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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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The Story of Kiss’ First Concert

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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Gene Simmons Hospital Visit Makes Kiss Fan’s Last Wish Come True

A critically ill Las Vegas teen was granted his last wish by Gene Simmons, who flew to his hospital bedside for an in-person visit.

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Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

Top 10 Paul Stanley ‘Can Do!’ Kiss Songs

Here are 10 songs that prove Kiss frontman Paul Stanley isn't always singing about his love gun.

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Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

Kiss Plan Tribute to 1982 Creatures Tour on Next Kruise

Kiss plan to pay tribute to their 1982 Creatures Tour on a newly announced Kiss Kruise VI, which sails on Nov. 4 from Miami.

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The Turbulent History of Vinnie Vincent and Kiss

Vinnie Vincent was on roll as he took the stage for his first show with Kiss on Dec. 29, 1982, having just completed the terrific 'Creatures of the Night.' It wouldn't last.

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YouTube

Kiss’ ‘Beth’ Given New Twist in Volkswagen Commercial

A new ad uses Kiss' highest-charting single in a clever way.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Motley Crue’s Vince Neil Blasts Kiss’ ‘Multiple’ Farewell Tours: ‘That’s Exactly What We Don’t Want to Do’

The members of Mötley Crüe have been asked countless times if they can envision ever taking the stage together again after their Final Tour concludes Dec. 31.

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Steve Jennings, Getty Images

Top 10 Peter Criss Kiss Songs 

Ultimate Classic Rock counts down the best songs featuring Kiss co-founder Peter Criss.

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2015’s Nastiest Rock Feuds

We look at the nasty verbal battles that took place between Van Halen, Sammy Hagar, Kiss, Twisted Sister and other classic rock bands.

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Kiss, ‘Rocket Ride’ vs. Europe, ‘The Final Countdown': Rock Star Wars

Ace Frehley's deep space ode to his wang goes up against Europe's synth-fueled astronaut anthem in the second round of our Rock Star Wars tournament, and you decide the winner.

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