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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.

40 Years Ago: Kiss Rush Out ‘Dressed to Kill’ Amid Career Uncertainty

Casablanca Records
Casablanca Records

The Wall Street finery sported by Kiss, as they unveiled their third studio album 'Dressed to Kill' on March 19, 1975, was in no way representative of the very modest state of their personal finances.

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Dee Snider Clarifies Doug Aldrich and Kiss Comments, Says Most Replacement Players ‘Aren’t Band Members’

Dimitrios Kambouris / Rob Kim / Kellie Warren, Getty Images
Dimitrios Kambouris / Rob Kim / Kellie Warren, Getty Images

Dee Snider recently caught some flak for derogatory comments made about former Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich and the current Kiss lineup, but as the Twisted Sister frontman argued during an appearance on Eddie Trunk Live, he wasn't just making idly rude remarks.

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Dee Snider Says Kiss Are Insulting Fans With Replacement Members

Jason Merritt / Rob Kim, Getty Images
Jason Merritt / Rob Kim, Getty Images

Add Dee Snider to the list of those who think Kiss are making a terrible mistake by presenting new members in the classic makeup worn by departed founders Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.

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Quitting Kiss Saved Ace Frehley’s Life

Michael Loccisano, Getty Images
Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

The guitarist discusses how his departure from Kiss eventually helped him get sober.

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Watch Kiss Perform Special Acoustic Set at Japanese Meet-and-Greet

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Twitter @KISSonline

The full-blown Kiss concert experience is big enough to require the occasional use of pre-recorded backing tracks, but that doesn't mean the group has forgotten how to deliver an old-fashioned, stripped-down acoustic set.

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Kiss Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

Ultimate Classic Rock
Ultimate Classic Rock

They've gone from makeup to unmasked, hard rock to prog, and been one of the world's biggest rock bands for several decades, releasing a slew of classic studio and live LPs along the way.

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Peter Criss Vs. Stewart Copeland: March Drum Madness

Peter Criss Stewart Copeland March Drum Madness
Casablanca Records / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Two drummers with very different approaches to their craft – to say nothing of stagewear – face off in round one of our March Drum Madness competition.

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‘Nothing to Hide’ – Kiss Admit to Using Recorded Tracks at Japanese Concert

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Twitter @KISSOnline

At this point, it's almost a bigger deal when a major band doesn't rely to some extent on pre-recorded music during live performances, but it's still kind of embarrassing when a group gets caught miming.

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41 Years Ago: Kiss Release Their Debut Album

Casablanca
Casablanca

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and for Kiss, the journey to worldwide rock superstardom began with a single LP: 'Kiss,' released on Feb. 18, 1974.

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42 Years Ago: Kiss Perform Their First Concert

KissOnline
KissOnline

On Jan. 30, 1973, less than 10 people witnessed the first live performances by Kiss at the Popcorn Club (soon to be renamed the Coventry) in Queens, N.Y.

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