Monday, May 20, 2013

Today In KISStory - 1980

Today In KISStory - May 20, 1980: KISS releases "Unmasked".

At the time it was the last studio album from the original lineup of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, although Criss actually had no involvement with the recording of the album. Anton Fig (uncredited) played all drums on the album. This album marked another departure for KISS: this was the first album since 1977's Love Gun  not to feature all members on vocals, excluding the four solo releases in 1978.

Although Unmasked marked a major departure musically for the band, the album reached #35 on the U.S. Billboard chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA on July 30, 1980.