Watch KISS Turn ‘The Tonight Show’ Into the 1976 ‘Destroyer’ Tour
WRITTEN BY John Surico
“This is a profound moment for all of us,” Paul Stanley told the crowd at the Barclays Center on Thursday night. After almost 40 years playing together, his band, KISS, had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alongside Nirvana, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, and the E Street Band. But, while Dave Grohl, Joan Jett, and others took the stage as performers, KISS did not. The pop-metal legends did, however, smear on their makeup and strap on their instruments for one high-profile gig this week: On Friday, KISS reunited to appear on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.
After a blaring introduction from Fallon himself, KISS conquered the NBC studio as if it was 1976 all over again. Tongues wagging and guitars shredding, the pyrotechnic-loving foursome played Destroyer cut “King of the Night Time World” for the telecast, and played “Black Diamond,” “Deuce,” and a mashup of “Hotter Than Hell” and “Firehouse” as web-only exclusives. Watch “King of the Night Time World” above and find the other clips below.