Your KISS Is on My Playlist: Listen to the Softer Side of KISS
On Saturday, July 19, at 6:40 p.m. PT/9:40 p.m. ET, Yahoo Live will live stream KISS's concert from the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC. Tune in HERE to watch!
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It's a given that KISS will play "Rock 'n' Roll All Nite" (they better!), and that it will be awesome. Fire and fake blood will likely be involved. It will rock. All nite.
But if KISS still gives you nightmares (as they did for thousands of skittish children of the 1970s), there are songs in the KISS katalog that are little kinder and gentler than the band's typical blood-spitters, firestarters, and platform-boot-stompers. Some of these tunes might even inspire you to make out (or at least kuddle) when KISS plays them in concert.
Many rock bands have penned sappy on-the-road ballads, including Journey ("Faithfully"), Mötley Crüe ("Home Sweet Home"), and Bon Jovi ("Wanted Dead or Alive"). But none of those bands did it as sappily or effectively as KISS with "Beth." To make the song extra-cuddly, it was sung by the least-scary guy in the band, the one dressed as a kitty-cat.
"Hard Luck Woman," 1976
KISS practically went country with this folksy track (originally warbled by above-mentioned catman Peter Criss), and it worked surprisingly well. Garth Brooks even liked this song enough to cover it in 1994, and it was way better than anything his rocker alter ego Chris Gaines ever did. Interestingly, Paul Stanley had written the song with another rocker, Rod Stewart, in mind.
"I Was Made for Loving You," 1979