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.
The Melvins Talk Kiss: Fandom, Covers, Sharing the Stage and More
The Melvins talk about covering, opening for and performing onstage with Kiss.
Kiss' Gene Simmons Reportedly Sells L.A. Hideaway for $2 Million
His other California home is still on the market for $22 million.
How a Comic Book Idea Led to Kiss' 'Dressed to Kill' Cover Photo
Concept envisioned the band as superheroes sent to "save the world with rock 'n' roll."
Why Paul Stanley Was Locked Up at Kiss' 'Hotter Than Hell' Shoot
Guitarist had to be escorted out of an orgy by Gene Simmons.
When 'Jeopardy!''s Alex Trebek Dressed Up Like Kiss' Gene Simmons
Host transformed into the Demon for Halloween 2018.
How Kiss' Eric Singer Paid Tribute to Late Rush Legend Neil Peart
Observant viewers watching the band's New Year's Eve concert may have seen the subtle salute.
Kiss Play 'Kiss 2020 Goodbye' New Year's Eve Show: Set List
Set list in Dubai was similar to End of the Road shows, with a bigger stage and a lot more explosions.
Watch Clips from Kiss’ Highly Explosive Soundcheck in Dubai
Small audience allowed to watch as band prepare for New Year’s Eve livestream.