Rock and Roll All Nite

Rock and Roll All Nite

Infobox Single
Name = Rock and Roll All Nite

Artist = Kiss
from Album = Dressed to Kill
Released = April 1975 (US)
Format = 7"
Recorded = Electric Lady Studios,
New York City: February 1975
Genre = hard rock
Length = 2 min 48 sec
Label = Casablanca NB-829 (US)
Writer = Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons
Producer = Neil Bogart & Kiss
Chart position =
  • #57 (United States) – Studio version
  • #17 (United States) – Live version
  • #18 (Austria) – Live version
  • #13 (Canada) – Live version

Reviews =
Last single = "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll" / "Hotter Than Hell"
This single = "Rock and Roll All Nite" / "Getaway"
Next single = "C'mon and Love Me" / "Getaway"
(1975) |

"Rock and Roll All Nite" is a song by Kiss, often seen as a classic rock anthem, originally released on their 1975 album "Dressed to Kill". It was released as the A-side of their fifth single, with the album track "Getaway." The studio version of the song peaked at #57 on the Billboard singles chart, besting the band's previous charting single, "Kissin' Time" (#79). A subsequent live version released as a single in October 1975, eventually reached #12, the first of six Top 20 songs for Kiss in the 1970s. [ "The Complete KISS Singles Chart Action, 1974-"] . The KISSFAQ. Retrieved July 13, 2006.] Since then, it has become Kiss's most identifiable song, and has served as one of the group's closing concert numbers in almost every concert since 1976.Gooch, Curt and Jeff Suhs. "KISS Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History". Billboard Books, 2002. ISBN 0-8230-8322-5] Prato, Greg. [ "Rock and Roll All Nite"] . All Music Guide. Retrieved July 17, 2006.]

"Rock and Roll All Nite" was written by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons while Kiss was still in Los Angeles, as part of their "Hotter Than Hell" tour although during the groups concert at Cobo Hall in Detroit on January 26, 1976, Stanley states to the audience before the group begin the song that the song was written in and for Detroit. The tour ended early (February 1975), when Casablanca Records founder and president Neil Bogart ordered Kiss to return to the studio to record a follow up to "Hotter Than Hell", which had stalled on the charts and failed to meet Casablanca's sales expectations. One of Bogart's instructions to the band was to compose an anthem, something he felt the band needed.Gooch, Curt and Jeff Suhs. "KISS Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History". Billboard Books, 2002. ISBN 0-8230-8322-5] Gill, Julian. "The KISS Album Focus, Volume 1 (3rd Edition)". Xlibris Corporation, 2005. ISBN 1-4134-8547-2] The song itself was inspired by the Slade song Cum on Feel the Noize, and is often referred to as the Rock And Roll National Anthem (for instance, Stanley states during Kiss' performance at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards that "there's only one nation, that's Kiss Nation, there's only one Rock & Roll national anthem: Rock and Roll All Nite, party everyday!")

Stanley wrote the chorus, and Simmons wrote the verses, borrowing parts of a song he had previously written, entitled "Drive Me Wild." The song was one of two the group recorded toward the end of the "Hotter Than Hell" tour, prior to returning to Electric Lady Studios for the proper "Dressed to Kill" recording sessions.Gill, Julian. "The KISS Album Focus, Volume 1 (3rd Edition)". Xlibris Corporation, 2005. ISBN 1-4134-8547-2] For the choruses, the band and Bogart brought in a large group of outside contributors to sing and clap, including members of the Kiss road crew, studio musicians, and Peter Criss's wife Lydia. Some of the road crew used their jacket zippers to create sound.Leaf, David and Ken Sharp. "KISS: Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography", Warner Books, 2003. ISBN 0-446-53073-5] Gooch, Curt and Jeff Suhs. "KISS Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History". Billboard Books, 2002. ISBN 0-8230-8322-5]

While "Rock and Roll All Nite" would eventually become a fixture in Kiss's live performances, it was not inserted into the band's setlist immediately. Nor did it immediately replace "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll" as the closing number.Gill, Julian. "The KISS Album Focus, Volume 1 (3rd Edition)". Xlibris Corporation, 2005. ISBN 1-4134-8547-2]

Kiss performed this song during the closing ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

The original version of the song, as it appears on "Dressed To Kill", does not have a guitar solo, while many later versions do have one. The "Kiss Unplugged" version features Ace Frehley and Bruce Kulick sharing the solo. The original version also ends while fading away; all live versions end with the last notes of another "Dressed to Kill" song, "The Getaway". The chorus of the "Alive!" version of the song is played at the beginning of "Detroit Rock City," from 1976's "Destroyer".

The song has been covered, among others, by Toad The Wet Sprocket for the "" tribute album, and by Poison for the "Less Than Zero" soundtrack.

A cover version of this song, based on the live version heard in "Alive!", appears as a playable track in the game "".

A cover version also appears in the game Karaoke Revolution Volume 2. In Family Guy episode Road to Europe, Kiss sings this song in a concert and wants Lois to finish the chorus line, but she doesn't know the lyrics and she ruins the concert. In another episode of Family Guy titled Saving Private Brian, the James Woods High band Splash Log goes over the lyrics of this song, changing the words in the main chorus.

In According to Jim, the song's lyrics are debated, as confusion and much hilarity arises when different characters think the line says "Rock and Roll all night and party every day" or "Rock and Roll all night and part of every day".

In That 70s show Kelso wants to buy a KISS alarm clock that plays the song.

In the Commercial for the "Tooth Tunes" Product, there is a big dictator making people brush their teeth, then they protest and start singing this song.

In the extended version of Miley Cyrus's Best of Both Worlds Tour, teen pop sensations Aly & AJ teamed up with Miley Cyrus (performing as Hannah Montana) for a duet of this song. When Aly & AJ finished their leg of the tour, Everlife took over also singing the duet of the song with Miley.


"Rock and Roll All Nite" has appeared on the following Kiss albums:
*"Dressed to Kill" – Original studio version
*"Alive!" – Live version
*"Double Platinum" – Studio version
*"Killers" – Live version
*"Smashes, Thrashes & Hits" – Remixed studio version
*"Alive III" – Live version
*"Kiss Unplugged" – Acoustic live version
*"You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!!" – Live version
*"Greatest Kiss" – Live version
*"The Box Set" – Studio version & Live version
*"The Very Best of Kiss" – Live version
*"" – Live version with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
*"" – Live version
*"Gold" – Live version
*"Kiss Chronicles" – Original studio version (as part of repackaging of "Dressed To Kill")
*"Alive II" (as part of the "Kiss Alive! 1975-2000" box set re-release of "Alive!," "Alive II", "Alive III", plus "Alive! The Millennium Concert") - Single Edit Version
*"Kiss Alive 35" – Live album produced at each of the venues


*Gene Simmons - lead vocals/bass guitar
*Ace Frehley - lead guitar
*Paul Stanley - rhythm guitar/backing vocals
*Peter Criss - drums


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Poison version

Infobox Single
Name = Rock and Roll All Nite

Artist = Poison
from Album = Less Than Zero
B-side =
Released = October 12, 1987
Format =
Recorded = 1987
Genre = Glam metal
Length =
Label = Enigma/Capitol Records
Writer = Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons
Producer = Ric Browde
Certification =
Chart position =
Last single = I Won't Forget You
(August 5, 1987)
This single = 'Rock and Roll All Nite'
(October 12, 1987)
Next single = Nothin' but a Good Time
(April 6, 1988)
Misc =

"Rock and Roll All Nite" was covered by American rock band Poison from the soundtrack album "Less Than Zero" (released in 1987). It was released on a Poison album "" in 2006 and again on "Poison'd" in 2007.

At the start of "Nothin' But a Good Time" music video, Poison are singing "Rock and Roll All Nite".

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