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.
Kiss Built 'Flaming Youth' With Spare Parts and a Guest Guitarist
'Destroyer' single features unorthodox instrumentation and an uncredited guitar solo by Dick Wagner.
Kiss Announce Two-Night A&E 'Biography: Kisstory' Documentary
Guitarist and singer Paul Stanley says he's "very proud" of upcoming film.
Paul Stanley Holds Pre-Demolition Estate Sale: Photos, Video
The Kiss star is reportedly demolishing his house.
Bruce Kulick Hits the Shower for Reggae 'Tears Are Falling' Cover
Former Kiss guitarist stays dry while performing his former band's 1985 hit.
Kiss to Release 'Off the Soundboard: Tokyo 2001' Live Album
Band's new archival concert series will launch in June.
Kiss: Last Great, Last Good, First Bad Album Roundtable
Five writers debate the highs and lows of the band's roller coaster-like discography.
Kiss, Alice Cooper Prop-Maker Cleve Hall Dead at 61
Acclaimed special effects artist was subject of ‘Monster Man’ reality show.
Dave Grohl Met His Rock Idol at His Daughter’s School Assembly
Not the place you'd expect to run into a Rock N' Roll Hall of Famer.