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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.

Kiss and Def Leppard Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Together

Kiss Ice Bucket Challenge
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Watch Kiss and Def Leppard get ice water dunked on them after a concert.

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Ace Frehley Blasts Gene Simmons’ ‘Ignorant’ Comments on Depression

Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons
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Ace Frehley says his former Kiss bandmate Gene Simmons needs to learn how to treat other people with respect.

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Def Leppard Work Kiss Classic Into Set List

Phil Collen in Gene Simmons' Kiss Costume
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Spending a summer on the road with Kiss is clearly rubbing off on Def Leppard.

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Gene Simmons on Football, New Music, a New Movie and More – Exclusive Interview

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The L.A. Kiss arena football team, co-owned by Kiss founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, didn't have a banner debut season, finishing at 3-15.

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Nikki Sixx Praises Gene Simmons’ Apology, Speaks Out Against Kiss Radio Ban

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Frederick M. Brown / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Nikki Sixx praises Gene Simmons' apology for his controversial recent suicide comments, and speaks out against radio stations banning Kiss music.

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Gene Simmons Credits Detroit for Helping to Break Kiss

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Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty

Gene Simmons spoke about the importance that Detroit had on Kiss' career.

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Radio Stations Ban Kiss Music as Gene Simmons Apologizes for Controversial Suicide Comments

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Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

As the storm surrounding Gene Simmons' recent controversial comments about suicide grows to include radio station boycotts of his band's music, the Kiss has star issued a new statement declaring that he "deeply" supports those who suffer from depression.

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15 Years Ago: The ‘Detroit Rock City’ Movie Pretty Much Ends the Kiss Reunion

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"I never felt the same about Gene after that," Ace Frehley said of the movie. "He had reached an all-time low with me, and this particular snub contributed greatly to my second departure from Kiss."

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The Melvins’ King Buzzo Shares Real-Life ‘Spinal Tap’ Stories Starring Kiss, White Zombie

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King Buzzo of the Melvins shares crazy real life 'This is Spinal Tap' stories featuring Kiss and White Zombie.

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Gene Simmons Q&A Interrupted by Indie Band Demanding the ‘Utter Surrender of the Kiss Army’

Kiss and the Black Lips
Kevin Winter / Sean Gardner, Getty Images

Kiss' Gene Simmons found his Q&A interrupted by members of the 'flower punk' band Black Lips.

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