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.
Why Paul Stanley Didn’t Try Hard at School
Kiss icon doesn’t recommend others following his example.
Kiss to Release Rare 1984 Mark St. John Show as Next Live Album
Set includes the only known soundboard recording to feature the guitarist.
Why Paul Stanley Rejected Bandit Makeup After a Month
Kiss co-founder wore different mask three times before returning to his definitive Starchild look.
When Kiss' Boss Asked Them to 'Play Worse' Onstage
Paul Stanley discusses struggle with booking shows in their early years.
How Bob Ezrin Re-Wrote 'Beth' to Get Girls to Like Kiss
Producer says band members were like Lee Marvin's character in 'The Wild One' but needed to be more like Marlon Brando's.
Wicked Lester Drummer Says He Didn’t Quit Pre-Kiss Band
Tony Zarrella’s account of group’s demise centers on Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley leaving.
Kiss Plots World Domination in Casablanca Records Movie Trailer
'Spinning Gold' is set to hit theaters in March, some 12 years after it was first announced.
Paul Stanley Says Kiss Is 'Far From Done' as Final Tour Rages On
"I'd like to say that this is the end of the road, but they keep paving more road."
Gene Simmons Says Ace Frehley Was Right About Kiss' 'The Elder'
Their dispute led to the guitarist's departure before sessions for follow up 'Creatures of the Night.'