The original lineup in their prime rewrite the book of rock in 1975 appearance on The Midnight Special
We’ve seen that the band still packs a mighty punch with their current lineup and expensive array of stage effects.
But when you take a look at this clip of the band on their Hotter Than Hell tour, doing “Black Diamond” on The Midnight Special in 1975, you’re reminded of just what a pure flight of rock and roll fantasy KISS really were when they first burst onto the scene.
With the bare-chested and very pre-waxing bravado of Paul Stanley out front, Gene Simmons in his otherworldly demonic grandeur, and Ace Frehley who looks like the skinniest rock and roller of all time but brandishes a Les Paul like a god; these guys are so good, so fantastically captivating, that it takes a minute before you realize that it’s the drummer Peter Criss who’s singing the lead vocal.
In one of the clip’s greatest moments, Ace and Gene rock out face-to-face, bro style, as Frehley disintegrates into one of the two blistering, Les Paul fret-shredding solos he tears through during the course of the clip.
Check it out!