"Hot in the
Shade" was released in October 1989.
"Hide Your Heart" was a song Stanley premiered on his 1988
solo club tour. This song was released as a single and reached #22 on
"Hide Your Heart" was later recorded by Ace
Frehley on his solo album "Trouble Walkin'", Molly
Hatchet on their "Lightning Strikes" album as well as
by Bonnie Tyler.
The second single on the album "Forever" became Kiss' biggest
hit in forteen years. The song was penned by Paul Stanley and Micheal
Bolton, a friend of guitarist Bruce Kulick. (The two had recorded together
when Bolton was known as Boloton.)
Stanley, Steve Harris of Iron
and Gene Simmons
hit #6 on the US Charts.
In the video for "Rise To It" Paul and Gene again adorned
their make-up which fueled early rumors of a "classic line-up"
Hot in the Shade featured "Little Caesar," an Eric Carr penned
song that also featured Eric on vocals. Despite having a great voice,
Eric wasn't really featured as a vocalist other than on the new version
of "Beth" released on the compilation "Snashes Trashes
In 1991 Eric Carr was diagnosed with Cancer. Carr eventually succumbed
to the disease on November 24, 1991.
Eric did manage to lend his vocals to "God Gave Rock and Roll To
You II" for KISS' inclusion of the soundtrack to Bill and Ted's
Bogus Journey. Unfortunately he was in no shape to play drums on the
track, so Eric Singer was brought in to fill the vacant drum slot.
Some working titles before the band decided on "Hot in the Shade"
were "Crimes of Passion" and "Crime & Punishment."
"Rise to It" was released as the final single for "Hot in the
Shade" after "Forever", although it was originally to be the second
single until "Forever" was chosen instead.
“On Hot in the Shade, Gene played rhythm guitar on “Cadillac Dreams” because I didn’t like it. I said, ‘You got a better feel for this, you should play it.” ‘Little Ceasar’ is a song where I played all the guitars and Eric (Carr) played the bass. It got handed around a lot.” -Kiss-Behind the Mask, p. 385