KISS 6/22/21

A highlight of all the Kiss concerts is the inclusion of its million-selling Top 11 1979 hit, “I Was Made For Loving You.” Blabbermouth transcribed some of Simmons’ chat on CBS’ Good Day Sacramento, where he defended the Dynasty album that featured the iconic pop-disco smash.

Simmons — who’s gone on record as stating that he personally hates performing the song — went on to explain: “Well, when people talk about that record (being) hit-or-miss, it was a multi-platinum record, so that’s called a hit. There are some songs that are pop — yeah, by definition it’s called a hit. ‘Y’know, I don’t like the way that guy hit that baseball, that home run that he hit.’ Idiot, it was a home run. So that’s called a home run. It doesn’t matter how you feel about it. These are semantics, but I’m not anti-semantic. You see what I did there?”

Gene Simmons told, us that although Kiss was built to last and created to break as many boundaries as it could, the band’s success — both monetarily and in the hearts of its fans — still leaves him humbled: [“The RIAA has declared Kiss, the number one American group gold record award-winning champions of all time in all categories, which I never dreamed of when I was a kid.”] SOUNDCUE (:10 OC: . . . was a kid)

Kiss resumes its massive “End Of The Road” farewell tour on August 18th in Mansfield, Massachusetts at Xfinity Center.

TL; DR

  • Gene Simmons defended Kiss‘ 1979 Dynasty album, telling CBS’ Good Morning Sacramento: “Well, when people talk about that record (being) hit-or-miss, it was a multi-platinum record, so that’s called a hit. . . It was a home run. It doesn’t matter how you feel about it.”

FAST FACTS

  • Dynasty — Kiss‘ seventh album –was released on May 23rd, 1979, and peaked at Number Nine on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
  • In addition to “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” hitting Number 11, its followup, “Sure Know Something” stalled at Number 47, but became an instant fan favorite — as did Ace Frehley‘s cover of the Rolling Stones‘ “2000 Man.”
  • Dynasty marked the final time Peter Criss appeared on a Kiss album during the classic run, supplying drums and vocals on only one track, “Dirty Livin’.”
  • His drum parts were covered on the rest of the album by session ace — and future David Letterman band drummer, Anton Fig.