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.
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Having stated his desire to leave California, the Kiss bassist's 16,000-square-foot home is for sale.
Remembering 'CHiPs'' Kiss-Inspired Halloween Episode
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Gene Simmons Leaving Beverly Hills Due to 'Unacceptable' Taxes
After more than 35 years, the Kiss rocker is moving out of the famous Southern California neighborhood.
Ace Frehley Names His Favorite Replacement Kiss Guitarist
Band's co-founder compared Bruce Kulick and Tommy Thayer in new interview.
Tommy Thayer Sells Southern California Home for $2.7 Million
Kiss guitarist originally put the property on the market in May.
Ace Frehley Says Kiss Bandmates ‘Missed Out’ by Not Partying
Former Kiss guitarist recalls fun times with Rush that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley didn’t share.
When Future Eagle Vince Gill’s Bluegrass Band Opened for Kiss
He recalls being booed and bottled offstage but loving it in the ‘70s.