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.
Ace Frehley Doesn’t Believe Kiss Is Done Touring
"How many times have they said they were gonna retire?"
As Kiss' Final Concert Approaches, What's Next for the Rockers?
The End of the Road tour is about to wrap, but the band insists that "Kiss will always exist."
Ace Frehley: No Chance I’ll Play at Kiss’ Final Show
With days to go before the band’s final bow, former guitarist claims the idea of a guest appearance was just a ruse to sell tickets.
The Night Kiss Played a Show With Two Lead Guitarists
Mark St. John had just been hired as the band's second replacement for Ace Frehley.
Paul Stanley on Flu Battle: 'I Was Wondering if It Was My Time'
Kiss returned to the stage after being forced to cancel three farewell concerts.
Couple Killed in Rainbow Bridge Crash 'Planned to Go to Kiss'
Law enforcement provide further details on the tragic incident.
Kiss Cancels Canadian Farewell Dates as Paul Stanley Recovers
Singer apologizes to fans as he battles a serious case of the flu.
Kiss' 'Horrible' Thanksgiving Parade: 'This is How You Get Fired'
Band manager Doc McGhee calls this 2014 appearance "the worst thing we did."
Gene Simmons 'Sad and Angry' About Frehley and Criss' Absence
"The only reason they’re not here with us is themselves," says the Kiss bassist.