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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.

Kiss Join Scooby-Doo for a New Adventure

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Bark it, bark it, bark it out loud!

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Watch Sebastian Bach Cover AC/DC With Members of Kiss

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YouTube

The Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show doesn't exactly sound like the type of event where a person is liable to see Sebastian Bach singing an AC/DC classic backed by members of Kiss and Night Ranger bassist Jack Blades.

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Vince Neil’s Outlaws Easily Dispatch Rival LA Kiss

Ethan Miller, Getty Images
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Hyped by ESPN2 as a Battle of the Bands, the AFL matchup between Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's LA Kiss vs. Vince Neil's Las Vegas Outlaws instead was no contest.

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Did the Kiss Induction Start a ‘New Era’ for the Rock Hall?

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Most of us are never going to have any real idea what goes on behind closed doors at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but a new Billboard report purports to shed a little light on the occasionally contentious nomination process.

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Hear Kiss’ ‘I Stole Your Love’ Done Reggae Style

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Plenty of rock groups have been given the reggae treatment, but only Kiss has the honor of receiving it from a Swedish tribute band.

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‘Detroit Rock City’ Director Talks New Blu-ray Release, Says the Movie ‘Keeps Growing in Popularity’

New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema

A little over 15 years after it flopped in theaters, Detroit Rock City has made its Blu-ray debut, and director Adam Rifkin couldn't be happier.

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Kiss’ and Vince Neil’s Arena Football Teams Set to Battle This Weekend

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Frederick M. Brown / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

The quest for rock supremacy is often fought in arenas, but on April 11, that battle will also include wearing helmets and shoulder pads.

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40 Years Ago: Kiss Rush Out ‘Dressed to Kill’ Amid Career Uncertainty

Casablanca Records
Casablanca Records

The Wall Street finery sported by Kiss, as they unveiled their third studio album 'Dressed to Kill' on March 19, 1975, was in no way representative of the very modest state of their personal finances.

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Dee Snider Clarifies Doug Aldrich and Kiss Comments, Says Most Replacement Players ‘Aren’t Band Members’

Dimitrios Kambouris / Rob Kim / Kellie Warren, Getty Images
Dimitrios Kambouris / Rob Kim / Kellie Warren, Getty Images

Dee Snider recently caught some flak for derogatory comments made about former Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich and the current Kiss lineup, but as the Twisted Sister frontman argued during an appearance on Eddie Trunk Live, he wasn't just making idly rude remarks.

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Dee Snider Says Kiss Are Insulting Fans With Replacement Members

Jason Merritt / Rob Kim, Getty Images
Jason Merritt / Rob Kim, Getty Images

Add Dee Snider to the list of those who think Kiss are making a terrible mistake by presenting new members in the classic makeup worn by departed founders Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.

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