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KISS Streamed Paul's Original 'Detroit Rock City' Demo 2021 In Review


Bruce Henne | 01-02-2022

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KISS Anniversary reissue cover art
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(hennemusic) KISS enjoyed a top 21 story from October 2021 after they streamed the original Paul Stanley demo of their 1976 classic, "Detroit Rock City", as a preview to the 45th anniversary reissues of their fourth album, "Destroyer."

The record's opening track was issued as the fourth single from the project, which delivered their first US Top 20 album when it peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 2 million copies in the region.

Due November 19, the "45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition" of Destroyer is a 4CD + Blu-ray Audio box set that includes a newly-rematsered version of the original album; a disc of 15 demos from Paul Stanley's and Gene Simmons's personal archives - 9 of which are unreleased; a series of studio outtakes, alternate versions / mixes and single edits; a live performance from the L'Olympia in Paris, France; and , a Blu-ray Audio disc that delivers the first-ever Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround mix of the original studio album plus 2 bonus tracks "Beth (Acoustic Mix)" and "Sweet Pain (Original Guitar Solo)" the latter featuring Ace Frehley's original recorded guitar solo that was not released on the studio album (this track is available on the 2012 "Destroyer: Resurrected" project).

The box set also features a 68-page hardcover book with extensive liner notes by Paul Elliott and Ken Sharp featuring interviews with band members, then-manager Bill Aucoin, and album producer Bob Ezrin, as well as an extensive collection of KISS memorabilia from the era, including a complete recreation of the original KISS Army Kit with the original folder and other memorabilia.

The 2021 reissue series will also be available in a Deluxe Edition 2CD package, and a 2LP set on standard double black vinyl and limited edition yellow and red double colored vinyl, as well as digital formats.

Listen to both the demo and full album versions of "Detroit Rock City" here.

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