KISS’ self-titled debut was released on this day (February 18) in 1974, and to say that most of America didn’t know what to make of the group is an understatement, especially when you watch this March 1974 appearance on The Mike Douglas Show.
The band performed “Firehouse” on the syndicated daytime talk show, but before their performance, Gene Simmons took part in a now infamous interview in which comedienne and guest Totie Fields commented, “Wouldn’t it be funny if under this he was just a nice Jewish boy?”
Simmons, born Chaim Witz in Israel, really was just a nice Jewish boy…who would go on to bed well over 4,000 women in his career, which likely means the “Firehouse” would have to put out more than just the fire in his soul.
(Yes…that was us stretching with an STD joke. Never claimed we were high-brow. Just read the author’s bio below!)
KISS made their second TV appearance on 3-29-1974, they where only asked for a performance, but than their manager ask them if one of the members would like to be interviewed, so before Gene knew it he was in the studio being interviewed by a amazed audience and guests...
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel. (True story.)