On this day in music history: February 18, 1974 - “KISS”, the debut album by KISS is released. Produced by Kenny Kerner and Richie Wise, it is recorded at Bell Sound Studios in New York City in October - November 1973. The majority of the material is written by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley while both are in the pre-KISS band Wicked Lester. The band record their debut release in just thirteen days. The albums cover photo taken by famed photographer Joel Brodsky (The Doors), pose the band members against a black background, inspired by the cover shot of “Meet The Beatles”/“With The Beatles”. One of the first releases on the fledgling Casablanca Records (then distributed by Warner Bros Records), the album generates only one chart single with “Kissin’ Time” (#83 Pop), with the album initially selling only 75,000 copies. However, many of the songs including “Cold Gin”, “Firehouse”, “Strutter”, “Nothin’ To Lose”, “Deuce”, “100,000 Years”, and “Black Diamond” become fan favorites and mainstays of their live performances over the years. Remastered and reissued on CD in 1997, the album is reissued on 180 gram vinyl in 2014. “KISS” peaks at number eighty seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
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Pop used to not sell tickets — that’s changing now,“ he says. "I love that One Direction is out there filling stadiums. Those kids are now going out to shows. They get a T-shirt and talk about what show they’re going to go to next.
Bob McLynn - Rolling Stone (Summer Concert Boom Marks Industry Turnaround)