This timeline was initially based extensively on Alex Carranza's original KISS ARMY FAQ chronology, many other sources have been referenced with additional and later facts including Dale Sherman's book, Black Diamond, and many other archival news sites, magazines, interviews, etc.

January 1981

12 - Alive! is included in a consignment of records donated by the RIAA to the Library Of Congress.
?? - "Best Of The Solo Albums" released everywhere but the States, it had earlier been released (1979) in both Australia and W. Germany.

February

14 - In Australia "The Inner Sanctum" TV special filmed during the band's 1980 tour airs on Channel 10. It primarily features footage from Kiss' Nov. 22 Sydney concert.
26 - Bill Aucoin, Bob Ezrin, and Kiss meet to discuss the album project.

March

1 - Ace Frehley and family depart for a vacation in Key Biscayne, FL.
3 - Paul Stanley interview with Dutch Radio TROS.
5 - Gene and Eric interviews at AMI Offices by Popcorn Magazine (Germany).
6 - Ace returns from Key Biscayne vacation.
?? - KISS enters Ace Frehley's Ace In The Hole studios in Connecticut to start work on tracks for new LP. Band records classic "Deadly Weapons", Eric's first song with KISS - this song is reworked in 1985 for inclusion on the "Asylum" album as "Love's A Deadly Weapon".

April

7 - Jenilee Criss born to Peter and Debra...
23-25 - Rehearsals scheduled, SIR Studio D, New York City, NY w/o Bob Ezrin
28-29 - Pre-production session scheduled, SIR Studio B, New York City, NY w/ Bob Ezrin
29 - AMI staff and artists invited to opening of Interferon Club on 30 West 21st Street.
30 - Pre-production session scheduled, SIR Studio B, New York City, NY w/ Bob Ezrin

May

1 - Pre-production session scheduled, SIR Studio B, New York City, NY w/ Bob Ezrin
4-6 - Pre-production session scheduled, SIR Studio A, New York City, NY, Gene & Eric only w/o Bob
7-8 - Pre-production session scheduled, SIR Studio A, New York City, NY, w/o Bob
11-12 - Album recording sessions scheduled, Phase 1 Studios, Toronto, ON, Canada
12 - Gene Simmons interviewed by Illinois Entertainer
13-22 - Album recording sessions scheduled, Phase 1 Studios, Toronto, ON, Canada
25-28 - Rehearsals scheduled, New York City
29 - Gene, Eric, Bill, and George Sewitt fly to Frankfurt, Germany via Lufthansa #401 arriving 8:10AM.
30 - Gene, Eric, Bill, and George Sewitt fly to Vienna, Austria via Lufthansa #250 arriving 10:30AM. They stay at the President Hotel.
31 - Vienna promotional event for Rennbahn-Express at the Town Hall with Gene and Eric receiving an award, from soccer star Hans Kronki, in front of 13,000 music fans. In a brief Q&A they are asked about recording and touring plans, while a film-clip from the Australian tour is played.

June

1 - Gene, Eric, Bill, and George Sewitt fly to Frankfurt via Austrian Air #401, arriving 8:40AM. The fly to New York via Lufthansa #400 arriving 12:45AM the following day.
2-6 - Rehearsals scheduled, New York City
8-12 - Rehearsals scheduled, SIR Studio B, New York City, NY w/ Bob Ezrin
15-23 - Album recording sessions scheduled, Toronto, ON, Canada
23-26 - Bill Aucoin travels to Los Angeles for meeting with Twentieth-Century Fox Licensing regarding U.S. and foreign KISS merchandise and license agreements.
24-26 - Album recording sessions scheduled, Toronto, ON, Canada
27 - Band member interviews with Mexican press along with photo-session with Barry Levine.
28-30 - Album recording sessions scheduled, Toronto, ON, Canada

July

1-3 - Album recording sessions scheduled in Toronto, ON, Canada
19 - Rik Aliberte gets married.

August

28 - The Children's Museum in Indianapolis, IN opens their "Making Faces" exhibit which includes a in-store "Elder" poster of Kiss. The exhibit explores the use of masks in entertainment and runs through November 8, 1982.

September

9 - George Sewitt and Ric Aliberte fly to Mexico for two days of discussions concerning Kiss' promotional visit and possible South American activities.
11 - Sewitt/Aliberte return to the US.
12 - Paul Stanley and Eric Carr interviewed at AMI offices by various publications including Hit Parader, Music Life (Japan), and Pop/Rocky (Switzerland).
16 - Glickman/Marks/Kiss meeting with Twentieth Century-Fox Licensing for merchandising for album and tour.
21 - Band members invited to attend the christening party for Jenilee Criss in Darien, CT.
24 - Kiss fly from JFK to Mexico via Eastern #901, arriving 1PM, guests of Phonogram Mexico with whom they dine that evening.
25 - Press conference at Cero Cero and Gold Record presentation by PolyGram. Followed by radio appearances in make-up/costumes for Radio 590 "La Pantera" amd Radio Exitos.
26 - Autograph session at Phonogram offices and interviews with Mexican press. Afternoon visit to Mexican orphanage followed by evening photo-shoot at pyramids.
27 - TV appearance lip-syncing "Charisma" and "I Was Made For Lovin' You" for Channel 13 with interview with Jimmy Forson.
28 - Return from Mexico via Eastern #900 arriving JFK 11:30PM.
?? - Bob Ezrin pulls out of producing Heart, citing taking an indefinite break (Billboard, 10/3/81).

October

26 - Travel to Los Angeles for Gene, Paul, and Eric.
27 - "A World Without Heroes" single officially released in the US.
27-29 - Press/media publicity interviews.
29 - Return to New York.
30-31 - Videos for "I" & "A World Without Heroes" filmed in New York City directed by Bruce Gowers.

November

1 - Videos for "I" & "A World Without Heroes" filmed in New York City directed by Bruce Gowers.
9 - "The Elder" released in Austria, Belgium, UK, France, Germany, Holland, Norway
12 - Eric Carr interviewed by Adelaide News, Australia.
16 - Gene and Eric interviewed by Pop Foto and Hitkrant Magazines.
16 - "The Elder" released in the USA. The album is also released in Australia following a one-week delay due to faulty master tapes.
17 - The United States Patent and Trademark Office registers Gene Simmons' signature (No. 1178556).
20 - Gene Simmons interviewed by Toronto Star (first Canadian "Elder" interview).
21 - Bob Ezrin profiled in Billboard Magazine. He comments: "They're scratching their heads over this record at PolyGram... They're not sure why we didn't just do another 'Dynasty...' And I can't say I blame them. I don't know if I'd be able to sit back and be objective about one of my biggest acts when there's a divergence from a tried and true formula. But the formula is no longer true. It's tried - and it's trying - but it's not working anymore. If we'd just made a typical KISS album with a typical KISS cover, it wouldn't even have sustained a slumping level of interest" (Paul Grein).
22 - "A World Without Heroes" released as a single. It fairs badly in the charts and eventually only makes it to #56 in the US and #55 in the UK, while an exceptional promotional video is also done for the song.
23 - Gene and Paul press interviews with Rock USA, Billboard, and Rolling Stone Magazine Radio Report. The Billboard article runs 12/12.
24 - Gene and Eric Australian press interviews (Juke Magazine, 3XY, 5AD, 2SM, 6PM, 6IX, and Sydney Sun).
30 - "The Elder" reaches its high point of #10 during 17 weeks on the German charts.

December

1 - Gene and Paul interview with Swiss, Germany Swedish press outlets and Circus magazine.
2 - Gene Simmons interviews with Popcorn Magazine (Germany), Edmonton Journal, and News Script Service.
5 - "The Elder" debuts on the US Billboard 200 album charts at #175. "A World Without Heroes" misses the Hot-100 at #103.
6 - A second video clip for "I" is constructed using assorted live video clips of Kiss in concert dating back to 1974's "In Concert," but also including shots from other promo videos and the band's appearance on "Solid Gold."
7 - "Solid Gold" TV taping in Los Angeles, CA. The band lip-sync "I."
7 - "The Elder" charts at #13 on the Australian album charts.
8 - KISS interviews/press in Los Angeles.
9 - KISS interviews/press in Los Angeles.
12 - "The Elder" charts at #108 on the US Billboard 200 album charts. The single, "A World Without Heroes," debuts on the US Billboard Hot-100 singles charts at #92 and #86 on Cashbox.
14 - "The Elder" debuts at #10 on the West German (Musikmarkt) album charts.
14 - "The Elder" charts at #11 on the Australian album charts.
17 - Pre-recorded interview segment and "A World Without Heroes" clip broadcast on Entertainment Tonight.
19 - "The Elder" charts at #95 on the US Billboard 200 album charts. The single, "A World Without Heroes," moves up the US Billboard Hot-100 singles charts to #88 and #79 on Cashbox.
21 - "The Elder" charts at #11 on the Australian album charts.
26 - "The Elder" charts at #86 on the US Billboard 200 album charts. The single, "A World Without Heroes," moves up the US Billboard Hot-100 singles charts to #78 and #71 on Cashbox. The "A World Without Heroes" video is broadcast on America's Top-10 along with a pre-recorded interview.

January 1982

2 - The Elder charts at #86 on the US Billboard 200 album charts.
5 - Gene and Paul film their "Flo & Eddie" Television appearance in New York City. During the day they also attend a party at the United Cerebral Palsy Center, on E. 23rd Street in New York City, to film a bit for their telephon and give out gifts to the youngsters.
9 - "The Elder" charts at #78 on the US Billboard 200 album charts. The single, "A World Without Heroes," moves up the US Billboard Hot-100 singles charts to #74.
9-12 - Rehearsals scheduled, SIR Studio C, New York City, NY for "Fridays."
14 - Rehearsal scheduled, Studio 55, Los Angeles, CA for "Fridays." An interview with WABC-TV's Storm Hunter is also aired on that channel's "Eyewitness News."
15 - Run-throughs (2), dress-rehearsal, and filming of "Fridays" ABC TV appearance broadcast live at 9-10:30PM. KISS play three songs from the Elder: "The Oath", "A World Without Heroes", and "I", live on Friday's TV show. This is Ace's final live appearance playing material with the band. One Blackie Lawless is in the audience...
16 - "The Elder" charts at #76 on the US Billboard 200 album charts. The single, "A World Without Heroes," moves up the US Billboard Hot-100 singles charts to #66 and #65 on Cashbox.
16 - The United Cerebral Palsy telethon airs a bit filmed with Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley.
20 - "Bosom Buddies" actress Donna Dixon surprises Paul with a birthday party at Los Angeles's L'Ermitage restaurant.
23 - "The Elder" charts at #75 on the US Billboard 200 album charts, its highest point. The single, "A World Without Heroes," moves up the US Billboard Hot-100 singles charts to its high position of #56. The single also charts at #59 on Cashbox.
23 - "The Oath" is released as a single in Japan backed with the non-album track "Escape From The Island."
28 - KISS lip-sync "I," as a trio without Ace Frehley, at Studio 54 for satellite broadcast to the Italian San Remo festival where the band are awarded the "Best International Band" award.
29 - This week sees the broadcast of KISS' television performance on "Solid Gold."
30 - "The Elder" charts at #89 on the US Billboard 200 album charts. "A World Without Heroes" drops off the US singles charts after 7 weeks. The single hits its high of #57 on Cashbox.
30 - Kiss' "Solid Gold" appearance broadcast. The show is hosted by Andy Gibb.

February

5 - "A World Without Heroes" released in the UK in two versions: 7,500 copies of a picture sleeve and 10,000 copies of a 7" picture disc.
6 - "The Elder" charts at #112 on the US Billboard 200 album charts. The single charts at #62 on Cashbox.
13 - "The Elder" charts at #149 on the US Billboard 200 album charts. The single charts at #69 on Cashbox.
20 - "The Elder" drops off the US Billboard 200 album charts after 11 weeks. The single charts at #92 on Cashbox.
27 - The "A World Without Heroes" single drops off the Cashbox chart after 9 weeks.
?? - Peter starts recording his second non-KISS solo album, Let Me Rock You, recorded at Conway Recording Studios, LA. It's produced by Vini Poncia.

March

2 - KISS offered a song to perform in "The Pirates" (Chris Atkins/Kristy McNichol) movie soundtrack.
27 - WCBS-TV New York airs the debut "Flo & Eddie" television show episode which features KISS (Gene & Paul) at 1AM. A clip from the "A World Without Heroes" music video is also aired.
27-28 - "A World Without Heroes" video shown during the national Easter Seals Telethon.
?? - KISS enter Record Plant Studios in LA to record songs for a planned European compilation, without Ace. Bob Kulick fills in on guitar, but unlike his work in 1977 where he was asked to conform to the Ace Frehley style, this time he is allowed to let rip on his own...

May

8 - Neil Bogart dies from cancer.
19 - Italian compilation album "Tutto San Remo '82" (EMI 3C1647808081) charts at #3 in Italy selling more than 200,000 copies. The album, commemorating that year's festival, includes Kiss on the cover and the track "I" (Side 4 Track 1).
20 - Killers is released Worldwide except in the US, as is Peter's Let Me Rock You which pretty much fails.

July

?? - KISS continue recording new material without Ace Frehley, who has been involved in a car accident. Several session musicians fill in for Ace, including one Vinnie Cusano, as the band essentially audition replacements.

September

?? - Recording of "Creatures Of The Night" is finished.

October

13 - Creatures is released and reaches #45 (UK #22) in the album charts. The single from the album, "I Love It Loud", only manages #102 in the singles charts, but other songs do well overseas. Unfortunately, this album really suffers from the Elder affair with many unwilling to risk buying the album...
19 - The United States Patent and Trademark Office registers the "KISSVision" logo (No. 1213030). Originally filed for in 1980, the logo was planned to be used on video-cassette releases, then a very new concept...


November

2 - The United States Patent and Trademark Office registers the "KISS" logo (No. 1214898).
23 - KISS make an "Instore" appearance at Virgin Records in London, England...
?? - Ace's final publicity appearances with the band in Europe in support of Creatures including appearances where the band lip-synch material. However, Ace decides to quit on the flight back to America...
?? - Ace leaves the band, though at the time it is only a temporary move as far as the rest of the band is concerned.

December

?? - Vinnie Cusano joins KISS, initially with plans for Ace to join them later on tour. However, it soon becomes apparent that Ace is not coming back.
14 - The United States Patent and Trademark Office registers Eric Carr's makeup design (No. 1220342).
27 - On the date that the "Creatures Tour" was supposed to start, bad weather forces the cancellation of that night's Rapid City, South Dakota show. The tour started the following night in Bismark, North Dakota...
31 - The Creatures Tour hits Rockford, ND. That night "Rock And Roll Hell" is played for the last time, surviving in the set one show longer than "Keep Me Comin'"...

January 1983

?? - KISS come in fifth place with Creatures Of The Night in Kerrang's top ten albums on 1982...

April

?? - While the Creatures Tour dies in the US, the single reaches its high position of #34 in the UK charts.

June

14 - KISS arrive in Brazil for their two weeks visit where they'll play their final 5 shows in makeup.
18 - KISS play the first of their shows in South America at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
22 - KISS' show at Bela Horizonte Stadium had to be cancelled when the electricity to the stadium failed before the band had even arrived.
23 - KISS' rescheduled show at Bela Horizonte Stadium goes ahead, though only around 25,000 of the expected 80,000 fans show up.
25 - At Morumbi Stadium, Sao Paolo, Brazil, KISS perform their last concet of the Creatures Tour, and their final concert in makeup. It is the end of an era, witnessed by around 70,000 fans. During the 3 South American shows, the band play for some 225,000 fans, including some of their biggest audiences ever...
26 - KISS return to the United States following their Brazil tour.

July

?? - KISS again choose the Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles to record their new album, Lick It Up.

August

?? - KISS is forced to cancel a tour of Argentina after they are threatened by a terrorist group. The tour hadn't been finalized at the point where the press got wind of the alleged threats...

September

?? - Single "Lick It Up" reaches #66 in the charts while reaching #31 in the UK.
18 - KISS appear unmasked on MTV and "Lick It Up" is released. The album reaches #24 on the US album charts and goes top-ten in the UK hitting #7.

October

7 - Band leaves New York for Europe on TWA 900 at 7:15pm...
8 - Band arrives in Lisbon, Portugal at 6am...
9-10 - Rehearsals in Lisbon for the tour...
11 - European Tour kicks off in Lisbon, Portugal. Gene spits blood without make-up for the first and last time. "God Of Thunder" is immediately dropped from the set.

November

25 - Tour concludes at Uleaborg in Finland. Vincent is then fired...
26 - Band returns to New York...

December

?? - Vincent is rehired to complete US tour.
26 - Lick It Up American Tour kicks off in Atlanta.

January 1984

?? - KISS come in third place with Lick It Up in Kerrang's top ten albums of 1983.
27 - KISS are awarded their Gold disc for "Lick It Up" at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA.

February

?? - Single "All Hell's Breaking Loose" fails to chart.

March

17 - Lick It Up Tour concludes in Evansville, IN. Vinnie Vincent fired again...

April

?? - Mark Norton becomes the latest in a line of guitarists. He changes his name to the more interesting Mark St. John...

May

?? - KISS enter Right Track Recording Studios to record Animalize. On some tracks Bass is provided by Plasmatics bassist Jean Beauvoir, because Gene is busy with his budding Hollywood career. Paul also calls in Bruce Kulick to do some work on the album, using his solo on "Lonely Is The Hunter".

August

12 - The Alliance, Peter Criss and Stan Penridge's band, performs at a private function in Newton, NJ, playing a set of classic R&B hits and 1950/60's Rock 'N Roll standards... Included is Tossin' And Turnin' from Peter's 1978 solo album!

September

19 - Animalize is released and reches #19 on the album US charts and #11 on the UK album charts.
30 - Animalize Tour begins in Brighton with Bruce Kulick filling in for ill Mark St. John.

October

?? - Single "Heaven's On Fire" only reaches a disappointing #49 in the US charts. It fairs slightly better hitting #43 in the UK.

November

5 - European Tour ends in Paris.
15 - US Tour begins in Bethlehem, PA, again with Bruce Kulick.
27 - Mark St John makes his live debut with the band at a concert in Baltimore, MD, playing a few songs in the middle of the show while Bruce covers the rest.
28 - Mark plays the show Poughkeepsie, NY. He only plays part of the show, three songs, with Bruce replacing him for the rest of the show.
29 - Mark St John plays his final, but only full concert, with KISS at Broome County Arena in Binghamton, NY.
30 - Ace makes a return to live duties playing S.I.R. Studios in New York with new material from his band, Frehley's Comet.

December

?? - Mark leaves KISS (sent home by the band) and is replaced by Bruce who early in the month is offered the position as guitarist in the band. It was apparent from quite early on that Mark's style and background did not fit in with the band and that hiring him may have been a mistake, plus the band had become comfortable with Bruce with the time that they had had him with them on tour...
8 - The show at Detriot, MI, is filmed by MTV concerts. This is later released in video form as Animalize Live Uncensored...
16 - Parts of the show in Lexington, KY, are filmed for inclusion on the concept video for "Thrills In The Night"...

January 1985

3 - At a show in Greenville, SC, during the changeover between Krokus' and KISS' sets a roadie dies after falling from the rigging where he had climbed to put out a fire. KISS would still play that night after a delay caused by the necessary evacuation of the facility.
?? - A second single off Animalize is released. "Thrills In The Night" fails to chart.
?? - Mark St. John starts working with David Donato and Barry Brandt (Angel) on demos...

March

?? - Following a brief tour Ace returns to the studio to record a demo. He continues touring small venues.
18 - Mark St. John jams at the "FM Station" club with Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge...
29 - The Animalize Tour ends at Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, NJ.

April

19 - Animalize Live Uncensored released on video. It attains Platinum status, the first in a long line of successful KISS videos.

May

11 - Ace and Jeanette Frehley are allegedly arrested for trying to buy drugs (tranquilizers) with a forged perscription in Greenburgh, NY (KISS Explorer #13).
12 - Ace and Jeanette allegedly released on bail (KISS Explorer #13)...

June

13 - Peter Criss allegedly arrested and charged with 3rd degree assault for apparently hitting wife Debra, removing her from the car they were in, and driving off without her...
?? - Kiss start recording the "Asylum" album at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.

July

4 - Bruce busy at Electric Lady recording solos for the album.
14 - As a part of the PolyGram reissuing of the KISS catalog, "Creatures Of The Night" is rereleased with new artwork featuring Bruce Kulick. Two songs are remixed with the drum sound being fiddled.

September

16 - Asylum is released and eventually reaches #20 in the US charts and #12 on the UK charts.

November

?? - Single "Tears Are Falling" reaches #51 in the charts. The single fairs slightly worse in the UK reaching only #57.
25-28 - Asylum Tour rehearsals in Little Rock, AK...
29 - Asylum Tour begins in Little Rock, AK.

December

?? - "Uh All Night" released as a video which quickly attains plenty of play on MTV...

Spring 1986

?? - Second single off Asylum, "Uh! All Night", released in 12" promo only format but it fails to chart.

April

11 - Asylum Tour ends at Meadowlands Arena.

May

?? - As a part of the Hear 'N Aid Famine Relief project KISS contribute a live version of "Heaven's On Fire" which had been featured on the UK (and some Euro) "Tears Are Falling" Single and Japanese "Who Wants To Be Lonely" 12".

June

?? - Gene stars in the film "Never Too Young To Die" across from former Bond-man George Lazenby...

Summer

?? - KISS film Exposed, their first full length compilation of video material.

August

13 - Peter Criss makes his live debut with Balls Of Fire at their live debut at a club in Hollywood, CA. While they perform all original material, Gene Simmon's "Feel Like Heaven", recorded by Peter on his second non-KISS solo album, is incorporated into the set.

October

?? - Gene films his parts in the Trick Or Treat film...

January 1987

?? - Vinnie Vincent comes in eighth place with Invasion in Kerrang's top albums of 1986.

February

?? - Paul performs Strutter on stage with Poison in Texas. Rumors soon start circulating that he is to produce their second album which he is unfortunately unable to do to due to scheduling problems.

March

?? - Recording of Crazy Nights, with the then working title "Who Dares Wins", begins at One-To-One Studios in LA with Ron Nevison at the controls.

June

20 - Paul again joins Poison on stage to perform "Strutter", this time at the Texxas Jam.

May

18 - Exposed video released. It is very successful and attains Platinum status while a compilation clip video for "Rock And Roll All Nite" is released to support it.

August

?? - KISS are invited to play at the UK Monster's Of Rock concert at Donnington Park. Since it would entail opening for Bon Jovi, who had opened for KISS several years earlier in Europe, the band decline.
8 - KISS perform free show and the Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, to film segements for their Carazy Crazy Nights video.
18 - Crazy Crazy Nights video released. The single only reaches #65 in the charts in the US but becomes a smash summer hit in the UK reaching #4.
23 - Peter Criss jams on "Deuce" with Frehley's Comet at the Wiltern in Los Angeles...

September

18 - "Crazy Nights" released. This album proves popular and reaches #18 in the charts. In the UK success continues with the album also reaching #4, the best album position since Lick It Up reached #7 in 1983...

October

28 - Jamie Oldaker makes his live debut with Frehley's Comet in Saginaw, MI...

November

?? - "Reason To Live", the second single off Crazy Nights is released.
10 - Frehley's Comet cancels their tour opening for Alice Cooper after Alice refuses to share more of the profits with the band. This means that the band only play 11 dates of the tour...
15 - The Crazy Nights Tour kicks off in Jackson, Mississippi.

December

1 - At a concert in St. Paul, MN, Paul is hit by a bottle thrown from crowd...
31 - At Frehley's Comet New Year's show at L'Amours in New York, DJ Eddie Trunk joins the band on "Rip It Out". Vito Bratta of White Lion also jams with the band onstage. This is the culmination of a small tour of 5 cities in the last week of the year...

January 1988

?? - The second single from Crazy Crazy Nights, "Reason To Live" scrapes to US #68 while faring somewhat better in the UK reaching #33...
14 - D-day financial meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Beechwood in Cleveland, OH, where KISS' poor financial sitution is discussed. This would end up being Glickman/Marks Management final meeting with Gene and Paul.
27 - Show at Worcester, MA, filmed for the "Turn On The Night" video.

February

?? - Single "Turn On The Night" released. It doesn't chart in the States, but makes #41 in the UK in September.

March

?? - Crazy Nights video released, it eventually attains Gold certification and contains the three video cuts from the album.
3 - Glickman/Marks Management fired by KISS.

April

2 - US Tour ends in San Diego, CA.
9 - "Turn On The Night" video debuts on MTV's Headbanger's Ball in the US.
16 - KISS return to Japan for the first time in 10 years.

May

26 - The official listening party for "Second Sighting" is held at the Cat Club in New York City.

June

?? - KISS record two new tracks at Right Track Studios, NY, for inclusion on a then forthcoming compilation.
?? - Chikara, a Japanese only compilation, released including several remix versions of KISS songs.
18 - Frehley's Comet "Insane" video debuts on MTV Headbanger's Ball...
25 - Frehley's Comet hosts Headbanger's Ball...
26 - Paul and Gene jam with Ace Frehley and band at the Limelight in New York performing "Deuce". Since both bands had been rehearsing at SIR at the end of June, the stage jam is hardly a coincidence...
30 - Frehley's Comet heads out on tour, in support of "Second Sighting", opening for Iron Maiden. The tour doesn't go smoothly and again the band complain about not getting paid and quit the tour before its official end being replaced by the Killer Dwarfs...

August

12 - KISS play two nights at the Ritz club in New York. The concert is a warm-up for the European Tour and is filmed by MTV.
16 - KISS become the first band to play at London's Marquee Club, which has recently moved to new premisies.
20 - KISS play at the Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donnington, England. They had been offered the chance to play in 1982, but had been too busy with work on Creatures. During the band's visit to the UK Paul finishes work on the new songs at British studios...

26 - The Vinnie Vincent Invasion play their final show at the Celebrity Theatre in Anaheim, CA, and break up immediately afterwards. Mark and Dana immediately start putting their own band together while Bobby Rock looks to other avenues to explore...

October

3 - European Tour concludes at King's Hall, Belfast, Ireland.
11 - Single "Let's Put The X In Sex" released, but it stalls at #97 on the charts.

November

15 - Smashes, Thrashes and Hits released. It attains Gold and Platinum certification quickly and becomes the best selling KISS album of the non-makeup era.

January 1989

?? - In Kerrang's 100 Best Metal albums of all time KISS ranks at #21 with Alive!, #36 with Destroyer, and Vinnie Vincent Invasion gets #100.
22 - Shannon Tweed gives birth to Nicholas Adam Simmons, Gene's first "official" child...

February

13 - Frehley's Comet release their first video, "Live + 4" which includes live material recorded at the Marquee in London in 1988, plus the four concept videos made up to that point...
15 - Paul hits the road on a solo tour playing classic material from his solo album and some new material. Members of his touring party include Bob Kulick and Eric Singer.

April

18 - Vinnie Vincent's Chapter 11 bankruptcy hearings begin in Los Angeles, CA...

May

4 - Paul's solo tour ends in Hollywood, CA.

June

23 - Sebastian Bach, Snake Sabo, and Rachel Bolan from Skid Row join Ace in the studio to sing backing vocals on three tracks for the new album.

Summer

?? - Ace Frehley works on recording his new album with new drummer Sandy Slavin and returning guitarist Ritchie Scarlet. Ex-KISS pal Peter Criss flys in to record some vocals for the album...

July

?? - Band starts recording Hot In The Shade at the Fortress Studios in LA.

August

?? - Buoyed by the recent success of Crazy Nights, KISS re-sign with PolyGram Records with a ten year 7 record contract which includes a live album, a compilation, solo albums from Gene and Paul, and three studio albums.

September

?? - Hide Your Heart video shot in LA.
24 - Bruce marries Christina...

October

17 - Hot In The Shade released. The "Hide Your Heart" single stalls at #66, while the album reaches #29 in the charts.

November

21 - KISS start filming of the "Rise To It" video, with Paul and Gene donning makeup. Though this video is not used for a while as "Forever" is used instead. This does not help the single as it only reaches #81.

December

16 - KISS start filming the "Forever" video...

February 1990

?? - "Forever", a track co-written by Stanley and Michael Bolton, hits the top-ten at #8.
?? - Promotional album "First KISS, Last Licks" released featuring two of the original 1973 demos and the 1989 remix versions of two Killers studio tracks. This issue is restricted to 800 copies...
12 - Vinnie Vincent files an attempt to trademark his signature. The effort would be abandoned January 15, 1991...

April

14 - In preparation for the forthcoming tour KISS play a benefit show at the Stone Pony in Ashbury, NJ.
24 - At a concert for contest winners at Reseda Country Club in California Eric performs "Little Ceaser" for the first and last time.

May

4 - The Hot In The Shade Tour kicks off in Lubbock, Texas featuring Leon the Sphinx.
23 - After many years of waiting, PolyGram finally reissues "Music From" The Elder on CD and audio cassette, an album which had often been very difficult for fans to find in the preceeding years.

June

?? - Paul injures himself on stage by running into a piece of metal. As a result several shows are cancelled.
?? - Howard Marks, former KISS Manager, dies aged 61.

July

?? - After 40 or so shows in the "Hot In The Shade" Tour without one, Eric Carr's drum solo is reincorportated into the setlist...
4 - Paul involved in a major road accident. While he escapes without serious injury the following night's show in New Haven, CT is postponed - made up on 10/27...
14 - Night's show in Charleston, WV, postponed - made up on 11/1...
17 - Night's show in Lexington, KY, postponed - was to be made up on 10/31...

October

28 - Night's show in Baltimore, MD is cancelled...
31 - KISS again cancels their show in Lexington, KY, though Slaughter and Winger both play extended sets and close with a cover of "Lick It Up" together...

November

9 - The "Hot In The Shade" tour concludes at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. This is Eric Carr's final concert with the band and KISS' most successful tour in years.

February 1991

?? - Band start work on new material in Los Angeles.
9 - Gene and Bruce jam with Bob Kulick and George Lynch at the KNAC Celebrity Jam Session in Los Angeles.

April

9 - Eric Carr undergoes heart surgery to remove a tumor.

June

?? - God Gave Rock And Roll To You II, a reworking of an Argent song, is recorded for the Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey Film sountrack. Eric, to ill to drum, sings background vocals while Eric Singer is drafted in to beat the skins.
9 - Eric Carr admitted to hospital for 4 days of chemotherapy...

July

27/8 - video for "God Gave Rock And Roll To You" filmed in Los Angeles...

August

?? - "God Gave Rock And Roll To You II" becomes a smash summer hit in the UK reaching #4 in the charts.
?? - The announcement is made that Eric Carr is fighting cancer.
22 - "God Gave Rock And Roll To You II" released in the US...

September

?? - Eric's final appearance with the band at the MTV music awards...
?? - Eric suffers several medical setbacks.
?? - KISS go into the studio in Los Angeles and quickly finish the basic tracks for "Domino", "I Just Wanna", "Paralyzed", "Unholy", and "Do You Wanna Touch Me Now"...

November

24 - Paul Caravello, aka Eric Carr, passes away. At the time his death is somwhat over-shadowed by the passing, on the same day, of Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury...
30 - Eric Carr laid to rest...

December

?? - KISS enter the studios to complete the recording of "Revenge." The announcement is quickly made that Eric Singer will join the band officially.

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