On February 21, 1974, the first KISS album was released. That’s forty years from this writing! What a crazy trip it’s been.
But, by the summer of 1972, it looked like Wicked Lester wasn’t going to work, even though we had a recording contract with Epic Records. So Paul Stanley and I regrouped and started again. We walked out of our Epic Records contract. We disbanded Wicked Lester! This time, we would put together the band we never saw onstage, the band that we wanted to be. This time, we would make sure we had the right lineup. This time, we would make sure we had the right songs.
We did it the right way.
We self-funded the band. We had no other partners. There were no investors. There was only us. Mostly, there was only Paul and myself. ...