I know there are a lot of people out there that pine for the original lineup of the band, and only the original lineup, but there is plenty to like about the music former members of the band have released. Here are some examples of great music that has come out over the years by some former members of the band.
Eric Carr is the much loved, late drummer of the band, who wrote possibly the best demo that never made it on to a Kiss album, in this case, Hot In The Shade. “Eyes Of Love” should have been recorded by Kiss, I know “Little Caesar” made it only the album, but I’ve always felt this song was superior.
Bruce Kulick’s solo albums have been for the most part great, it is a shame that he hasn’t released more music over the years. His first album Audiodog has a bunch of really cool tracks that make you wonder why they weren’t used on any Kiss or Union albums.
I’m not going to lie, I’m not a huge fan of the majority of Peter Criss’ work outside of the band, but when he’s released something that’s good, it’s usually great. Case in point Criss Cat #1, the album is his most rock album outside of the band, and when surrounded by the right group of guys, he’s able to really shine.
This could be considered an honorable mention, but the W.O.W. album by Wendy O Williams was produced by Gene Simmons, and features Paul Stanley, Eric Carr, Ace Frehley, and Vinnie Vincent. The solo in this song shows just how good Vinnie can be when pointed in the right direction and not left to his devices.
Speaking of Vinnie, there are a lot of really good things he’s done as a musician, especially in Kiss, when guided by the band, and at times during his solo work, his songs are at times so good you can excuse things like Speedball Jam, and help you forget why someone would release a single track CD that’s 45 minutes long.
Eric Singer is obviously still in Kiss, but for a time there he had his Eric Singer Project, consisting of Bruce Kulick, John Corabi and Karl Cochran. For those that don’t know, Karl played with Ace, and co-wrote “Into The Void” which appears on Psycho Circus, while John Corabi was obviously part of Union with Bruce.
When people pointed to Vinnie being the Howard Hughes of Kiss, that title should have actually gone to Mark St. John. Let’s be honest here, outside of White Tiger, he was never really in the public eye again after Kiss. The lead vocalist of the band was David Donato, who only lasted one week in Black Sabbath, and never actually sang on anything by the band, he only appeared in a band photo before the axe was pulled. Dare I say he was the Mark St. John of Sabbath! In any event, I would be remiss to not include Mark’s work in this post.
And finally, Ace, Trouble Walkin is my favorite album by Ace outside of Kiss. There is just a special grittiness to the album, a rawness that I think we’ve never experienced on any of the other solo albums. That isn’t to say the others aren’t good, but there is just something about the songs on this album that put it over the top for me.