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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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Ebet Roberts, Getty Images

20 Years Ago: Kiss Play Their First Reunion Show

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss remember the band's first reunion show.

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Kayos Production

‘Kiss Rocks Vegas’ Blu-Ray, Vinyl, CD and Deluxe Editions Announced

The latest Kiss live album will be made available in a dizzying variety of home video and audio formats.

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Helix Unveil ‘(Gene Simmons Says) Rock Is Dead’ Video

Helix take on Gene Simmons's infamous "Rock Is Dead" declaration with a comical new song and video.

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Numero Group

White Zombie’s Sean Yseult Talks Ballet, ‘It Came From N.Y.C.’ Box Set and ‘God of Thunder’

White Zombie's bassist talks about the band's early days, and their influence on today's music scene.

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Gene Simmons, Movie Star: Exploring the Demon's Film Career

Gene Simmons, Movie Star: Exploring the Demon’s Film Career

Almost as soon as Kiss achieved household-name status, Simmons set about using the band's success as a launchpad into Hollywood.

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KissMyCinema.com

‘Kiss Rocks Vegas’ Headed to Home PPV June 14

Couldn't get to Vegas to see Kiss during their 2014 residency — or to a theater to catch a screening of their Kiss Rocks Vegas concert film?

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Nikki Sixx Wants to Bury the Hatchet With Kiss

Motley Crue star Nikki Sixx says an ongoing feud with Kiss makes them "look like a bunch of old women fighting."

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New York Daily News, Getty Images

20 Years Ago: Kiss Commandeer an Aircraft Carrier

Kiss announced their reunion tour aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid on April 16, 1996.

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Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

Paul Stanley Tears Bicep but Kiss Perform as a Trio

An injury to the frontman caused the band to play as a three-piece for only the second time in their career.

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Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images

Ace Frehley Explains Why His ‘Origins’ LP Includes a Cover of a Kiss Song He Never Played On

Ace Frehley fans who find it odd that his new Origins Vol. 1 album includes a cover of "Rock and Roll Hell" — a Kiss song he didn't originally play on — have Frehley's label rep Ken Gulick to thank.

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