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.
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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."
Released as a single in 1991, this song appeared in the film Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (starring Keanu Reeves) that year and was included on the soundtrack. In 1992, it was included on the Kiss album Revenge. Footage from the movie was used in the video.
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."
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Don from Sevierville, TnThe Christian rock group, Petra, also covered this song, but with different words. They recorded it twice, first in 1977, then again in 1984.
Gregg from Raceland, KyAccording to magazine interviews, Paul says that KISS met the band Argent in 1974 when they began opening for them. Talented keyboardist/composer and Argent mastermind Rod Argent was a former member of The Zombies.
Gene from New York City , Nywrong, gene and Paul shared lead vocals on "I" off Music from the elder in 1980 as well.
Gene from New York City , NyThat's wrong! Gene and Paul shared lead vocals on "I" off Music from The Elder in 1980.
Axeman from Melbourne, AustraliaIt just SHOWS to all, WHAT KISS, as musicians are REALLY capable of when they put their minds to it!
Kudos to Bob Ezrin for his interpretation on this Argent classic.
KISS did it and made it THEIR own! They still do it live & it goes OFF!
To Phil form Niagara, WTF IS KISS's 'style'? They have consistently proven them selves over the decades, to be, at times, as ECLECTIC as other bands sometimes are!
Luke from Manchester, EnglandKISS > Argent.
Argent are too happy clappy religious, lyrically. this is a testament to a great musician and former member of KISS...
Ethan from Helsinki, -Argent > KISS.
Jeff from Austin, TxI never liked this song much at all, but we would always freak out when the video was on because it showed old school Kiss footage. This was before the reunion and old Kiss footage wasn't easily accessable.
Connor from Buckie, Mathis is an ace song from a great band which i agree with tj that u should rock n roll all night and pary all day
Dave from Washington, DcThis song was also redone by Petra in 1977 as the first track on their 2nd recording. Great dual guitar track on the intro.
Sigmoid from Vancouver, CanadaThis song was featured at the end of the film "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" from 1991. Bill and Ted's band play it to win the battle of the bands.
Luke from Manchester, EnglandThis intro sounds like the intro to Red Dwarf
Luke from Newcastle Upon Tyne, Englandgreatest song ever
Linus from Hamilton, On, CanadaArgent version is better
Tj from Woodbridge, Vai think this song is about how people should "ROCK AND ROLL" and how classic rock will NEVER die. unlike disco(which nobody likes). KISS is awsome. I love almost all of there songs.
Adam from Manchester, Englandthis is a total kick-ass song by a kick-ass group!!
Phil from Niagara Falls, Canadahmm, this song dissapointed me because i didnt find it to be KISS' style...:(