Saturday, August 7, 2010

Kiss rocks The Midnight Special

hennemusic's August weekends with The Midnight Special continues...

It was either an April Fool’s prank or the best thing you’d ever seen, when Kiss took over The Midnight Special for a taping on April 1, 1975.

Just two weeks after the release of their third album, “Dressed To Kill,” Kiss hit the national tv stage to promote the new record.

According to Kissology, Vol. 1, the band recorded 4 songs for the show: “Deuce” and “She” aired on July 11, 1975, while “Black Diamond” aired September 12 – “C’mon And Love Me” was taped but never aired (regardless, Kiss shot a promo video for the song six weeks later at Detroit’s Cobo Hall.)

Paul Stanley recalled this point in Kisstory: “Looking at this footage,” said Paul. “I remember that, at that point, I had a relationship with Gibson guitars, and whenever I needed, they would send me guitars. And nobody realized that, at this point, we may have been famous but we sure weren’t rich. So they would send me guitars and I would turn around the next day and sell them. Someone said to me, ‘What does it feel like to be rich and famous?’ I said, ‘I can tell you what it feels like to be famous.’”

Not surprisingly, Gene Simmons’ memory of this time is about money, or the lack thereof. “Kiss at the beginning was earning the glorious amount, right before we went off on tour, of $75 a week per man,” said The Demon. “When we hit the road, we were thrilled to find out we were making $85 a week.”

Although the April 1 recordings wouldn’t be seen on tv for a few months, Kiss’ momentum was building from the ground up, as diehard fans spread the word about their live shows: the following month, Kiss would play their first sold-out show at Detroit’s Cobo Hall, and "Kiss Alive!" would make them real stars (and real money) after its release 5 months later in the fall of ’75.

DeuceKiss - Deuce - Kiss (Remastered)

Kiss – Deuce
The Midnight Special – recorded April 1, 1975
(aired July 11, 1975)

SheKiss - She - Dressed to Kill (Remastered)

Kiss – She
The Midnight Special – recorded April 1, 1975
(aired July 11, 1975)

BlackKiss - Black Diamond - Kiss (Remastered)

Kiss – Black Diamond
The Midnight Special – recorded April 1, 1975
(aired September 12, 1975)