Kiss Celebrating 45th Anniversary of ‘Destroyer’ LP with Reissue Featuring Unreleased Demos and Alternate Versions

by Kati Kuuseoks
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As for most bands this year, the trajectory of KISS didn’t exactly go as planned. KISS rockers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley both faced health issues that led to schedule changes and postponed shows. Unfortunately, the culprit was indeed COVID-19.

The KISS tour titled “The Final Tour Event Ever: End of the Road” was slated to run through early October. Following the end of the “Final Tour Event Ever: End of the Road,” they planned on performing on a popular KISS Kruise in Miami Florida. Following these performances, the band is scheduled to begin a twelve-show Las Vegas run in late December. With all the uncertainties of touring, fans do have one guaranteed project to drool over.

The band is celebrating the 45th anniversary of their 1976 “Destroyer” LP with a reissue featuring a series of unreleased demos and alternate versions to some of their most popular songs.

KISS Throws it Back

It truly is a bummer that Gene Simmons needed to postpone his first ever art show, but it’s in everyone’s best interest on the health and safety front. He set the new date for the end of October. Luckily, nothing should get in the way of this upcoming mega-release of KISS content.

The 4-disc + 1-Blu-ray Super Deluxe version of Destroyer 45th comes out this fall. More specifically, its release date is set for November 19th. The bundle features the remastered album and several of their biggest hits like “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Out Loud,” and “Beth.”

That’s not all though. The bundle also features 15 demos from the era. The demos come directly from Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons’ early work. In fact, nine of the 15 will be enjoyed for the very first time.

So, that accounts for half the bundle, but that means there’s still half to go! It feels like an early Christmas– a KISSmas, if you will. On top of everything previously mentioned, another disc contains single edits, outtakes, and alternate mixes from the band’s early days. Then, fans can also enjoy Kiss’ ’76 live performance from the L’Olympia in Paris. Next, the bundle’s Blu-ray features the first-ever Dolby Atmos mix of the whole LP. Engineer Steven Wilson helped make this possible.

Now, that alone provides fans with hours upon hours of KISS content. However, there’s still a cherry on top to be shared. The bundle’s purchase includes an entire assortment of KISS branded tangible goodies. There’s a KISS Army membership card, reproduced press letter from the LP’s initial release, stickers, posters, and more. MORE. I can’t believe I typed that word after sharing all the other aspects of the release, but it’s true. There’s simply too much to share.

Don’t believe me? Then take it from the band themselves! They released this fun preview of the drop. Check it out:

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