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.
‘Gene Simmons Likes Giving Me a Hard Time’ Says Dave Mustaine
Megadeth leader recalls confusing experiences with Kiss icon.
Kiss Announces Expanded Five-CD 'Creatures of the Night' Box Set
Seventy-five previously unreleased live tracks, demos and outtakes highlight 40th-anniversary reissue.
Even Kiss Fans Couldn’t Save Bruce Kulick’s Union
Guitarist says loyalty made “tough situation a little less painful,” but the timing was off.
Gene Simmons’ Concept for Kiss Show Without Original Members
He outlined a three-part performance with potential for guest appearances from founders.
When Kiss Tried to Be Everyone Else on 'Crazy Crazy Nights'
Song was a clear attempt to emulate the success of newer rock heroes Bon Jovi and their type.
Did Kiss Inspire Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue Makeup?
Singer-songwriter wore bright white face paint during the carnivalesque 1975 tour.
How Rush's 'I Think I'm Going Bald' Gently Mocked a Kiss Ballad
Straightforward hard rock track, a "goofy" outlier on 1975's 'Caress of Steel,' nodded to "Goin' Blind" with its title.
Paul Stanley Predicts 'Enough Tears' at Final Kiss Show
Gene Simmons says it would be "saddest thing" if Ace Frehley and Peter Criss aren't there.
Gene Simmons Recalls Landing Kiss Their First Show
Booked as Wicked Lester, 1973 concert followed their unaccountable decision to wear makeup.