Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Today In KISStory - 1985


Today In KISStory - September 16, 1985: KISS release their  thirteenth studio album "Asylum".

 "Asylum" features the debut of lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, who played on Animalize (ghost guitarist for "Lonely Is The Hunter"), and filled in for guitarist Mark St. John (Mark Norton) for their European and American Animalize tour, and officially replaced Mark St. John in December, 1984. He was the band's third lead guitarist since the departure of Ace Frehley in late 1982. The new lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Carr, and Bruce Kulick would last for six years until Carr's death in November 1991.

Fan reaction to "Asylum" was mixed. The album was certified Gold in November, 1985 by the RIAA ."Asylum" sold over 1.5 million copies, but never was re-certified for the Platinum award. The KISS Remasters seem to confirm this as it states that "Asylum" is one of the four albums that were certified Platinum in a row. Evidently, there is a RIAA Platinum award for this album, but the entry was never updated in the database. Until the RIAA confirms this, it remains only Gold.