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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.

The Demon
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16 Years Ago: Kiss Debut Their Pro Wrestler, ‘The Demon’

Kiss' ill-fated wrestling character, 'The Demon,' made his debut on an episode of 'WCW Nitro' on Aug. 23, 1999.

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YouTube
YouTube

Watch Gene Simmons and Johnny Depp Lead an All-Star Band Through Kiss Classics for Charity

Fresh off collaborating on a new album with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, Johnny Depp has been spotted rocking out with Gene Simmons — and for a good cause, too.

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Mike Lawrie / Jim Dyson, Getty Images
Mike Lawrie / Jim Dyson, Getty Images

Rush’s Neil Peart Bashes Kiss’ All-Out Marketing Approach

In Rush's early years, they opened for a number of major acts, learning the tricks of the trade from older masters – among them Kiss.

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Aerosmith.com / Kissonline.com
Aerosmith.com / Kissonline.com

Aerosmith and Kiss Are Now Selling Back-to-School Supplies

This school year, the students in your life can gear up with officially licensed merchandise from Aerosmith and Kiss.

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New Line
New Line

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

"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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Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images
Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

Top 10 Vinnie Vincent Songs

A countdown of Vinnie Vincent's 10 best songs - chosen from before, during and after his time with Kiss.

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Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images
Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

35 Years Ago: Eric Carr Plays His First Show With Kiss

Eric Carr made his Kiss debut at the Palladium in New York on July 25, 1980.

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Watch a Clip From ‘Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery’: Exclusive Premiere

The members of Kiss have gotten animated for the new cartoon adventure Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery, and you can watch an exclusive clip from the movie right here.

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Ultimate Classic Rock
Ultimate Classic Rock

17 Greatest Animated Classic Rock Album Covers

Who wouldn't like to see their favorite rock album covers leap to life? That's precisely what you'll find here as we look at these animated album covers.

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YouTube
YouTube

14 Years Ago: Kiss Introduce the Kiss Kasket

The question of proving your Kiss Army membership in the afterlife was definitively answered with the summer 2001 debut of the Kiss Kasket.

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