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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.

   
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YouTube / Lip Sync Battle on Spike

Watch CeeLo Green + Mini-KISS Deliver ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ on ‘Lip Sync Battle’

CeeLo Green invited Mini-KISS to join him for a performance of 'Rock and Roll All Nite' on Spike's 'Lip Sync Battle.'

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Nikki Sixx on Feud With KISS Members: ‘We Look Like a Bunch of Old Women Fighting at This Point’

Nikki Sixx has been in a war of words with KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in recent weeks. See what he tells Loudwire about the situation.

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In a recent column, Gene Simmons talks religion and pedophilia and says there's a special place in hell for priests who are pedophiles.

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KISS’ Paul Stanley to Nikki Sixx: ‘Get Off Your Self Inflated Pedestal’

KISS’ Paul Stanley is once again playing 'voice of reason' as the frontman took issue with Nikki Sixx’s recent criticism of Gene Simmons.

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Nikki Sixx Rails Against Gene Simmons for Prince Death Comments: ‘You’re No Longer My Hero’

After calling Gene Simmons 'an overrated, lucky guy that dresses like a clown,' Nikki Sixx declared that Simmons was no longer his hero.

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Since the passing of the iconic Prince, musicians around the world are still in mourning over the sudden loss of one of music's greatest stars...

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Alberto E. Rodriguez / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

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In a new statement, Gene Simmons cites his experience of seeing fellow rockers’ lives destroyed by drug use as the motive behind his words.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Gene Simmons: Prince’s Death Was ‘Pathetic’

KISS bassist Gene Simmons has weighed in on the death of rock icon Prince, calling his death 'pathetic' and that he 'killed himself' with drug use.

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Stump the Ace: KISS Legend Ace Frehley Challenged to Identify Real or Fake KISS Products

Throw on your KISS plush bath robe in hot pink… it’s time to play Stump the Ace!

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images (2)

N.W.A.’s MC Ren Calls Gene Simmons + KISS ‘A Gimmick’

MC Ren has called Gene Simmons and KISS 'a gimmick' as the two sides continue to exchange words regarding N.W.A's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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