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.
Paul Stanley Explains the Evolution of Kiss’ ‘Detroit Rock City’
Track "started off as just a song to sing the praises of this rock 'n' roll city" before gaining a deeper meaning.
Hear Kiss' Eric Singer, Bruce Kulick Cover Bryan Adams' 'Heaven'
Former bandmates recorded their rendition of the 1983 hit to help raise money for charity.
Kiss Consultant Predicts Brand Will Be Sold to ‘Conglomerate’
Catalog adviser discusses band’s future without Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
Gene Simmons: Fans ‘Loved’ Fire-Breathing Fail at First Kiss Show
The band also borrowed a trick from Marilyn Monroe.
Paul Stanley Says ‘Kisstory’ Captures the ‘Human Side’ of Kiss
He notes "chemistry and camaraderie" with Gene Simmons takes center stage in new band documentary.
25 Years Ago: Kiss Preview Their Blockbuster Reunion Tour
There were a few technical problems, including a small fire during the hour-long performance.
Watch Kiss Unmask to Play at Ace Frehley's 1976 Wedding
Impromptu three-song set took place when their identities were still secret.