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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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Vinnie Vincent Announced for Atlanta Kiss Expo 2018

Vinnie Vincent, who's generally kept a low profile over the last couple of decades, was a surprise addition to the lineup.

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Tommy Thayer Says Gene Simmons ‘Was Like a Kid’ Working With Bob Dylan

Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer has revealed the only time he’s ever seen bandmate Gene Simmons’s trademark “center of the universe” attitude fail him.

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10 Years Ago: ‘Be Advised: Paul Stanley Is Down’

Kiss were 34 years into their career before they had to face the challenge of playing as a trio when Paul Stanley suffered a health alert just before a show.

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Peter Cade, Getty Images

Gene Simmons Contributes to Ace Frehley’s Next Album

Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has revealed that he recently co-wrote two songs with former bandmate Ace Frehley for the latter's next solo studio album.

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Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

Kiss Cancel Manchester Concert

The members of Kiss have canceled a planned appearance at the Manchester Arena in the wake of the bombing that killed more than 20 people during an Ariana Grande concert at the venue.

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Gene Simmons Says There’s Been ‘Some Writing’ for a New Kiss Album

Kiss may yet get around to releasing a new album — but it doesn't sound like fans should expect to hear it anytime soon.

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Tommy Thayer Says Kiss Rocket Guitar Isn’t as Easy to Fire as It Looks

Tommy Thayer has revealed the difficulties of firing his rocket guitar while playing it onstage with Kiss.

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Mike Pont, Getty Images

Peter Criss Says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Was Right to Honor Only Original Kiss Members

Peter Criss is preparing for his final round of shows, having announced his retirement from the road.

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KissOnline

Kiss Kick Off ‘KissWorld’ Tour in Moscow: Video, Set List

Kiss launched their 'Kissworld' tour with a set that highlighted nearly every era of the band's long career.

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10 Years Ago: Kiss Guitarist Mark St. John Dies

After appearing on just one Kiss album, Mark St. John slipped into obscurity before passing away under murky circumstances in April of 2007.

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