Forty years ago, the four founding members of KISS surprised fans by announcing a quartet of solo releases, all scheduled for release on the very same day: September 18, 1978. The four albums were all marketed and branded under the KISS imprimatur by Casablanca Records, and each album would be truly "solo" in that no other KISS member other than the artist would play on the record. Casablanca invested $2.5 million in the marketing effort, and announced that five million copies would be
Between 1986 and spring 2015, Anton Fig could be found on a nightly basis behind the drum kit of The World's Most Dangerous Band and, then, The CBS Orchestra. Part of Paul Shaffer's band for David Letterman's NBC and CBS late-night talk shows, Fig would be glowingly acknowledged by the host as "Buddy Rich, Jr." for his ferocity and prowess with his instrument. In 2002, the South Africa-born music great ventured out on his own to record his first solo album, appropriately entitled Figments.