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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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YouTube

Watch Bruce Kulick Play Kiss’ ‘Detroit Rock City’ With a Jazz Band

Former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick took "Detroit Rock City" into jazz territory this past weekend.

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Casablanca Records
Casablanca Records

Ace Frehley Wishes ‘Creatures of the Night’ Was His Last Kiss Album

Ace Frehley says he wishes 'Creatures of the Night,' and not 'Music from the Elder,' was his last album with Kiss.

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Tommy Thayer / Twitter
Tommy Thayer / Twitter

Kiss Break Out 1982 ‘Creatures’ Costumes and Rarities for Kiss Kruise: Photos, Set List

Kiss dug their 1982 'Creatures of the Night' costumes, stage show and Set List out of the closet for this year's Kiss Kruise.

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Mark Kolbe / Frederick M. Brown
Mark Kolbe / Frederick M. Brown

Richie Sambora Never Wanted to Be in Kiss Anyway

Richie Sambora didn't mind not getting the job to replace Ace Frehley as Kiss' guitarist.

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Liz Ramanand, Ultimate Classic Rock
Liz Ramanand, Ultimate Classic Rock

Kiss Expo Tokyo 2016: How the Band’s First Official Exhibition Came About

From Oct. 13-31, the first-ever band-sanctioned Kiss Expo took over the top floor of Laforet, a boutique-filled shopping mall in the Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo.

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New Door
New Door

10 Years Ago: Paul Stanley Goes Solo for the Second Time With ‘Live to Win’

In 1978, Paul Stanley of Kiss released his first solo album as part of a plan to keep his fracturing band together.

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L.A. Kiss
L.A. Kiss

Confirmed: Kiss’ Football Team Folds

The L.A. Kiss, the Arena Football League team owned by Kiss stars Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, has folded after three seasons.

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YouTube

Gene Simmons Guest Appearance Closes First Day of Visual Japan Summit

Gene Simmons surprised the crowd at the Visual Japan Summit by popping in to sing "Rock and Roll All Nite" during a jam session following X Japan's headline performance.

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Hulton Archive / Getty Images
Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Watch Rush Recall Backstage Shenanigans From Their Tour With Kiss in ‘Time Stand Still’ Concert Doc Clip

The members of Rush share memories of their 1974-75 tour with Kiss in a clip from their upcoming concert documentary Time Stand Still.

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Casablanca
Casablanca

Kiss Book About ‘Music From the Elder’ Now Available for Pre-Order

A book purporting to offer the "definitive" take on Kiss' much-maligned 1981 concept album Music From the Elder is scheduled to arrive in stores later this month.

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