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 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.
Gene Simmons Admits Life After Kiss ‘Won’t Be As Exciting'
Star hints at plans for “next chapter” once farewell tour is over.
Journey and Kiss Highlight 'Stranger Things' Season 4 Soundtrack
Volume I arrives today, with a second installment coming in July.
Watch 'Kiss' Perform in First Clip From Casablanca Records Movie
Biopic about record label founder Neil Bogart is nearing completion.
Bruce Kulick Reflects on 30 Years of Kiss' 'Revenge'
Guitarist reflects on band's hard-rocking return to form in new video.
Gene Simmons Will Be 'Crying Like Baby' During Final Kiss Song
Bassist insists there will be no new album to follow End of the Road tour.
Kiss to Release Expanded 'Creatures of the Night' Box Set
Fan favorite found the band returning to stripped-down hard rock in 1982.