Is country music superstar Garth Brooks sharing a stage with rock & roll legends Kiss? You’re not dreaming. In the summer of 1994 the metal group invited Brooks to join them onstage during a segment of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, to which Brooks presumably replied with “Hell ya.”
The appearance on the late night talk show coincided with Kiss’ promotional tour for their tribute album Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved with featured artists possessing a far different sound than theirs such as the Lemonheads, Lenny Kravitz, and the country star himself. An unlikely friendship grew from Brooks’ cover of acoustic ballad “Hard Luck Woman” which they felt was one of the best tracks submitted for the album.
Kiss, sans their signature makeup, joined Brooks on stage on The Tonight Show for a live performance of their critically acclaimed song. Brooks in all his southern twang glory took the lead on vocals, Gene Simmons rocked the bass, Paul Stanley strummed the 12-string, Bruce Kulick took lead on guitar, and Eric Singer rocked out on the drums.
The original studio version of “Hard Luck Women” was released in 1976 as the lead single of their album Rock and Roll Over. Brooks was a seasoned performer at the time of the performance having already collected four CMAs for “Entertainer of the Year”, he was no stranger to the over-the-top glitz that comes with Kiss performances. The self-proclaimed Kiss fan’s nineties concert series were matched in the outrageous largeness (ya know minus the fake blood and makeup) you saw at Kiss concerts making for a seamless performance.
Watch the five’s rocking performance in the video below and prepare to have your face melt off.
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