On September 18, 1983 during an interview on MTV promoting the release of their newest album, “Lick It Up
KISS appears for the first time without make-up in 1983
KISS appeared without their ‘make-up’ for the first time during an interview on MTV promoting the release of their newest album, “Lick It Up”. In 1983 only Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons remained from the original line up, the two other founding members, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley had departed in 1980 and 1982, KISS had been wearing their signature make-up and costumes since 1973, just shortly before they rose to fame, as the 1980’s start to advance and with the constant changing inside the band, they decide to shift their marketing direction by removing their make-up for the first time. The tour to promote the new album “Lick It Up” and the unmasked band members began in Lisbon, Portugal, on October 11, 1983, their first concert without make-up since early 1973. However, their popularity didn’t stayed quite the same after it. KISS spent the rest of the 1980’s changing the line up of the band and scoring minor hits, during the 1990’s, the band put back their signature make-up and classic stage costumes, which gave them a new resurgence. Currently, KISS still wears their make up on stage and never got back to their 1980’s period, however the band claims the current tour will be their last, and that they’ll hang their iconic customs after that.
Watch moment where KISS gets unmasked on MTV in 1983
Watch KISS performing for the very first time without their make up, live in Lisbon, Portugal 1983, the song “Detroit Rock City”
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