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.
How Kiss’ ‘Christine Sixteen’ Started as ‘Brotherly Kibitzing’
Single initially caused some controversy with its suggestive title.
Kiss' Final Show Won't Feature 'Six Guys in Makeup' Says Manager
Doc McGhee believes last performance will be the strongest memory of his 28 years with the band.
Kiss Announces 'Off the Soundboard: Live in Des Moines 1977' LP
New LP captures original lineup at peak of its powers.
Ex Kiss Manager Staked His Reputation on ‘Revenge’
Larry Mazer insisted before taking the job that Gene Simmons return to “equal creative” role.
How Kiss Backed Away From the Brink of Disaster With 'Killers'
Return to hard rock started the band's long road to career salvation.
Gene Simmons Hints It's the End of Only 'Stage Kiss'
He also wasn't offended when son's girlfriend refused invitation to attend festival set.
How Bruce Kulick, Vinnie Vincent and Ace Frehley Built Dream Jam
Creatures Fest brought together every living ex-band member for weekend of shows.
Ken Kelly, Kiss Album Cover Artist, Reportedly Dead at 76
The artwork for 'Destroyer' and 'Love Gun' were just some of the many pieces he created throughout his career.
Tommy Thayer Has No Plans for Being in a Band After Kiss
Guitarist admits he thought the same thing before he joined masked giants.
Vinnie Vincent, Ace Frehley and Bruce Kulick Played Live Together
The former Kiss guitarists teamed up on stage for the first time ever.