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Detroit Rock City Bass Tab

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Detroit Rock City

as performed by KISS
written by P. Stanley an B. Ezrin
from the album SMASHES, THRASHES, & HITS
transcribed by B. Priddle

Here is a classic by one of the greatest rock bands ever.  Gene Simmons plays a great riff in this song.  It's a must for any bass player!!

I have presented all of the riffs in this song up front.  The structure is given later on with the words, so if you want to know which riff is which, you should look at the word section first!  Also, to play along with the recording, you must downtune your bass to Eb, Ab, Db, and Gb.

Intro Riff:


Repeat this doing the 4-2 thing on the second string 12 times instead of 10 times as shown above.

Riff 1:

Riff 2:


Riff 3:


Riff 4:


Riff 5:

Riff 6:


Riff 7:


Riff 8:


Here are the lyrics and the structure:

[Intro riff]

[Riff 1 (till chorus)]
I feel uptight on a Saturday night
Nine o'clock and the radio's the only light
I hear my song and it pulls me through
Comes on strong, tells me what I got to do
I got to...

[Riff 2]
Get up
Everybody's gonna move their feet
Get down
Everybody's gonna leave their seat

[Riff 3]
You gotta lose your mind in Detroit Rock City


[Riff 1 (till chorus)]
Getting late, I just can't wait
Ten o'clock and I know I gotta hit the road
First I drink, then I smoke
Start the car and I try to make the midnight show

[Riff 3 (X4) -- first, third times as is, second time, 				 	 replace last bar with Riff 4, fourth exclude
			 last bar]
[Riff 5]

[Riff 6]

[Riff 1 (till chorus)]
Moving fast doing ninety-five
Hit top speed but I'm still moving much too slow
I feel so good, I'm so alive
I hear my song playing on the radio
It goes...

CHORUS [with Riff 7]


[Riff 8]

[Riff 7]

[Riff 3]

[Riff 2]

[Riff 1 (till chorus)]
Twelve o'clock I gotta rock
There's a truck ahead. lights staring at my eyes
Oh my God! No time to turn
I got to laugh 'cause I know I'm gonna die

CHORUS (X2) [with Riff 7 twice]

Note: the slide between the two choruses starts on the twelfth fret on the E string.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please send them to bpriddle@plato.ucs.mun.ca

Submitted by:  Blaine Priddle (blainep@riemann.math.mun.ca)
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BroDD wrote on July 16 2006, 07:42 pm

Great tab

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weezer_afi wrote on August 27 2006, 10:18 am

its good but your 1/2 a step to high. it would be right if you played downtunned half a step, other than that great

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alutz wrote on January 6 2008, 04:00 pm

nice tab

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