is known for his demonic figure by spitting fire and vomiting stage blood.
During an interview in 1999, Simmons was asked about the source and significance of Kiss' stage makeup and personas:
I've always been a fan of Americana, and Americana has always been about imagery, often above content. I think there's nothing wrong with that. The world worships this culture. Most people only think about America in terms of rock & roll, movies and television. Kiss is very all-American, in the sense that our constituency has never had anything in common with critics ... because our power, our lifeblood, our very reason for existence is our fans. Without them, we'd be nothing.
Personal life
Gene Simmons fire breathing.
Simmons is a science fiction and comic book fan and published several science fiction fanzines, among them Id, Cosmos (which eventually merged with Stilletto to become Cosmos-Stilletto and then Faun), Tinderbox, Sci-Fi Showcase, Mantis and Adventure. He also contributed to other fanzines, among them BeABohema and Sirruish.[9] By 1977, however, he would write in a letter of comment to Janus, "I haven't been active [in fandom] for about five years".[10]
Simmons lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Canadian former Playboy Playmate and actress Shannon Lee Tweed. Although they began dating in 1983, they did not marry until 28 years later.[11] Simmons often joked that he and Tweed were "happily unmarried" for over 20 years. He also often stated, "Marriage is an institution, and I don't want to live in an institution". Simmons and Tweed wed on October 1, 2011, at the Beverly Hills Hotel.[11][12][13] They have two children: a son, Nick (born January 22, 1989), and a daughter, Sophie (born July 7, 1992). He formerly had live-in relationships with Cher and Diana Ross,[14] revealing that he fell in love with Ross while dating Cher.[15] Simmons can speak Hungarian, German, English, Hebrew and some Japanese.[14]
Homecoming visit to Israel
In March 2011, Simmons visited his home country, Israel. He described the trip as a "life changing experience". He talked about how he still feels that he is an Israeli: "I'm Israeli. I'm a stranger in America. I'm an outsider".[16] While there, Simmons met his half-brother Kobi, and triplet half-sisters Drora, Sharon, and Ogenia.[17] Simmons has plans to take Kiss to Israel. He has said that he is an ardent supporter of Israel.[18] At a press conference in Israel, he spoke in both Hebrew and English.[19]
Political views
Simmons was a supporter of the foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration.[20] He supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq, writing on his website: "I'm ashamed to be surrounded by people calling themselves liberal who are, in my opinion, spitting on the graves of brave American soldiers who gave their life to fight a war that wasn't theirs... in a country they've never been to... simply to liberate the people therein".[21] In a follow-up, Simmons explained his position and wrote about his love and support for the United States: "I wasn't born here. But I have a love for this country and its people that knows no bounds. I will forever be grateful to America for going into World War II, when it had nothing to gain, in a country that was far away... and rescued my mother from the Nazi German concentration camps. She is alive and I am alive because of America. And, if you have a problem with America, you have a problem with me".[21]
During the 2006 Lebanon War between Israel and Lebanon, Simmons sent a televised message of support (in both English and Hebrew) to an Israeli soldier seriously wounded in fighting in Lebanon, calling him his "hero".[22]
In 2010, Simmons said he regretted voting for Barack Obama and criticized the 2009 health care reforms.[23] Following Obama's 2011 speech on the Middle East in which the President called on Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate a settlement "based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps",[24] Simmons told CNBC that Obama was gravely misguided. "If you have never been to the moon, you can't issue policy about the moon. For the president to be sitting in Washington D.C. and saying, 'Go back to your '67 borders in Israel' – how about you live there and try to defend an indefensible border – nine miles (14 km) wide?" Simmons also accused the United Nations of being "the most pathetic body on the face of the earth".[25]
During his visit to Israel in 2011, he stated that the artists refusing to perform in Israel for political reasons are "stupid".[26]
In an April 2012 interview, Simmons endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for President: "America should be in business and it should be run by a businessman".[27]
On November 6, 2015, he attended a Friends of the Israel Defense Forces gala in Beverly Hills, which raised more than $31 million.[28]
Philanthropy
Simmons is a known advocate for ChildFund International's work. He traveled to Zambia during his Gene Simmons Family Jewels show to visit several of his sponsored children, of whom he has more than 1400.[29] Simmons said that the trip "[was] a stark reminder that life doesn't treat everyone the same".[30]
Simmons' family received the MEND Humanitarian Award for their philanthropic efforts and support for Mending Kids International at the organization's annual gala on November 9, 2013. The award was presented by Mel Gibson.[31] In his acceptance speech, Simmons spoke of his own difficult childhood in Israel in a bullet-riddled house. He recalled his mother's excitement when they received a CARE box one day.[32]
Simmons helped found "The Children Matter", which is a collaborative initiative with the charity MATTER that fights to get kids around the world access to health care.[33]
Controversy
On November 16, 2017, Simmons made an appearance on Fox & Friends to promote a new book, but shortly afterward, he burst into a staff meeting uninvited, yanking his shirt and telling jokes. The next day, on November 17, Fox News announced that Simmons had been banned for life from their program.[34][35][36]
Other projects
On August 15, 2013, Simmons, Paul Stanley and manager Doc McGhee became a part of the ownership group that created the LA Kiss Arena Football League team, which plays their home games at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The team has since folded.
He has his own magazine, Gene Simmons Tongue Magazine, his own label, Simmons Records, and animated series, My Dad the Rock Star.
Public statements and image
Promiscuity
In February 2002, Simmons was interviewed on the NPR radio show Fresh Air and asked about his claim of having had ses with 4,600 women. He told Terry Gross: "If you want to welcome me with open arms, I'm afraid you're also going to have to welcome me with open legs", paraphrasing a lyric from the Who's 1981 song "You Better You Bet". Gross replied: "That's a really obnoxious thing to say". At the time, Simmons refused to grant permission to NPR to make the interview available online.[37] However, it appears in print in Gross's book All I Did Was Ask and unauthorized transcripts are available. NPR re-broadcast part of the interview in August 2007.[38] In a 2014 interview with The Huffington Post, Simmons noted he was upset over what he perceived as Gross's "holier-than-thou" attitude, which included mislabeling his band Kiss as "the Kiss".[39]
Islam comments in Australia
In 2004, during an interview in Melbourne, Australia, while talking about Islamic extremists, Simmons described Islam as a "vile culture", saying that Muslim women had to walk behind their husbands and were not allowed to be educated or to own houses. He said: "They want to come and live right where you live and they think that you're evil." Australia's Muslim of the Year Susan Carland argued that Simmons' stereotyping of Muslims was inaccurate.[40] Simmons later clarified his comments on his website, saying he had been talking specifically about Muslim extremists.[41]
Defamation lawsuit by former girlfriend[
In 2005, Simmons was sued by a former girlfriend, Georgeann Walsh Ward, who said she had been "defamed" in the VH1 documentary When Kiss Ruled the World and portrayed as an "unchaste woman".[42] A settlement was reached in June 2006.[43]
Views on musical piracy
In 2007, Simmons openly spoke out against music piracy, and called for file-sharers to be sued.[44] A year later, he threatened further lawsuits, and to withhold new recordings, if file-sharing continued. In 2010, Anonymous staged a DDoS on his website, prompting Simmons to hit back with provocative comments once he was back online, at which point Anonymous staged a second DDoS, taking Simmons' site down again.[45]
Comments on suicide and depression
In August 2014, Simmons made comments in an interview with Songfacts.com that seemed to openly encourage people with depression to kill themselves. The comments drew criticism from Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe who had suffered from depression in the past.[46] Following his comments, both Triple M and Power 97 stated that they were pulling all Kiss songs from their lineup in protest.[47] Simmons later clarified his comments and apologized for the incident.[48]
Decline of music industry
In September 2014, Simmons said "The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered". Simmons blames file sharing and the fact that no one values music "enough to pay you for it" for the decline of the rock music scene.[49]
Film and television career
Simmons has been involved with such television projects as:
My Dad the Rock Star,[11] a cartoon by the Canadian animation company Nelvana, about the mild mannered son of a Gene Simmons-like rock star
Mr. Romance, a show created and hosted by Simmons on the Oxygen cable television channel
Rock School, a UK reality show in which Simmons tries to make a rock band out of a group of students of Christ's Hospital School in the first season, and in the second, a group of kids from a comprehensive school in Lowestoft
Gene Simmons Family Jewels,[50] a reality show documenting the personal lives of Simmons, his wife, his son and daughter
On March 9, 2011, Simmons and Kiss co-founder Paul Stanley and E! Entertainment announced that they have finalized a production and development deal to create an as-yet-untitled comedic half-hour kids' television series.[51] Simmons appeared as a psychic working at the Mystic Journey Bookstore in Venice, California on the American hidden camera prank TV series I Get That a Lot.[52] He also guest-starred as himself in the 2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode Long Road Home. He also performed in the 1984 Michael Crichton thriller movie Runaway starring Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes and Kirstie Alley and the 1987 Gary Sherman movie Wanted: Dead or Alive starring Rutger Hauer.[53] In March 2015 founded the film production company Erebus Pictures[54] and announced as the first project was the Horror-thriller film Armed Response.[55]
Awards and recognition
On January 28, 2011, Simmons was in Dallas, Texas, to host the Aces & Angels Salute to the Troops charity event. Simmons was presented the key to the city, and a street (Gene Simmons Boulevard) was named for him. Simmons and Tweed also visited the U.S. Army base at Fort Hood to support the troops as a part of the Aces & Angels event.
On June 15 of the same year he was given the key to the city in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 2012, Simmons was awarded the Golden God award by the Revolver magazine.[56]
In 2013, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History accepted an autographed Gene Simmons Axe bass into their collection. The Smithsonian wrote, in part: "The bass will now be cared for in our permanent collections... We are happy to include the Axe bass as it relates to the impact Mr. Simmons and his band Kiss have had on American culture, especially in the creation of a unique and iconic brand that has been embraced by fans worldwide ... The story of Mr. Simmons' American experience deserves to be preserved. An immigrant and son of a holocaust survivor, he used creative vision and entrepreneurial acumen to make a significant impact for our nation's popular culture, becoming an iconic figure in American music and entertainment."[57]
Simmons is an honorary board member of Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools. A&E’s Gene Simmons Family Jewels visited a Little Kids Rock classroom and featured the segment on the show. He also decorated a guitar for auction with his son Nick.[58]
On December 15, 2014, Simmons was awarded the Golden Medal by the Reial Circle Artístic de Barcelona (Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona).[59]
Filmography
1978 Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park The Demon Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley TV movie
1984 Runaway Dr. Charles Luther
1986 Trick or Treat Nuke (radio DJ)
1986 Never Too Young to Die Carruthers / Velvet Von Ragner
1987 Wanted: Dead or Alive Malak Al Rahim
1988 The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years Himself Paul Stanley Documentary
1989 Red Surf Doc
1999 Detroit Rock City Himself Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley Simmons also produced
2002 The New Guy Reverend
2002 Wish You Were Dead Vinny
2008 Detroit Metal City Jack lll Dark Japanese movie
2009 Extract[60] Joe Adler
2010 Expecting Mary Taylor
2010 Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Himself Documentary
2013 Sample This: The Incredible Story of the Incredible Bongo Band Himself Documentary
2015 Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery The Demon Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer Voice only
2016 We Are X Himself Documentary
2016 Temple TBA Post-production
2016 Why Him? Himself Paul Stanley Cameo
2017 Armed Response
TBA Untitled Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery Sequel[61] The Demon Tommy Thayer[61] Voice only
Television appearances
1974 The Mike Douglas Show June 11, 1974 Himself Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley Kiss' first national television appearance, performed "Firehouse".
1976 The Paul Lynde Halloween Special October 29, 1976 Himself Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley Performed "Detroit Rock City," "King of the Night Time World," and "Beth"
1979 Tomorrow Himself Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley
1985 Miami Vice "Prodigal Son" Newton Blade
1986 The Hitchhiker "O.D.Feelin'" January 28, 1986 Mr. Big
1997 Action League Now! "Rock-A-Big-Baby" Toy version of himself Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley Performed "Rock and Roll All Nite"
1998 MADtv[62] October 31, 1998 (#406) Himself Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley. Halloween special; performed in five sketches
1998 Millennium "...Thirteen Years Later" October 30, 1998 Hector Leachman Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley
2000 "That 70's Show" "Red sees Red" as The Devil
2001 Family Guy "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" Animated version of himself Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley
2001 Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? May 27, 2001 Himself Won $32,000 for a charity
2001 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart[63] June 12, 2001 Himself Almost licked Jon Stewart's face in response to Jon being unable to explain the difference between pleasure and joy to a man with a 'twelve-inch tongue'
2002 Family Guy "Road to Europe" Animated version of himself Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley Lois Griffin claims she dated Gene Simmons while they were in high school, and calls him by his birth name, Chaim Witz.
2002 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno September 6, 2002 Himself
2003 King of the Hill "Reborn to Be Wild" Jessie
2004 Third Watch "Higher Calling" Donald Mann
2004 Third Watch "Monsters" Donald Mann
2004 Third Watch "More Monsters" Donald Mann
2005 American Idol "Auditions: New Orleans" Himself- guest judge
2005 Family Guy "Don't Make Me Over" Animated version of himself/ Prisoner No. 3
2005 Mind of Mencia Episode #1.7 Himself
2006 The View August 1, 2006 Himself Promotional appearance for Gene Simmons Family Jewels
2007 SpongeBob SquarePants "20,000 Patties Under the Sea" Sea Monster
2007 Shrink Rap "Gene Simmons" Himself UK's More4 show
2008 Entertainment Tonight January 2, 2008 Himself
2008 Jimmy Kimmel Live! January 18, 2008 Himself
2008 Rachael Ray March 11, 2008 Himself
2008 Criss Angel Mindfreak "Mindfreaking with the Stars" Himself
2008 Ugly Betty "The Kids Are Alright" Himself
2008 Ugly Betty "A Thousand Words by Friday" Himself
2008 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Episode #3.9 Himself Won $500,000 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation charity
2008 The Celebrity Apprentice First three episodes Himself Won $20,000 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation charity; Fired in the third episode
2008 Jingles[64] Celebrity judge Mark Burnett reality show
2009 Glenn Martin DDS Glenn Gary, Glenn Martin himself
2009 American Idol Season Finale Himself Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer, Paul Stanley Performed medley of 3 songs with contestant Adam Lambert
2009 The Fairly OddParents "Wishology – Part 1: The Big Beginning" Animated version of himself Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer, Paul Stanley
2009 The Fairly OddParents "Wishology – Part 3: The Final Ending" Animated version of himself Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer, Paul Stanley
2010 I Get That a Lot Episode 2 As Himself Simmons appeared as a psychic working at the Mystic Journey Bookstore in Venice, California
2010 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Episode 160 As Himself Kiss made a personal appearance during the Wagstaff family's vacation in Disneyland and honored them as special guests at one of their concerts. Kiss also made a personal appearance at a local school where a donation of new musical instruments was made in the Wagstaff family's name.
2010 I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band! Episode 1 And 5 As Himself Discussing the requirements of being in a rock band.
2011 Castle To Love and Die in LA As Himself
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Long Road Home As Himself
2014 American Idol Season 13 Finale Himself Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer, Paul Stanley Performed with Caleb Johnson
2014 Welcome to Sweden S1 Ep4: Get a Job/Farthinder Himself
2015 Scorpion S2 Ep1: Himself 30 September 2015, Himself, Interview
2016 Angie Tribeca (2016 TBS TV Series) S1 Ep9: Himself
2018 Jeopardy!, October 31 episode Himself Reading clues about Halloween in costume and makeup. As a publicity stunt, Alex Trebek was briefly made up and costumed as Simmons. Short video of that appeared as a commercial bump; longer video posted to show web site.
Video games
Year
Video Game
Role
2014 Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff Himself
Music video appearances
In 1994, Simmons appears as auditioning for the band with actor Al Lewis & comedian Gilbert Gottfried in a music video for "I'll Talk My Way Out Of It" by Howard Stern comedian Stuttering John. In 2007, he appeared alongside other celebrities, as well as regular people, in the music video for "Rockstar" by Nickelback.
Video game appearances
Gene Simmons is a playable character in Tony Hawk's Underground, unlocked when completing the story mode on Normal difficulty, and also appears with his Kiss bandmates in the Hotter Than Hell level to play one of three songs upon collecting the four K-I-S-S letters.
Gene Simmons' Kiss character, The Demon, is a playable character in Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child. Simmons also has a large role in the 2010 music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. In addition to narrating the main storyline, voicing the character Demigod of Rock in cutscenes, and doing advertising for the game, the Kiss song "Love Gun" is playable.
Discography
Studio albums
Gene Simmons (1978)
Asshole (2004)
Box sets
Vault (2017)
DVDs
Speaking in Tongues (2004)
Publishing career
In 2002, Simmons launched Gene Simmons' Tongue, a men's lifestyle magazine.[65] The magazine lasted five issues before being discontinued.
Other ventures
In 1976-77, Simmons signed a management/production contract with the band Van Halen. He produced a Van Halen demo tape and attempted to find a record deal for the band with a variety of major record labels. When no deal materialised, he released them from their contract.[citation needed]
From 2006–2008, Simmons served in a marketing and publicity role with the Indy Racing League.[66]
In 2012, Simmons partnered with Paul Stanley and three other investors to form the restaurant franchise Rock & Brews.
In 2017, Simmons launched "The Vault" which is a compilation of all of his major works selling for $2,000.[67]
In 2018, Simmons was named as "Chief Evangelist Officer" of the Canadian cannabis company Invictus MD Strategies.[68] Simmons also holds a large investment stake in the company.[69]
Published works
Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business , Gene Simmons (ISBN 0-062-32261-3)
Kiss and Make-Up, Gene Simmons (ISBN 0-609-81002-2)
Sex Money Kiss, Gene Simmons (ISBN 1-893224-86-4)
Kiss: The Early Years, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley (ISBN 0-609-81028-6)
Kiss: Behind the Mask, David Leaf and Ken Sharp (ISBN 978-0-446-69524-4)
Ladies of the Night: A Historical and Personal Perspective on the Oldest Profession in the World, Gene Simmons (ISBN 1-59777-501-0)
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Although Gene Simmons found fame as a blood-spurting, fire-breathing, bass-playing demon with Kiss, his early years were about as far removed as you can possibly get from the notorious heavy metal band. Born August 25, 1949, and named Chaim Witz, he and his mother left Israel by the late '50s, relocating to the United States (New York City, to be exact). Witz's name was then changed to Gene Klein, as he discovered comic books and rock & roll soon after (he was even being groomed to be a rabbi at one point). As a teenager, he played bass in a number of New York-area bands (Long Island Sounds, etc.), and while in his early 20s, even tried his hand at teaching grade school. His teaching career was short-lived, as he meet another young rock & roll hopeful around this time: Stanley Eisen.
Together, the duo formed their first band together, Wicked Lester, who borrowed heavily from their heroes, the Beatles, and just about any other hip musical style at the moment. The band recorded an album that never saw the light of day, but while in the band, the two first came up with the idea of putting on a real show for the audience: makeup, costumes, and a grand stage show. They eventually hooked up with two other New Yorkers, Peter Criscoula and Paul Frehley. All the members changed their names (Eisen became Paul Stanley; Criscoula to Peter Criss; Frehley to Ace Frehley; and Klein was re-christened Gene Simmons), and assumed identities relating to their personalities. Kiss then became one of the top hard rock acts of the 70s and beyond.
While Kiss' fame was sky-rocketing, Simmons tried his hand at another facet of the music biz: scouting up-and-coming talent. He tried to convince Kiss' manager to sign a young California band called Mammoth in the mid-'70s, who eventually renamed themselves Van Halen. Simmons' pleas fell on deaf ears, but the event sowed the seeds for Simmons launching his own record company (albeit short-lived) in the '80s, Simmons Records, as well as briefly managing Liza Minnelli. In addition to his work with Kiss, Simmons has tried his hand at acting on the big screen with varying degrees of success; Runaway, Trick Or Treat, Wanted: Dead Or Alive, and Never Too Young to Die are just some of the films he's appeared in. Simmons is also a shrewd businessman, often credited as the main force behind turning Kiss into a mega-dollar-generating, merchandising machine (look no further than Kiss' top-grossing 1996-1997 reunion tour).
With Kiss announcing their Farewell Tour in 2000, some assumed that it would be the last the public would hear from Simmons and company. But this proved hardly to be the case, as the band toured the world (off and on) for the next few years. Meanwhile, Simmons became involved in numerous projects: including penning an autobiography (2001's Kiss & Make-Up), creating his own magazine (Gene Simmons' Tongue), developing his own clothing line ("Gene Simmons' Dragonfly"), hosting the TV show Hit Men, and was in discussions for re-launching his Simmons Records label, his acting career, and starting up his own TV talk show (The Gene Simmons Show). Simmons took a break from farewell tours in 2004 and released his second solo album, ***HOLE, on the Sanctuary label.
Songwriting
Mark Addison / Nina Singh
Gene Simmons / Frank Zappa
Burning Up with Fever
Gene Simmons / Scott VanZen / Scott Zen
Drinkin' Scotch
Eugene Simmons
Kim Deal / Anne Dudley / Keith Flint / Trevor Horn / Liam Howlett / Jonathon J. Jeczalik / Gary Langan / Paul Morley
Fred Burch
Ace Cannon
Robert Geddins
Jeff Simmons
I Done Told You
Bag / Gene Simmons
Sean Delaney / Gerald Marks / Howard Marks Advertising / Gene Simmons
Bob Kulick / Gene Simmons
Jack Clement
Peroxide Blonde and a Hopped-Up Model Ford
Radioactive
Sean Delaney / Howard Marks Advertising
Calhoun
Bernie Lowe / Kal Mann
Spinning Wheel feat. Engelbert Humperdinck
David Clayton-Thomas
Sweet & Dirty Love
Teddy Bear
Carl Perkins
Bob Dylan / Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons / Dave Williams
Leigh Harline / Ned Washington
Bill Black
All Credits Additional Personnel Associate Producer Audio Production Band Bass Bass (Electric) Bass Instrument Composer Composer/Lyricist Design Drums Duet Executive Producer Featured Artist Group Member Guest Artist Guitar Guitar (Acoustic) Guitar (Bass) Guitar (Electric) Guitar (Rhythm) Interviewer Lyricist Main Personnel Member of Attributed Artist Mixing Performer Piano Primary Artist Producer Quotation Author Songwriter Spiritual Advisor Story Vocals Vocals (Background)
2018 Spaceman Ace Frehley Bass, Composer
2017 20 #1's: Classic Rock Vol. 2 Composer
2017 Now That's What I Call Tailgate Anthems Composer
2017 Rebels Black Veil Brides Composer
2017 Throwback Tunes: Classic Rock Composer
2016 Buenos Aires 1994 Kiss Composer
2016 Kiss Rocks Vegas [Video] Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Bass), Group Member, Composer
2016 McGraw: The Ultimate Collection Tim McGraw Composer
2016 Origins, Vol. 1 Ace Frehley Composer
2016 Time Capsule Lita Ford Composer
2014 Best of Classic Rock Composer
2014 Engelbert Calling Engelbert Humperdinck Duet, Guest Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
2014 Kiss 40 Years: Decades of Decibels Kiss Main Personnel, Associate Producer, Composer, Primary Artist, Producer
2014 Stand Up and Cheer Western Kentucky University Big Red Marching Band Composer
2014 The Art of McCartney Vocals
2014 The Rockabilly Rebel Primary Artist
2013 100 Hits: Driving Rock [2013] Composer
2013 5 Classic Albums Kiss Group Member, Bass, Composer, Vocals
2013 Best of Kiss Kiss Composer
2013 Icon Poison Composer
2013 Latest & Greatest Guitar Heroes Composer
2013 Oh Yes We Can Love: The History of Glam Rock Composer
2013 The Ritz on Fire Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Bass), Composer
2012 Monster Kiss Vocals, Bass, Composer
2012 Sun 60th Anniversary Primary Artist
2012 The Casablanca Singles: 1974-1982 Kiss Composer, Primary Artist, Producer
2011 Double Dose: Ultimate Hits Poison Composer
2011 Rock Diva Elysium III Composer
2011 Surtur Rising Amon Amarth Composer
2011 The Chosen Few Judas Priest Quotation Author
2010 BK3 Bruce Kulick Guest Artist, Composer, Featured Artist, Vocals
2010 Babies Go Kiss Composer
2010 Countdown to the New Year Composer
2010 Icon Kiss Composer
2010 Icon 2 Kiss Composer, Producer
2010 Nothin' But a Good Time: The Poison Collection Poison Composer
2010 Punk Goes Classic Rock Composer
2010 Sounds of Vancouver 2010: Canada's Hockey Anthems Composer
2010 The Volebeats The Volebeats Composer
2010 The Big To-Do Drive-By Truckers Composer
2010 Total Drivetime Composer
2009 Kitsune Tabloid Phoenix Performer
2009 Legends of Rock Kiss Composer
2009 Legends of Rock Composer
2009 Lil Rock Starz Lil' Rockstarz Composer
2009 Sonic Boom Kiss Vocals, Bass, Composer
2009 Sun Rockabilly Meltdown Primary Artist
2008 Alive: The Millennium Concert Kiss Vocals, Bass, Composer
2008 All-Star Sports Jams Composer
2008 At the Roxy (Atlanta '93) Phish Composer, Featured Artist
2008 Classic Rock BBQ Composer
2008 Classics Kiss Composer
2008 Discoveries Kiss Composer
2008 Favorites Kiss Composer
2008 Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-3: Limited Edition Tim McGraw Composer
2008 IKONS Kiss Audio Production, Member of Attributed Artist, Guitar (Bass), Vocals (Background), Composer, Primary Artist
2008 Now That's What I Call Classic Rock Composer
2008 One Live Kiss Paul Stanley Composer
2008 One Live Kiss Paul Stanley Composer
2008 Playlist Plus Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Guitar (Bass), Vocals (Background), Composer
2008 Playlist Your Way Kiss Composer
2008 The Best of Kiss: Green Series Kiss Composer
2008 The Complete Collection Kiss Composer
2008 The Sun Album (I Betcha Gonna Like It) Showaddywaddy Composer
2008 Torture Pit Debauchery Composer
2007 Heavy Karaoke: Hits of Kiss [DVD] Composer
2007 Heavy Metal [Rhino Box Set] Vocals, Bass
2007 Legends Informercial Set Composer
2007 Poison'd! Poison Composer
2007 Rockopilatorio Composer
2007 Ultimate Collection Billie Jo Spears Composer
2006 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection, Vol. 3 Kiss Producer, Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Guitar (Bass), Bass, Composer
2006 Ace, Gene, Peter and Paul (Solos Box Set) Kiss Composer, Primary Artist
2006 Classic Rock Masters: Current Music Primary Artist
2006 Instant Sun Rock N Roll Primary Artist
2006 Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Guitar (Bass), Bass, Composer
2006 Live in Bloomington 1977-1978 Gizmos Composer
2006 The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock Poison Composer
2005 Bag Bag Spiritual Advisor, Composer
2005 Best of Hard Rock, Vol. 2: Kiss/Scorpions/Alice Cooper Composer
2005 Chronicles Cher Composer
2005 Chronicles Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Bass Instrument, Group Member, Composer
2005 Drew's Famous Poker Party Night Drew's Famous Composer
2005 Greatest Kiss Kiss Composer
2005 Motor City Resurrection The 69 Eyes Composer
2005 Rock Around the Clock: 36 All Time Rock and Roll C Primary Artist
2004 ***HOLE Gene Simmons Primary Artist, Producer, Mixing, Audio Production, Main Personnel, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Bass), Vocals (Background), Bass, Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
2004 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss, Vol. 2 Kiss Composer
2004 60 Greatest Hits by Kids and Fun Songs Composer
2004 Billboard Top 10 Karaoke: 1970's Composer
2004 Dreaming the Blues Robin Trower Composer
2004 Drew's Famous Kids Go Wild Drew's Famous Composer
2004 Gold: 1974-1982 - Sound+Vision Kiss Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Piano, Guitar (Bass), Bass, Guitar (Rhythm), Story, Group Member, Composer, Primary Artist
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [Box Set] Composer
2004 Great Soundclash Swindle Keoki Composer
2004 Mighty McFly Mighty McFly Composer
2004 Rockabilly, Vol. 2: The Sun Legend Primary Artist
2004 Songs for Your Little Prince Composer
2004 Speaking in Tongues Gene Simmons Primary Artist, Composer
2004 Speaking in Tongues [DVD] Gene Simmons Primary Artist
2004 Spin the Bottle: An All-Star Tribute to Kiss SPIN the BOTTLE Composer
2004 The Core of Rockabilly Primary Artist
2004 The String Quartet Tribute to Kiss Vitamin String Quartet Composer
2004 The Ultimate Pretty Boy Floyd Pretty Boy Floyd Composer
2004 Ultimate Tribute Baltimore Composer
2004 World Cup Of Hockey 2004 Composer
2003 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss Kiss Composer
2003 4Us 4Us Composer
2003 All Time Greatest Smashed Hits Rodney James Composer
2003 All the Way David Paul Strom Composer
2003 Ash Wednesday Composer
2003 Blessed Devils Blessed Devils Composer
2003 Box of the Blues Composer
2003 Drew's Famous 30 Greatest Hits Sung by Kids Composer
2003 Drew's Famous Kids New Year's Party Composer
2003 Drew's Famous Kids Pop Halloween Hits Composer
2003 Drew's Famous Kids Pop Rock N Roll Hits [2003] Drew's Famous Composer
2003 Fu2 First Degree the D.E. Composer
2003 Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll: Special Novelty Edition Primary Artist
2003 Hardcore UFOs Box Set: Revelations, Epiphanies and Fast Food in the Western Hemisphere Guided by Voices Composer
2003 In Heat Black 'N Blue Producer
2003 Jazz for Those Peaceful Moments [Savoy Jazz] Composer
2003 Kids Party Pop Composer
2003 Killbox 13 Overkill Composer
2003 Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to Kiss Hayseed Dixie Composer
2003 Kiss Symphony: Alive IV Kiss Bass, Group Member, Composer
2003 Kiss Symphony: The Single Disc Kiss Composer
2003 Live in London Toilet Boys Composer
2003 Now This Is What We Composer
2003 Party Tyme Karaoke: Standards, Vol. 1 [#2] Sybersound Composer
2003 Posthumous The Banner Composer
2003 Rock Baby, Rock It! [Rhino] Primary Artist
2003 Tribute to the Devil's Music Acheron Composer
2002 Alien Peep Show Black Eyed Soul Composer
2002 All Time Crooners Composer
2002 DJ's Choice: Graduation 2002 Party Music DJ's Choice Composer
2002 Drew's Famous Sporty at 40: Music for Your Party Drew's Famous Composer
2002 Fight Doro Composer
2002 Gaga for Gigi Volumizer Composer
2002 Live Undermind Composer
2002 Metal Mania [Boxsets] Composer
2002 Power Games: The Anthology Jaguar Composer
2002 Put Your Love in Me: Love Songs for the Apocalypse Plasmatics Audio Production
2002 Silent Whispers Banig Composer
2002 Sun Record Company: 50 Golden Years 1952-2002 Primary Artist
2002 Sun Records 50th Anniversary Box Primary Artist
2002 Sun Records 50th Anniversary Collection Primary Artist
2002 Sun Records: 25 Red-Hot Rockabilly Classics Primary Artist
2002 The Hand That Rocks Jesse Damon Songwriter
2002 The Very Best of Kiss Kiss Composer
2002 Tribute to Frank Sinatra David Osborne Composer
2002 Unpainted: A Tribute to Kiss Composer
2002 West Coast Thing Junebug Slim Composer
2002 Xicano Outlaws Composer
2001 Dallas Cowboys: The Ultimate Team Composer
2001 Dans la Rue Chibuku Composer
2001 Denver Broncos: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 Composer
2001 Doxology xDISCIPLEx A.D. Composer
2001 Drew's Famous More Party Music Drew's Famous Composer
2001 Esto Es Lo Nuestro: 20 Exitos La Mafia Composer
2001 Good and Bad Medicine Dionne Composer
2001 Greatest Hits [Headcase] Murray Head Composer
2001 Metal Thunder: Arena Rock Classics Composer
2001 Permanently High Popium Composer
2001 Romancing the Sax Bruce Abbott Composer
2001 The Box Set Kiss Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Vocals (Background), Bass, Associate Producer, Design, Composer, Primary Artist
2001 The Legendary Sun Records Story, Vol. 2 Primary Artist
2001 The Soulful Sound of Percy Sledge Percy Sledge Composer
2001 The Sun Records Story Primary Artist
2001 Ultimate Collection Black 'N Blue Composer
2000 A World Without Heroes: A Kiss Tribute Composer
2000 As Good as It Gets: Rockabilly Primary Artist
2000 Good Old Rock and Roll Primary Artist
2000 Live Anthology: 1975-1981 Van Halen Composer
2000 Nowhere to Hide Praying Mantis Composer
2000 Retrospective Billy Preston Composer
2000 Slammin' Sports Jams, Vol. 4 The Pioneer Creek Gang Composer
2000 Things Falling Apart Nine Inch Nails Composer
199? Up in Flames Composer
1999 Club Days Van Halen Composer
1999 Core of Rockabilly, Vol. 1 Primary Artist
1999 Coupe du Monde 98 Jean Freber Composer
1999 Coverkill Overkill Composer
1999 Crank It Up! Rock Remixes '99 The Next Wave Composer
1999 Detroit Rock City Composer
1999 ESP ESP Composer
1999 Gene Simmons Interview Kiss Primary Artist
1999 Hi Records: Early Years, Vols. 1 & 2 Composer, Primary Artist
1999 Industrial Madness, Vol. 2 Composer
1999 Kings of the Night Time World Kiss Composer
1999 Live in the Galaxy Union Composer
1999 Porn Stars Pretty Boy Floyd Composer
1999 The Best of Sun Rockabilly, Vol. 2 Primary Artist
1999 The Fragile Nine Inch Nails Composer
1999 The Kiss of Death: A Sikk Tribute to Kiss Composer
1999 Yes Tonight Josephine Johnnie Ray Composer
1998 A Bridge Too Fuckin' Far '68 Comeback Composer
1998 Alive and Talking [Interview and Poster] Kiss Primary Artist
1998 Chant Down Babylon [Best of Reggae] Composer
1998 Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes Skeets McDonald Composer
1998 Kiss: The Second Coming I & II [Video] Kiss Vocals, Bass (Electric)
1998 Lost Hits of the 60's Primary Artist
1998 More Lovin' From Our Oven Pansy Division Composer
1998 Psycho Circus Kiss Vocals, Bass (Electric), Vocals (Background), Bass, Composer
1998 Psycho Circus [3-D Video] Kiss Vocals, Bass (Electric)
1998 Ska: The Third Wave Checkered Box Set Composer
1998 They Rock They Roll They Swing Jumpin' Jimes Composer
1997 12 Picks Ace Frehley Composer
1997 Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions Kiss Producer, Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Bass, Composer
1997 Country Hits [Riviere] Composer
1997 Greatest Kiss Kiss Vocals, Bass (Electric), Vocals (Background), Composer
1997 Hit Me SKAndalous All Stars Composer
1997 Hot Rod: Hot Rod Rebels Composer
1997 I Like Rock [4 Track EP] Bennet Composer
1997 Kiss My Ass [Bootleg] Kiss Vocals, Bass (Electric), Composer
1997 Return of the Comet: Tribute to Ace Frehley Composer
1997 Ska: Cover It Up Composer
1997 That'll Flat Git It!, Vol. 14 Composer
1997 The Essential Sun Rockabillies, Vol. 3 Composer
1997 Video Stew The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Guest Artist
1997 Wreaking Havoc Composer
1997 Ye Olde Space Band: Plays Classic Rock Hits The Moog Cookbook Composer
1996 Bordello of Blood [Original Soundtrack] Composer
1996 Calling Dr. Luv Electric Hellfire Club Composer
1996 Complete Sun Singles, Vol. 3 Primary Artist
1996 Drain Sometime Sunday Composer
1996 El Chupa Chavas Rubén Ramos Composer
1996 Greatest Hits Loleatta Holloway Composer
1996 Greatest Hits [1998] Kiss Vocals, Bass (Electric), Composer
1996 MTV Unplugged Kiss Vocals, Bass, Composer
1996 MTV Unplugged [Video/DVD] Kiss Composer
1996 Milkman Mad Cobra Composer
1996 Rock Boppin' Baby: Sun Rockabilly, Vol. 5 Primary Artist
1996 Spacewalk: A Salute to Ace Frehley Composer
1996 Tejano Award Nominees Composer
1996 The Best of Dramarama: 18 Big Ones Dramarama Composer
1996 The Interviews, Vol. 2 Kiss Performer, Primary Artist
1996 The Legend Roy Orbison Composer
1996 Unissued Sun Masters Primary Artist
1996 Viper's Freestyle Hit Parade, Vol. 8 Composer
1996 With a Song On My Lips The Blackwood Brothers Composer
1996 You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! Kiss Vocals, Bass, Composer
1995 Chikko Chikko Composer
1995 Classic Live Performances, Vol. 2 Composer
1995 Dancehall Kings Composer
1995 Hold On The Williams Brothers Composer
1995 Injected Phunk Junkeez Composer
1995 Jock Rock, Vol. 2 Composer
1995 Octagon Bathory Composer
1995 Only You Giovanni Composer
1995 Stomp 442 Anthrax Composer
1995 Tommy Boy (Music from the Motion Picture) Composer
1994 20th Century Blues Robin Trower Composer
1994 Chess Rhythm & Roll Composer
1994 Homenaje a Los Panchos The Lancers Composer
1994 Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved Producer, Composer
1994 Kiss My Ass: The Video [VHS] Kiss Composer
1994 Salsoul 12" Gold Master Series, Vol. 1 Composer
1994 Tejano Club Favorites, Vol. 2 Composer
1994 Trust Baphomet Composer
1993 Alive III Kiss Vocals, Bass, Composer
1993 Back Stage Pass (Live & Rockin') Composer
1993 Bailar Cumbias Composer
1993 Black Lodge [CD Single] Anthrax Guest Artist, Vocals, Primary Artist
1993 Classic Rock, Vol. 5: Glitter Bands Composer
1993 Dazed and Confused [Music from the Motion Picture] Composer
1993 Embalmed Existence Resurrection Composer
1993 From Bessie to Brazil Susannah McCorkle Composer
1993 Hit Parader Salutes 20 Years of Metal Composer
1993 Houdini Melvins Composer
1993 I'll Run Your Hurt Away Ruby Johnson Composer
1993 Killer George Michael Composer
1993 Kiss Konfidential Kiss Composer
1993 Konfidential and X-Treme Close Up Kiss Composer
1993 Musica Para Sonar [Sony International] Composer
1993 Nuestras Mejores Canciones: 17 Super Exitos La Mafia Composer
1993 Rhythm Composer
1993 Totem Poles & Glory Holes/Down in Earthquake Town Russ Tolman Composer
1992 A Todo Color La Mafia Composer
1992 Amor Sin Dueno [Love without an Owner] Alejandro Avalos Composer
1992 Doll Hut/Fiesta en la Biblioteca The Pontiac Brothers Composer
1992 Echoes from France, Vol. 2 Villafontana Magic Strings Composer
1992 Hard to Believe: Kiss Covers Compilation Composer
1992 Original Salsoul Classics: The 20th Anniversary Composer
1992 Revenge Kiss Vocals, Bass, Composer
1992 The Gold Pack La Mafia Composer
1991 All-Time Greatest Hits Chris Montez Composer
1991 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey [Soundtrack] Composer
1991 Country Greats Billie Jo Spears Composer
1991 Love Hurts Cher Composer
1991 Mr. Scarface Is Back Scarface Composer
1991 Party Time La Mafia Composer
1991 Rattlebone [EP] Rattlebone Composer
1991 Speed Metal Composer
1991 The Best of Pat Travers Pat Travers Composer
1990 20 Super Hits Sugar Minott Composer
1990 Cee Cee Chapman Cee Cee Chapman Composer
1990 Dick Clark's All-Time Hits, Vol. 3 Composer
1990 Doro Doro Producer, Executive Producer
1990 Heart on a Chain Robin Lee Composer
1990 Holy Ground: Alvin Ranglin's GG Records Composer
1990 Lowrider Soundtrack, Vol. 1 [2005] Composer
1990 Private Life Private Life Composer
1990 The Best of Van Morrison [Mercury] Van Morrison Composer
1989 Acordeon de Paris, Vol. 1 Jean Freber Composer
1989 Don't Touch Me There Silent Rage Producer
1989 Hot in the Shade Kiss Producer, Vocals, Bass (Electric), Vocals (Background), Composer
1989 Larger Than Life Jody Watley Composer
1989 Magnum Cum Louder Hoodoo Gurus Composer
1989 Master of Disguise Lizzy Borden Composer
1989 Ozma Melvins Composer
1989 Rock & Roll Originals, Vol. 5 Primary Artist
1989 Strange Cargo David Van Tieghem Composer
1989 Sun Years [Rhino] Roy Orbison Composer
1989 Works Trisomie 21 Composer
1988 Creator The Lemonheads Composer
1988 Down in Earthquake Town Russ Tolman Composer
1988 Early Years, Vol. 2 Composer
1988 House of Lords House of Lords Executive Producer
1988 Live Bad Brains Composer
1988 Rock the Room Dazz Band Composer
1988 Smashes, Thrashes & Hits Kiss Producer, Bass, Composer
1988 The Decline Of Western Civilization, Part II: The Metal Years Additional Personnel
1987 Crazy Nights Kiss Bass, Composer
1987 EZO EZO Producer
1987 Exposed Kiss Interviewer, Composer
1987 Hi Records: The Early Years Primary Artist
1987 Interview Disc Kiss Bass
1987 Less Than Zero Composer
1987 Pursuit of Happiness Beat Farmers Composer
1986 Humungousfungusamongus Adrenalin O.D. Composer
1986 Nasty, Nasty Black 'N Blue Producer
1986 The Final Frontier Keel Producer, Audio Production, Composer
1985 Animalize: Live Uncensored [Video] Kiss Composer
1985 Anyone Would Love You Jonathan Schwartz Composer
1985 Asylum Kiss Producer, Bass, Composer
1985 The Right to Rock Keel Producer, Quotation Author, Composer, Lyricist
1985 Winding Skill Composer
1984 Animalize Kiss Associate Producer, Composer
1984 Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'N' Roll Style Composer
1984 Hysteria The Human League Composer
1984 Teen Babes from Monsanto Redd Kross Composer
1984 W.O.W. Wendy O. Williams Producer, Audio Production, Vocals (Background), Bass
1983 Lick It Up Kiss Producer, Bass, Composer
1982 Creatures of the Night Kiss Producer, Bass, Composer
1982 Killers Kiss Vocals, Bass (Electric), Vocals (Background), Composer
1982 Let Me Rock You Peter Criss Composer
1982 Never Surrender Triumph Composer
1982 Shade Murray Head Composer
1981 Magic Man Robert Winters Composer
1981 Music from "The Elder" Kiss Vocals, Bass, Composer
1981 The Best of the Solo Albums Kiss Bass
1980 First Class Gospel The Williams Brothers Composer
1980 Unmasked Kiss Vocals, Bass, Composer
1979 Dynasty Kiss Bass, Band, Composer
1979 Rock n' Roll Nights Bachman-Turner Overdrive Composer
1979 Take Me Home Cher Vocals (Background)
1978 Double Platinum Kiss Bass, Composer
1978 Gene Simmons Kiss / Gene Simmons Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Composer
1978 The Originals II Kiss Vocals, Bass (Electric), Vocals (Background)
1977 Alive II Kiss Producer, Composer
1977 Love Gun Kiss Producer, Bass, Composer
1977 Sneak Attack Kiss Composer
1976 Destroyer Kiss Bass, Group Member, Composer
1976 Hit Machine Composer
1976 Mindbender Composer
1976 Rock and Roll Over Kiss Bass, Composer
1976 The Originals Kiss Vocals, Bass (Electric), Vocals (Background), Composer
1976 The Singing Cowboy Jimmy Wakely Composer
1975 Alive! Kiss Bass, Composer
1975 Discomania [K- Composer
1975 Dressed to Kill Kiss Producer, Bass, Composer
1974 Hotter Than Hell Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Bass Instrument, Bass (Electric), Bass, Group Member, Composer
1974 Kiss Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Bass Instrument, Bass, Composer
1973 Thirty Seconds Over Winterland Jefferson Airplane Composer
1970 His Band and the Street Choir Van Morrison Composer
1951 Bing's Buddies Bing Crosby Composer
100 Rock Composer
100% Rock Guitar Anthems [Mood Media] Composer
101 70s Rock Anthems Primary Artist
20 #1's Classic Rock [2018] Composer/Lyricist
2001 Rock and Roll Anthems Composer
30 Best Hits of the 70's Eclipse Composer
Agora Ballroom, 1974 Kiss Composer
Album, Vol. 1 Composer
Arena Rock, Vol. 1 Composer
Best of 70s Rock, Vol. 2: 20th Century Masters Composer, Composer/Lyricist
Bierkonig Die Erste Hits! Composer
Billboard 70s, Vol. 1 Composer/Lyricist
Billboard Karaoke: Top 10 Box Set, Vol. 1 Composer/Lyricist
CAPS: Campus and Pub Songs Composer
Chess Blues Primary Artist
Classic Rock Icons Composer
Classic Rock Workout Composer
Dancin' Country Joey Welz Composer
Don't Think. Feel!: SHM-CD Compilation Rock/Soul/Blues Edition Composer
Dressed To Thrill: A Tribute To Kiss With Female Vocalists Composer
Dressed to Kiss Kiss Composer
Drew's Famous House Party The Hit Crew Composer
Drew's Famous Instrumental Country Collection, Vol. 23 Composer/Lyricist
Essential Rockabilly: The Sun Story Primary Artist
Euphoria Classics Composer
First Kiss, Last Licks [Box] Kiss Producer, Vocals, Bass (Electric), Vocals (Background), Composer
Good Old Rock & Roll Performer
Headbanger's Hits, Vol. 5 Composer
Hockey Anthems: 1st Period-The Legends Composer
Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park Kiss Primary Artist
Live at San Francisco [Video] Y&T Composer
New Year's Eve Countdown Composer
Old School Memories - Rock Classics Drew's Famous Producer
Party Tyme Karaoke: Country Male Hits 3 Party Tyme Karaoke Composer
Party Tyme Karaoke: Rock Male Hits 6 Party Tyme Karaoke Composer
Piano Tribute to Kiss The Piano Tribute Players Composer
Powerful Passionate Favorites Doro Composer, Lyricist
Promo Only: Alternative Club (July 2004) Primary Artist
Radioactive: Mainstream Rock Series (June 2004) Primary Artist
Road Trip Sing-Along Songs Composer
Rockabilly Guys, Vol. 2 Primary Artist
Rollin' Bill Grant & Delia Bell Composer
Shaped Picture Disc Interview Gene Simmons Primary Artist
Simply Rockabilly Primary Artist
Super Hits, Vol. 5 [Gusto] Performer
Swampbilly Shindig Primary Artist
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set] Composer
The Nice Guys Composer
The Legendary Story of Sun Records [Castle] Primary Artist
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Torcida 2018: Nacional e Internacional Composer
Total 90s Composer
Undercover Monkey3 Composer
Unfinished Business Eric Carr Composer, Lyricist
Ways of the Wise Tony Melendez Composer
Whole Lotta Rockabilly Primary Artist
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Blackie Lawless
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EZO
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Eric Carr
Michael James Jackson
Peter Criss

MARK ST JOHN
Background information
Birth name
Mark Leslie Norton
Born
February 7, 1956
Origin
Hollywood, California
Died
April 5, 2007 (aged 51)
Genres
Hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal, classical, blues, progressive rock
Occupation(s)
Guitarist
Instruments
Guitar, vocals
Years active
1984–2003
Associated acts
Front Page
Dali
The Keep[1]
The Mark St. John Project[2]
Kiss
White Tiger
Mark Leslie Norton (February 7, 1956 – April 5, 2007), better known as Mark St. John, was an American guitarist best known for his brief stint with the rock band Kiss from April to November 1984. His work can be heard on the band's 1984 album Animalize. St. John died suddenly under murky circumstances in early April 2007, after being badly beaten during a brief stay in an Orange County jail.
Career
Prior to Kiss
Before joining Kiss, St. John was a well-known and respected teacher and guitarist for the Southern California cover band Front Page. After leaving Kiss, he formed a band called White Tiger, featuring David Donato (lead vocals), his brother Michael Norton (bass/backing vocals), and Brian James Fox (drums). Demos that the band had recorded with producer Andy Johns and guitarist Neil Citron, prior to St. John joining, apparently led to Donato's equally short tenure with another legendary band, Black Sabbath.
Kiss
St. John was only with Kiss a short time, but he was featured on the album Animalize, the second album of the "unmasked" period. This turned out to be one of Kiss's most successful studio albums, aside from those made by the original lineup. St. John's only video appearance with Kiss is in the video for the hit single "Heaven's on Fire".
During the sessions for the album, which was recorded in mid-1984, St. John clashed with the other members of the band, and according to Paul Stanley, they had difficulty putting together solos, with Stanley saying that St. John had trouble playing the same thing twice. Stanley also said that he had to dub in certain parts during St. John's solos to make them work better with the song. He also developed reactive arthritis, which caused his hands and arms to swell. He was all but unable to perform live as a member of Kiss, and only played two full shows and one partial show during the Animalize tour, with Bruce Kulick playing the rest.[3] St. John was officially replaced by Bruce Kulick on December 8, 1984.[4]
He is also the only Kiss member not to appear on any album front cover, since the Animalize cover only features a tapestry of animal prints. However, he is posing with the rest of the band on the album's back cover.[citation needed]
After Kiss
In January 1985 St. John teamed up with vocalist David Donato and drummer Barry Brandt of Angel to work on developing some demo ideas. By March he was playing live again, appearing at an all-star jam session at the FM Station Club. The lineup included Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge (Kiss Revolution, April/May 1985). St. John also performed at a sold-out audience at a benefit jazz concert for Greenpeace. Some of the legendary jazz musicians playing alongside St. John included the Steve Hooks Band, Stu Nevitt (Shadowfax), Slyde Hyde (Tom Scott/Supertramp), Al Aarons (Count Basie), plus other special all-star guests.[citation needed]
St. John and Donato soon formed White Tiger. They had written most of the material for the album by mid-1985 and set out to complete a lineup with which to record. The band also included St. John's younger brother, Michael, on bass, but was completed with the addition of Brian James Fox on drums. While the independent release did well on that level selling some 50,000 copies, and the band gigged around California, St. John and his band White Tiger joined up with Garry Lane owner of Logic Productions who promoted many top bands in LA. St. John and Lane became good friends meeting for a second time at Trojan Studios in Garden Grove, California. That is where St. John and Lane came up with the idea to play the legendary club known as THE HOT SPOT located in Huntington Beach, California owned by Gennie Gromet who was the ex-wife of Dick Dale from the band Dick Dale and the Del-Tones. The band didn't manage to break and split while working on demos for a second album in 1988. St. John teamed up with Jeff Scott Soto in 1988 to make a demo. St. John also did some session work performing lead guitar on "Livin' for My Lord" on Ken Tamplin's 1990 album, Axe to Grind. Tamplin is an inspirational Christian rocker more famed for his involvement in the band Shout. Tamplin has also co-written material with Gene Simmons of Kiss. St. John also worked with former Knight Rider star David Hasselhoff, even appearing in his video, "Is Everyone Happy".[citation needed]
St. John made a demo in 1990 with fellow former Kiss member Peter Criss. This band, known as the Keep, became what was essentially White Tiger, with Peter Criss replacing Brian Fox on drums, and David Donato replacing original vocalist David MacDonald. This lineup performed live just once, on May 2, 1990 at a drum clinic at the Guitar Center music store in Lawndale, California.[5]
When the band started shopping their demo (credited as Peter Criss) around the response was universally negative. One cassette demo to circulate simply featured "Love for Sale", "Long Time", and "All Night Long", though they had also covered Lee Michaels' 1971 hit "Do You Know What I Mean", and had other original material such as "Between the Lines". By early 1991, the difficulty shopping the demo, and St. John's need to get on with making a living, led to friction between Criss and him, and he left the band (which eventually became Criss).[citation needed]
He was in a short-lived band with Phil Naro called the Mark St. John Project that released a limited edition EP in 1999, and he also made an appearance on a KISS expo in New Jersey. He later released an all instrumental CD in 2003 called Magic Bullet Theory.[citation needed]
In later years, St. John did not make many public appearances. However, he was rumored to have returned to his pre-Kiss gig as a guitar instructor in the Southern California area.[citation needed]
Decline and death
Beginning on September 14, 2006, St. John was incarcerated for several days at Theo Lacy Jail in Orange County, California, after being charged with possession of unspecified drug paraphernalia, attempted destruction of evidence, and resisting arrest. He was initially housed at the facility's D Barracks, a medium-security dormitory for nonviolent offenders. He was later moved to F-West Barracks after telling guards he had stolen crackers from another inmate's property box and was in fear for his safety.[6] A guard named Kevin Taylor conspired with a group of inmates to have St. John assaulted for the transgression, and subsequently St. John was brutally beaten and stabbed with pencils by a group of up to twenty inmates.[7] The guard was later placed on paid leave pending an investigation into this and other violent incidents inside the jail. In an interview with the OC Weekly, a fellow inmate described St. John's encounter with jailhouse justice:
He got caught stealing something. I guess he did that somewhere else in the jail, but we found out about it somehow. . . . The Kiss guy got beat up pretty bad.[6]
His girlfriend, who said he was unrecognizable after the vicious beating, believed the incident was directly responsible for his untimely death several months later. A couple of days before the beating, St. John told her that he had "snitched" on a drug dealer several years earlier, and he believed he was certain to be attacked if this became known by the other inmates.[7]
For the next several months after leaving Theo Lacy Jail, St. John suffered severe headaches and body aches and many times told his girlfriend that the chronic ailments were absolutely the result of the beating at Theo Lacy. While it's not known what medical attention he received inside the jail, after his release he refused to see a doctor due to having no medical insurance, and thus his health deteriorated. St. John died on April 5, 2007, due to what the coroner described as a brain hemorrhage brought on by an accidental overdose of methamphetamines.[8] His girlfriend was with him the night before he died and she has been adamant that he wasn't taking drugs, refuting the coroner's official ruling. She is convinced the bleeding was caused by his assault at the jail several months earlier.[7]
Friends claimed that St. John was never the same after the beating and would not discuss his brief time at Theo Lacy Jail. Another friend stated that St. John fell deep into depression and drug addiction after being released, selling all his outfits, and mowing lawns and doing roofing to afford a drug habit that spiraled out of control.[9]
References
Gooch, Curt; Suhs, Jeff (2002). Kiss Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History. New York: Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-8322-5.
Notes
1.Jump up ^ "Kiss Related Recordings; The Tree (a.k.a. The Keep) - demo 1989 - 1990". . Retrieved 2 December 2017.
2.Jump up ^ "Kiss Related Recordings; The Mark St. John Project ; EP 1999". . Retrieved 2 December 2017.
3.Jump up ^ Gooch and Suhs, Kiss Alive Forever, pp. 145-146.
4.Jump up ^ Gooch and Suhs, "Kiss Alive Forever", p. 146.
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6.^ Jump up to: a b Schou, Nick (17 April 2008). "Theo Lacy Unmasked: Was Ex-Kiss Guitarist Mark St. John a Victim of Brutal Jailhouse Justice?". Ocweekly.com. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
7.^ Jump up to: a b c Schou, Nick (19 June 2008). "DA's Office Says Alleged Jail Beating of Former Kiss Guitarist Referred to Sheriff's Department". Ocweekly.com. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
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External links
Allmusic Mark St. John biography
Billboard.com article about St. John's death
Kissinuk Mark St. John 2003 interview
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Vinnie Vincent Lead guitarist of Kiss
1984 Succeeded by
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20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss ·
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Kiss Rocks Vegas
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Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to Kiss ·
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Unfinished Business
The most mysterious of all the members to have passed through the Kiss ranks over the years would have to be short-lived guitarist Mark St. John. Although he appeared on only one album with Kiss, 1984's Animalize, it remains Kiss' best-selling release from their non-makeup era (and helped restore the band's reputation with the worldwide heavy metal faithful). Born Mark Norton on February 7, 1956, in Hollywood, CA, little is known about his early years -- although he taught guitar prior to his joining Kiss once Vinnie Vincent left in early 1984. Rumor has it that guitar-maker Grover Jackson recommended Norton to Kiss when Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley inquired about up-and-coming talent.
While he didn't have much to do in the songwriting department, his highly technical six-string skills helped ignite the album, spawning the popular MTV video "Heaven's on Fire" (the only Kiss clip in which Mark appeared). With his name changed to Mark St. John, the new lineup set out on a European tour in the fall of 1984 as Animalize broke into the U.S. Top 20. Although this should have been a blissful time for the new guitarist, he never quite saw eye to eye with the other members and, worse, a medical condition began to hamper his playing. Bouts of stress and unhappiness brought on arthritis attacks in his hands, preventing him from playing -- friend of the band Bruce Kulick had to substitute for St. John throughout the tour. Although St. John played a few shows, by year's end St. John was out of the band and Kulick was in.
Shortly after exiting Kiss, St. John formed a glam metal band, White Tiger, which issued a 1986 self-titled debut independently but sunk from sight soon after. Little was heard from St. John after the demise of White Tiger (although he joined forces with ex-Kiss drummer Peter Criss for a short time), until he appeared at Kiss conventions in the 1990s. In 1999, he issued his first true solo album, the limited-edition Mark St. John Project EP. Sadly, on April 5, 2007, St. John died of a brain hemorrhage.
All Credits Drums Guitar Main Personnel Primary Artist Producer Vocals Vocals (Background)
2014 Kiss 40 Years: Decades of Decibels Kiss Main Personnel
2008 The Coolest Songs in the World, Vol. 6 Producer, Vocals, Drums
2007 Tight Turns in the Sunset Mark St. John Primary Artist
2001 The Box Set Kiss Guitar
1988 Smashes, Thrashes & Hits Kiss Guitar
1984 Animalize Kiss Guitar, Vocals (Background)
Mental Mark St. John Primary Artist
Collaborated With
Peter Criss

PAUL STANLEY
Birth name
Stanley Bert Eisen
Also known as
"The Starchild"
Born
January 20, 1952
Manhattan, New York City, United States
Origin
Queens, New York, United States
Genres
Hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s)
Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, painter, actor
Instruments
Vocals, guitar
Years active
1965–present
Labels
New Door, Universal Music Group
Associated acts
Kiss
Wicked Lester
Paul Stanley's Soul Station
Stanley Bert Eisen (born January 20, 1952), known professionally by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American musician, singer, songwriter and painter best known for being the rhythm guitarist and singer of the rock band Kiss. He is the writer or co-writer of many of the band's highest-charting hits. Stanley established The Starchild character for his Kiss persona.
Early life
Stanley Bert Eisen was born January 20, 1952, in upper Manhattan, near 211th Street and Broadway; the Inwood neighborhood near Inwood Hill Park. Both of his parents are Jewish, he was the second of two children and born two years after his sister Julia. His mother came from a family that fled Nazi Germany to Amsterdam, Netherlands, and then to New York City. His father's parents were from Poland. Stanley was raised Jewish, although he did not consider his family very observant and did not celebrate his bar mitzvah.[1] His parents listened to classical music and light opera; Stanley was greatly moved by Beethoven's works. His right ear was misshaped from a birth defect called microtia; he was unable to hear on that side, thus he found it difficult to determine the direction of a sound, and he could not understand speech in a noisy environment.[2] Attending PS 98, he was taunted by other children for his deformed ear.
Despite his hearing problem, Stanley enjoyed listening to music, and he watched American Bandstand on television. His favorite musical artists included Eddie Cochran, Dion and the Belmonts, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. Stanley learned to sing harmony with his family, and he was given a child's guitar at age seven.[3][4]
Stanley's family relocated to the Kew Gardens neighborhood in Queens in 1960.[5] He listened to a lot of doo-wop music, but when the Beatles and the Rolling Stones played on U.S. television he was inspired by the performance aspect, which he thought was not out of his reach. Stanley received his first real guitar at age 13, an acoustic one that he would have preferred to be electric. He played tunes by Bob Dylan, the Byrds, the Lovin' Spoonful and more.[3]
All through his childhood Stanley had been recognized for his talent at graphic arts, so he attended the High School of Music & Art in New York City, graduating in 1970.[6] Despite his skill as a graphic artist, he abandoned that as a career, and instead played in bands.
Kiss
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Before Kiss, Stanley was in a local band, Rainbow (not to be confused with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow) and was a member of Uncle Joe and Post War Baby Boom. Through a mutual friend of Gene Simmons, Stanley joined Simmons' band Wicked Lester in the early 1970s. The band recorded an album in 1972, but it has not been officially released (although songs from the album appeared on Kiss's 2001 box set). Wicked Lester fell apart and Stanley and Simmons answered Peter Criss's advertisement in Rolling Stone (August 31, 1972): "Expd. Rock & Roll drummer looking for orig. grp. doing soft & hard music." Soon after recruiting Criss, they held auditions for a lead guitarist, with Stanley placing an ad in the Village Voice (December 14, 1972). Despite what Stanley, Criss, and Simmons admit was a shaky first impression, Ace Frehley won the group over with his playing, which all admit was nearly a perfect fit to the group's sound, and with his style, showing up to the audition wearing Converse shoes in two different colors (one red, one orange). Kiss released their self-titled debut album in February 1974.
At this point, Stanley had the idea of changing his name not only for marketing purposes but also the fact he had always hated his birth name. Inspired by Paul McCartney and Paul Rodgers, he legally changed his name to Paul Stanley.[7]
Stanley's 'The Starchild' make-up
Stanley's persona in Kiss is "The Starchild" displaying one star over his right eye. For a brief time, Stanley changed his character to "The Bandit", with a "Lone Ranger" style mask design make-up pattern. This make-up design was only used during a few mid-1973 shows. "I even tried painting my face all red," he admitted. "I looked like a longhaired tomato! Before settling on the star, I'd just paint a black ring around my eye… Each of us wears something that reflects who we are. I always loved stars and always identified with them – so, when it came time to put something on my face, I knew it would be a star."[8]
In his book Sex Money Kiss, Gene Simmons says Stanley was the driving force for KISS during the period in the 1980s when the band performed without makeup. Those years, Stanley noted, "were fine for me. I found them very satisfying because I got a chance to be out there without makeup, which I craved at that point. I think it was easier for me [than Simmons] because my persona was one that wasn't really defined by the makeup… The makeup was just reinforcing what you were seeing and who I was."[9]
In 2006, Stanley resumed[further explanation needed] his association with Washburn Guitars, using the Washburn PS2000. Previously, he has had four signature guitars made by Silvertone, and tweaked the Ibanez Iceman to his specifications, calling it the PS10.
Stanley singing "Love Gun" in Montreal.
In 2007 (prior to the final show of the Hit 'N Run Tour on July 27), Stanley was hospitalized with tachycardia. In his absence, Kiss performed live as a trio for the first time in decades. The concert was the first Kiss performance Stanley missed.[10]
In September 2007, Stanley took part in Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp as a guest star for his second time in New York City.
In 2009 he recorded three voice ads for the charity Kars4Kids. Stanley continues to tour with Kiss; the KISS 2010 The Hottest Show on Earth Tour (a continuation of the Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour, itself a continuation of the Kiss Alive/35 World Tour) which started March 2010 and ended at Guadalajara, Mexico in October.
Solo career
Stanley has very rarely recorded or performed outside of Kiss. He wrote and recorded material for a solo album in 1987–88, which was shelved in favor of the Kiss compilation, Smashes, Thrashes & Hits. While never officially released, songs such as "Don't Let Go" and "When Two Hearts Collide" have circulated as bootleg recordings. One song from the project, "Time Traveler", was released as part of Kiss' 2001 box set.
In 1989, Stanley embarked on a brief club tour. His touring band included guitarist Bob Kulick and future Kiss drummer Eric Singer. The same year, Stanley sang lead on the title track for the soundtrack of the Wes Craven horror flick Shocker.
Stanley, Singer and Thayer performing at the Azkena Rock Festival; June 26, 2010.
Twenty-eight years after releasing his first solo album (as part of the four simultaneously released Kiss solo albums), Stanley released a second album, Live to Win, on October 24, 2006. The title song of his solo album, "Live to Win", appeared on the South Park episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft". In October and November 2006, Stanley embarked on a theater tour in support of Live to Win. His touring band was the house band from the CBS TV show Rock Star, composed of Paul Mirkovich (keyboards), Jim McGorman (guitar), Rafael Moreira (lead guitar), Nate Morton (drums), and Sasha Krivtsov (bass). In April 2007, Stanley extended the tour to include Australia, playing in Coolangatta, Wollongong, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. Portions of the tour were filmed for a documentary titled Paul Stanley: Live to Dream by the Chicago-based Film Foetus.[11] The band's performance at the House of Blues in Chicago was captured on film and released in 2008 on DVD and digital audio download formats as One Live Kiss.
In 2008, Stanley sang a duet with Sarah Brightman, "I Will Be with You", on her Symphony album. In 2016, he guested in Ace Frehley's covers album Origins, Vol. 1, singing "Fire and Water" by Free.
Vocals
Stanley tends to sing in the high register of his vocal range. On Music From "The Elder" he experimented with falsetto ("Just a Boy", "The Oath").
Other projects
In 1999, Stanley starred in a Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera, in which he played the role of the Phantom. He appeared in the musical from May 25 to August 1, and again that year from September 30 to October 31, 1999. Stanley made his debut as a painter in 2006, exhibiting and selling original works of art. Stanley collaborated with Boston-based power pop group Click Five on their hit single, "Angel To You (Devil To Me)". In the past, Stanley has been asked to produce albums for Poison but he was never able to commit due to his work on Kiss projects. However, Stanley did produce a debut album for an up-and-coming band called New England. The first single from that album in 1978 was called "Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya" and went on to become a Top-40 hit in 1979.[12]
On August 15, 2013, Stanley, Gene Simmons and manager Doc McGhee became a part of the ownership group that created the L.A. Kiss Arena Football League team, which plays their home games at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
In April 2014, Stanley published his memoir, Face the Music: A Life Exposed.[13][14][15][16] In the memoir, Stanley, who is Jewish,[17] accused former bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss of anti-Semitism.[18]
In 2012, Stanley partnered with Gene Simmons and three other investors to form the restaurant franchise Rock & Brews.
Personal life
In 2001, Stanley's first wife, actress Pamela Bowen, filed for divorce after nine years of marriage. They have one son, Evan Shane Stanley, born on June 6, 1994. On November 19, 2005, Stanley married longtime girlfriend Erin Sutton at the Ritz-Carlton, Huntington in Pasadena, California. They had their first child, Colin Michael Stanley, on September 6, 2006. The couple had their second child, Sarah Brianna, on January 28, 2009, in Los Angeles.[19] On August 9, 2011, they had their third child, Emily Grace.[20][21]
Stanley has had two hip-replacement surgeries: one after the "Rock the Nation" tour in October 2004, and a second in December 2004 after complications arose from the first surgery. He has announced[when?] that he will require a third hip surgery in the future. He regards the degeneration of his left hip as partly the product of thousands of shows performed in platform boots since the early 1970s.[citation needed]
In October 2011, Stanley had surgery on his vocal cords. He said, "I hold myself to a higher standard than others do. With that in mind, I wanted to remedy a few minor issues that come with 40 years of preaching rock 'n' roll."[22]
Because of his birth defect microtia, Stanley is an ambassador for the charitable organization AboutFace, an organization that provides support and information to people with facial differences. He has appeared at fundraising events and in videos to raise awareness.[23]
Awards
Stanley was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006
Stanley got the Showman of the Year award of the Classic Rock Awards for 2008
Stanley received the Classic Gold Telly Award for his concert film One Live Kiss in 2009.
Stanley received the Sound Partners Lifetime Achievement Award from the House Research Institute[24]
Stanley, along with original Kiss members, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
Discography
Studio albums
Paul Stanley (1978)
Live to Win (2006)
Live albums
One Live Kiss (2008) (DVD and digital download)
Kiss
Paul Stanley ·
Gene Simmons ·
Tommy Thayer ·
Eric Singer
Ace Frehley ·
Peter Criss ·
Eric Carr ·
Vinnie Vincent ·
Mark St. John ·
Bruce Kulick
Studio albums
Kiss ·
Hotter Than Hell ·
Dressed to Kill ·
Destroyer ·
Rock and Roll Over ·
Love Gun ·
Dynasty ·
Unmasked ·
Music from "The Elder" ·
Creatures of the Night ·
Lick It Up ·
Animalize ·
Asylum ·
Crazy Nights ·
Hot in the Shade ·
Revenge ·
Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions ·
Psycho Circus ·
Sonic Boom ·
Monster
'78 solo albums
Ace Frehley ·
Gene Simmons ·
Paul Stanley ·
Peter Criss
Live albums
Alive! ·
Alive II ·
Alive III ·
Kiss Unplugged ·
You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! ·
Kiss Symphony: Alive IV ·
Kiss Instant Live ·
Alive! The Millennium Concert ·
Kiss Alive 35 ·
Kiss Sonic Boom Over Europe ·
Kiss Rocks Vegas
Compilations
Double Platinum ·
Killers ·
Chikara ·
Smashes, Thrashes & Hits ·
Greatest Kiss ·
The Very Best of Kiss ·
20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss ·
The Best of Kiss, Volume 2: The Millennium Collection ·
Gold ·
The Best of Kiss, Volume 3: The Millennium Collection ·
Jigoku-Retsuden ·
Kiss 40 ·
Kissworld
Box sets
The Originals ·
The Box Set ·
Kiss Chronicles: 3 Classic Albums ·
Kiss Alive! 1975–2000 ·
Ikons
Video albums
Animalize Live Uncensored ·
Exposed ·
Crazy Nights ·
X-treme Close-Up ·
Kiss Konfidential ·
Kiss My Ass: The Video ·
Kiss Unplugged ·
Psycho Circus 3-D Video ·
The Second Coming ·
Kiss Symphony: The DVD ·
Rock the Nation Live! ·
Kissology Volume One: 1974–1977 ·
Kissology Volume Two: 1978–1991 ·
Kissology Volume Three: 1992–2000 ·
Kiss Rocks Vegas
Tribute albums
Hard to Believe: A Kiss Covers Compilation ·
Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved ·
A Tribute to the Creatures of the Night ·
Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to Kiss ·
Spin the Bottle: An All-Star Tribute to Kiss ·
Gods of Thunder: A Norwegian Tribute to Kiss ·
Lick It Up – A Millennium Tribute to Kiss ·
Kiss My Ankh ·
Sheep in KISS Make Up
Concert tours
The Early Days of Kiss ·
Kiss Tour ·
Hotter than Hell Tour ·
Dressed to Kill Tour ·
Alive! Tour ·
Destroyer Tour ·
Rock & Roll Over Tour ·
Love Gun Tour ·
Alive II Tour ·
Dynasty Tour ·
Unmasked Tour ·
Creatures of the Night Tour ·
Lick It Up World Tour ·
Animalize World Tour ·
Asylum Tour ·
Crazy Nights World Tour ·
Hot in the Shade Tour ·
Revenge Tour ·
Kiss My Ass Tour ·
Alive/Worldwide Tour ·
Psycho Circus World Tour ·
Kiss Farewell Tour ·
World Domination Tour ·
Rock the Nation World Tour ·
Rising Sun Tour ·
Hit 'n Run Tour ·
Alive 35 World Tour ·
Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour ·
The Hottest Show on Earth Tour ·
The Tour ·
Monster World Tour ·
The KISS 40th Anniversary World Tour ·
Freedom to Rock Tour ·
Kissworld Tour ·
One Last Kiss: End of the Road World Tour
Films
Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park ·
Detroit Rock City ·
Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery
Merchandising
Action figures ·
Comics ·
Kiss: Psycho Circus ·
Pinball ·
Pinball video game ·
Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child ·
Kiss Kasket ·
Kiss by Monster Mini-Golf ·
Los Angeles Kiss ·
Bibliography
Related
Articles
Discography ·
Videography ·
Band members ·
Songs ·
Awards ·
Kiss Army ·
Operation Payback ·
The Elder ·
Stephen Coronel
Bands
Black 'n Blue ·
Black Sabbath ·
Chelsea ·
Eric Singer Project ·
Frehley's Comet ·
Grand Funk Railroad ·
Mini Kiss ·
Union ·
Vinnie Vincent Invasion ·
White Tiger ·
Wicked Lester
Albums
Gene Simmons Vault ·
Live to Win ·
One Live Kiss ·
The Original Wicked Lester Sessions ·
Origins, Vol. 1 ·
Rockology ·
Unfinished Business
Along with his longtime companion, Gene Simmons, singer/guitarist/songwriter Paul Stanley has kept Kiss rocking and rolling along since the early '70s, successfully navigating through numerous peaks and valleys during the course of their lengthy career. With his posing, prancing, and oft-times corny stage raps, Stanley is one of arena rock's quintessential frontmen. Born Stanley Eisen on January 20, 1952, in Manhattan, NY (but raised in nearby Queens), Stanley began playing guitar and penning his own songs at an early age (the Beatles being a key early influence), as he joined his first band, the Post War Baby Boom, at the age of 15. By the early '70s, Stanley had met another up-and-coming songwriter, bassist/singer Gene Klein, and the two soon began playing together in groups, including Wicked Lester, which recorded an album for Epic that went unreleased. What follows is a story that just about any Kiss fan can recite in their sleep: Stanley and Gene soon changed their names to Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, hooked up with drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley, and formed Kiss in 1973. It didn't take long for Kiss to become one of the most successful (and later, influential) groups of the decade, as their grease-painted faces, costumes, over-the-top stage show, and hard rock anthems struck a chord with teenagers worldwide. Simmons and Stanley penned the lion's share of Kiss' songs, with Stanley responsible for such Kiss classics as "Rock and Roll All Nite" (co-written with Simmons), "Firehouse," "Strutter," "Detroit Rock City," "Love Gun," "I Was Made for Lovin' You," and even a song that would eventually become Simmons' trademark, "God of Thunder." In 1978, when all four Kiss members released their own individual solo albums simultaneously, Stanley's was the most "Kiss-sounding" of the bunch, which showed that he was largely responsible for the group's sound/style. At the turn of the '80s, however, Kiss' standing among the hard rock masses began to falter (due to a few unfocused albums and merchandise oversaturation), and at the behest of Stanley, the group decided to finally unmask in 1983. The move paid off, as Kiss once again became one of hard rock's most popular bands (despite Stanley and Simmons being the only original members left by this point). It was also during the '80s that Stanley nearly produced albums for Guns N' Roses and Poison, but for reasons unknown, that failed to happen. 1989 also saw Stanley launch a brief solo tour along the U.S. East Coast, where he played uncommon Kiss songs (many from his 1978 solo set). Kiss continued to coast along until the original lineup reunited during the late '90s for an enormously successful tour, before bandmembers began to come and go again. With Kiss appearing to be solely a touring band by the early 21st century, Stanley (and Simmons) disclosed in 2003 that both were at work on their first solo releases since their 1978 releases. Stanley's arrived in 2006 when Live to Win appeared on the Universal imprint New Door. Additionally, Stanley has guested on other artists' recordings, including, among others, Anthrax, Wendy O. Williams, and New England (for the latter of which he produced a 1979 self-titled debut).
Songwriting
Michael Japp
Andreas Carlsson / Desmond Child / Paul Stanley
Andreas Carlsson / Harry Sommerdahl / Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl / Paul Stanley
Bob Ezrin / Kim Fowley / Paul Stanley
Peter Masitti / Paul Stanley
Andy Fraser / Paul Rodgers
Desmond Child / Holly Knight / Paul Stanley
Vincent John Cusano / Paul Stanley
I Will Be with You (Where the Lost Ones Go) feat. Sarah Brightman
Holly Knight / Charlie Midnight / Paul Stanley
Lady in Waiting [From "Goldilocks"] feat. Russell Nype
Desmond Child / Marti Frederiksen / Paul Stanley
Love Her All I Can feat. Anthrax / Kiss / Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley / Vinnie Vincent
Vincent John Cusano / Paul Stanley
Michael Japp / Paul Stanley
Mr. Speed feat. Sean Delaney
Sean Delaney / Paul Stanley
Andreas Carlsson / Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons / Paul Stanley
Michael Japp / Paul Stanley
Andreas Carlsson / Desmond Child / Paul Stanley
Desmond Child / John Lowery / Paul Stanley
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2017 20 #1's: Classic Rock Vol. 2 Composer
2017 For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986 The Replacements Composer
2017 Now That's What I Call Tailgate Anthems Composer
2016 Buenos Aires 1994 Kiss Composer
2016 Kiss Rocks Vegas [Video] Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Rhythm), Group Member, Composer
2016 Origins, Vol. 1 Ace Frehley Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
2015 The Complete Studio Albums: 1981-1990 The Replacements Composer
2015 The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Musical Companion to the Novel by Mitch Albom [Original Soundtrack] Composer
2014 Best of Classic Rock Composer
2014 Icon The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Composer
2014 Kiss 40 Years: Decades of Decibels Kiss Main Personnel, Composer, Primary Artist, Producer
2014 Latest & Greatest Driving Rock Anthems Composer
2014 Live in London Girl Composer
2014 Stand Up and Cheer Western Kentucky University Big Red Marching Band Composer
2014 The Art of McCartney Vocals
2014 The Essential Eric Carmen Eric Carmen Quotation Author
2013 100 Hits: Driving Rock [2013] Composer
2013 5 Classic Albums Kiss Group Member, Composer, Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals
2013 Best of Kiss Kiss Composer
2013 Fast Loud Death Lost Society Composer, Lyricist
2013 Icon Poison Composer
2013 Latest & Greatest Guitar Heroes Composer
2013 Oh Yes We Can Love: The History of Glam Rock Composer
2013 The Collection Bonnie Tyler Composer
2013 The Ritz on Fire Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
2012 80s Revolution: Disco Fox, Vol. 4 Composer
2012 Monster Kiss Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Composer
2012 The Casablanca Singles: 1974-1982 Kiss Composer, Primary Artist, Producer
2011 Double Dose: Ultimate Hits Poison Composer
2011 Gods of Guitar [Universal] Composer
2011 Khaos Legions Arch Enemy Composer
2011 Kidz Bop Sings Monster Ballads Kidz Bop Kids Composer
2011 Live in Germany 1993 Bonnie Tyler Composer
2011 Live in Germany 1993 [Video] Bonnie Tyler Composer
2011 Rock Diva Elysium III Composer
2011 Super DX Hitz Peelander-Z Composer
2011 The Ballads IV Axel Rudi Pell Composer, Lyricist
2011 The Dilemma [Original Soundtrack] Composer
2011 The World as We Love It Pushking Featured Artist, Vocals
2011 Toppers in Concert 2011 Toppers Composer, Lyricist
2010 2010 Les Enfoirés: La Crise de Nerfs! Les Enfoirés Composer
2010 Babies Go Kiss Composer
2010 Bounce! Vol. 2 Composer
2010 Countdown to the New Year Composer
2010 Fishdick Zwei: The Dick Is Rising Again Acid Drinkers Composer
2010 Glee: The Music, Vol. 3 - Showstoppers Glee Composer
2010 Icon Kiss Composer
2010 Icon 2 Kiss Composer, Producer
2010 Le Meilleur des Enfoirés: 20 Ans Les Enfoirés Composer
2010 Live in Hamburg 2010 Scooter Composer
2010 NRJ Hit List 2010 Composer
2010 Nothin' But a Good Time: The Poison Collection Poison Composer
2010 Parents Night At The Leper Colony The Leisure Class Cello, Guest Artist
2010 Punk Goes Classic Rock Composer
2010 Rock Anthems [Universal 2010] Composer
2010 Sounds of Vancouver 2010: Canada's Hockey Anthems Composer
2010 The Big To-Do Drive-By Truckers Composer
2010 Time to Burn Taking Dawn Composer
2010 Total 80s Pop Composer
2010 Total Drivetime Composer
2009 Dad Rocks! Composer
2009 Erik Grönwall Erik Grönwall Composer
2009 Kitsune Tabloid Phoenix Performer, Composer
2009 Legends of Rock Composer
2009 Legends of Rock Kiss Composer
2009 Lil Rock Starz Lil' Rockstarz Composer
2009 Now That's What I Composer
2009 Rock and Rave Composer
2009 Sonic Boom Kiss Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Package Concept, Group Member, Composer
2009 Under the Radar Over the Top Scooter Composer
2008 100 Hits: Drive Time Composer
2008 4Play, Vol. 08 Mixed by Jimmy Z Composer
2008 Absolute Rock Anthems Composer
2008 Alive: The Millennium Concert Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
2008 All-Star Sports Jams Composer
2008 At the Roxy (Atlanta '93) Phish Composer
2008 Classic Rock BBQ Composer
2008 Classics Kiss Composer
2008 DJ Masters Unmixed, Vol. 17 Composer
2008 Die Ultimative Chartshow: Rock Classics Composer
2008 Discoveries Kiss Composer
2008 Enter the Realm of the Gods Iced Earth Composer
2008 Favorites Kiss Composer
2008 Foute CD Van Q-Music, Vol. 4 Composer
2008 Hits'n'kids Composer
2008 I Love Metal [Central Station] Composer
2008 IKONS Kiss Mixing, Audio Production, Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Composer, Primary Artist
2008 KISSology Kiss Group Member
2008 Lessons to be Learned Gabriella Cilmi Keyboards, Programming, Composer
2008 Let Sleeping Corpses Lie White Zombie Composer
2008 Lick It Up: A Millenium Tribute to Kiss Composer
2008 Masterpieces HammerFall Composer, Lyricist
2008 Now That's What I Call Classic Rock Composer
2008 One Live Kiss Paul Stanley Primary Artist, Composer
2008 One Live Kiss Paul Stanley Primary Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Executive Producer, Composer
2008 Playlist Plus Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Composer
2008 Playlist Your Way Kiss Composer
2008 Pure Temptations Composer
2008 Senza Voce Anthony Tyler Composer
2008 Skitz Mix, Vol. 29 Nick Skitz Composer
2008 Slave to the Dark: The Century Media Years [14CD/DVD] Iced Earth Composer
2008 Symphony Sarah Brightman Guest Artist, Additional Personnel, Featured Artist, Primary Artist
2008 The 70s Collection Composer
2008 The Best of 1979: 20th Century Masters Composer
2008 The Best of Hard Rock, Vol. 2: 20th Century Masters the Millennium Collection Composer
2008 The Best of Kiss: Green Series Kiss Composer
2008 The Complete Collection Kiss Composer
2008 The World's Best Ever Beer Songs: 10th Anniversary Composer
2007 At the BBC Shed Seven Photography
2007 Die Ultimative Rock Box Composer
2007 Halloween [2007 Original Soundtrack] Composer
2007 Heavy Karaoke: Hits of Kiss [DVD] Composer
2007 Heavy Metal [Rhino Box Set] Vocals, Guitar, Composer
2007 Jumping All Over the World Scooter Composer
2007 Legends Informercial Set Composer
2007 Les 100 Plus Grands Tubes Composer
2007 Mei Siedie Pikku-Orava Composer
2007 Now That's What I s [3 CD] Composer
2007 Old Skool of Rock Composer
2007 Poison'd! Poison Composer
2007 Tough Choices Serge Rahoerson Photography
2007 True Disco Composer
2007 Vom Rest das Beste: Die DTH Single B-Seiten Kollektion Die Toten Hosen Composer, Lyricist
2006 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection, Vol. 3 Kiss Producer, Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
2006 Ace, Gene, Peter and Paul (Solos Box Set) Kiss Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), E-Bow, Vocals (Background), Mastering, Composer, Primary Artist
2006 Bad Candy Bad Candy Composer
2006 Extended Versions Britny Fox Composer
2006 Girls Got Rhythm! Composer
2006 Hallelujah Live [DVD] Espen Lind Composer
2006 II Deacon Street Composer
2006 In Memory of Quorthon, Vol. 3 Bathory Composer, Lyricist
2006 Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
2006 Live in Bloomington 1977-1978 Gizmos Composer
2006 Live to Win Paul Stanley Primary Artist, Producer, Audio Production, Main Personnel, Vocals, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals (Background), String Arrangements, Composer
2006 Melody Mountain Susanna and the Magical Orchestra Composer
2006 New and Used: The Best of Apologetix Apologetix Composer
2006 Paris Derniere, Vol. 5 Composer
2006 Planet 70's Composer
2006 R35: Rock & Pops Super Hits Composer
2006 The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock Poison Composer
2006 Ultimate Party Anthems The Goldkeepers Composer
2006 Voodoo Man Dan Wos Composer
2005 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Composer
2005 Angel to You (Devil to Me) The Click Five Composer
2005 Best of Hard Rock, Vol. 2: Kiss/Scorpions/Alice Cooper Producer, Vocals, Guitar
2005 Bot Box 1L Composer
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2005 Crown Jewels Crown of Thorns Producer
2005 Distortion Rev Run Composer
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2005 Greatest Kiss Kiss Composer
2005 Greetings from Imrie House The Click Five Composer
2005 How the Great Have Fallen Raging Speedhorn Composer
2005 Instant Live: Alltel Pavillion at Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC, 07/27/04 Kiss Vocals, Guitar
2005 MTV Unplugged, Vol. 3 Composer
2005 Mad About the Boy, Vol. 11 Composer
2005 Rock the Nation: Live Kiss Group Member
2005 Rockin' the Corps Vocals, Guitar, Composer
2005 Rockin' the Corps [DVD] Composer
2005 Summer Beach Club, Vol. 1 Composer
2005 Swamp Tech Quintron Composer
2005 The Men Album Jarboe Composer
2004 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss, Vol. 2 Kiss Producer, Group Member, Composer
2004 60 Greatest Hits by Kids and Fun Songs Composer
2004 Billboard Top 10 Karaoke: 1970's Composer
2004 Chartbuster Karaoke: Greatest Party Songs, Vol. 3 Composer
2004 Drew's Famous Kids Go Wild Drew's Famous Composer
2004 Expose This Gioia Composer
2004 Gold: 1974-1982 - Sound+Vision Kiss Producer, Mixing, Audio Production, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Rhythm), Story, Group Member, Composer, Primary Artist
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [Box Set] Composer
2004 Instant Live: Clark County Amphitheatre - Ridgefield, WA, 06/22/04 Kiss Vocals, Guitar
2004 Instant Live: Ford Pavilion at Montage Mountain - Scranton, PA, 07/23/04 Kiss Vocals, Guitar
2004 Instant Live: Tweeter Center - Tinley Park, IL, 07/09/04 Kiss Vocals, Guitar
2004 Instant Live: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Virginia Beach, VA, 07/25/04 Kiss Vocals, Guitar
2004 Legends: My Generation Composer
2004 Leisure Class Recordings 1979-1994 Guest Artist, Cello
2004 Let's Hear It for the Boy, Vol. 4 Composer
2004 Mighty McFly Mighty McFly Composer
2004 Songs for Your Little Prince Composer
2004 Spin the Bottle: An All-Star Tribute to Kiss SPIN the BOTTLE Composer
2004 Supergrass Is 10: The Best of 1994-2004 Supergrass Photography
2004 Supergrass Is 10: The Best of 1994-2004 [DVD] Supergrass Photography
2004 The String Quartet Tribute to Kiss Vitamin String Quartet Composer
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2004 Trenton Makes the Cryptkeeper Five The Cryptkeeper Five Composer
2004 Verschwende Deine Zeit Silbermond Composer
2004 Very Best of MTV Unplugged, Vol. 3 [Bonus DVD] Composer
2004 World Cup Of Hockey 2004 Composer
2003 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of '80s Rock Composer
2003 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss Kiss Composer
2003 Ash Wednesday Composer
2003 Beyond the Darkness Balzac Composer
2003 DJ's Choice: Christmas Movies DJ's Choice Composer
2003 DJ's Choice: Night Night Sleep Tight DJ's Choice Composer
2003 Divas of Broadway: Great Women of Stage and Song Composer
2003 Drew's Famous 30 Greatest Hits Sung by Kids Composer
2003 Drew's Famous Kids New Year's Party Composer
2003 Drew's Famous Kids Pop Broadway Hits Drew's Famous Composer
2003 Drew's Famous Kids Pop Halloween Hits Composer
2003 Drew's Famous Kids Pop Rock N Roll Hits [2003] Drew's Famous Composer
2003 Family Christmas Andrea McArdle Composer
2003 Fu2 First Degree the D.E. Composer
2003 Hardcore UFOs Box Set: Revelations, Epiphanies and Fast Food in the Western Hemisphere Guided by Voices Composer
2003 Joe Maynard's Favourites Poor Rich Ones Composer
2003 Kids Party Pop Composer
2003 Kill the DJ Keoki Composer
2003 Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to Kiss Hayseed Dixie Composer
2003 Kiss Symphony: Alive IV Kiss Group Member, Composer
2003 Kiss Symphony: The DVD Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Rhythm)
2003 Kiss Symphony: The Single Disc Kiss Composer
2003 Love Songs Loverboy Composer
2003 Music to Crash Your Car To, Vol. 1 Mötley Crüe Composer
2003 P-Bone Steak Peelander-Z Composer
2003 Razmanaz Razmanaz Composer
2003 Rock Heroes Composer
2003 Sons of Satan Praise the Lord Entombed Composer
2003 The Curse of the Singapore Sling Singapore Sling Composer
2003 The Sound of Fashion: The Sexiest Music For Catwalks Composer
2003 We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones Producer
2003 What a Way to End It All: The Anthology Deaf School Composer
2003 Where Have You Been Tonight? Live Shed Seven Photography
2003 While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Vol. 2 Composer
2002 Alien Peep Show Black Eyed Soul Composer
2002 As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2 2 Many DJ's Composer
2002 Border Girl Paulina Rubio Composer
2002 Cover Ups Good Riddance Composer
2002 Crimson Thunder HammerFall Composer
2002 DJ's Choice: Graduation 2002 Party Music DJ's Choice Composer
2002 DJ's Choice: I Wuv U This Much DJ's Choice Composer
2002 DJ's Choice: Kids Pop Songs DJ's Choice Composer
2002 Dark Genesis Iced Earth Composer
2002 Drew's Famous Kids Pop Hits Drew's Famous Composer
2002 Drew's Famous Sporty at 40: Music for Your Party Drew's Famous Composer
2002 Fashion Week Composer
2002 Freak Guitar Mattias "IA" Eklundh Composer
2002 Frosh, Vol. 5 Composer
2002 Great Ladies of Rock & Roll: The '50s Composer
2002 Horizon Rocking Horse Winner Composer
2002 Live Undermind Composer
2002 Metal Mania [Boxsets] Composer
2002 Moulin Rouge [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Composer
2002 My Number Girl Composer
2002 One More for Rock and Roll Jetboy Composer
2002 Pure 80's Rocks Composer
2002 Push the Beat for This Jam Scooter Composer
2002 Silent Whispers Banig Composer
2002 Special Days... Myrna Cohen Composer
2002 The Complete Vee-Jay Recordings Billy Preston Composer
2002 The Singles Collection Peggy Lee Composer
2002 The Very Best of Kiss Kiss Producer, Composer
2002 Too Many DJs Soulwax Composer
2002 Tribute to the Gods Iced Earth Composer
2002 Twist at the Top Plus Howie Casey Composer
2002 Two Originals Pretty Maids Composer
2002 Unpainted: A Tribute to Kiss Composer
2002 Very Best Bonfire Bonfire Composer
2002 West Coast Thing Junebug Slim Composer
2002 Xicano Outlaws Composer
2001 24 #1's of the 60's Composer
2001 70's Megamix Composer
2001 Born to Loose Strychnine Composer
2001 Dallas Cowboys: The Ultimate Team Composer
2001 Denver Broncos: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 Composer
2001 Drew's Famous More Party Music Drew's Famous Composer
2001 Everything I Am Anna Vissi Composer
2001 Grievous Acoustic Behaviour: Live at the 12 Bar Ginger Composer
2001 I Believe [Bear Family] Frankie Laine Composer
2001 I Won't Grow up: Broadway for Kids Composer
2001 KGGO: Kiss This CD!!! Composer
2001 Metal Thunder: Arena Rock Classics Composer
2001 Rock Star Composer
2001 The Box Set Kiss Producer, Mixing, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Rhythm), Design, Composer, Primary Artist
2000 A World Without Heroes: A Kiss Tribute Composer
2000 Danger Kae Lynette Composer
2000 Disco Dance Floor Countdown Mix Masters Composer
2000 Heavy Halloween Drew's Famous Composer
2000 Hot Hits: Disco Fever Countdown Mix Masters Composer
2000 Kiss Covered in Scandinavia [Limited 2CD Edition] Composer
2000 Live Anthology: 1975-1981 Van Halen Composer
2000 Lucky Numbers Composer
2000 Naughty Platinum Rock Composer
2000 Party Animals Party Animals Composer, Lyricist
2000 Retrospective Billy Preston Composer
2000 Seventies Mix Composer
2000 Slammin' Sports Jams, Vol. 4 The Pioneer Creek Gang Composer
2000 Things Falling Apart Nine Inch Nails Composer
1999 Bootleg Live On-Air: Generic Version Composer
1999 Club Days Van Halen Composer
1999 Crank It Up! Rock Remixes '99 The Next Wave Composer
1999 Detroit Rock City Composer
1999 Disco Fever [#1] Countdown Mix Masters Composer
1999 Disco Nights Countdown Mix Masters Composer
1999 Everything Is Peaches Down in Georgia Bob Schulz Composer
1999 Freq's, Geeks & Mutilations Freq Nasty Composer
1999 Garage Punk Unknowns, Vol. 2 Composer
1999 Grown Up, Fuc*ed Up The Reatards Composer
1999 Kings of the Night Time World Kiss Composer
1999 Live in the Galaxy Union Composer
1999 Porn Stars Pretty Boy Floyd Composer
1999 Step Up to the Plate Dem Brooklyn Bums Composer
1999 Stock Car Smashes Magnificent Tracers / Obscure Composer
1999 Swing Sucks Composer
1999 The Fragile Nine Inch Nails Composer
1999 The Kiss of Death: A Sikk Tribute to Kiss Composer
1999 The New Swing Collection: Swing Swing Swing Composer
1999 Ultra Swing Nouveau Composer
1999 World of Wrestling Rocks Magnificent Tracers Composer
1998 Alien Fashion Show Alien Fashion Show Composer
1998 Alive and Talking [Interview and Poster] Kiss Primary Artist
1998 Bravo Hits, Vol. 23 Composer
1998 Broadway Show Stoppers Composer
1998 Bugsy Malone [Original Cast Recording] Composer
1998 Club Breakers, Vol. 1 Composer
1998 Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes Skeets McDonald Composer
1998 Gewoon Een Vrouw Liliane Saint-Pierre Composer
1998 Greatest Hits Live: The Encore Collection Eddie Money Composer
1998 Had Enough Eric Jerardi Composer
1998 Kiss: The Second Coming I & II [Video] Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Rhythm)
1998 Psycho Circus Kiss Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Baritone), Vocals (Background), Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
1998 Psycho Circus [3-D Video] Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
1998 Red and Clear Giant's Chair / Giants Chair Composer
1998 Rock the Party Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers Composer
1998 Ska: The Third Wave Checkered Box Set Composer
1998 Spooked Pretty Maids Composer
1998 Stone Cold Metal Steve Austin Composer
1998 They Rock They Roll They Swing Jumpin' Jimes Composer
1997 12 Picks Ace Frehley Composer
1997 Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions Kiss Producer, Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Composer
1997 Come on Feel the Metal Composer
1997 Entombed Entombed Composer
1997 Everybody Loves Christmas Eddie Money Composer
1997 Greatest Kiss Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Electric), Vocals (Background), Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
1997 Hit Me SKAndalous All Stars Composer
1997 I Like Rock [4 Track EP] Bennet Composer
1997 Kiss My Ass [Bootleg] Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
1997 Naked Thunder Ian Gillan Composer
1997 Return of the Comet: Tribute to Ace Frehley Composer
1997 Secrets of the Past & Future Scarab Composer
1997 Shakin' with the Money Man Eddie Money Composer
1997 Ska: Cover It Up Composer
1997 Strikeforce, Vol. 2 Composer
1997 Top 30 Alex Chilton Composer
1997 Wreaking Havoc Composer
1997 Ye Olde Space Band: Plays Classic Rock Hits The Moog Cookbook Composer
1996 Feel the Rage Galactic Cowboys Composer
1996 Greatest Hits [1998] Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
1996 Heavy Breathing: The Crunch High-Energy Workout Composer
1996 MTV Unplugged Kiss Vocals, Guitar, Composer
1996 MTV Unplugged [Video/DVD] Kiss Composer
1996 Spacewalk: A Salute to Ace Frehley Composer
1996 Viper's Freestyle Hit Parade, Vol. 8 Composer
1996 You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! Kiss Vocals, Guitar, Composer
1995 Brick Hostility Composer
1995 Classic Live Performances, Vol. 2 Composer
1995 Clubcutz America Composer
1995 Hard Rock Essentials: 1980s Composer
1995 I Should Coco Supergrass Photography
1995 Jock Rock, Vol. 2 Composer
1995 Masters of Metal: Thunder n' Spice Composer
1995 Rare Doowop Composer
1995 Stomp 442 Anthrax Composer
1995 Straight Out of Cleveland Composer
1995 The Best of Easy Street Records: Body Work Composer
1995 Tommy Boy (Music from the Motion Picture) Composer
1995 Viper's Freestyle Hit Parade, Vol. 6 Composer
1994 Among Our Souvenirs The Lennon Sisters Composer
1994 Down Low Jeff Redd Composer
1994 Hot City Nights [Alex] Composer
1994 Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved Producer, Composer
1994 Kiss My Ass: The Video [VHS] Kiss Composer
1994 Master of the Rings Helloween Composer
1994 Soul Music Harold Rayford Composer
1994 Speed [Original Soundtrack] Performer, Composer, Primary Artist
1994 The Best Rock Album in the World...Ever! Composer
1993 Alive III Kiss Vocals, Guitar, Composer
1993 Back Stage Pass (Live & Rockin') Composer
1993 Black Lodge [CD Single] Anthrax Guest Artist, Vocals, Performer, Composer, Primary Artist
1993 Dazed and Confused [Music from the Motion Picture] Composer
1993 Hit Parader Salutes 20 Years of Metal Composer
1993 Hollowman Entombed Composer
1993 Kiss Konfidential Kiss Composer
1993 Konfidential and X-Treme Close Up Kiss Composer
1993 Marquee Metal Composer
1993 Now: 1987 [40 Tracks] Composer
1993 Out of Hand Entombed Composer
1993 Take It Off C.C. Lemonhead Composer
1993 Techno/Retro/Disco, Vol. 1 Composer
1992 B-Sides Ourselves Skid Row Composer
1992 Capitol Collectors Series The Honeys Composer
1992 Demons Down House of Lords Guest Artist, Vocals (Background)
1992 Hard to Believe: Kiss Covers Compilation Composer
1992 Hung Up On... Magnolias Composer
1992 Live Extreme, Vol. 2 Racer X Composer
1992 Revenge Kiss Vocals, Guitar, Composer
1992 When The Kalin Twins Composer
1991 19 Years: A Collection Alex Chilton Composer
1991 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey [Soundtrack] Composer
1991 Delight in Disorder Pop Poppins Composer
1991 Discipline Desmond Child Composer
1991 Duke Heads Up! Composer
1991 Epidemic Panic Composer
1991 First Degree Metal Composer
1991 Human Death Composer, Lyricist
1991 Love Hurts Cher Composer
1991 Magnet to Steele Chrissy Steele Composer
1991 U.S. Golden Hits Villafontana Magic Strings Composer
1990 Back to Church Composer
1990 Dick Clark's All-Time Hits, Vol. 3 Composer
1990 Lowrider Soundtrack, Vol. 1 [2005] Composer
1990 Rarities, Vol. 1 Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons Composer
1990 Rock & Roll Meltdown Composer
1990 Spoon So Easy: The Chess Years Jimmy Witherspoon Composer
1990 Twisted Metal Composer
1989 God of Thunder White Zombie Composer
1989 Hardcore Paul Dean Guest Artist
1989 Hot in the Shade Kiss Producer, Vocals, Guitar (Electric), Vocals (Background), Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
1989 Ileana Ileana Composer
1989 Lightning Strikes Twice Molly Hatchet Composer
1989 Master of Disguise Lizzy Borden Composer
1989 Ozma Melvins Composer
1989 Shocker [Original Soundtrack] Vocals, Composer
1989 Trouble Walkin' Ace Frehley Composer
1989 Trouble or Nothin' Robin Beck Backwards Vocals, Composer
1988 Live Bad Brains Composer
1988 Notes from America Bonnie Tyler Composer
1988 Smashes, Thrashes & Hits Kiss Producer, Guitar, Composer
1988 The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 2 Composer
1987 Crazy Nights Kiss Guitar, Keyboards, Composer
1987 Exposed Kiss Interviewer, Composer
1987 Interview Disc Kiss Guitar
1987 Less Than Zero Composer
1987 Pursuit of Happiness Beat Farmers Composer
1987 The EP Collection The Hollies Composer
1986 Hear 'n Aid Composer
1985 Animalize: Live Uncensored [Video] Kiss Composer
1985 Asylum Kiss Producer, Guitar, Composer
1985 Fly on the Wall AC/DC Composer
1985 Running Wild Girlschool Composer
1985 The Best of the Hollies, Vol. 1 The Hollies Composer
1984 Animalize Kiss Producer, Photo Concept, Group Member, Composer
1984 Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'N' Roll Style Composer
1984 Let It Be The Replacements Composer
1984 The Best of the Standells The Standells Composer
1984 W.O.W. Wendy O. Williams Guest Artist, Main Personnel, Guitar, Composer
1983 Lick It Up Kiss Producer, Guitar, Group Member, Composer
1982 Black Metal Venom Composer
1982 Creatures of the Night Kiss Producer, Guitar, Group Member, Composer
1982 Killers Kiss Vocals, Bass (Electric), Vocals (Background), Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
1981 Endless Love [1981] [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Composer
1981 Music from "The Elder" Kiss Vocals, Guitar, Group Member, Composer
1981 Take It Off Chic Composer
1981 The Best of the Solo Albums Kiss Guitar
1981 Xanadu Menudo Composer
1980 Sheer Greed Girl Composer
1980 Unmasked Kiss Vocals, Guitar, Group Member, Composer
1979 Desmond Child & Rouge Desmond Child & Rouge Main Personnel, Composer
1979 Dynasty Kiss Guitar, Band, Composer
1979 New England New England Producer, Audio Production
1978 Double Platinum Kiss Guitar, Composer
1978 Paul Stanley Kiss / Paul Stanley Primary Artist, Producer, Mixing, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), E-Bow, Vocals (Background), Bass, Performer, Group Member, Composer
1978 Take My Album... Please! or Take 2 Sets For the Price of One Henny Youngman Composer
1978 The Originals II Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Electric), Vocals (Background), Guitar (Rhythm)
1977 Alive II Kiss Producer, Composer
1977 Love Gun Kiss Producer, Guitar, Composer
1977 Sneak Attack Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Rhythm), Composer
1977 Stage Pass Michael Stanley Composer
1976 Destroyer Kiss Guitar, Group Member, Composer
1976 Hit Machine Composer
1976 Mindbender Composer
1976 Rock and Roll Over Kiss Guitar, Composer
1976 The Originals Kiss Vocals, Guitar (Electric), Vocals (Background), Composer
1975 Alive! Kiss Guitar, Composer
1975 Discomania [K- Composer
1975 Dressed to Kill Kiss Producer, Guitar, Composer
1974 Hotter Than Hell Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Group Member, Composer
1974 Kiss Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Rhythm, Composer
1966 Why Pick on Me The Standells Composer
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100 Rock Composer
100% Rock Guitar Anthems [Mood Media] Composer
101 70s Rock Anthems Primary Artist
17 Top Hits of 1984 Composer
20 #1's Classic Rock [2018] Composer/Lyricist
20 No. 1’s: 80's Rock Composer
2001 Rock and Roll Anthems Composer
30 Best Hits of the 70's Eclipse Composer
A Year in the Life of Heavenly Bodies 2013, Pt. 1 Composer
Agora Ballroom, 1974 Kiss Composer
Album, Vol. 1 Composer
Alive and Exposed Paul Stanley Primary Artist
Antyradio: Najlepszy Rock Na Swiecie, Vol. 4 Composer
Atop the World Casey Kranz Composer
Beer Blokes & BBQs, Vol. 3 Composer
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Best of 80s Rock, Vol. 2: 20th Century Masters Composer
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Better Than the Original: A Selection of Finest Acoustic Cover Versions Composer, Lyricist
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Creatures of the Black Mpire of Evil Composer
Dad's Jukebox: The Very Best Of The 60's, 70's & 80's Composer
Dressed To Thrill: A Tribute To Kiss With Female Vocalists Composer
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PETER CRISS
Birth name
George Peter John Criscuola
Also known as
"The Catman"
Born
December 20, 1945
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres
Hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s)
Musician, songwriter, producer, actor, author
Instruments
Drums, percussion, vocals
Years active
1964–2017
Labels
Casablanca, Mercury
Associated acts
Kiss, Chelsea
George Peter John Criscuola (born December 20, 1945), better known by his stage name Peter Criss, is a retired American musician and actor, best known as a co-founder, original drummer, and occasional vocalist of the hard rock band Kiss. Criss established the "Catman" character for his Kiss persona. In 2014, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Kiss.[1]
Early years
Criss was born in Brooklyn, New York, the oldest of five children of Loretta and Joseph Criscuola. His father's family came from Scafati, Salerno, Italy. He grew up in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.[2][3] He was a childhood friend of Jerry Nolan, who would later find success as the drummer of the New York Dolls.[4]
Criss was an avid art student and a swing aficionado.[5] While playing with bandleader Joey Greco, Criss ended up studying under his idol, Gene Krupa, at the Metropole Club in New York.[6] This turned into an active musical career as he went on to play jazz and rock with a number of bands in New York and New Jersey throughout the 1960s.[citation needed]
Chelsea
Criss was involved with a number of bands throughout the mid-to-late 1960s. It was during this time that Criss joined Chelsea, who had a two-album deal with Decca Records; the group released a self-titled album in 1970. They never recorded a second album, and in August 1971 became Lips (a trio consisting of Criss and his Chelsea bandmates Michael Benvenga and Stan Penridge). By the spring of 1972, Lips was just the duo of Criss and Penridge.
In 1973, Pete Shepley and Mike Brand recorded an unreleased album which included post-Chelsea Michael Benvenga, and pre-Kiss Peter Criss and Gene Simmons as session musicians. It was titled Captain Sanity.[7][8]
Kiss
After the demise of his band Lips, Criss placed an advertisement in the East Coast edition of Rolling Stone Magazine, which read:
The Catman
The advertisement was answered by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, who were looking for new members for their band. Ace Frehley was added to the lineup in December 1972, and the band was named Kiss later that month. However, Simmons describes first meeting Criss in his book Kiss And Make-Up thus:
One afternoon I run across an ad in Rolling Stone Magazine that said "Drummer available – Will do anything." I called the guy on the telephone, and even though he was in the middle of a party, he took my call. I introduced myself and said we were starting a band and that the band was looking for a drummer, and was he willing to do anything to make it? He says that he was, right away.[citation needed]
Simmons later in the chapter describes going to a small Italian Club in Brooklyn to meet the drummer "The drummer started to sing, and this Wilson Pickett-style voice came out of him. Paul and I said 'That's it, that's our drummer.' His name was Peter Criscuola."[citation needed] Criss also decided on the "Catman" makeup he would go on to make famous as a member of Kiss, stating on more than one occasion that he felt he had nine lives to survive his rough street upbringing in Brooklyn.
Kiss released their self-titled debut in February 1974. Throughout his Kiss career, Criss was the lead singer on several songs including "Black Diamond", "Hard Luck Woman", and their breakthrough hit "Beth". Many of Criss' contributions to Kiss were written with the help of Stan Penridge, who was a bandmate of Criss' in Chelsea and Lips.[citation needed]
Criss co-wrote the ballad "Beth", a Top 10 hit for Kiss on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #7 in 1976. The song remains the highest-charting song for Kiss in the United States and it earned them a People's Choice Award for "Young People's Favorite New Song" in 1977, tied with "Disco Duck". The song was written before Criss had joined Kiss, while he was still a member of Chelsea. Criss came up with the melody for the song while on a train to New York City from New Jersey where the band practiced. He and Penridge wrote the song together.[10]
A demo exists of the song from 1971,[11] but the song's title was "Beck", after fellow band member Mike Brand's wife, Becky, who would call often during practices to ask Mike when he was coming home.[citation needed]
Departure from Kiss
In 1978, Criss was injured in a serious car crash.[12][not in citation given]
On the 1979 release Dynasty, he only played on his own composition, "Dirty Livin'",[13] and did not play at all on Unmasked (1980). Anton Fig, who also played on Ace Frehley's 1978 solo album, was hired as session drummer for Dynasty and Unmasked.
Gene Simmons has said Criss was fired; Paul Stanley discussed Criss' departure in several interviews, including the commentary on Kissology 2. Ace Frehley in his 2011 book, No Regrets, also stated that Criss was fired during a band meeting in which Frehley was outvoted by Simmons and Stanley. A spoken word CD released in 1999 titled 13 Classic Kiss Stories, features Bill Aucoin (Kiss' first manager) where he also discusses Criss being "let go". Criss, however, has maintained that he quit the band. The video for "Shandi" was shot in one day, and Peter was out of the band at that time; Stanley said of the shoot, "We shot a video for the song 'Shandi' after the decision to let Peter go had been confirmed. He came to the video shoot knowing it was the last time he would appear with KISS. At the end of the day, he took his makeup case with him and left. It wasn't tearful, but it was a big moment. Peter was leaving. We had fired him, and this was the last time we were going to see him in the band".[14]
Criss officially left Kiss on May 18, 1980. As a result, Kiss postponed the European tour until the end of August, thus giving the band enough time to find a replacement drummer, who they found in Brooklyn-born Eric Carr.[citation needed]
Solo career
In March 1980, Criss began recording his second solo album, Out of Control. Released later in the year, the album was a commercial failure, despite remaining a favorite with Criss fans. The follow-up album, 1982's Let Me Rock You, which contained one song written by Gene Simmons, was a similar failure. The album cover featured Criss without his Kiss makeup, but was not released in the U.S. at the time.
For the rest of the 1980s and early 1990s, Criss was involved with a number of bands, each usually lasting less than a year. One of them was The Keep, which featured ex-Kiss guitarist Mark St. John. Criss also played with Balls of Fire from the spring of 1986 to December 1986, with Jane Booke on lead vocals, Bob Raylove on bass and JP (John Pakalenka) on guitar, who currently plays for Buckner Funken Jazz in Denver, Colorado. Balls of Fire played only 7 shows before Criss left the band to enjoy his daughter Jenilee growing up.[15] Another was the Criss Penridge Alliance, essentially Peter Criss and Stan Penridge with the 1970s jazz rock fusion band Montage (Mike Hutchens - guitar,[16] Allen Woody - bass (Govt Mule, Allman Brothers Band), John Moss - drums and Tony Crow - keyboards) who rehearsed 39 songs including from the first 3 Peter Criss solo albums, and played around 10 shows in total.[17]
While Kiss was promoting their upcoming release Crazy Nights, Criss appeared on the syndicated radio program Metal Shop and discussed his time in Kiss from a more positive perspective than before; he promoted the book he was writing at the time, an autobiography to be titled A Face without a Kiss. He also mentioned his dream of one day opening up his own recording studio and starting his own record label, to be called Catman Records. He briefly reunited with former Kiss bandmate Ace Frehley on Frehley's 1989 album Trouble Walkin' (singing and playing percussion on one track).
In the early 1990s, Criss assembled a band named "Criss", which would feature future Queensrÿche guitarist Mike Stone. This band released the Criss EP in December 1993 and the Cat #1 album in August 1994.[18]
Return to Kiss
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In 1995, Criss appeared at the official Kiss Konvention in Los Angeles that led to the Kiss live performance that was recorded for MTV Unplugged. In April 1996, Kiss held a press conference to announce a reunion tour with all four original members. The 1996–97 Alive/Worldwide Tour was an enormous success, and the reunited Kiss released a studio album, 1998's Psycho Circus.
Criss only played drums on one track on the album ("Into the Void", Ace Frehley's one lead vocal track), although Criss did have one lead vocal (a track called "I Finally Found My Way", written by guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley and Bob Ezrin) and a co-vocal taking turns in the verses with the rest of the band for the song "You Wanted the Best".
Second and third departures
Tensions arose once again between Criss and Kiss. On October 7, 2000, at the end of the band's show in North Charleston, South Carolina, Criss destroyed his drum kit on stage.[19] Though fans thought it was part of the act, it was in reality an act of frustration on Criss' part.[20]
It was his last show on the tour, as he left over a contract dispute and was replaced by Eric Singer in 2001. He rejoined the band in late 2002 and appeared on the Kiss Symphony: Alive IV DVD and CD before departing from Kiss again in March 2004. The band had opted not to renew his contract following the Rocksimus Maximus Tour. He was once again replaced by Singer, who assumed the "Catman" persona.[citation needed]
Criss said of Kiss performing with replacements for Ace Frehley and himself:
No matter who they get to put stuff on their face, it ain't us. You can take the mask off the Lone Ranger and put it on someone else, but it ain't the Lone Ranger.[21]
Personal life
Since 2004, Criss has kept his public appearances to a minimum. Criss now resides in Wall Township, New Jersey.[22] He released a solo album, titled One for All July 23, 2007, on Silvercat Records.[citation needed]
Criss is a gun enthusiast, and has stated that he has a large collection of firearms with which he target-shoots, but does not hunt with, as he told host Tom Snyder during the October 31, 1979 interview of Kiss on The Tomorrow Show. This segment of the infamous interview features Criss referencing his gun collection.[citation needed]
As of November 2008, Criss has been married three times: Lydia Di Leonardo (from 1970 to 1979), former Playboy Playmate and coppertone model Debra Jensen (from 1979 to 1994) and Gigi Criss (from May 1998 to present).[23] Criss has a daughter, Jenilee, born in 1981.[23]
Criss was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.[24] While working out, he noticed a lump on his chest that prompted him to visit a doctor. He was successfully treated with a lumpectomy.[25]
Criss released his autobiography, Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss, co-written with author Larry Sloman, on October 23, 2012.
Acting
In addition to playing himself in 1978's Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park and 1999's Detroit Rock City, Criss has appeared on two television programs in minor roles. In 1998 he appeared as "Nice Cop" on the "...Thirteen Years Later" episode of Millennium.
In 2002, he appeared in two episodes of the HBO prison drama Oz as inmate Martin Montgomery. He also plays the role of Mike in the motion picture about the JFK assassination, Frame of Mind.[26]
Discography
Chelsea
Chelsea (1970)
Kiss
Kiss (1974)
Hotter Than Hell (1974)
Dressed to Kill (1975)
Destroyer (1976)
Rock and Roll Over (1976)
Love Gun (1977)
Dynasty (1979)[27]
Psycho Circus (1998)[28]
Solo
Peter Criss (September 18, 1978)
Out of Control (September 1980)
Let Me Rock You (May 1982)
Cat #1 (August 16, 1994)
One for All (July 24, 2007)
Ace Frehley
Trouble Walkin' (1989)
Live
Alive! (1975)
Alive II (1977)
Kiss Unplugged (1996)
Kiss Symphony: Alive IV (2003)
Alive! The Millennium Concert (2006)
Greatest Hits
Double Platinum (1978)
Killers (1982)
Smashes, Thrashes & Hits (1988)
Greatest Kiss (1997)
You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! (1996)
The Very Best of Kiss (2002)
Gold (Kiss album) (2005)
Kiss 40 (2014)
Kissworld (2017)
Box Set Albums
The Originals (1976)
The Originals II (1978)
The Box Set (Kiss) (2001)
Kiss Chronicles: 3 Classic Albums (2005)
Kiss Alive! 1975–2000 (2006)
Ikons (2008)
The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982 (2012)
Kissteria - The Ultimate Vinyl Case (2014)
Preceded by
Original Drummer for Kiss
1973–1980 Succeeded by
Eric Carr
Preceded by
Eric Singer Drummer for Kiss
1996–2001 Succeeded by
Eric Singer
Preceded by
Eric Singer Drummer for Kiss
2002–2004 Succeeded by
Eric Singer
Peter Criss rose to fame in the 1970s as the drummer for theatrical heavy metal-ists Kiss. Born Peter George Criscoula on December 20, 1947, in Brooklyn, NY, Criss got his start drumming after discovering legendary jazz drummer Gene Krupa (which he's rumored to have actually taken lessons from at one point) and such '60s rockers as the Rolling Stones. Playing in local bands throughout the '60s and early '70s, Criss was becoming increasingly fed up when none of his bands went anywhere -- especially after a tryout for Elton John's band didn't pan out and close friend Jerry Nolan landed the drum slot with trash/glam/punk pioneers the New York Dolls. But his luck was just about to change when a pair of fellow New Yorkers answered an ad Criscoula had placed in a music paper, stating "drummer with 11 years experience, willing to do anything."
The pair turned out to be none other than Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons (then known as Stanley Eisen and Gene Klein, respectively), who were in the midst of putting a new group together that would be a reaction against all the then-prevalent boring hippie bands. Criscoula got the gig, soon after changing his name to Peter Criss. After the trio enlisted guitarist Ace Frehley, the quartet agreed on the name Kiss and specialized in high-volume rock, but with a strong melodic edge (courtesy of Simmons and Stanley's admiration of the Beatles). It was also agreed that the bandmembers would choose a "character" and wear makeup and costumes relating to their choice; Criss selected a cat.
Alive!
After signing with Casablanca Records in 1973, Kiss rocketed to stardom in 1975 with their classic Alive! release -- becoming one of the most popular and instantly recognizable hard rock acts of all time. When Kiss was recording their follow-up to Alive!, 1976's Destroyer, Criss dug up an old song he'd written with one of his previous bands, a heartfelt ballad called "Beck." After changing the title to "Beth," and an orchestral accompaniment was set to the lyrics, the song became a surprise Top Ten smash for the band. Later in the year, it was Criss' Rod Stewart-esque lead vocals that landed the Paul Stanley-penned acoustic "Hard Luck Woman" into the Top 20 as well.
Dynasty
But despite Kiss' wild success, not all was well behind the scenes. Criss admitted in later years that he "O.D.'d on fame" and developed a drug problem in the process, leading to a serious car crash in 1978 and unpredictable behavior. It was that same year that all four members released solo albums, as Criss' disco-laced release hinted that he was moving away from Kiss' familiar hard rock sound. Criss left Kiss in 1980 amid rumors of a breakup swirling (it became known in later years that Criss didn't play on most of 1979's Dynasty and not even a note on 1980's Unmasked, despite being credited on both). Criss automatically launched a solo career with such releases as 1980's Out of Control and 1982's Let Me Rock You, but fans were reluctant to embrace Criss' new, mature soft rock sound (besides the fact that Kiss themselves were experiencing a nosedive in popularity). Criss attempted to resurface with other bands throughout the rest of the '80s (such as the Alliance and Balls of Fire, both of which didn't issue any recordings), but didn't release another album until 1994's independent Criss Cat #1. On a humorous note, Criss appeared on an episode of Phil Donahue in the late '80s when an imposter appeared on the show pretending to be Peter Criss, claiming he was penniless and homeless.
Psycho Circus
A year later, Kiss fans got their wish when Criss and Frehley (who himself had left the band two years after Criss' exit) reunited with Stanley and Simmons for a taping of MTV's Unplugged. The concert was a success, which led to a permanent re-formation of the original four bandmembers. This resulted in 1996-1997's highly successful Alive Worldwide Tour and their first original album in nearly 20 years, 1998's Psycho Circus (despite the fact that it wasn't Frehley and Criss playing on the entire album). But once again, turmoil lurked right around the corner. After the U.S. leg of Kiss' Farewell Tour wrapped up in late 2000, Criss supposedly had a falling out with Simmons and Stanley over his salary, resulting in his second ousting from the band. To add insult to injury, the group continued their tour with early-'90s Kiss drummer Eric Singer taking Criss' spot behind the drums and donning his cat makeup and costume. Criss began pursuing an acting career, landing a part on the HBO prison series Oz in early 2002. The ambitious and biographical album One for All appeared in 2007.
Songwriting
Sarah Durkee / Paul Jacobs
Peter Criss / Jim Roberge
Peter Criss / Bob Ezrin / Stan Penridge
Peter Criss / Stan Penridge / David Wolfert
Charlie Midnight / Kash Monet / Jeff Schoen
Peter Criss / Charles Kipps / Mike McLaughlin
Gene Simmons
Steve Stevens
Peter Criss / Stan Penridge / Vincent Poncia
Peter Criss / Stan Penridge / Stanley Penridge / Vincent Poncia
Sean Delaney
Peter Criss / Stan Penridge / David Wolfert
Peter Criss / Stan Penridge / Stanley Penridge
John Lennon
Peter Criss / Mike McLaughlin
Davey Faragher / Tommy Faragher / Brie Howard
Peter Criss / Vincent Poncia / Vini Poncia
David Buskin / Peter Criss / David Wolfert
Sean Delaney
Stephen Sondheim
Russ Ballard / Russell Ballard
Peter Criss / Mark Montague
Laurie Anderson
Vincent John Cusano / Vinnie Cusano / Adam Mitchell
Peter Criss / Stan Penridge / Stanley Penridge
Ritchie Adams / Malou Rene
Stanley Adams / María Mendez Grever
Peter Criss / Mike McLaughlin
Peter Criss / Stan Penridge
Eddie Brigati / Felix Cavaliere
Michael Morgan / Michael Morgan / Vincent Poncia / Vini Poncia / John Vastano
All Credits Arranger Art Direction Audio Production Band Composer Cover Art Concept Design Drums Drums (Snare) Group Member Guest Artist Guitar Harmonica Interviewer Main Personnel Member of Attributed Artist Musician Percussion Performer Primary Artist Producer Vocals Vocals (Background)
2014 Kiss 40 Years: Decades of Decibels Kiss Main Personnel, Composer, Primary Artist
2014 NOW: 25 Top Hits of the 1970's Composer
2013 5 Classic Albums Kiss Group Member, Composer, Drums, Vocals
2013 Best of Kiss Kiss Composer
2012 The Casablanca Singles: 1974-1982 Kiss Composer, Primary Artist
2010 Babies Go Kiss Composer
2010 Glee: The Music, Vol. 3 - Showstoppers Glee Composer
2010 Icon Kiss Composer
2010 Icon 2 Kiss Composer
2009 I Love You, Beth Cooper Composer
2009 Kitsune Tabloid Phoenix Performer, Composer
2008 Alive: The Millennium Concert Kiss Vocals, Drums, Composer
2008 Favorites Kiss Composer
2008 IKONS Kiss Producer, Member of Attributed Artist, Drums, Vocals (Background), Composer, Primary Artist
2008 Lick It Up: A Millenium Tribute to Kiss Composer
2008 Playlist Plus Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Drums, Vocals (Background), Composer
2008 Playlist Your Way Kiss Composer
2008 The Best of 1976: 20th Century Masters Composer
2008 The Best of Kiss: Green Series Kiss Composer
2008 The Complete Collection Kiss Composer
2007 Cat Tales Kiss Interviewer
2007 Heavy Metal [Rhino Box Set] Drums
2007 One for All Peter Criss Primary Artist, Producer, Arranger, Audio Production, Main Personnel, Art Direction, Design, Musician, Composer
2007 The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] Composer
2006 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection, Vol. 3 Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Drums
2006 Ace, Gene, Peter and Paul (Solos Box Set) Kiss Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Vocals (Background), Primary Artist
2006 Greatest Hits Live Ace Frehley Guest Artist
2006 Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Drums, Composer
2006 Sounds of Revolution Fire Ball Composer
2005 Chronicles Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Drums, Group Member, Composer
2005 Greatest Kiss Kiss Composer
2005 Power Ballads Gold Composer
2004 Gold: 1974-1982 - Sound+Vision Kiss Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Group Member, Composer, Primary Artist
2004 Hooligan Another Damn Disappointment Composer
2004 The String Quartet Tribute to Kiss Vitamin String Quartet Composer
2003 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss Kiss Composer
2003 Kiss Symphony: Alive IV Kiss Group Member, Composer
2003 Kiss Symphony: The DVD Kiss Vocals, Drums, Vocals (Background)
2003 Kiss Symphony: The Single Disc Kiss Composer
2003 The Singles Harvey Milk Composer
2002 Emmanuel Dennis Brown Composer
2002 Global Dance Mix Composer
2002 Reggae and Ska Twin Pack Dennis Brown Composer
2002 The Very Best of Kiss Kiss Composer
2001 The Box Set Kiss Vocals, Drums, Composer, Primary Artist
2000 Kiss Covered in Scandinavia [Limited 2CD Edition] Composer
1999 Kings of the Night Time World Kiss Composer
1999 Payin' the Dues The Hellacopters Harmonica
1998 Alive and Talking [Interview and Poster] Kiss Primary Artist
1998 Kiss: The Second Coming I & II [Video] Kiss Vocals, Drums
1998 Loaded Deck Ace Frehley Guest Artist
1998 Psycho Circus Kiss Vocals, Drums, Drums (Snare), Vocals (Background)
1998 Psycho Circus [3-D Video] Kiss Vocals, Drums
1998 Supershitty to the Max! The Hellacopters Harmonica
1997 12 Picks Ace Frehley Vocals, Percussion
1997 70s & 80s, Vol. 26 Composer
1997 Greatest Kiss Kiss Vocals, Drums, Vocals (Background), Composer
1997 Kiss My Ass [Bootleg] Kiss Vocals, Drums, Composer
1996 Appetite for Adrenochrome The Groovie Ghoulies Composer
1996 Beautiful Girls Composer
1996 Greatest Hits [1998] Kiss Vocals, Drums, Vocals (Background), Composer
1996 MTV Unplugged Kiss Guest Artist, Vocals, Drums, Composer
1996 MTV Unplugged [Video/DVD] Kiss Composer
1996 You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! Kiss Vocals, Drums, Composer
1994 Criss Cat #1 Criss Primary Artist, Composer
1994 Kiss My Ass: The Video [VHS] Kiss Composer
1993 Demon Box Motorpsycho Composer
1993 Konfidential and X-Treme Close Up Kiss Composer
1992 Hard to Believe: Kiss Covers Compilation Composer
1992 Hot Number Frankie Paul Composer
1991 Heavy Metal Love Composer
1991 Sounds of the Seventies: 1976 - Take Two Composer
1990 20 Massive Hits Frankie Paul Composer
1989 Hot in the Shade Kiss Vocals, Drums, Vocals (Background)
1989 Ozma Melvins Composer
1989 Trouble Walkin' Ace Frehley Guest Artist, Vocals, Percussion
1988 Smashes, Thrashes & Hits Kiss Drums, Vocals (Background), Composer
1987 Exposed Kiss Vocals, Drums, Composer
1982 Let Me Rock You Peter Criss Primary Artist, Vocals, Drums, Composer
1982 Tears Peter Criss Primary Artist
1981 The Best of the Solo Albums Kiss Drums
1980 By Myself Peter Criss Primary Artist
1980 Out of Control Peter Criss Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Vocals (Background), Cover Art Concept, Composer
1980 Unmasked Kiss Group Member
1979 Chelsea Chelsea Drums, Vocals (Background)
1979 Dynasty Kiss Drums, Band, Composer
1978 Double Platinum Kiss Drums, Composer
1978 Peter Criss Peter Criss / Kiss Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Vocals (Background), Performer, Composer
1978 The Originals II Kiss Vocals, Drums, Vocals (Background)
1977 Alive II Kiss Producer, Composer
1977 Love Gun Kiss Producer, Drums, Composer
1977 Sneak Attack Kiss Vocals, Drums, Composer
1976 Destroyer Kiss Drums, Group Member, Composer
1976 Rock and Roll Over Kiss Drums, Composer
1976 The Originals Kiss Vocals, Drums, Vocals (Background), Composer
1975 Alive! Kiss Drums
1975 Dressed to Kill Kiss Producer, Drums
1974 Hotter Than Hell Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Group Member
1974 Kiss Kiss Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Drums, Composer
20 #1's: Classic Rock Composer
20 #1's: Power Ballads Composer
20 #1’s: Classic Rock Love Songs Composer
Album, Vol. 1 Composer
Beautiful Girls Composer
Candlelight Romance: An Intimate Instrumental Collection Composer
Chart Show: Die Erfolgreichsten Song Girls Aller Zeiten Composer
Classic Power Ballads Composer
Down That Road Laughon Bryant / The Midnite Riders Composer
First Kiss, Last Licks [Box] Kiss Vocals, Drums, Vocals (Background), Composer
Hit It The Slam Composer
Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park Kiss Primary Artist
Lisa Mann Lisa Mann Composer
Party Tyme Karaoke: Show Tunes, Vol. 3 Party Tyme Karaoke Composer
Piano Tribute to Kiss The Piano Tribute Players Composer
Rarities, Vol. 1: The Covers No Use for a Name Composer
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set] Composer
We're Sorry Brian / Brian Lisik and the Unfortunates Composer
Similar To
Alex Van Halen
Blas Elias
Bobby Rock
Bun E. Carlos
Charlie Benante
Clive Burr
Dale Crover
Dave Grohl
Eric Carr
Eric Singer
Frank Beard
Fred Coury
Jerry Nolan
Joey Kramer
Les Binks
Marky Ramone
Neal Smith
Neil Peart
Paul Geary
Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor
Phil Rudd
Randy Castillo
Rikki Rockett
Rob Affuso
Roger Taylor
Sean Kinney
Sib Hashian
Tommy Aldridge
Tommy Lee
Vinnie Paul
Vinnie Vincent
Lita Ford
Mötley Crüe
Sammy Hagar
Twisted Sister
UFO
Winger
Influenced By
Alice Cooper
Bill Ward
Charlie Watts
Don Brewer
Gene Krupa
Ginger Baker
Ian Paice
John Bonham
Keith Moon
Noel Redding
Ringo Starr
Mitch Mitchell
Followed By
Dale Crover
Dave Grohl
Travis Barker
Associated With
Kiss
Paul Stanley
Stan Penridge
Collaborated With
Ace Frehley
Bob Ezrin
Eddie Kramer
Gene Simmons

VINNIE VINCENT
Birth name
Vincent John Cusano
Also known as
"The Ankh Warrior"
Born
August 6, 1952
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Genres
Glam metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Occupation(s)
Musician, songwriter
Instruments
Guitar, vocals
Years active
1970–1997, 2018-Present
Associated acts
Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Kiss, Dan Hartman, Treasure, Laura Nyro, Warrior, Heat
Vincent John Cusano (born August 6, 1952), better known by his stage name Vinnie Vincent, is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is a former member of the rock band Kiss from 1982 until mid-1984 during the band's transition out of their 1973–1983 makeup period. Vincent was the last member to wear a unique makeup/costume configuration, as the character of "Ankh Warrior" (a design created by Paul Stanley), until he and the band were first shown without the makeup during an interview on MTV in September 1983.[1] He also was the leader of his own band, Vinnie Vincent Invasion.[2][3]
Early life
Vincent John Cusano was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the son of Theresa "Terri" (Ferraro) and Alfonso Cusano, musicians. Both of his parents were of Italian descent.[4] He picked up the guitar at an early age and was inspired by bluegrass and rock and roll.[5] Cusano's first introduction to working with internationally renowned artists was working with Felix Cavaliere (mostly widely known from "The Rascals" and their hit "Good Lovin" prior) as part of the band "Treasure". This resulted in an album of the same name being released on Epic Records in 1977 on Epic Records. It was recorded in New York City at Sound Ideas recording studios [6] In 1980, Vincent moved to Los Angeles, California where he became a staff songwriter for the television series Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi. Many of the series songs were written on Vincent's acoustic guitar while sitting at the Cunninghams' kitchen table on the Happy Days set, during off-time from the show's rehearsal schedule. Vincent has said the times of working at the Paramount lot were genuinely "happy days".[7] According to the site "Kiss Related Recordings", Vincent has played with Dan Hartman as well as the bands Hunter, Warrior, Hitchhikers and Heat going as far back as 1970.
Kiss
"The Ankh Warrior"
After being introduced to the band by songwriter Adam Mitchell,[8] Vincent was brought in as the replacement for guitarist Ace Frehley. Vincent's personality meshed well with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, thus enabling him to play lead guitar on six of the nine tracks on the Creatures of the Night album as well as co-writing three. After a disappointing Creatures of the Night/Tenth Anniversary tour, that finished on a high at what ended up being the "last" makeup show (and Kiss' largest crowd attendance) at Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, Vincent returned to the studio with Kiss to record the Lick It Up album. His work was productive, yielding eight co-writes out of the ten songs on the album (a record for any member until Bruce Kulick's nine on Carnival of Souls and Stanley's ten on Monster).
Though contributing to Creatures of the Night as a session player before being named as Frehley's replacement in December 1982, Vincent, for all the public knew, was the official guitarist in Kiss and played all the lead guitar tracks on Lick it Up. In what was a frequent occurrence for former guitarist Frehley, a "ghost player" was asked to play on the album, with Rick Derringer recording the solo on the opening track. Album producer Michael James Jackson explains, "There were just some things that Vinnie couldn’t play. His sensibility was often too melodic for the band’s style. Vinnie was always struggling to find his place within Kiss, both musically and personally. As I recall we brought Rick Derringer in to take a pass. Moments like this were difficult for Vinnie, but the attitude all of us maintained was that the quality of the record would always be a priority rather than anybody’s ego!"
Exciter with Vinnie Vincent solo.
Though the band seemed to have renewed vigor on stage, all was not well. Vincent's refusal to sign the employment contract strained the relationship with Simmons/Stanley. Due partly to disputes over what his role in the band was and his pay would be (some reports indicated that Vincent had asked for, and was flatly denied, a percentage of the band's gross profits), and despite the exhortations of both Simmons and Stanley, all through his tenure with the band Vincent refused to sign any contract, making his employment unofficial. This ultimately led to Vincent leaving the band after the North American leg of the "Lick It Up" tour.[9]
At a March show in Quebec City, as the band prepared to close out their set, Vincent broke into an impromptu solo, leaving the other band members standing onstage with nothing to do. After the Lick It Up Tour ended in March 1984, Vincent was terminated from the band, and replaced by Mark St. John.[9] Despite parting on bad terms, Vincent was later utilized by Kiss as a songwriter on the 1992 album Revenge, contributing to the songs "Unholy", "Heart Of Chrome" and "I Just Wanna". Vincent again fell out of favor with Simmons and Stanley, as they claimed that Vincent again began "making all kinds of crazy demands and pulling the same kind of crazy stuff all over again".[9]
Vinnie Vincent Invasion
Following his departure from Kiss in mid-1984, Vincent used his money that he made from his tenure in the band and took a long vacation and traveled the world for a full year visiting places like Tahiti, Philippines, Mozambique, India and Europe, including a visit to the small town Mora in Dalarna, Sweden.[10] Then he formed the band Vinnie Vincent Invasion with, among others, former Journey singer Robert Fleischman in the mid-1980s and released two studio albums: Vinnie Vincent Invasion in 1986 and All Systems Go in 1988. The band broke up in 1989. After that, the band's singer Mark Slaughter and bassist Dana Strum formed Slaughter.
Later career
In 1996, Vincent released a solo EP from the studio sessions he did in 1990 (some say 1989–91), called Euphoria, once again with Robert Fleischman on vocals. Vincent, as well as playing all the guitars, played bass and did the drum programming under the guise of "V. Meister". Andre LaBelle provided drum tracks to the CD but they were replaced by Vincent's drum programming. LaBelle can be heard on various tracks on the bootleg Guitarmaggedon/Guitars from Hell CD that featured five more songs than the Euphoria EP.
A tribute album entitled Kiss My Ankh: A Tribute To Vinnie Vincent was released by SplitScreen Entertainment on August 27, 2008. The album consists of new recordings of songs from Vincent's careers with Kiss and the Vinnie Vincent Invasion. Featured artists include Steve Brown of Trixter, Troy Patrick Farrell of White Lion, T.J. Racer of Nitro, Mike Weeks of Robert Fleischman's band, Sheldon Tarsha of Adler's Appetite, Chris Caffery of Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Ryan Roxie from the Alice Cooper band and rock and roll comic C.C. Banana, who performs a parody of the Kiss song "Unholy" (rewritten as a roast of Danger Danger vocalist Ted Poley).[11]
Appearances in 2018
After 22 years of being off the radar, Vinnie Vincent agreed to appear at the 2018 Atlanta Kiss Expo in January.[12] Vincent fulfilled his commitment and appeared at the sold-out expo. He said he considers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley family, wishing them nothing but the best. After some e-mail exchanges with Gene Simmons, Vincent agreed to appear with Simmons on stage in April 2018 which will be[needs update] the first time they have met in person in over two decades. He also gave an exclusive interview to Eddie Trunk for Sirius XM, which was his first in over two decades, and held multiple question-and-answer sessions with fans.[13]
On February 16, 2018, it was announced via Facebook that Vinnie would appear at the Days of the Dead convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in May 2018.[14]
Vinnie Vincent's first concert in 30 years is scheduled for December 7, 2018 at Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee.[15]
Personal life
Vincent was married to AnnMarie Peters, and has twin daughters with her.[16] AnnMarie was murdered in 1998, after she and Vincent had divorced.[17]
Discography
Kiss
Creatures of the Night (1982)
Lick It Up (1983)
Revenge (1992) songwriting credits only
Compilation
Smashes, Thrashes & Hits (1988)
Alive III (1993) songwriting credits only
Kiss Unplugged (1995) songwriting credits only
The Box Set (2001)
The Very Best of Kiss (2002)
Kiss Symphony: Alive IV (2003) songwriting credits only
The Best of Kiss, Volume 2: The Millennium Collection (2004)
The Best of Kiss, Volume 3: The Millennium Collection (2006) songwriting credits only
Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 (2006) songwriting credits only
The Best of KISS: Green Series (2008)
Playlist Plus (2008)
Playlist Your Way (2008)
Jigoku-Retsuden (2008) songwriting credits only
15 Classics (2008) digital download only
15 Discoveries (2008) digital download only
45 The Complete Collection (2008) digital download only
Alive! The Millennium Concert (2008) songwriting credits & digital download only
Vinnie Vincent Invasion
Vinnie Vincent Invasion (1986)
All Systems Go (1988)
Pyro Messiah aka Guitars from Hell (1991, Unreleased)
Euphoria (EP) (1996)
Speedball Jamm (2002)
Black Satin
Black Satin featuring Fred Parris (1976)
The Hitchhikers
The Hitchhikers (1976)
Wendy O. Williams
WOW (1984 Passport)
"Ain't None Of Your Business" Songwriter (Simmons, Carr & Vincent) & Guitar
Peter Criss
Let Me Rock You (1982)
John Waite
No Brakes (1984 EMI)
Songwriter "Tears" (1981)
Dan Hartman
Instant Replay (1978)
Rhythm & Acoustic Guitars, Tambourine, Backing Vocal
Laura Nyro
Nested (1978)
Treasure
Treasure (1977 Epic)
Guitar & Lead Vocals on "Innocent Eyes" & "Turn Yourself Around" (with Felix Cavaliere: of The Rascals)
Felix Cavaliere
Castles in the Air (1979)
HEAT
Still Waiting (1981)
Tribute albums
Kiss My Ankh: A Tribute to Vinnie Vincent (2008)
The Bangles
Everything (1988) Songwriting credit & Guitars for "Make a Play for Her Now" [18]
Was Not Was
Born to Laugh at Tornadoes (1983)
Warrior
Warrior (2017 HNE Recordings). Collection of Demos.
Preceded by
Ace Frehley Lead guitarist of Kiss
1982–1984 Succeeded by
Mark St. John
Categories: 1952 births
Living people
Musicians from Bridgeport, Connecticut
American people of Italian descent
American heavy metal guitarists
American rock guitarists
American male guitarists
Lead guitarists
Glam metal musicians
Kiss (band) members
Vinnie Vincent Invasion members
Guitarists from Connecticut
20th-century American guitarists
Vinnie Vincent Invasion
Background information
Origin
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Hard rock, Heavy metal, Glam metal
Years active
1984–1989
Labels
Chrysalis
Associated acts
Slaughter
Past members
Vinnie Vincent
Dana Strum
Bobby Rock
Mark Slaughter
Robert Fleischman
Vinnie Vincent Invasion was an American Glam metal band formed in 1984 by former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent.
History
Forming the band in the mid-1980s, Vinnie Vincent recruited bassist Dana Strum, who had served as a talent scout in L.A., recruiting band members for the likes of Ozzy Osbourne. Strum had found both Jake E. Lee and the late Randy Rhoads for Ozzy Osbourne, so when Paul Stanley had contacted Osbourne to inquire about where he found the guitarists, he was given Strum's name. Unable to find anyone KISS considered to be on Vincent's level, Strum decided to find Vincent himself in hopes of working together. Bobby Rock came on board as the drummer. With the nucleus of the band completed, the band searched for a lead vocalist.
Former Journey singer Robert Fleischman provided vocals on Vinnie Vincent Invasion's self-titled debut album. The record included primarily the style of glam metal, with much of it re-worked versions of demos Vincent recorded in 1982 with former New England members Hirsch Gardner, Gary Shea, and Jimmy Waldo under the band name Warrior, with Vincent essentially replacing John Fannon as guitarist and vocalist. Warrior disbanded when Vincent was selected to be a member of KISS.
Fleischman exited the band during a contract dispute and a video was produced for the song "Boyz Are Gonna Rock" with new vocalist Mark Slaughter lipsyncing over Fleischman's vocal track. With Slaughter now on board, the band released their second album, All Systems Go in May 1988. The album featured one of the group's best-known hits, "Ashes to Ashes," and "Love Kills," which appeared on the A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master soundtrack.
Later in 1988, the band was released from their contract with Chrysalis Records. Having grown annoyed with what they perceived to be Vincent's domination of the project, Slaughter and Strum left to form the band Slaughter, which would go on to have success. Bobby Rock has played as a touring drummer for Slaughter, but was not in the initial line-up. After Vinnie Vincent Invasion broke up, he briefly joined Nitro, later Nelson, and then went on to play as a session musician with Gary Hoey and other bands. Subsequent to the band's release from their Chrysalis contract and the resultant split of Slaughter and Strum to form Slaughter, Vincent reunited with original Vinnie Vincent Invasion vocalist Robert Fleischman and recorded the unreleased album Pyro Messiah (aka Guitars From Hell). Andre LaBelle, (drummer from 1989 to 1992), along with Fleischman, formed a new band "The Sky" in 2011.[1]
A tribute album entitled KISS MY ANKH: A Tribute To Vinnie Vincent was released by SplitScreen Entertainment on August 27, 2008. The album consists of new recordings of songs from Vincent's careers with KISS and Vinnie Vincent Invasion. Featured artists include Steve Brown of Trixter, Troy Patrick Farrell of White Lion, T.J. Racer of Nitro, Sheldon Tarsha of Adler's Appetite, Chris Caffery of Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Ryan Roxie and Rick Marty of Alice Cooper, and rock and roll comic C.C. Banana, who performs a parody of the KISS song "Unholy" (rewritten as a roast of Danger Danger vocalist Ted Poley).[2]
Band members
Vinnie Vincent – guitars, backing vocals (1984–1989)
Dana Strum – bass guitar, backing vocals (1984–1989)
Bobby Rock – drums (1984–1989)
Mark Slaughter – lead vocals (1986–1989)
Robert Fleischman – lead vocals (1984–1986)
Vinnie Vincent Invasion (album)
Vinnie Vincent Invasion
Studio album by Vinnie Vincent Invasion
Released
August 2, 1986
Recorded
Baby 'O Recorders, Hollywood, California
Genre
Heavy metal ·
glam metal ·
shred metal
Length
47:55
Label
Chrysalis
Producer
Vinnie Vincent and Dana Strum
Vinnie Vincent Invasion chronology
Vinnie Vincent Invasion
(1986) All Systems Go
(1988)
Vinnie Vincent Invasion is the debut studio album by Vinnie Vincent Invasion.
Background
Two singles were released, "Boyz Are Gonna Rock" and "Back on the Streets". A music video was only made for "Boyz Are Gonna Rock". In the video for "Boyz Are Gonna Rock," the singer in the video is Mark Slaughter rather than the actual singer Robert Fleischman. Fleischman left the band prior to filming the video and Mark Slaughter lip synched to Fleischman's vocals.
"Back on the Streets" was originally written by Vincent and recorded by 3 Speed for the 1984 movie Voyage of the Rock Aliens. It was later covered by Europe's original guitarist John Norum for his 1987 solo album Total Control. This song was also played by Ace Frehley during his earliest shows with his post-Kiss band Frehley's Comet in 1985 and also demoed by his band as well during this time, but the song has never appeared on any of Ace Frehley's solo albums.
The song "Invasion" (for the CD and cassette versions) contained about three minutes of looping guitar feedback at the end of the song. The record version had the same feedback, but the difference was that it never ended until you picked up the needle. This was because the sound went all the way to the end of the vinyl, causing the needle to loop it over and over again. The liner notes state (somewhat implausibly) that no pedals, outboard gear or synthesizers were used anywhere on the album.
The band opened for Alice Cooper in 1986 and Iron Maiden in 1987 to support the record. The song "Animal" appeared on the soundtrack for the 1987 movie Summer School.
The songs "Boyz Are Gonna Rock" and "Back on the Streets" are 2 of 4 Vinnie Vincent Invasion songs featured on the 2008 tribute album KISS MY ANKH: A Tribute to Vinnie Vincent. Mike Weeks played the guitar, bass and did the vocals on a very accurate version of "Boys Are Gonna Rock" which also featured drums by Andre Labelle, who had previously recorded drums on Vinnie's third (and unreleased) album "Guitarmaggedon/Guitars from Hell".[1]
Reception
Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]
Crusher magazene (favorable)[3]
Sleaze Roxx (favorable)[4]
The album was listed number 8 on Kerrang!s list of hard rock albums in 1986. The same magazine listed the album number 100 on their list of 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time.[5] In the book Fargo Rock City, journalist Chuck Klosterman names it the second greatest heavy metal album of the 1980s, behind only Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses. Rolling Stone listed it 39th on their 2015 list of Greatest Hair Metal albums of all time.[6]
Track listing
All songs written by Vinnie Vincent except where noted.
1. "Boyz Are Gonna Rock" 4:54
2. "Shoot U Full of Love" 4:44
3. "No Substitute" 3:52
4. "Animal" 5:33
5. "Twisted" 4:49
6. "Do You Wanna Make Love" Vincent, Robert Fleischman 3:23
7. "Back on the Streets" Vincent, Richard Friedman 4:50
8. "I Wanna Be Your Victim" 4:36
9. "Baby-O" 3:43
10. "Invasion" Vincent, Fleischman 7:50
Personnel[edit]
Robert Fleischman - vocals
Vinnie Vincent - guitars, vocals
Dana Strum - bass, backing vocals
Bobby Rock - drums
Although he forged a brief solo career in the late '80s, guitarist Vinnie Vincent is best known for his short stint in Kiss, from 1982-1984. Born Vincent Cusano on August 5, 1952, in Connecticut, he picked up guitar at a very early age, inspired by the speed of bluegrass (!) and rock & roll. Throughout the '70s, he recorded an unnoticed album with the band Treasure, and paid the bills by doing session work (for Laura Nyro, Dan Hartman, and writing music for the TV show Happy Days). After returning to heavy metal with the outfit Warrior, Cusano met Kiss' Gene Simmons through a mutual friend. Kiss was experiencing problems with original guitarist Ace Frehley at this time, so Simmons invited Vinnie to co-write some songs and play lead on 1982's Creatures of the Night. When it became clear that Frehley was leaving the band for good after the album's release, Cusano was asked to join the band.
Lick It Up
Changing his name to Vinnie Vincent and assuming the alter ego of an Egyptian warrior (which his facial makeup and outfit reflected), he joined Kiss on their first U.S. tour in three years. Unfortunately, the public didn't welcome the band back with open arms, as the tour and the album weren't successful (even though Creatures was their best and heaviest release in years). After a string of mammoth, sold-out live dates in Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 1983, Vincent worked with Kiss on their next album, Lick It Up, with which Vinnie had more of a prominent songwriting role. With extra publicity added to the album's release by the group finally "unmasking," Lick It Up was Kiss' first record in three years to obtain gold certification in the U.S. The subsequent tour was a rocky one for Vincent, however. Reportedly bickering over his salary, he was fired after a European tour, but was rehired for the American leg. When writing began for their next album (what would be 1984's Animalize), Vincent was either fired or left on his own, and replaced by Mark St. John.
All Systems Go
Vincent soon formed the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, which signed to Chrysalis and issued a self-titled debut in 1986. The album was more pop-based than his heavier work with Kiss (the songs were mostly an excuse for Vincent to shred away on his six-string) but fit in with the then-popular glam/pop-metal climate (Poison, Bon Jovi, Ratt, etc.). After just one more album (1988's All Systems Go), the band split up, with singer Mark Slaughter and bassist Dana Strum finding chart success with Slaughter in the early '90s. With a much delayed solo album and rumored box set never materializing, little was heard from Vincent as he appeared as a guest at Kiss conventions throughout the early '90s. He helped Kiss with some of the songwriting for their 1992 back-to-basics album Revenge, but the reconciliation with his former bandmembers didn't last long. By 1997, he had issued a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against Kiss, declaring that he had not received the royalties he was entitled to.
All Credits Arranger Composer Featured Artist Group Member Guest Artist Guitar Guitar (12 String) Lyricist Main Personnel Performer Primary Artist Producer Vocals Vocals (Background)
2017 Warrior Warrior Featured Artist, Composer
2016 Buenos Aires 1994 Kiss Composer
2014 Kiss 40 Years: Decades of Decibels Kiss Main Personnel, Composer
2010 Babies Go Kiss Composer
2010 Icon 2 Kiss Composer
2010 Total Drivetime Composer
2009 Rock and Rave Composer
2009 Sonic Boom Kiss Composer
2008 Alive: The Millennium Concert Kiss Composer
2008 Discoveries Kiss Composer
2008 Gospel Bombs Vincent Vincent & the Villains Primary Artist
2008 Lick It Up: A Millenium Tribute to Kiss Composer
2008 One Live Kiss Paul Stanley Composer
2008 Playlist Plus Kiss Composer
2008 The Complete Collection Kiss Composer
2006 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection, Vol. 3 Kiss Composer
2006 Girls Got Rhythm! Composer
2006 Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 Kiss Composer
2006 Tin Vinnie Vincent Primary Artist
2004 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss, Vol. 2 Kiss Group Member, Composer
2004 Gold: 1974-1982 - Sound+Vision Kiss Composer
2004 Speedball Jamm Vinnie Vincent Primary Artist
2004 Vincent & Mr. Green Vincent & Mr. Green Composer
2003 Killbox 13 Overkill Composer
2003 Kiss Symphony: Alive IV Kiss Composer
2003 Kiss Symphony: The Single Disc Kiss Composer
2003 The Curse of the Singapore Sling Singapore Sling Composer
2002 Different Light/Everything Bangles Composer
2002 Manic Monday Bangles Composer
2002 The Very Best of Kiss Kiss Composer
2002 Unpainted: A Tribute to Kiss Composer
2001 Rock Star Composer
2001 The Box Set Kiss Guitar, Composer
2000 A World Without Heroes: A Kiss Tribute Composer
2000 Hot Rod Series: Pedal to the Metal Primary Artist
2000 Naughty Platinum Rock Composer
1999 Grown Up, Fuc*ed Up The Reatards Composer
1999 This Is Chono Metal Primary Artist
1997 All Over the Place/Different Light/Everything Bangles Guitar (12 String), Composer
1997 Return of the Comet: Tribute to Ace Frehley Composer
1996 MTV Unplugged Kiss Composer
1996 MTV Unplugged [Video/DVD] Kiss Composer
1995 Hard Rock Essentials: 1980s Composer
1993 Alive III Kiss Composer
1993 Killer George Michael Composer
1993 Kiss Konfidential Kiss Composer
1993 Starbox Bangles Composer
1992 Hard to Believe: Kiss Covers Compilation Composer
1992 Metal Madness, Vol. 1 [Madacy] Composer, Primary Artist
1992 Metal Tech Speed Vinnie Vincent Primary Artist
1992 Revenge Kiss Composer
1991 Head Banging Metal Performer
1991 Heavy Metal Love Performer, Composer
1991 The Best of Pat Travers Pat Travers Composer
1990 Twisted Metal Composer
1988 All Systems Go Vinnie Vincent Invasion Producer, Arranger, Primary Artist, Guitar, Composer
1988 Everything Bangles Guest Artist, Guitar (12 String), Composer, Guitar
1988 Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Producer, Performer, Composer, Primary Artist
1988 Smashes, Thrashes & Hits Kiss Guitar, Composer
1987 Exposed Kiss Guitar
1987 Total Control John Norum Composer
1986 Vinnie Vincent Invasion Vinnie Vincent Invasion Producer, Arranger, Primary Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Vocals (Background), Composer
1985 Animalize: Live Uncensored [Video] Kiss Composer
1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Charles Bernstein Primary Artist
1983 Born to Laugh at Tornadoes Was (Not Was) Guest Artist, Guitar
1983 Lick It Up Kiss Group Member, Composer
1982 Creatures of the Night Kiss Guest Artist, Guitar, Composer
1979 Castles in the Air Felix Cavaliere Guitar
1978 Instant Replay Dan Hartman Guitar, Vocals (Background)
1978 Nested Laura Nyro Guitar
1977 Treasure Treasure Vocals, Guitar, Vocals (Background)
All Systems Go Vinnie Vincent Primary Artist
Euphoria Vinnie Vincent Primary Artist
Invasion/All Systems Go Vinnie Vincent Invasion Primary Artist
The Mills Brothers The Mills Brothers Composer
Total 90s Composer
Unfinished Business Eric Carr Composer, Lyricist
Vinnie Vincent's Invasion Vinnie Vincent Primary Artist
Similar To
Bon Jovi
Bulletboys
Dokken
Extreme
Firehouse
Great White
Kix
Lynch Mob
Michael Angelo
Mötley Crüe
Night Ranger
Poison
Shotgun Messiah
Warrant
Whitesnake
Winger
Yngwie Malmsteen
Judas Priest
Ratt
Influenced By
Foreigner
Journey
Led Zeppelin
Montrose
Randy Rhoads
Survivor
Van Halen
Associated With
Ace Frehley
Gene Simmons
Kiss
Paul Stanley
Peter Criss
Slaughter
Vinnie Cusano
Vinnie Vincent Invasion
The debut from ex-Kiss guitar slinger Vinnie Vincent, is, well...hair metal through and through. It's got all the calling cards of a band that spent way too much gig money on Aqua-Net. You get the rockin' riff "I wanna party" tunes, the sleazy song or two ("Shoot You Full of Love"), screams, shreds, and drums galore. The nice thing about this record is that it lacks the obligatory ballad, which may have attracted a larger audience (i.e., girls) and pushed up the sales, but you gotta admire them for stickin' to the rock.
Credits
Moshe Brakha Photography
Crusoe Artwork, Remastering
Mikey Davis Engineer, Recording
Robert Fleischman Composer, Group Member, Vocals
Richard Friedman Composer
Geoff Gillespie Project Coordinator
George Marino Mastering
Dean Markley Strings
Bobby Rock Cymbals, Drums, Group Member, Stick
Dana Strum Arranger, Bass, Fender Jazz Bass, Group Member, Guitar (Bass), Producer, Vocals (Background)
George Tutko Mixing
Vinnie Vincent Arranger, Composer, Guitar, Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Vinnie Vincent Invasion Primary Artist
Does that high-pitched wail sound familiar? Well, odds are if you're reading this, you should know it. For Vinnie's second album, good ol' Mark Slaughter (who would soon -- with Invasion bassist Dana Strum -- form the even more successful and creatively named hair metal band Slaughter) takes over vocals from the departed Robert Fleischman, and while his high-pitched wails are a bit hard to take, his vocals give this record a bit more consistency than the debut. Outside of that it's kinda just more of the same. Unfortunate for Mr. Vincent given his obvious talents, this sort of "metal" that somehow thrived from 1985-1990 (or so) wasn't the type of rock that was open to too much experimentation. So what you get here is a pretty run-of-the-mill hair rock album: rockers, ballads, solos, etc.
Julian Artis Label Manager
Crusoe Artwork, Mastering
Mikey Davis Engineer
Geoff Gillespie Project Coordinator
Jay Lean Assistant
Bobby Rock Drums
Mark Slaughter Vocals, Voices
Dana Strum Bass, Producer
Vinnie Vincent Arranger, Composer, Guitar, Primary Artist, Producer
Vinnie Vincent Invasion Primary Artist