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.
40 Years Ago: Kiss Releases Final Original Makeup-Era Single
Mr. Mister guitarist Steve Farris can be heard on the 1983 single.
Ace Frehley Got a 'F--- You' but No Apology From Paul Stanley
Guitarist recently threatened to air "some dirt" on his former Kiss bandmates.
45 Years Ago: Kiss' Disco Flirtation Begins With 'Strutter '78'
"There was no reason to do it," Paul Stanley later said of re-recording the song.
'Spinning Gold' Director Discusses Kiss' Early History: Exclusive
Film chronicles Casablanca Records, the label that first signed Gene Simmons and company.
Kiss' 'Beth' History Disputed by 'Spinning Gold' Director
He claims Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have "systematically written the history they want" for the song.
Ace Frehley Gives Paul Stanley a Week to Retract 'Piss' Comment
Former Kiss guitarist says he'll reveal 'some dirt' if his demand is not met.
Kiss Discusses Truth Behind Rumor They Planned to Call Band F---
Paul Stanley feared "ego fight" would break out during conversation about group's name.
Paul Stanley Wishes Kiss Had Treated Eric Carr 'More Sensitively'
"He rightfully pulled himself away from us and felt betrayed."
Kiss Announces Final Dates for End of the Road Farewell Tour
The band will perform two shows at their hometown's most famous venue.