The song “Detroit Rock City” was released by the American hard rock group Kiss on their 1976 album Destroyer. The song was written by Paul Stanley and produced by Bob Ezrin.
The song is one of the band’s most popular and is considered a classic rock classic. It is also considered one of the more technical songs in the band’s repertoire. Ace Frehley and guitarists Stanley and Frehley perform a duet on this song.
Composition and release
Recorded and released in 1976, the single was the third from Kiss’s album Destroyer and was planned to be their last in support of the album. Even though it would prove to be a fan favorite, the single failed to chart in the US even though it did poorly in sales and radio play. The B-side, “Beth”, a ballad written and sung by drummer Peter Criss, proved very popular in different markets in the US, so the single was reissued with “Beth” as the A-side and “Detroit Rock City” as the B-side.
Detroit is briefly mentioned in the song, but the incident that inspired the lyrics did not take place in Detroit.
“I had the basic riff of the song, the ‘Get up, get down’ part,” Stanley recalls, “but I didn’t know what the song was about except it was about Detroit. And then I remembered on the previous tour, I think it was in Charlotte, somebody had gotten hit by a car and killed outside the arena. I remember thinking how weird it is that people’s lives end so quickly. People can be on their way to something that’s really a party and a celebration of being alive and die in the process of doing it. So that became the basis for the lyric.”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_Rock_City#cite_note-3
On Destroyer, the song transitions into “King of the Night Time World” via sounds of a car crash. It was heavily edited on the 7″ version. The intro was cut and the car crash at the end of the album version was inserted within the song itself, with the song fading out on the first bridge.
Stanley changed the lyric during the Rock And Roll Over tour,
“I know I’m gonna die, why?” to “I know I’m gonna die, and I don’t care!”
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