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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.

Before They Were Kiss: The History of Wicked Lester

Wicked Lester
Wicked Lester

The seeds of Kiss, quite famously, grew from an early '70s band called Wicked Lester.

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You Think You Know Kiss?

Gene1080

They've been a fixture on the charts for decades, many current and former members have written memoirs and band co-founder Gene Simmons even had his own reality show, so how much of the Kiss story could really be left untold?

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Tommy Thayer’s Mother Passes Away

Tommy Thayer
John Shearer, Getty Images

Patricia Thayer, mother of Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer, has passed away.

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16 Years Ago: Kiss’ Original Lineup Reunites (But Not Really) for A New Studio Album

Kiss Psycho Circus
Mercury

On Sept. 28, 1998, the original lineup of Kiss released their first studio album together in about 20 years. Well... sort of.

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Ace Frehley Calls Paul Stanley A Sloppy Guitar Player

Theo Wargo / Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Theo Wargo / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Ace Frehley responded to Paul's Stanley's complaints about his guitar playing with some charges of his own.

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Ace Frehley Says Nice Things About His Ex-Kiss Bandmates

Ace-Frehley

Ace Frehley has certainly had his differences with his former bandmates in Kiss, much of it on a very public stage.

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Rush, Kiss and Alice Cooper Play Golf Together – Pic of the Week

Rock Golfers
Instagram

We all know Alice Cooper loves to spend his downtime on the golf course -- and if this photo is anything to go by, he tends to keep some fairly famous company while he's hitting the links.

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Kiss’ ‘Love Gun’ Album Reportedly Getting Deluxe Edition Reissue

Kiss, 'Love Gun'
Universal Music

Kiss fans will soon be able to pull the trigger on an even bigger 'Love Gun.'

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31 Years Ago: Kiss Remove Their Makeup

Kiss Unmasks
YouTube

On Sept. 18, 1983, an unthinkable event in Kiss-story took place: the world's most famous masked band removed their makeup and revealed their true faces.

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Kiss Help Raise More Than $1 Million for Oregon Military Museum

Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

There was a personal connection when Kiss played a rare acoustic and no-makeup concert on Monday in support of a military museum in Oregon.

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