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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.

Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images
Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

35 Years Ago: Eric Carr Plays His First Show With Kiss

Eric Carr made his Kiss debut at the Palladium in New York on July 25, 1980.

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Watch a Clip From ‘Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery’: Exclusive Premiere

The members of Kiss have gotten animated for the new cartoon adventure Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery, and you can watch an exclusive clip from the movie right here.

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Ultimate Classic Rock
Ultimate Classic Rock

17 Greatest Animated Classic Rock Album Covers

Who wouldn't like to see their favorite rock album covers leap to life? That's precisely what you'll find here as we look at these animated album covers.

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YouTube
YouTube

14 Years Ago: Kiss Introduce the Kiss Kasket

The question of proving your Kiss Army membership in the afterlife was definitively answered with the summer 2001 debut of the Kiss Kasket.

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Top 10 Eric Carr Kiss Songs

The best Kiss songs featuring the songwriting, drumming and singing of the late great Eric Carr.

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Warner Brothers Home Entertainment

Kiss Debut New Song From ‘Scooby Doo’ Movie

Listen to "Don't Touch My Ascot," the humorous new song Kiss recorded for the animated movie 'Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery.'

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Photo Credit: Jim McGuire
Photo Credit: Jim McGuire

Former Kiss Guitarist Bruce Kulick on Revisiting His First Band and More: Exclusive Interview

We spoke with Bruce Kulick as he releases 40-year old recordings from his first band.

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Casablanca
Casablanca

38 Years Ago: Kiss Reach a Turning Point on ‘Love Gun’

Love Gun, the sixth studio album from Kiss and a pinnacle of the band's first golden era, was released in June 1977.

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'Kiss My Ass'
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21 Years Ago: Kiss ‘Kiss’ Their Own Ass

Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, and the Eagles all received the all-star tribute album treatment in the early '90s. Why not Kiss?

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YouTube

36 Years Ago: ‘The Return of Kiss’ Tour Hits a Snag

Kiss' biggest and boldest shows yet would unfortunately mark the end of an era.

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