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Today In KISStory: The Solo Albums & Going Without Makeup

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(Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

September 18th is one of the most memorable dates for legendary rock band KISS.

Due to their record contract that stipulated that each member release a solo album, all four members decided to release their project on the same date in 1978.

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While Stanley and Frehley’s stayed true to their rock roots, Criss ventured into R&B and Simmons made an album that crossed musical genres, featuring pop and hard-rock.

All four solo albums would make it in the Top 50 of the Billboard album chart and reach platinum status.

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Also on this day, thirty years ago, the four men (Simmons, Stanley, Vinnie Vincent & Eric Carr) made their first public appearance without their trademark makeup. In an interview and performance on MTV, they decided to shock fans by giving them a unique, personal look of who they are.

- Jude Dsouza / 98.5 WNCX

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