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: Kiss Fans Aren’t the Brightest, My Fans Are Sharp
The band's former guitarist says he’s glad farewell tour is finally done.
Gene Simmons Credits Family For Making It to End of the Road
He reflected on narrowly avoiding self-destruction in emotional moments after final Kiss show.
Why Kiss' First Farewell Tour Wasn't Really Goodbye
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons aimed to put the band to bed 23 years before concluding their "End of the Road" trip.
Ace Frehley Doesn’t Believe Kiss Is Done Touring
"How many times have they said they were gonna retire?"
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.