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Watch: KISS’ death-defying performance on Fallon

on April 12, 2014, 12:57am

KISS refused to perform at last night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony following a highly-publicized dispute over which of the band’s lineups should be enshrined. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons were adamant that their current bandmates, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, be inducted alongside founding members Ace Frehely and Peter Kriss. HoF officials, on the other hand, wanted only the band’s original lineup.

Fortunately, Jimmy Fallon doesn’t have the same standards. Last night, he welcomed KISS’ current lineup to The Tonight Show for a rare TV performance. The heavy metal legends tore through renditions of “King Of The Night Time World”, “Hotter Than Hell”, “Firehouse”, and “Black Diamond”, accompanied by their usual pyrotechnics and bombastic stage show. Catch the replay below.

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Kiss appeared on Fallon in support of their forthcoming 40th anniversary tour. They’ll hit the road alongside Def Leppard beginning in June. Check out the full tour docket here.

The band’s appearance also wrapped up an all-star week of all-star performances on Fallon. On Monday night, Nas teamed with Q-Tip and The Roots to perform Illmatic classics “One Love” and “The World Is Yours” (watch the replay here), and on Tuesday night, Cat Stevens dazzled with a trio of classic cuts (watch here). Wednesday featured an interview with Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic (watch here), alongside an appearance from Stevie Nicks, who spoofed her “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” video and performed “Edge of Seventeen” (watch here).

“King Of The Night Time World”:

“Hotter Than Hell”/”Firehouse”:

Black Diamond:

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