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 Will Be 'Crying Like Baby' During Final Kiss Song
Bassist insists there will be no new album to follow End of the Road tour.
Kiss to Release Expanded 'Creatures of the Night' Box Set
Fan favorite found the band returning to stripped-down hard rock in 1982.
Gene Simmons Once Again Invites Ace Frehley to Join Kiss Onstage
"Jump up onstage with us for encores. The fans would love it."
Why Kiss' 'Creatures of the Night' Was Doomed to Fail
Thundering riffs, masterful songwriting and a hotshot new guitarist couldn't save the ill-fated LP.
Ace Frehley’s Original Kiss Logo Design Up for Auction
Starting price is $50,000 for dummy badge artwork from 1973.
Gene Simmons Still Insists Rock Is Dead but Can Survive Live
Kiss member repeats claim that launched a thousand soundbites eight years ago.
Top 10 Songs Kiss Haven't Played on the End of the Road Tour Yet
They couldn't possibly play all their great cuts in just one night.
Kiss' Cold Gin Pays Tribute to the Band's Early Roots: Interview
The developers assure us that just like the original lyrics said, "It will always win."