Label: Casablanca - NBLP 7025 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album Gatefold • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock
To date, it is their highest-charting single in the USreaching Beth - Kiss - Destroyer on Billboard's Hot chart. It is one of only two gold selling singles for the band the other being 's " I Was Made for Lovin' You "and their first of two Top Ten singles along with 's " Forever ", 8 in the US. The song was written before Criss had joined the band, while he and Penridge were members of Chelsea. A bootleg exists of the song frombut the song was sung "Beck, what can I do?
In an article for Rolling Stone, Paul Stanley questioned Criss' role in co-writing the song, saying, "Peter had nothing to do with it. The song was a last-minute addition to the Destroyer album. Beth - Kiss - Destroyer to Bill Aucointhe manager of Kiss at that time, Simmons Beth - Kiss - Destroyer Stanley did not want "Beth" on the album because it was not a typical Kiss song.
Aucoin insisted on keeping the song on the record. Criss is backed by a piano and a string orchestra, a stark departure from the band's usual hard rock-oriented sound. Trombley's daughter had a copy of the 45 and was hooked on "Beth", and began nagging her mother about it. After "Beth" became a smash, Kiss presented Trombley's daughter with a gold record.
InKiss received a People's Choice Award for "Beth", one of the few industry awards the band ever won. The song's television debut was on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special on October 29,where Criss lip-synced a shortened version of the song while miming on piano.
Live, "Beth" was performed by Criss alone on stage backed by a tape of the instrumental track. The acoustic version featured on Kiss Unplugged is the only recording with members of Kiss solely backing up Criss. The version of "Beth" featured on the group's Kiss Symphony: Alive IV DVD and subsequent album would be the only time the song was performed live with an ensemble. It has since been again removed from setlists, but the band occasionally performs the song at meet and greet sessions.
On the End of the Road World Tourthe song has been performed by Singer, miming it on the piano. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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