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Kiss may not be the most respected, nor even the most musically accomplished among rock’s best-selling recording artists, but they might just be the most iconic and, in their own way, influential bands (and brands) in history. Still, despite their signature makeup, flashy wardrobe, and meticulously orchestrated on-stage extravaganzas, Kiss initially struggled to gain commercial traction during the first half of the ’70s. But their dedicated touring regimen duly paid off with the platinum breakthrough of 1975’s ‘Alive,’ which, along with numerous subsequent studio triumphs, transformed band members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss into universal masked celebrities, verging on superheroes in the eyes of impressionable young fans by 1978. But just as suddenly, growing internal strife, dwindling musical inspiration, and sheer overexposure (a result of their aggressive merchandising tactics) knocked Kiss off their lofty pedestal and left them struggling to remain relevant as the ’80s got under way. As a last resort, Kiss abandoned their signature makeup with 1983’s ‘Lick it Up’ and thus managed to align themselves with the legion of hair metal bands dominating the period — many of whom had cut their teeth on their records and especially Ace Frehley’s straightforward solos, before graduating to the virtuoso examples of Edward Van Halen or Randy Rhoads. And, like all of those bands, Kiss too endured the grunge era’s vicious backlash, by which time the core duo of Simmons and Stanley were themselves at odds about Kiss’ creative direction, while long-serving drummer Eric Carr faced a rare form of cancer that would eventually kill him in 1991. So, after attempting to fit in with the flannel flyers via 1992’s rather decent ‘Revenge’ LP, Simmons and Stanley got to work orchestrating a rekindling of their long-broken relationship with founding members Frehley and Criss for what would turn into a full-scale reunion — in makeup — including extensive late ‘90s tours and 1998’s ‘Psycho Circus’ LP. Both Criss and Frehley eventually fell afoul of their bandmates/taskmasters yet again, but that has in no way stopped or even slowed down the Kiss marketing machine. Instead, Criss and Frehley’s instantly recognizable makeup designs were simply applied to new members Eric Singer (drums) and Tommy Thayer (guitar) and Kiss has continued to perform before millions of fans, too young (or, in some cases, over it) to care — thus proving that the four characters devised long ago are truly bigger than the men who wear them.

Selected Discography: ‘Kiss’ (1974), ‘Alive’ (1975), ‘Destroyer’ (1976), ‘Love Gun’ (1977), ‘Creatures of the Night’ (1982) Related Artists: Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin Further Reading: Best Kiss Guitarist - Readers Poll Read More: Kiss News

Stone Sour Cover Metallica, Black Sabbath, KISS + More for ‘Meanwhile in Burbank…’ EP

Stone Sour
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Stone Sour will release 'Meanwhile in Burbank…', a five-song EP featuring cover songs from Black Sabbath, Metallica, KISS, Judas Priest and Alice in Chains.

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KISS’ Paul Stanley: Beck Should Have Kicked Kanye West ‘In the Nuts’ at the Grammys

Frederick M. Brown / Kevork Djansezian/ Jason Merritt, Getty Images
Frederick M. Brown / Kevork Djansezian/ Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Don’t mess with Paul Stanley. The Kiss singer-guitarist didn’t mince words when it came to expressing his opinion of Kanye West going onstage during Beck’s acceptance of the Album of the Year Grammy on Sunday night.

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Foo Fighters Rock KISS + Rush Classics at Rio de Janiero Show

Foo Fighters Dave Grohl
Chad Childers, Loudwire

Foo Fighters' love of covers continues as they rocked out KISS' 'Detroit Rock City' and Rush's 'Tom Sawyer' in Rio de Janeiro. Watch here.

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KISS Release Collaborative ‘Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina’ Video With Momorio Clover Z

KISS
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KISS' collaborative video with Momorio Clover Z on 'Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina' has been revealed.

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Watch a Preview of KISS’ New Collaboration With Japanese Girl Group Momorio Clover Z

KISS Momorio Clover Z
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A new trailer for a video featuring KISS with Japanese girl group Momorio Clover Z has surfaced online.

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KISS’ Paul Stanley on ‘Farewell Tour’: ‘We Had to Get Rid of’ Ace Frehley + Peter Criss

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KISS' Paul Stanley reveals that the band's 'farewell tour' came about due to an increasingly bad work situation with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.

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KISS to Perform ‘Alive!’ in Full on 2015 KISS Kruise

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The rock 'n' roll voyage from Miami to Jamaica will set sail on Oct. 30, 2015 and will feature KISS performing the classic 'Alive!' album in its entirety.

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KISS Singer-Guitarist Paul Stanley’s Cringeworthy Folgers Commercial Surfaces Online

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Jo Hale, Getty Images

In this newly unearthed commercial for Folgers coffee, the KISS member sings a hilariously bad jingle while trapeze artists defy death from above.

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KISS’ Paul Stanley Felt ‘Screwed Over’ by Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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KISS' Paul Stanley was apparently not happy with the band's experience at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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KISS to Rock 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Brenda Chase, Getty Images

The band, led by more than 600 cheerleaders from around the country, will perform a KISS medley.

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