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21 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Performs With KISS on ‘The Tonight Show’

Twenty-one years ago today (July 13, 1994) was an unforgettable day for Garth Brooks. It was the day that he performed “Hard Luck Woman” with KISS on The Tonight Show.

Brooks recorded the song — which KISS originally recorded in 1976 for their Rock and Roll Over album — for the KISS My Ass: Classic KISS Regrooved KISS tribute album.

Brooks was the only country artist to appear on the 12-track project. Other acts who contributed to the record included Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder, Toad the Wet Sprocket and Extreme. In an attempt to honor the tradition of KISS, the Oklahoma native asked the band members to perform for the track, making his the only song on the album that actually included members of the band.

Brooks’ appearance on the late-night talk show, which was hosted by Jay Leno at the time, came just as his award-winning career was soaring to new heights. His single “One Night a Day,” from his multi-platinum In Pieces album, was climbing up the charts, and he had sold out stadiums and arenas all over Europe on his inaugural world tour.

One night after the superstar’s appearance on The Tonight Show, Brooks performed a charity show at the Hollywood Bowl, where he sold out 18,000 tickets in a record-setting 21 minutes.

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