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 Postpone Four Shows After Gene Simmons Contracts COVID-19
News comes less than a week after Paul Stanley tested positive.
Paul Stanley on Recovering From COVID: 'It Kicked My Ass'
Kiss cofounder says symptoms were mild compared to others.
Paul Stanley Tests Positive for COVID, Kiss Postpone Show
Band and crew are entirely vaccinated and have been operating "in a bubble" while on tour.
30 Years Ago: Kiss Reimagine Argent for ‘Bill and Ted’ Sequel
Rewritten track was dubbed “God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll to You II.”
Gene Simmons Says He’s ‘A Little Klutz’ When it Comes to Art
"I’m just some lucky putz off the streets of New York, who fooled around with life and succeeded," the Kiss legend tells UCR.
David Lee Roth Sends 18 Middle Fingers to Kiss' Gene Simmons
Bassist took shots at singer's performing abilities in new interview.
Kiss Resume Farewell Tour After 17-Month Delay: Photos, Set List
Shows are expected to run deep into 2022.
The Night Kiss Made 'PTI''s Tony Kornheiser Quit His Job
"This is going to be the biggest thing in music quickly, and I'm getting out of the rock-critic business."