It’s well known that the first three KISS albums, KISS, Hotter Than Hell, and Dressed To Kill did very little to usher the band into the mainstream rock genre. Even with the rock and roll anthem, “Rock And Roll All Nite”, they just got a little FM rock radio play. However, their concerts were second to none! Often, the band would go out on the road with established acts (New York Dolls, Uriah Heep, Rush, Kansas, REO Speedwagon, Bob Seger) and blow them away before the headliners even hit the stage. KISS was asked to leave tours and flat-out fired from tours because of this.
Eventually, the band went out on their own and put on such a bombastc show, they were the talk of EVERY town and word was spreading around the world. However, their stage performance wasn’t translating well with record buyers as it was hard to replicate that kind of energy in the studio.
Just as Casablanca records was about to go bankrupt and KISS would have to shop for a new record label or cease to exist, Casablanca Records founder, Neil Bogart, decided to release a live album by KISS to show the excitement heard when fans saw them in concert! THIS was THE turning point for KISS, Casablanca, Neil Bogart and many who were on that record label. KISS ALIVE!
(KISS photo credit to Mark Detl – 2016)