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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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Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

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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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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Mercury

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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Bruce Kulick Remembers Eric Singer’s First Kiss Show: Exclusive Interview

On the 25th anniversary of Eric Singer’s first concert as a member of Kiss, the band's guitarist at the time, Bruce Kulick, shares some memories.

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Polygram

25 Years Later, Eric Singer Looks Back on His First Kiss Show: Exclusive Interview

Eric Singer played his first show as a member of Kiss on April 23, 1992, following the death of previous drummer Eric Carr.

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Mike Coppola (2) / Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

Nile Rodgers Says Chic Were Influenced by Journey and Kiss

The Chic guitarist spoke about the rock bands that influenced him in his early days.

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YouTube

20 Years Ago: Ed Kanon Replaces Peter Criss in Kiss for One Night

Kiss co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley made a big splash when they brought drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley back into the fold to reunite the band's classic lineup in 1996.

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New Haven Publishing / Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Guitarist Adam Bomb Recalls His Audition for Kiss

Kiss auditioned dozens of potential replacements after Ace Frehley departed the lineup in the early '80s.

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