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Frehley's last appearance with the band until the 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 with a non-make-up cover and a slightly different song order, to reflect the band's roster change and abandonment of its make-up and costumes, Vincent was again absent from the album cover, as then-current lead guitarist, Bruce Kulick , appeared instead.
Vincent officially replaced Frehley as lead guitarist in December , as the band embarked on its 10th Anniversary Tour. 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".
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"   also known as "The Egyptian Warrior",  and make-up centered around an Egyptian ankh , for Vincent.
A persona as "The Ankh Warrior" or similar is not mentioned in the book at all. 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 quickly 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. Personality issues arose once again, and Vincent was fired following the Lick It Up tour, due in part to excessive guitar soloing at a 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 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.
Sensing it was time for a change, Kiss made the decision to abandon its trademark make-up and costumes. The band officially appeared in public without make-up for the first time since its very early days on a September 18, , appearance on MTV, which coincided with the release of Lick It Up.
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 Vincent's replacement was Mark St.
John , a session player and guitar tutor. With St. John, Kiss released the album Animalize on September 13, 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 its earlier glory though not to the level of its s heyday.
John, however, came down with reactive arthritis during tour rehearsals, and only performed at a handful of shows before being dismissed from the band in December The band hired Bruce Kulick to replace St.
Kulick had previously filled in for St. John during the first two months of the Animalize tour. Kulick was Kiss' fourth lead guitarist in less than three years, but he stayed with the band for 12 years.
One of the first concerts Kulick played as an official member of the band was at Detroit, Michigan's Cobo Hall.
This was later released as the band's first home video, Animalize Live Uncensored. Crazy Nights , in particular, was one of Kiss' most successful albums overseas.
The single " Crazy Crazy Nights " reached No. Kiss ended the decade with the October 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. During this time, Kiss struggled with its identity and fan base. Simmons, arguably the driving force in Kiss during the s, became less involved with the group in the s as he pursued outside interests, most notably a film career.
Stanley took a more prominent role as a result. In February , the band decided to once again enlist Ezrin to produce its next album.
Before recording could begin in earnest, however, tragedy struck. In March , 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, , at the age of Singer had played with Paul Stanley previously, as part of Stanley's backing band during a solo tour.
Kiss released Revenge on May 19, 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.
Four days later, Kiss were inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk. During this period, Kiss nostalgia started to pick up steam. June 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.
In , the group released the book Kisstory , a page, 9 pounds 4. 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. It was the first time Criss had performed publicly with the band in nearly 16 years. The band contacted Criss and Frehley and invited them to participate in the event.
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 , but its release was delayed for almost two years.
Bootleg copies of the album circulated widely among fans. These efforts culminated with a public event as dramatic as any the band had staged since its 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 : .
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 On April 20, nearly 40, tickets for the tour's first show sold out in 47 minutes.
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.
There were many many nights when I was looking around the stage and going "This is magic. What was important about these shows is we had a much bigger task than people understood.
Our biggest competition was our history. We didn't have to be as good as we used to be. We had to be as good as people thought we were.
The show wasn't to be a replica of what we've done, it was to be what people imagined we had done. We had to be totally committed.
In terms of the stage show for the reunion tour, what we wanted to do was look at the '77 show in a sense as a pinnacle. That is what we chose to build on but not copy.
There are also elements from other shows too in the sense that there's bombs and the flying rig and the breaking of the guitars.
At that time, it was the ultimate Kiss show in the sense that we looked at the show, which we thought was our best and said, "Top this.
In September , the reunited group issued Psycho Circus. Although it was the first album with the original lineup since '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.
It proved to be another success, and was historic for being the first to ever incorporate 3D visuals into a stage show. The film takes place in , 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 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. Farewell Tour in March The Reunion tour made us the number one band again. We played to about two million people in one year.
Then we did the Psycho Circus tour and after that we thought, "been there, done it. On the eve of the Japanese and Australian leg of the Farewell Tour on January 31, , 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.
In introducing the Kiss Kasket, Simmons quipped, "I love livin', but this makes the alternative look pretty damn good. 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.
Kiss was relatively quiet through the rest of the year, but started with some controversy as Simmons took part in a controversial interview on National Public Radio with host Terry Gross.
This was Frehley's final performance as a member of Kiss. On March 6, , 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.
Thayer again performed with the group in April , 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.
Thayer once again replaced Frehley, while Criss returned to the group. Despite claims made prior to the Farewell Tour that it would be the group's last, Kiss toured with Aerosmith in Frehley announced that his departure from the band was permanent, stating that he believed the Farewell Tour would be Kiss' last,  and that he did not want to open for Aerosmith.
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.
Simmons and Stanley did not renew Criss' contract when it expired in March 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.
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!
He has already had two hip surgeries performed, with more likely in the future. After the conclusion of the Rock the Nation Tour, Kiss performed only sporadically for a number of years.
The group played two shows in , and another six in Four of the shows were July concerts in Japan, including two dates July 22 and 23 as a headlining act at the Udo Music Festival.
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 This was the first Kiss concert that Stanley had missed during his then year tenure with the group.
Stanley released his second solo album, Live to Win , on October 24, , and undertook a brief solo tour in support. On October 31 the same year, the group released Kissology Volume One: — , the first of 10 possible DVD sets featuring complete concert footage, interviews and never-before-seen clips.
In April , former guitarist St. John died from an apparent cerebral hemorrhage at age John formed the short-lived glam metal group White Tiger.
In , he briefly collaborated with Criss in a band called the Keep, which only performed once and released no recordings. 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 , they were not nominated until and were not inducted until While this snub displeased some fans, Stanley and Simmons maintained that it was meaningless to them.
Nevertheless, a group of about Kiss fans held a protest rally in front of the Hall of Fame in Cleveland on August 5, It was the first known organized demonstration seeking the induction of a band into the Hall.
In , 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.
The band picked up their pace in , embarking on their first proper tour of Europe in nearly a decade. Throughout the summer of , Kiss headlined festivals as well as their own shows and played to a record audience of about , people.
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 , 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 , you'll feel right at home.
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Bruce Kulick became Kiss ' new lead guitarist in For the rest of the decade, Kiss turned out a series of best-selling albums, culminating in the early hit ballad "Forever," which was their biggest single since "Beth.
Kiss replaced him with Eric Singer and recorded Revenge , their first album since ; 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.
In , 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 , and in 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 that they would be launching a U.
But on the eve of a Japanese and Australian tour in early , 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.
With the band scheduled to call it a day supposedly by late , 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.
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