Written By Braddon S. Williams
Like their arch rivals (at that time) Aerosmith, Kiss also became global contenders in the hard rock pantheon in 1975.
The following year, Kiss enlisted former Alice Cooper producer Bob Ezrin to mastermind their Destroyer album.
Ezrin brought a sophistication and polish to the table that resulted in a more diverse selection of music for the hard rocking, makeup wearing superheroes of the stage.
Kiss scored their first platinum album, due in large part to the gigantic success of the single Beth, written and sung by drummer Peter Criss.
Paul Stanley handled lead vocals on the lead off epic, Detroit Rock City, as well as the excellent King Of The Night Time World, Flaming Youth, and Do You Love Me.
Gene Simmons contributed the fan favorite God Of Thunder, Sweet Pain, and Great Expectations, and shared lead vocals with Stanley on Shout It Out Loud, a kind of sequel to Rock And Roll All Nite.
Ace Frehley handled most of the lead guitar work (with a little help from Dick Wagner, on loan from Alice Cooper’s band).
It was on the Destroyer tour that I witnessed my first live rock concert, featuring Kiss, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, and Artful Dodger (tickets were $6.50!) Needless to say, between the concert and the Destroyer album, I quickly enlisted in the Kiss Army!