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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.

   
Sebastian Bach
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Sebastian Bach Performs With KISS Cover Band at His Wedding Reception

The wedding between Bach and Suzanne Le took place over the weekend, and at the Saturday night (Aug. 22) reception/concert held at the Rockbar in San Jose, Bach jammed numerous KISS songs with the tribute band Destroyer

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Gene Simmons Lamb of God
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KISS’ Gene Simmons Critiques Lamb of God’s ’512′

KISS' Gene Simmons offers his assessment of the Lamb of God song '512.'

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Gene Simmons
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Gene Simmons’ Home Searched by Crimes Against Children Task Force; Rocker + Family Not Suspects

Both the LAPD and a representative for the rocker have stated that neither Gene Simmons nor any member of his family are considered suspects in the crime they are investigating.

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Watch Gene Simmons, Johnny Depp + Gilby Clarke Rock KISS Songs for Charity

On Sunday night, KISS singer-bassist Gene Simmons, actor Johnny Depp and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke teamed up to perform renditions of KISS songs for charity.

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Kiss vs. Tool
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KISS vs. Tool – Best Live Band, Quarterfinals

We've got two polar opposites fighting head to head. Despite this, both acts have helped revolutionize the live concert experience.

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Gene Simmons
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Gene Simmons Suspects KISS Will Release Another Album

Despite Paul Stanley's recent comments, KISS' Gene Simmons suspects that the band will record another new album.

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Gene Simmons on Donald Trump’s Immigration Comments: ‘He’s Smarter Than That’

While the Kiss bassist-vocalist criticized Trump's choice of words on immigration, he did speak highly of Trump as a person.

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Rammstein vs. KISS
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Rammstein vs. KISS – Best Live Band, Round 2

It's Rammstein vs. KISS in Round 2 of our tournament to determine the Best Live Band in hard rock and heavy metal.

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KISS Scooby Doo
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‘Scooby-Doo & Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery’ Clips + New Song Surface Ahead of Release

Get ready for 'Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery.' See a couple of preview clips and hear a new song here.

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Kiss vs. Gwar
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KISS vs. GWAR – Best Live Act, Round 1

It's KISS vs. GWAR in this Round 1 matchup to determine the Best Live Band ever in hard rock and metal.

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