Heaven's on Fire

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"Heaven's on Fire"
Single by Kiss
from the album Animalize
Released 1984 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded Right Track Studios,
New York City: 1984
Genre Glam metal, heavy metal
Length 3:18
Label Mercury 880 205-7 (US)
Writer(s) Paul Stanley, Desmond Child
Producer(s) Paul Stanley
Kiss singles chronology
"All Hell's Breakin' Loose"/"Young and Wasted"
(1984)
"Heaven's on Fire"/"Lonely is the Hunter"
(1984)
"Thrills in the Night"/"Burn Bitch Burn"
(1985)

"Heaven's on Fire" is a song by the American hard rock band Kiss. Written by vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley and songwriter Desmond Child, it was the first single released off of the group's 1984 album Animalize.[1]

Background[edit]

Released as a single internationally in 1984, "Heaven's on Fire" charted in several countries, even though it failed to reach the top ten in any of the countries where it was released as a single.[2] It did reach #11 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[3] and #49 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] In addition, the song is one of only a select few from the bands' non-makeup era that has been performed live after the band returned to wearing makeup.

A video for the single was filmed and played on MTV, and was directed by David Lewis and produced by John Weaver.[4] It marked the only official promotional performance of the band with lead guitarist Mark St. John before he left the group due to problems in his hands caused by a painful, but temporary, form of arthritis called Reiter's Syndrome. St. John would be replaced shortly afterwards by Bruce Kulick.

A live version of the song was recorded at Cobo Hall on December 8, 1984 as part of the Kiss: Animalize Live Uncensored video Kiss filmography, and was later released on the Hear 'n Aid album. It is one of only two live tracks with longtime drummer Eric Carr that Kiss has ever officially released.

Cover version[edit]

The song has been covered by Swedish girl group Star and the Canadian group Daiquiri.

References[edit]

  1. ^ KISS singles history
  2. ^ International Chart History
  3. ^ a b "Billboard singles chart history-Kiss". Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ KISS Video Information

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