40 Years Ago Today; KISS Take Off Their Makeup

40 Years Ago Today; KISS Take Off Their Makeup

Well, it was on This Day In Metal 40 years ago on September 18th 1983 that legendary band KISS took off their makeup.

"I very much wanted to do it; as a matter of fact, I was hoping we would've done it with [1982's] Creatures of the Night album," Stanley tells Yahoo Entertainment, recalling the band's surprising decision to go bare-faced. "But understandably, it was a much, much bigger step for Gene, because Gene's persona is so strong, and was so strong, that to give that up was a big, big, big, big commitment and sacrifice."

"So, he was a little reluctant, and we waited. But when Creatures, although it was arguably one of the top albums we did, didn't sell through the way we hoped it would, I think Gene saw the writing on the wall."

Vinnie Vincent, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Eric Carr, November 1983. (Fryderyk Gabowicz/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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