Lick It Up


Lick It Up is the title of the eleventh studio album by the American hard rock band Kiss. With the release of this album, the members of the group renounced the worn since 1973 masks and costumes and thereby gave her trademark on. At the same Lick It Up is the first album the group was involved in the recording Vinnie Vincent as a member of the band.


Kiss had with Creatures of the Night entered after an excursion into the world of pop-rock ( Dynasty and Unmasked ) and the unsuccessful attempt to win back the concept album Music from the Elder fans, again familiar paths in the area of ​​hard rock. Lead guitarist Ace Frehley left the band in 1982 and had been replaced for the Creatures of the Night tour by Vinnie Vincent. In April 1982, the band by her longtime manager, Bill Aucoin Kiss had separated, Danny Goldberg had then taken over the task of advising as " Creative Consultant"; in fact, he took over management tasks.

The band recorded the follow-up to Creatures of the Night in four different studios in New York: In the Right Track Studios, Atlantic Studios, the Hit Factory, and the Record Plant Studios. For the songwriting no outsiders were allowed; Only members of the group were involved. The band also gave up recording a cover version. Vinnie Vincent complained in interviews he gave after being sacked from the band in 1984, that he was circumcised during the recordings of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, as he was given precise instructions how his game should sound. As technically adept and modern guitar player who loved the shredding, this lack of freedom bothered him greatly. However, his attempts to break out of the specifications were unsuccessful: the solo that he had taken Exciter for the song was replaced by Stanley and Simmons by recording a new solo that Rick Derringer grossed.

Goldberg advised the group to get rid of masks and costumes, and it was clear that MTV had to show without her trademark the first appearance of the band. This was easier said than done, because it was on MTV about the idea of ​​a successful in the 1970s group that had come a long way from commercial success to bring back into the public eye, not particularly convinced. Ultimately, those responsible at the transmitter, however, that it would be part of something special when the band would get rid of her past in this radical way. For Kiss it was also the opportunity to connect with the world of MTV, with which they had been doing as good as nothing. On 18 September 1983, the band performed at 23.30 clock for the first time without makeup and costumes before the cameras of the increasingly popular world music channel. Later, the event appeared on " 100 Greatest TV rock & roll moments " of the music channel VH1 in the list of.


Lick It Up was released five days after the media attention unmasking on September 23, 1983, record, MC, and CD and became the most successful album of the group since Unmasked (1980). It was the first album since Unmasked, which was awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) with a gold record; about 800,000 copies have been sold so far. In 1990 the band received a platinum award for a million units sold.

As singles Lick It Up and All Hell's Breakin ' Loose been published.

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Despite the success of album and single subsequent Lick It Up tour, which began on 11 October 1983 in Lisbon, on March 17, 1984 in Evansville ( Indiana) was ended, the least visited tour that the band ever headlining had denied: The average number of visitors was 5052 spectators. To save costs, the group continued to use the stage, which she had used on the previous tour.

After the European tour on November 25, 1983 Vincent was fired, but immediately brought back into the group, as would have found a replacement guitarist until the start of the North American tour on December 26, 1983, incorporated can be. Vincent lost his job as guitarist for the band after the end of the North American tour on March 17, 1984.