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God Gave Rock And Roll To You II by Kiss
Album: RevengeReleased: 1992Charted:
This is a reworking of a 1973 song by the band Argent titled "God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You." Kiss' version adds lyrics dedicated to Eric Carr, who lost his battle with carcinoma in 1991.
The Argent song was written by their lead singer Russ Ballard, who got a songwriting credit on the Kiss song along with Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons
, and their producer Bob Ezrin.
This was the last Kiss song that Eric Carr appeared on. Carr was their drummer since 1982, and died of cancer in 1991 at age 42.
Carr also appeared in the video, which was shot while he was being treated for the disease. Bruce Kulick, who was the Kiss guitarist at the time, recalled in the book Tales From The Stage
: "He played his heart out. He had more energy than I did. I couldn’t believe it, but it meant a lot to him. You can see in his face in the video and photos that it’s kind of drawn. You can tell that he wasn’t healthy and fighting a disease, but I must say that he was very brave."
In an interview with VH1, Gene Simmons
said: "It's not just a cover song for a soundtrack, but a testament to Eric Carr, and I think a lot of people don't realize that."
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley share lead vocals on this song, which they hadn't done since "Shout It Out Loud."