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Kiss were always about more than the music. From the start, when they covered their faces in makeup, strapped on spiked platform boots and gave themselves nicknames like the Demon and Starchild, the concept behind Kiss mattered more than the music. That’s not to say they haven’t made some great records during their 40-year career; their 1975 ‘Alive!” album remains one of the best concert LPs ever released. But the band’s shrewd marketing campaigns over the years – which has included TV specials to candy to coffins and pretty much everything in between – has made them one of the most recognizable brand names on the planet. All of which makes the music almost secondary in Kiss’ worldview. But their mix of heavy-metal thunder and hard-rock hooks has guaranteed a spot among the most durable bands of the past four decades.

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41 Years Ago: Kiss Receive a Scathing — and Inspiring — Concert Review

Kiss have never had a very friendly relationship with rock critics, but sometimes even the most brutal reviews can be used for inspiration.

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Kiss 1979
Casablanca

‘Dynasty’ No More: When the Wheels Came Off the Kiss Empire

Even though they saw it coming, Kiss were unable to stop the wheels from coming off their careers starting with the release of 1979's disco-influenced 'Dynasty.'

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images
Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Gene Simmons Vows Kiss Will Make Another Album

Gene Simmons believes Kiss could head into the studio to record their next album as soon as 2016.

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Casablanca

Defending ‘Unmasked,’ the Kiss Album Even Paul Stanley Calls ‘Crappy’

To their loyal fans' horror, Kiss went even deeper into the pop world for their eighth studio album, 1980's 'Unmasked.'

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Jeff Kravitz, Getty Images

22 Years Ago: Kiss Release Their Only Live Album Without Makeup, ‘Alive III’

The non-makeup version of Kiss got their one and only shot at strutting their stuff on a live album with the release of 1993's Alive III.

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Casablanca Records
Casablanca Records

35 Years Ago: Peter Criss Leaves Kiss – The First Time

Though he's since quit two more times, Peter Criss' initial exit from Kiss on May 18, 1980, was by the far the most cataclysmic.

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Check Out the Cover Art for Kiss’ New Scooby-Doo Adventure

Check out the cover art for 'Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery,' as Kiss join those meddling kids again in a new animated movie.

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YouTube

Kiss Announce New Pinball Machine

Have you ever wanted to shoot a metal ball into Gene Simmons' open mouth?

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Dave Grohl Credits Kiss With Inspiring Him to Become a Musician

This year's ASCAP Pop Awards came complete with a full-on lovefest between Dave Grohl and Kiss co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

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YouTube

Watch Sebastian Bach Cover AC/DC With Members of Kiss

The Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show doesn't exactly sound like the type of event where a person is liable to see Sebastian Bach singing an AC/DC classic backed by members of Kiss and Night Ranger bassist Jack Blades.

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