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.
15 Years Ago: Kiss' New Lineup Digs Deep on 'Rock the Nation'
A new lineup freed Kiss to explore their back catalog.
40 Years Ago: Ace Frehley Plays His First 'Last Kiss Concert'
Their split followed a slow disintegration that actually began in the late '70s.
Kiss' Live Cover of the Who's 'Won't Get Fooled Again' Unearthed
Bruce Kulick combined fan-shot footage with soundboard audio to celebrate the Asylum tour's 35th anniversary.
Kiss Aim to Set $1,000,000 Pyro Record with New Year’s Eve Show
Paul Stanley says “Size matters” for multi-million dollar, 250-foot stage, 50-camera performance with giant pyro backdrop.
Kiss Announce 'Kiss 2020 Goodbye' New Year's Eve Virtual Concert
Ticket bundles for the virtual event range from $49 to $999.
See Kiss' 'Dynasty' Album Cover Recreated With 4,000 Legos
Creative fan makes the most of pandemic downtime.
40 Years Ago: Kiss Stares Down a Very Uncertain 'Tomorrow'
Kiss tried to put on a brave face as internal and external pressures mounted.
Hear Melvins' King Buzzo Cover Ace Frehley's Kiss Song 'Shock Me'
Cover of 1977 'Love Gun' song is the latest Kiss tribute from the Melvins.