"Deuce" is a song written by Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons that first appeared on Kiss' eponymous 1974 debut album. Live versions appear on Alive! (performed by the original KISS lineup of Simmons, guitarists Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss), Alive III (which featured the lineup of Simmons, Stanley, guitarist Bruce Kulick and drummer Eric Singer), Alive IV (which featured the lineup of Simmons, Stanley, Criss, and Tommy Thayer), and Alive! The Millennium Concert (With the Original Lineup)
Remastered or reworked versions have appeared on later Kiss compilation albums such as Double Platinum and Smashes, Thrashes & Hits.
"Deuce", in addition to being one of the band's most popular and most-covered songs, is a traditional concert opener.
According to Gene Simmons, he simply copped the bassline of The Rolling Stones' "Bitch" and played it more or less backwards. He says he wrote the entire song nearly linearly; the riff came first, then the bridge, then finally the chorus.
"Deuce" also has special significance for Ace Frehley, who calls it his favorite Kiss song.
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