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.
Kiss were one of the top arena draws of the '70s, staging some of the most impressive concert spectacles of that era with their over-the-top theatrical performances. But the power of their live production almost cost guitarist Ace Frehley his life at a gig on Dec. 12, 1976, at the Lakeland Civic Center in Florida, when an unforeseen technical glitch caused him to nearly be electrocuted onstage.
Do you ever find yourself wishing you could have more Kiss on your mobile device, but in ways having less to do with music and more to do with destroying a demon invasion that threatens the world? Well, now there's an app for that.
Eric Carr Kiss songs, as in, tracks that feature the late musician's drumming, songwriting or even singing in a particularly noteworthy manner, may not be large in number compared to the band's voluminous history. But during his 10-year stint with the band, he always
MTV's sudden rise to dominance came at a very awkward time for Kiss, who in 1983 finally removed the identity-masking facepaint that had long been their calling card. Like a teenager forced to take school pictures on a bad acne day, the band gamely tried to forge a new identity for themselves in this newly popular medium -- with some highly comedic results. Bassist Gene Simmons is quick to admit it was tough to adapt his demonic on-stage persona to this new situation, but that's far from the only thing that makes this a hilariously outdated video. Here's some other stuff to watch out for.
Gene Simmons stopped by a recent edition of CNN's iReport show to field some questions from fans, and the results proved every bit as entertainingly direct as we've come to expect from the Kiss frontman.
The most recent episode of 'The Simpsons' found matriarch Marge revealing some guilt over son Bart's rebellious nature. The cause of all this consternation? Listening to the music of Kiss during her pregnancy.
Ace Frehley said he's come to expect blindside insults from Gene Simmons. So he wasn't totally surprised by the recent spate of comments made by his former Kiss bandmate, who Frehley said "has no friends -- he's not respected by his peers."
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