'MTV Unplugged': The 15 Best Episodes

To celebrate the show's return, we look back at its greatest moments – from Jay-Z to Nirvana

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14. Kiss (1995)

Kiss were at the low point of their career when the idea of an Unplugged special was broached in 1995. They'd been reduced to playing acoustic sets at their own fan conventions, and after seeing Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart revive their careers with Unplugged it seemed like a very good idea. MTV insisted on bringing back original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley to make the event newsworthy, a condition that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley agreed to with no small amount of trepidation. "I heard secondhand stories about how much Peter's playing had deteriorated," Stanley wrote in his book Face The Music. "But there was an exciting and surreal sense of nostalgia in the room when they entered." They only came out for the encores of "Beth," "Nothin' to Lose" and "Rock and Roll All Nite," but once that happened there was no going back to the old Kiss. It paved the way for the huge reunion tour the next year and many tours to come. 

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