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Kiss
Kiss in concert in Boston, 2004; left to right: Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, Paul Stanley and Eric Singer
Kiss in concert in Boston, 2004; left to right: Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, Paul Stanley and Eric Singer
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genre(s) Hard rock
heavy metal[citation needed]
glam metal
Years active 1973 — Present
Label(s) Casablanca, Mercury, Sanctuary, Columbia
Associated acts E.S.P., Black 'N Blue, Frehley's Comet, Union, Vinnie Vincent Invasion, White Tiger, Wicked Lester
Website www.kissonline.com http://kissontour.com/
Members
Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons
Tommy Thayer
Eric Singer
Former members
Peter Criss
Ace Frehley
Eric Carr
Vinnie Vincent
Mark St. John
Bruce Kulick
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Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973. Easily identified by their trademark face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-1970s on the basis of their elaborate live performances, which featured fire-breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars, and pyrotechnics. Kiss has been awarded 34 gold albums to date.[1]The group's worldwide sales exceed 80 million albums.[2] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 344 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): KISS (band) Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Chaim Witz (חיים וויץ), (born August 25, 1949 in Haifa, Israel), better known by his stage name Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American hard rock bass guitarist and vocalist. ... Tommy Thayer (born November 7, 1960 in Portland, Oregon) is an American musician and the former lead guitarist of the rock group Kiss. ... This article is about the metal musician. ... Eric Doyle Mensinger (born May 12, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio), better known as Eric Singer, is an American drummer for the rock band Kiss and singer Alice Cooper. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the state. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... This article is about Casablanca, the record label. ... Mercury Records is a record label currently headquartered in the UK, and is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ... Sanctuary Records is a record label based in the United Kingdom and a subsidiary of Universal Records. ... Eric Singer Project (ESP) Eric Singer Project was a band started by Eric Singer, drummer for such acts as KISS, Lita Ford, Black Sabbath, and Alice Cooper. ... For other uses, see Black and Blue (disambiguation). ... Frehleys Comet (l to r): Anton Fig, Ace Frehley, John Regan and Tod Howarth pictured on the single for Into The Night (1987). ... Union. ... Vinnie Vincent Invasion was a heavy metal band formed in 1985 by former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent. ... White Tiger were a post-KISS band of former KISS guitarist Mark St. ... Wicked Lester, c. ... This article is about the metal musician. ... Chaim Witz (חיים וויץ), (born August 25, 1949 in Haifa, Israel), better known by his stage name Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American hard rock bass guitarist and vocalist. ... Tommy Thayer (born November 7, 1960 in Portland, Oregon) is an American musician and the former lead guitarist of the rock group Kiss. ... Eric Doyle Mensinger (born May 12, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio), better known as Eric Singer, is an American drummer for the rock band Kiss and singer Alice Cooper. ... George Peter John Criscuola (born December 20, 1945), better known as Peter Criss, is an American musician best known as drummer and vocalist for the rock band Kiss. ... Paul Daniel Frehley (born April 27, 1951[1]), better known as Ace Frehley, is an American guitarist best known as a founding member and lead guitarist for the rock band Kiss. ... Paul Charles Caravello (July 12, 1950 - November 24, 1991), better known as Eric Carr, was an American musician, best known as drummer for the rock band Kiss. ... Vincent John Cusano (born August 6, 1952, in Bridgeport, Connecticut), better known as Vinnie Vincent, is a guitarist and songwriter most famous for his brief membership in the band KISS. Vincent played a few lead guitar parts on the album Creatures of the Night and subsequently toured with KISS in... Mark St. ... Bruce Kulick (born on December 14, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American guitarist best known for his work in Kiss. ... Image File history File links Gnome-speakernotes. ... This article is about the genre. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... A man demonstrates his skill at fire breathing 65 fire breathers perform simultaneously at Burning Man 2005 A simple fire breathing torch Fire breathing is the act of creating a large flame by spraying, with ones breath, a flammable liquid upon an open flame. ... Pyrotechnics is a field of study often thought synonymous with the manufacture of fireworks, but more accurately it has a wider scope that includes items for military and industrial uses. ... “Golden record” redirects here. ...


The original lineup of Paul Stanley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Gene Simmons (vocals and bass guitar), Ace Frehley (lead guitar and vocals), and Peter Criss (drums, percussion and vocals) is the most successful and identifiable. With their makeup and costumes, they took on the personae of comic book-style characters: The Demon (Simmons), Starchild (Stanley), Spaceman (Frehley), and The Catman (Criss). The band explains that the fans were the ones who ultimately chose their makeup designs. The "Demon" makeup reflected Gene's cynicism and dark elements, as well as his love for comic books. Paul Stanley became the "Starchild" due to his tendency to be referred to as the "starry-eyed lover" and "hopeless romantic." Ace Frehley's "Spaceman" makeup was a reflection of him wanting to go for a ride in a space ship and supposedly being from another planet. Peter Criss' "Catman" makeup was in accordance with the belief that Peter had nine lives due to his rough childhood in Brooklyn. Due to creative differences, both Criss and Frehley were out of the group by 1982. The band's commercial fortunes had also waned considerably by that point. This article is about the metal musician. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ... Chaim Witz (חיים וויץ), (born August 25, 1949 in Haifa, Israel), better known by his stage name Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American hard rock bass guitarist and vocalist. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... Paul Daniel Frehley (born April 27, 1951[1]), better known as Ace Frehley, is an American guitarist best known as a founding member and lead guitarist for the rock band Kiss. ... Lead guitar refers to a role within a band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... George Peter John Criscuola (born December 20, 1945), better known as Peter Criss, is an American musician best known as drummer and vocalist for the rock band Kiss. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ...


In 1983, Kiss abandoned their makeup and enjoyed a commercial resurgence throughout the rest of the decade. Buoyed by a wave of Kiss nostalgia in the 1990s, the band announced a reunion of the original lineup (with makeup) in 1996. The resulting Kiss Alive/Worldwide/Lost Cities/Reunion Tour was the top-grossing act of 1996 and 1997. Criss and Frehley have since left Kiss again and have been replaced by Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, respectively. The band continues to perform, while Stanley and Simmons have remained the only two constant members. For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... Look up nostalgia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Eric Doyle Mensinger (born May 12, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio), better known as Eric Singer, is an American drummer for the rock band Kiss and singer Alice Cooper. ... Tommy Thayer (born November 7, 1960 in Portland, Oregon) is an American musician and the former lead guitarist of the rock group Kiss. ...

Contents

History

Early years and struggles (1971–1975)

Kiss traces its roots to Wicked Lester, a New York City-based rock and roll band led by co-founders Gene Simmons (born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel on August 25, 1949) and Paul Stanley (born Stanley Harvey Eisen in Queens, New York City on January 20, 1952). Wicked Lester, with their eclectic mixture of musical styles, never achieved any success. They recorded one album, which was shelved by Epic Records, and played a handful of live shows. Simmons and Stanley, feeling that a new musical direction was needed, abandoned Wicked Lester in 1972 and began forming a new group.[3][4][5] Wicked Lester, c. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Chaim Witz (חיים וויץ), (born August 25, 1949 in Haifa, Israel), better known by his stage name Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American hard rock bass guitarist and vocalist. ... Hebrew Arabic حَيْفَا Government City District Haifa Population 266,300 (city) 1,039,000 (metropolitan area) Jurisdiction 63,666 dunams (63. ... is the 237th day of the year (238th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the metal musician. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ...


In late 1972, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley came across an ad in Rolling Stone placed by Peter Criss, a veteran drummer from the New York club scene, who was previously in bands called "Lips" and "Chelsea". Criss (born George Peter John Criscuola on December 20, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York City) auditioned for and joined the new version of Wicked Lester. The trio focused on a much harder style of rock than Wicked Lester played. Inspired by the theatrics of the New York Dolls, they also began experimenting with their image by wearing makeup and various outfits.[6] In November 1972, the trio played a showcase for Epic Records A&R director Don Ellis, in an effort to secure a record deal. Although the performance went well, Ellis hated the group's image and music. On top of that, as he was leaving, he was vomited on by Criss's brother.[7][8] This article is about the magazine. ... George Peter John Criscuola (born December 20, 1945), better known as Peter Criss, is an American musician best known as drummer and vocalist for the rock band Kiss. ... For the comic book character, see Drummer (comics). ... is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... This article is about the New York City borough, or Kings County, New York. ... For the self-titled debut album, visit New York Dolls (album) The New York Dolls are a rock band formed in New York City in 1971. ... In the music industry, Artists and Repertoire (A&R) is the division of a record label company that is responsible for scouting and artist development. ...


In January 1973, the group added lead guitarist Ace Frehley (born as Paul Frehley on April 27, 1951 in the Bronx, New York City). According to the book Kiss & Tell by Ace Frehley's former best-friends, Gordon G.G. Gebert and Bob McAdams (who accompanied Ace Frehley to the audition) the eccentric Frehley impressed the group with his first audition, although he showed up wearing two different sneakers (one red and one orange) and began warming up on his guitar while another guitarist was being auditioned by the band. A few weeks after Frehley joined, the Wicked Lester name was dropped and the band became Kiss. Lead guitar refers to a role within a band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. ... Paul Daniel Frehley (born April 27, 1951[1]), better known as Ace Frehley, is an American guitarist best known as a founding member and lead guitarist for the rock band Kiss. ... is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bronx redirects here. ...

The Kiss logo
The Kiss logo

Stanley came up with the name; as he, Simmons, and Criss were driving around New York City. Criss mentioned that he was in a band called Lips, so Stanley said what about KISS (Reminisced by Simmons on the KISS video Exposed). Frehley created the now-iconic logo (making the "SS" look like lightning bolts) when he went to write the new band name over Wicked Lester on a poster outside the club where they were going to play.[9] The runic letters happened to look similar to the insignia of the Nazi SS, or Waffen-SS, a symbol that is now illegal to display in Germany. Therefore, in Germany, after 1979, all of the band's album covers and merchandise used a modified version of the logo, in which the "SS" looks like a backwards "ZZ." Ironically, Frehley, Simmons, and Stanley are all of Jewish origin. The band's name has been rumored to have many hidden meanings, among them an acronym for Knights In Satan's Service or acronym for Keep It Simple Stupid.[10] None of these rumors have any basis in fact, and the band has consistently denied them. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (832x344, 12 KB)Italic text== Summary == A logo for KISS, created by myself using a character in the font: [1] This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (832x344, 12 KB)Italic text== Summary == A logo for KISS, created by myself using a character in the font: [1] This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Wicked Lester, c. ... Technical note: Due to technical limitations, some web browsers may not display some special characters in this article. ... SS redirects here. ... Waffen-SS recruitment poster; Volunteer to the Waffen-SS The Waffen-SS was the armed wing of the Schutzstaffel. ... Look up acronym, initialism, alphabetism in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up acronym, initialism, alphabetism in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The first Kiss performance was on January 30, 1973, for an audience of three at the Popcorn Club (renamed Coventry shortly afterward) in Queens. In March of that year, the band recorded a five-song demo tape with producer Eddie Kramer. Former TV director Bill Aucoin, who had seen the group at a handful of showcase concerts in the summer of 1973, offered to become the band’s manager in mid-October. Kiss agreed, with the condition that Aucoin get them signed to a recording contract within two weeks. On November 1, 1973, Kiss became the first act signed to former teen pop singer and Buddha Records executive Neil Bogart's new label, Emerald City Records (which was shortly afterward renamed Casablanca Records).[11] is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... For other uses, see demo. ... Eddie Kramer is an audio engineer and producer who has worked with Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Peter Frampton, Curtis Mayfield, Santana, Anthrax, Carly Simon and Robin Trower. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Buddah Records (now known as Buddha Records for spelling corrections of Buddha) was founded in 1967 by promotor Neil Bogart in New York City. ... Neil Bogart (February 3, 1943 – May 8, 1982) was an American record executive. ... This article is about Casablanca, the record label. ...


The band entered Bell Sound Studios in New York City on October 10, 1973 to begin recording their first album. On December 31 the band had their official industry premier at the Academy of Music in New York City, opening for Blue Öyster Cult. It was at this concert that Simmons accidentally set his hair (which was coated in hairspray) ablaze for the first of many times while performing his inaugural firebreathing stunt.[12] is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is a major performing arts venue in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, known as a center for progressive and avant garde performance. ... Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band formed in New York in 1967 and still active in 2008. ...


Kiss's first tour started on February 5, 1974 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. The band’s self-titled debut album, Kiss, was released on February 18. Casablanca and Kiss promoted the album heavily throughout the spring and summer of 1974. On February 19, the band performed "Nothin' to Lose," "Firehouse," and "Black Diamond" for what would become their first national television appearance, on ABC's Dick Clark's In Concert (aired March 29). On April 29, the band performed "Firehouse" on The Mike Douglas Show. This broadcast included Simmons's first televised interview, a conversation with Douglas in which Simmons declared himself "evil incarnate," eliciting titters from an uncomfortable and largely confused studio audience. Fellow guest Totie Fields, remarked that it would be humorous if, beneath all the make-up, Simmons was "just a nice Jewish boy." Simmons deftly parried this remark with neither a confirmation nor denial, by saying simply, "You should only know." To which she responded, "I do. You can't hide the hook," a sly reference to Simmons's nose. is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the city in Alberta, Canada. ... For other uses, see Alberta (disambiguation). ... The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium is a 4 million cubic foot (113,000 m3) performing arts, culture and community facility located in Edmonton, Alberta. ... Kiss is the self-titled debut album from the American hard rock band Kiss. ... is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Spring is one of the four temperate seasons. ... For other uses, see Summer (disambiguation). ... [[Media:Italic text]]{| style=float:right; |- | |- | |} is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Mike Douglas Show was an American daytime television talk show hosted by Mike Douglas that ran from 1961 to 1982. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Totie Fields (May 7, 1930 - August 2, 1978) was a zaftig American comedian who was not afraid to poke fun at her own weight problems. ...


Despite the publicity and constant touring, Kiss initially sold just 75,000 copies. Meanwhile, the group and Casablanca Records were losing money quickly. The band flew to Los Angeles in August 1974 to begin recording their second album, Hotter Than Hell, which was released in on October 22, 1974. The only single, "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll," failed to chart and the album stalled at #100.[13] Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Hotter Than Hell (1974) is the second album from the rock group Kiss. ... is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ...


With Hotter Than Hell quickly dropping off the charts, Kiss was pulled from their tour to quickly record a new album. Casablanca head Neil Bogart stepped in to produce the next album, trading in the murky, distorted sound of Hotter Than Hell for a cleaner and slightly poppier sound. Dressed To Kill, released on March 19, 1975, fared slightly better commercially than Hotter Than Hell. It also contained what would later become the band's trademark song, "Rock and Roll All Nite" (sample ). Dressed to Kill is a 1975 album from American hard rock group Kiss. ... is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rock and Roll All Nite is a song by Kiss, originally released on their 1975 album Dressed to Kill. ... Image File history File links KISS_RockandRollAllNite. ...


Although Kiss albums had not proved to be big sellers, the band was quickly gaining a reputation as a top-flight live act. Kiss concerts featured things such as Simmons spitting "blood" (primarily yogurt and food coloring) or "breathing fire" (spitting flammable liquid at a torch); Frehley soloing as his guitar burst into flames (light and smoke bombs placed inside the guitar); Criss's elevating drum riser that emitted sparks; Stanley's Townshend-style guitar smashing; and pyrotechnics throughout the show.[14] Pete Townshend (born Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend on 19 May 1945 in Chiswick, London), is an award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer, and writer. ...


By late 1975, Casablanca was nearly bankrupt and Kiss was in danger of losing their record contract. Both parties desperately needed a commercial breakthrough if they were to survive. That breakthrough came in an unlikely form - a double live album.


Rise to Prominence (1975–1978)

Kiss wanted to express the excitement felt at their concerts (which their studio albums had so far failed to do), with their first live album. Released on September 10, 1975, Alive!, achieved quadruple platinum status, and spawned Kiss's first top 40 single, a live version of "Rock And Roll All Nite." It was the first version of "Rock and Roll All Nite" with a guitar solo, and this recording has come to represent the definitive version of the song; supplanting the studio original. In recent years the band admitted that additional audience noise had been added to the album, not to deceive fans, but to add more "excitement and realism" to the show.[15] is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Alive! was KISSs fourth album and is considered their breakthrough, as well as a cornerstone for live albums. ... “Golden record” redirects here. ...


The success of Alive! not only brought Kiss the breakthrough they had been seeking, but arguably saved Casablanca, which was close to bankruptcy. Following this success, Kiss partnered with producer Bob Ezrin, who had previously worked with Alice Cooper. The result was Destroyer (released March 15, 1976), Kiss's most musically ambitious studio album to date. Destroyer, with its rather intricate production (utilizing an orchestra, choir, and numerous tape effects), was a departure from the raw sound of the first three studio albums. While the album sold well initially and became the group's second gold album, it quickly dropped down the charts. Only when the ballad "Beth" (sample ) was released as a single did the album's sales rebound. "Beth" was a #7 hit for the band, and its success revived both the album (which achieved platinum status by the end of 1976) and ticket sales for Kiss. Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration—see text) in the United Kingdom. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Alice Cooper (born Vincent Furnier February 4, 1948) is an American rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans five decades. ... Singles from Destroyer Released: March 1, 1976 Released: April 30, 1976 Released: July 28, 1976 Released: August 1976 Destroyer is the fourth studio album and fifth album overall by hard/glam rock band Kiss, released on March 15, 1976 in the United States. ... is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Beth is a song by Kiss that was originally released on their 1976 album, Destroyer. ... Image File history File links KISS_Beth. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ...

Live in 1977

In October 1976, Kiss appeared on the The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, lip-synching "Detroit Rock City," "Beth," and "King of the Night Time World." For many teenagers, this was their first exposure to Kiss's dramatic appearance. The show was co-produced by Bill Aucoin. In addition to the three performances, Kiss was the subject of a brief comedic "interview" conducted by Paul Lynde himself. This included Lynde noting, when hearing the member's first names, "Oh, I love a good religious group." Lip-sync or Lip-synch (short for lip synchronization) is a technical term for matching lip movements with voice. ... Paul Edward Lynde (June 13, 1926 — January 11, 1982) was an American comedian and actor. ...


Two more highly successful studio albums were released in less than a year—Rock and Roll Over (November 11, 1976) and Love Gun (June 30, 1977). A second live album, Alive II, was released on November 29, 1977. All three albums were certified platinum upon or soon after their release. Between 1976 and 1978, Kiss earned $17.7 million from record royalties and music publishing.[16] A 1977 Gallup poll named Kiss the most popular band in America. In Japan, Kiss performed five sold-out shows at Budokan Hall, breaking the previous record of four held by The Beatles. Rock and Roll Over is the fifth studio album and sixth overall by hard rock band Kiss. ... is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Love Gun is an album by the American hard rock band Kiss. ... is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Alive II is a 1977 live album from KISS. It is the groups eighth album and second live album. ... is the 333rd day of the year (334th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... A Gallup Poll is an opinion poll conducted by The Gallup Organization and frequently used by the mass media for representing public opinion. ... For the computer game Budokan, see Budokan: The Martial Spirit For the style of Karate, see Budokan Karate-do The Nippon Budokan ), often shortened to just Budokan, is an arena in central Tokyo. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ...


The first of what is now many Kiss greatest hits albums, Double Platinum, was issued on April 2, 1978. This double album included many remixed versions of their hits, as well as "Strutter '78," a re-recorded version of one of the group's signature songs. At Neil Bogart's request, the song was played in a style similar to the then-popular disco music.[17] For a list of albums known simply as Greatest Hits, see List of albums titled Greatest Hits. ... Double Platinum is a greatest hits album by the American hard rock band KISS. Many of the songs on Double Platinum were modified from their original versions. ... is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the music genre. ...


During this period, Kiss merchandise became a substantial source of income for the group. Some of the products released included a pair of comic books issued by Marvel (the first one of which contained ink mixed with actual blood donated by the group), a pinball machine, Kiss dolls, "Kiss Your Face Makeup" kits, Halloween masks, board games, and many other pieces of memorabilia. Membership in the Kiss Army, the band's fan club, was in the six figures. Between 1977 and 1979, worldwide merchandise sales (in-store and on tour) reached an estimated $100 million.[18] A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... This article is about the comic book company. ... This article is about the arcade game. ... This article is about the holiday. ... This Kiss Army ad from 1978 used language similar to earlier military recruitment posters. ...


Going solo (1978)

Kiss were at their commercial peak by 1978—Alive II was the band's fourth platinum album in just under two years, and the ensuing tour had the highest average attendance (13,550) in the group's history. In addition, Kiss's gross income for 1977 was US$10.2 million. The group, along with creative manager Bill Aucoin, sought to take the band to the next level of popularity. To that end, an ambitious, two-pronged strategy was devised for 1978.[19]


The first part involved the simultaneous release of four solo albums from the members of Kiss. Although Kiss has claimed that the solo albums were intended to ease rising tensions within the band, their 1976 record contract did in fact call for four solo records, with each of them counting as half an album toward the group's five-record commitment.[20] While each album was very much a solo effort (none of the group appeared on another's album), they were all released and marketed as Kiss albums (with similar cover art and poster inserts). It was the first time that all current members of a rock band had released solo albums on the same day.[21]


For the band members, it was a chance to showcase their individual musical styles and tastes outside of Kiss, and in some cases to collaborate with contemporary artists (Simmons's album featured appearances by the likes of Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, disco diva Donna Summer, Bob Seger, and then-girlfriend Cher). Stanley's and Frehley's albums stuck pretty closely to the successful hard rock style that Kiss had utilized, while Criss's album featured an R&B style and was loaded with ballads. Simmons's was the most eclectic of the four—it featured hard rock, ballads, Beatles-influenced pop, and ended with a straight cover of "When You Wish upon a Star" (from the movie Pinocchio). This article is about the band Aerosmith. ... Anthony Joseph Joe Perry (Born September 10, 1950 in Lawrence, Massachusetts), is the lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith. ... Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, that gained popularity in the late 1970s. ... Richard Nielsen (born December 22, 1946 in Rockford, Illinois) is the lead guitarist and primary songwriter of the rock band Cheap Trick. ... Donna Summer (born Donna Adrian Gaines) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who gained prominence during the disco era of music. ... Robert Clark Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American rock and roll singer-songwriter and musician. ... This article is about the entertainer. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... When You Wish upon a Star is a popular song written by Ned Washington and Leigh Harline and introduced in the 1940 Walt Disney movie Pinocchio, where it is sung by Cliff Edwards in the character of Jiminy Cricket, over the opening credits and again in the final scene of... Pinocchio is the second animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ...


The Kiss solo albums were released on September 18, 1978. The marketing blitz behind the albums was unprecedented—Casablanca announced it was shipping five million total copies of the albums (guaranteeing instant platinum status), and they spent US$2.5 million marketing them.[22] Despite all four solo albums making it into the Top 50 of the Billboard album chart, the massive preorder for these albums was soon followed by an equally enormous attempt to ship them back to the record company, followed by the subsequent discounting of these albums once sales had (very quickly) peaked. The albums were also the first Kiss albums to be seen in the "bargain bins" of many record stores, and it was the first clear harbinger of Kiss's waning popularity. All four solo albums combined sold about as many copies as Love Gun alone. Of the four, Frehley's album was the most successful (although not by a huge margin) and spawned the only radio top 20 hit (Russ Ballard's composition "New York Groove", originally performed by Hello).[23] is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... For an Englishman who was born and still lives in the heart of the British countryside, Russ Ballad has certainly made his presence felt around the globe. ... New York Groove is a song written by Russ Ballard and performed by Ace Frehley on his self titled record in 1978 (originally recorded by Hello 1975). ... Hello were a Bell Records teen appeal glam rock band based in England. ...


The second part of Kiss's and Aucoin's plan called for the band to appear in a movie that would cement their image as larger than life superheroes. Filming for the movie commenced in the spring of 1978. Although the project was proposed to the band as a cross between A Hard Day's Night and Star Wars, the final results fell far short of those expectations. The script underwent numerous rewrites, and the band (particularly Criss and Frehley) grew increasingly frustrated with the film making process. Criss refused to take part in post-production, and so his entire voice track was completely over-dubbed by another actor.[24] A Hard Days Night (1964) is a British comedy film originally released by United Artists, written by Alun Owen and starring The Beatles during the height of Beatlemania. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological...


Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park, produced by Hanna-Barbera, aired on NBC on October 28, 1978. Despite scathing reviews, it was one of the highest-rated TV movies of the year, and saw theatrical release outside the U.S. in 1979 under the title Attack of the Phantoms. While later interviews with band members would have them talk about their movie making experience with a mix of humorous embarrassment and regret as to the finished product, their unhappiness with the final product was well-known to those around them. They felt that the movie ended up portraying them more as clowns than superheroes. The artistic failure of the movie led to a rift between the band and Aucoin, on whom they laid the blame.[25] Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park is a 1978 television movie, starring American hard rock band Kiss. ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... This article is about the television network. ... is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


Late makeup years and decline (1979–1983)

The band's first album of new material in two years, Dynasty (May 23, 1979), continued their platinum streak. The album contained what would become the biggest single in the history of the band, "I Was Made For Lovin' You." The song, which combined elements of hard rock with disco, was a top ten hit throughout the world (peaking at #11 in the U.S.).[26] Dynasty was recorded using session drummer Anton Fig, at the request of producer Vini Poncia, who felt that Criss's drumming skills were not adequate. The only contribution made by the increasingly discontented Criss to Dynasty was "Dirty Livin'," which he co-wrote and sang.[27] Singles from Dynasty Released: May 1979 Released: 1979 Released: 1979 Dynasty is a studio album by the American hard rock band Kiss. ... is the 143rd day of the year (144th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... I Was Made for Lovin You is a hard rock/disco song by the American hard rock band Kiss, originally released on their 1979 album Dynasty (see 1979 in music). ... This article is about the music genre. ... Anton Fig is a top session drummer noted for his work as the drummer for David Lettermans house band. ... Vini Poncia (b. ...


Billed as "The Return of Kiss," the Dynasty Tour was expected by Kiss and their management to build on the success of previous tours. Plans were drawn up for a Kiss-themed traveling amusement park, called Kiss World, but were abandoned due to the immense costs involved.[28] Rather than being the band's biggest and most successful tour, "The Return of Kiss" saw a marked decline in attendance.[29] Theme park redirects here. ...


One very public indication of the heightened friction within the group was an infamous October 31, 1979 interview on Tom Snyder's late-night The Tomorrow Show. During the episode, a visibly irritated Simmons and Stanley try to contain the bombastic (and inebriated) Frehley, whose non-stop laughter and joking overshadowed the content and conversation that takes place between Snyder and the rest of the band. Criss made repeated references to his large gun collection, to the chagrin of Simmons.[30] is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The Tomorrow Show was an American late-night television talk show hosted by Tom Snyder. ... The Drunkenness of Noah by Giovanni Bellini Drunkenness is the state of being intoxicated by consumption of alcoholic beverages to a degree that mental and physical faculties are noticeably impaired. ...


By the conclusion of the Dynasty tour in December 1979, tensions between Criss and the rest of the band were at an all-time high. His drumming skills had noticeably eroded, and he even intentionally slowed down or stopped playing altogether during some concerts. The final show of the tour (December 16, 1979) was the last time Criss performed with the group, although he remained an official member for nearly six more months.[31][32] is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


Yet the disagreements were hardly noticed by Kiss's new fan base. The crowds were very much younger than previous audiences had been, with many pre-adolescent children in Kiss makeup with their mothers and fathers (who were sometimes wearing the makeup themselves) in tow at most concerts. Kiss themselves did little to dissuade this new fan base, donning colorful costumes that reinforced a cartoonish image for these younger fans.[33]


With Criss' involvement in Kiss at an end, the group recorded the followup to Dynasty in early 1980. As with Dynasty, this album was recorded with session drummer Anton Fig, although at the time his performance was uncredited. Showcasing a slick, contemporary pop sound, Unmasked (May 20, 1980) had the dubious distinction of being the first Kiss album since Dressed to Kill to fail to achieve platinum sales. Soon after the album's release, Criss' departure was officially announced, as was the announcement that the band would be auditioning his replacement.[34][35] Unmasked is an album by the American band Kiss released in 1980. ... is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ...


Kiss's first-ever replacement member, Eric Carr (born Paul Caravello on July 12, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York City) was announced in late July 1980. He debuted with the group on July 25 at New York's now-defunct Palladium Theatre. Due to disappointing domestic sales of Unmasked, this was Kiss's only U.S. show in support of the album. The band's 1980 tour of Australia and New Zealand, on the other hand, was one of the biggest in their history, as they played to sold-out crowds and received overwhelmingly positive press coverage.[36][37] Paul Charles Caravello (July 12, 1950 - November 24, 1991), better known as Eric Carr, was an American musician, best known as drummer for the rock band Kiss. ... is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 206th day of the year (207th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Palladium was a concert hall and nightclub in New York City. ... The Unmasked Tour is a 1980 concert tour by the hard rock group Kiss. ...


For their next album, the band once again approached Bob Ezrin, with whom Kiss had found success on Destroyer. Early press reports indicated that the new album would be a return to the hard rock style that had originally brought the band success. What was released instead was 1981's Music from "The Elder", a concept album featuring medieval horns, strings, harps, and synthesizers.[38] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Alternate cover Japan only full Obi album cover Music from The Elder is a 1981 concept album released by the American hard rock band Kiss. ... In popular music, a concept album is an album which is unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical (Shuker 2002, p. ... For other uses, see Harp (disambiguation). ... Synth redirects here. ...


The album was presented as a soundtrack to a film that was never made, making it difficult (if not impossible) to follow the storyline. To make matters worse, having received negative feedback following their record company's preview of the album, Kiss altered the record's track sequence in most countries to emphasize potential singles "The Oath" and "A World Without Heroes," which all but guaranteed the inability of listeners to understand the already muddled storyline. Once released, fan reaction to The Elder was harsh; it failed to achieve gold status and peaked at #75 on the Billboard Album Chart.[39]


The commercial failure of Music from "The Elder" forced Kiss to forego a supporting tour completely. The band made only two appearances for the album, both in January 1982. One was a performance on the ABC late-night variety program Fridays, while the second was a lip-synched performance that was broadcast via satellite during Italy's Sanremo Festival.[40] Kiss also performed "I", and "A World Without Heroes" on Solid Gold. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Fridays was the name of ABCs weekly late-night live comedy show, which aired on Friday nights from 1980 to 1982. ...

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Absent from the second performance was Frehley, who had become increasingly frustrated with Kiss's new musical direction. Upset with the band's decision to record a concept album (Music from "The Elder"), he did not actively participate in the album's creation, only providing lead vocals to one track, "Dark Light". He recorded his guitar parts at his home studio in Wilton, Connecticut and mailed them to Ezrin. Another source of frustration for Frehley was that with the departure of Criss, and with Carr not being an equal partner in the band, he was often outvoted 2-to-1 on group matters. In June 1982, Frehley's departure from the band was negotiated, although he did not officially leave until December. In Gene Simmons autobiography Kiss and Make-Up, Simmons states that Eddie Van Halen, of the heavy metal band Van Halen wanted to fill Frehley's spot after he was officially out of the band, due to rising tensions with lead singer David Lee Roth. Simmons also states that he convinced Eddie to remain with Van Halen.[41][42] Wilton is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, in the United States. ... Edward Lodewijk Eddie Van Halen (born January 26, 1955)[1], is a Dutch-American guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer most famous for being the lead guitarist and co-founder of the rock band Van Halen. ... This article is about the band Van Halen. ... David Lee Roth (sometimes referred to as Diamond Dave) (born October 10, 1954, Bloomington, Indiana) is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality, best known as the lead singer for Van Halen. ...


Soon after, Kiss made major changes to their business dealings – chief among them was severing ties with their manager of nine years, Bill Aucoin, and cutting back on their unwieldy organizational tree. Although Frehley had already decided to leave the band, Simmons and Stanley needed for their record company to believe that Frehley was still in Kiss in order for the band to keep its newly renegotiated contract. So to keep up appearances, Frehley was pictured on the covers of 1982's Killers and Creatures of the Night, although he did not participate in the recording of either album.[43] Killers is a greatest hits album by American hard rock group Kiss. ... Alternate cover The 1985 re-release cover pictures new lead guitarist Bruce Kulick (bottom right) Creatures of the Night is a 1982 album from U.S. hard rock band Kiss. ...


Creatures of the Night (October 13, 1982) was Kiss's heaviest album to date, and although it fared better than Music from "The Elder", it peaked at #45 on the charts and was not certified gold until 1994. In Frehley's absence, Kiss utilized a number of guitarists for the recording of the album, including Vinnie Vincent (born Vincent John Cusano on August 6, 1952). Vincent officially replaced Frehley as lead guitarist in December 1982, as the band embarked on its 10th Anniversary Tour.[44][45] is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Vincent John Cusano (born August 6, 1952, in Bridgeport, Connecticut), better known as Vinnie Vincent, is a guitarist and songwriter most famous for his brief membership in the band KISS. Vincent played a few lead guitar parts on the album Creatures of the Night and subsequently toured with KISS in... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Vincent was brought in as an uncredited studio replacement for Ace Frehley, who later went on to form Frehley's Comet, during recording for Creatures of the Night. He contributed to a few songs on the album including, "I Love It Loud" and "I Still Love You". Vincent was subsequently chosen to replace Frehley permanently. Paul Daniel Frehley (born April 27, 1951[1]), better known as Ace Frehley, is an American guitarist best known as a founding member and lead guitarist for the rock band Kiss. ... Alternate cover The 1985 re-release cover pictures new lead guitarist Bruce Kulick (bottom right) Creatures of the Night is a 1982 album from U.S. hard rock band Kiss. ... The picture cover of the I Love It Loud single is similar in design to the Creatures of the Night album cover. ...


Vincent originally wanted to use his birth name in the band but this was vetoed by Gene Simmons on the grounds that it sounded "too ethnic" being that Vinnie is Italian. Vincent then suggested the name "Mick Fury" but this was also disallowed. Simmons later suggested the name change to Vinnie Vincent. Vincent started actively pushing to join KISS as a full member. Despite misgivings Simmons and Paul Stanley harbored about his personality, Vincent was taken into the band and Stanley designed an "Ankh Warrior" persona and make-up for Vincent. Chaim Witz (חיים וויץ), (born August 25, 1949 in Haifa, Israel), better known by his stage name Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American hard rock bass guitarist and vocalist. ... This article is about the metal musician. ...


From 1982-1983, the new line-up of KISS became Simmons (the Demon), Stanley (the Starchild), Eric Carr (the Fox), and Vincent (the Ankh Warrior). This incarnation of KISS was to be the last incarnation of the original make-up era. At the end of the Creatures Of The Night tour, the band removed their make-up. Paul Charles Caravello (July 12, 1950 - November 24, 1991), better known as Eric Carr, was an American musician, best known as drummer for the rock band Kiss. ...


Aside from songwriting credits under his birth name, Vincent's involvement with the recording of Creatures Of The Night was not widely-publicized for several years. Simmons and Stanley were not sure they wanted to let fans know that Ace Frehley had left the band. For this reason, Frehley still appeared on the cover of the original album artwork as well as in the music video for I Love It Loud. When the album was re-mixed and re-released in 1985 with a non-makeup cover and a slightly different song order, to reflect the band's roster change and abandonment of their make-up and costuming, Vincent was again absent from the album cover as then-current lead guitarist, Bruce Kulick, appeared there instead. The liner notes accompanying the re-mixed LP, however, have credited both Ace Frehley and Vinnie Vincent with lead guitar performances on the Creatures of the Night album. Bruce Kulick (born on December 14, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American guitarist best known for his work in Kiss. ... Alternate cover The 1985 re-release cover pictures new lead guitarist Bruce Kulick (bottom right) Creatures of the Night is a 1982 album from U.S. hard rock band Kiss. ...


Lick It Up is the only instance of Vincent appearing on a KISS album by actual image. It is also the only KISS album where Vincent receives unambiguous and exclusive lead guitar credit. Except for "Fits Like A Glove" and "Dance All Over Your Face", written solely by Simmons, Vincent was co-writer in 8 of the 10 songs on the album for "Lick It Up". It is rumored that Vincent recorded every lead for the album's songs in their entirety and that Simmons went on to choose the parts of those leads that he liked best to fit the songs shortening Vincent's creative abilities. Apparently, Simmons wanted more of a melodic sound and feel which KISS fans had always heard and were accustomed to in Frehley's guitar solos. Additionally, Vincent would get "cut off" during his guitar solos live because both Stanley and Simmons felt that Vincent's leads went on too long. For other uses, see Lick It Up (disambiguation). ...


Vincent's personality did not mesh well with either Stanley or Simmons and he was dismissed from KISS at the end of the Creatures tour. He was re-hired before recording started for Lick It Up because Simmons and Stanley could not find a new lead guitarist on such short notice. Personality issues arose once again and Vincent was fired following the Lick It Up tour and was replaced by Mark St. John (birth name Mark Norton). Vincent's work on Creatures of the Night continued to not be officially recognized until the album was remastered in 1997. For other uses, see Lick It Up (disambiguation). ... Mark St. ...


Vincent was later utilized by KISS as a songwriter on the 1992 album Revenge, contributing to the songs "Unholy", "Heart Of Chrome" and "I Just Wanna". Before long however, Vincent, Simmons and Stanley fell out with each other for a third time permanently severing their musical ties. Revenge is the fifth album by New Wave duo Eurythmics, released in 1986 (see 1986 in music). ...


Persistent rumors have circulated for years amongst KISS fan circles regarding the true reason (or reasons) for Vincent's dismissals from KISS with at least one band member refusing to comment except to say that legally it wasn't up for discussion. Simmons stated in an interview several years later that Vincent's firing was for "unethical behavior" but he did not elaborate by going into any great detail.


"I named Vincent Cusano, "Vinnie Vincent." That's the only gift he's allowed. It's interesting that Vinnie hasn't changed his name back to Vinnie Cusano. Vinnie, for the record, was fired for unethical behavior, not because of lack of talent. The guy is very talented. He was unethical. He was fired." -Gene Simmons


Unmasking and rebound (1983–1995)

Sensing it was time for a change, Kiss made the decision to abandon their trademark makeup and costumes. They officially appeared in public without makeup for the first time on a September 18, 1983 appearance on MTV, which coincided with the release of the band's new album, Lick It Up.[46]. The tour showing off the new album and the unmasked band members started off at Lisbon, Portugal, on the 11th of October, 1983, at Pavilhão de Cascais, their first concert ever without makeup. is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... For other uses, see Lick It Up (disambiguation). ...


Lick It Up became Kiss's first gold record in three years, but the tour was even more sparsely attended than the one for Creatures of the Night. Due to quickly rising tensions between Vincent and the rest of Kiss (particularly Simmons and Stanley), Vincent was fired at the conclusion of the tour in March 1984 - he was never even made an official member of Kiss to begin with, as a contract making his employment official was never signed. His replacement was Mark St. John (born Mark Norton on February 7, 1956 in Hollywood, California), a session player and guitar tutor.[47] Mark St. ... is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


With St. John on board, Kiss released Animalize on September 13, 1984. Animalize followed the success of Lick It Up, and with the video for Heaven's on Fire being played often on MTV, Animalize was the band's best-selling record in America, during the decade. With the success of the album and subsequent tour, Kiss had recaptured some of their earlier glory (though not to the level of their '70s heyday). St. John, however, was soon taken ill with Reactive arthritis during tour rehearsals, and only performed at a handful of shows. He was fired from Kiss in December 1984 and replaced by Bruce Kulick (born December 12, 1953 in Brooklyn), making him Kiss's fourth lead guitarist in three years.[48] One of the first concerts Bruce played was in Detroit, Michigan's Cobo Hall. It was filmed for the MTV special Animalize Live. This was later released as the band's first home video (Animalize Live: Uncensored). Animalize is an album by the American hard rock/heavy metal band Kiss. ... Heavens on Fire is a song by the American hard rock band Kiss, first released on their 1984 album Animalize. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Bruce Kulick (born on December 14, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American guitarist best known for his work in Kiss. ... is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The lineup of Stanley, Simmons, Carr, and Kulick turned out to be the most stable since the original, and for the rest of the 1980s Kiss released a series of platinum albums—1985's Asylum, 1987's Crazy Nights and the 1988 greatest hits compilation Smashes, Thrashes & Hits. Crazy Nights, in particular, was one of Kiss's most successful albums overseas. The single "Crazy, Crazy Nights" (sample ) reached #4 on the singles chart in Britain, the highest showing to date for a Kiss song.[49] Asylum is an album by the American hard rock band Kiss. ... For the album by country music group Lonestar, see Crazy Nights (Lonestar album). ... Smashes, Thrashes & Hits is a greatest hits album by the American hard rock band KISS. It was the second such album released by the band in the United States (Killers was not released in the United States originally). ... Image File history File links KISS_Crazy_Crazy_Nights. ...


Kiss ended the '80s with the 1989 release Hot in the Shade. Although the album failed to achieve platinum status, it spawned the early 1990 hit ballad "Forever," co-written by Michael Bolton. Peaking at #8, it was the group's highest-charting single since "Beth" and was to be the band's second and last Top 10 single.[49] Hot in the Shade is a Kiss album released in 1989. ... Forever is a KISS song from the Hot in the shade album. ... Michael Bolotin (born February 26, 1953), better known as Michael Bolton, is an American singer-songwriter, known for his soft rock ballads and tenor vocals. ...


During these non-makeup years, Kiss struggled with their identity and fan base. Simmons, arguably the dominating force in Kiss during the '70s, became less involved with the group in the '80s as he pursued outside interests; most notably, a film career. After the band's unmasking, he struggled with the loss of the Demon persona. During this time, Stanley became the driving force in Kiss, as well as their most prominent member.[50][51]


The band decided to once again enlist Bob Ezrin to produce their first album of the 1990s. Before recording could begin in earnest, however, tragedy struck. In March 1991, it was discovered that Eric Carr had a tumor on his heart. It was successfully removed in an April surgery, but more tumors were soon discovered in his lungs. Carr received chemotherapy and was pronounced cancer-free in July. In September, he was hospitalized after suffering the first of two cerebral hemorrhages. He died on November 24, 1991 at the age of 41 (the same day as Freddie Mercury).[52][53] For malignant tumors specifically, see cancer. ... Chemotherapy, in its most general sense, refers to treatment of disease by chemicals that kill cells, specifically those of micro-organisms or cancer. ... A intracranial hemorrhage is a bleed into the substance of the cerebrum. ... is the 328th day of the year (329th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... -1...


Though devastated, Kiss continued, bringing in former Black Sabbath, Gary Moore, Lita Ford, and Alice Cooper drummer Eric Singer (born Eric Mensinger on May 12, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio). Singer has a connection with the group, having played in Paul Stanley's backing band during his 1989 club tour. For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... For the former TV host, see Garry Moore. ... Lita Ford (born September 23, 1958) is a rock musician who achieved high popularity during the 1980s. ... Alice Cooper (born Vincent Furnier February 4, 1948) is an American rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans five decades. ... Eric Doyle Mensinger (born May 12, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio), better known as Eric Singer, is an American drummer for the rock band Kiss and singer Alice Cooper. ... is the 132nd day of the year (133rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jan. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...


Kiss released Revenge on May 19, 1992. It featured a leaner, harder-edged sound, as indicated by the first single, "Unholy" (sample ). In a surprise move, Kiss enlisted the aid of Vinnie Vincent for songwriting duties. The album debuted in the Top 10 and went gold. Kiss embarked on a brief club tour of the U.S. in the spring of 1992, before beginning an American arena tour in September 1992. Kiss followed with the release of Alive III (May 14, 1993), which was recorded during the Revenge tour. Four days later, KISS was inducted into the RockWalk of Fame in Hollywood.[54] Revenge is a studio album by Kiss, released in 1992. ... is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links KISS_Unholy. ... Alive III is a live album released by the American hard rock band Kiss in 1993, and certified gold in 1994. ... is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


During this period, Kiss nostalgia started to pick up steam. June 1994 saw the release of Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved, a compilation album featuring popular artists of the era putting their own spin on Kiss songs. The result was an eclectic mix, featuring Lenny Kravitz's funky version of "Deuce" (with Stevie Wonder on harmonica), a ska punk version of "Detroit Rock City" by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Garth Brooks' straightforward take on "Hard Luck Woman," with Kiss as his backup band. In 1995, the group released Kisstory, a 440-page, nine-pound, detailed chronicling of the group's history to that point. That same year, the band embarked on a unique and well-received Worldwide Kiss Convention Tour. The conventions were all-day events, featuring displays of vintage Kiss stage outfits, instruments, and memorabilia, performances by Kiss cover bands, and dealers selling Kiss merchandise from every stage of the band's career. Kiss appeared live at the conventions, conducted question and answer sessions, signed autographs and performed a two-hour acoustic set composed mostly of spontaneous fan requests. On the first U.S. date (June 17, 1995) Peter Criss appeared onstage with Kiss to sing "Hard Luck Woman" and "Nothin' to Lose." It was the first time Criss had performed publicly with the band in nearly 16 years.[55][56] Leonard Albert Lenny Kravitz (born May 26, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and arranger whose retro style incorporates elements of rock, soul, funk, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, folk, and ballads. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. ... A harmonica is a free reed wind instrument. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Mighty Mighty Bosstones were a ska-core band from Boston, Massachusetts (Bosstones being a play on Boston). They are credited, along with bands such as Operation Ivy and The Suicide Machines, with creating the ska-core genre, a form of ska punk that mixes to various degrees elements of... Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American Country Music artist. ... is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...


On August 9, 1995, Kiss joined the long line of musicians to perform on MTV Unplugged. The band contacted Criss and Frehley and invited them to participate in the event. Both joined Kiss on stage for several songs at the end of the set–"Beth," "2000 Man," "Nothin' to Lose," and "Rock and Roll All Nite."[57] The Unplugged appearance set off months of speculation that a possible reunion of the original Kiss lineup was in the works. In the weeks following the Unplugged concert, however, the band (with Kulick and Singer), returned to the studio for the first time in three years to record a followup to Revenge. Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions was completed in February 1996, but its release was delayed for almost two years. Bootleg copies of the album circulated widely among fans.[58] is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... MTV Unplugged is a series showcasing popular musical artists playing acoustic instruments. ... For other uses, see Bootleg. ...


While Kiss continued to exist publicly as Simmons, Stanley, Kulick, and Singer, arrangements for a reunion of the original lineup were in the works. These efforts culminated with a public event as dramatic as any the band had staged since their 1983 unmasking on MTV.


Reunion (1996–2000)

You know how the Grammys used to be, all straight-looking folks with suits. Everybody looking tired. No surprises. We tired of that. We need something different ...something shocking...so let's shock the people!

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With that statement on February 28, 1996, Tupac Shakur introduced the original Kiss lineup (in full makeup and Love Gun-era stage outfits), to a rousing ovation at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards.[59] On April 16, the band held a press conference aboard the USS Intrepid in New York, where they announced their plans for a full-fledged reunion tour, with the help of new manager Doc McGhee. The conference, emceed by Conan O'Brien, was simulcast to 58 countries. On April 20, nearly 40,000 tickets for the tour's first show sold out in 47 minutes.[60] is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac, Makaveli, or simply as Pac, was an American artist renowned for his rap music, movie roles, poetry, and his social activism. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. ... Doc McGhee is an American music manager, best known for working with KISS, Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe. ... Conan Christopher OBrien (born April 18, 1963) is an Emmy Award-winning American television host and comedian, best known as host of NBCs Late Night with Conan OBrien. ... is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


The first public concert featuring the newly reunited Kiss was an hour-long warm up show on June 15 for the annual KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, CA, during which the band nearly ignited the stage of the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.[61] On June 28, the Kiss Alive/Worldwide Tour began at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan in front of a sold-out crowd of 39,867 fans. The tour lasted for 192 shows over eleven months and earned $43.6 million, making Kiss the top-drawing concert act of 1996.[62] The average attendance of 13,737 is the highest in the group's history.[63] Weenie Roast is a multi-artist alternative rock concert, presented annually by the Los Angeles, California, USA radio station KROQ, beginning in 1993. ... City tree Camphor City flower Lily of the Nile City insect Western Swallowtail Butterfly Mayor Beth Krom County Orange County Area   - Total   - Sphere of Influence 55. ... Tiger Stadium with football configuration. ... Detroit redirects here. ...


In September 1998, the reunited group issued Psycho Circus. Despite its appearance as the first album with the original lineup since 1977's Love Gun, the contributions of Frehley and Criss were minimal. While the images of Frehley and Criss are featured prominently on the album, most of the lead guitar work was later revealed to have been performed by future band member Tommy Thayer and former member Bruce Kulick. Most drum duties were handled by session musician Kevin Valentine. Despite the controversy, the album achieved a #3 chart debut, the highest ever position for a Kiss album. The title track received a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance.[64] The Psycho Circus Tour opened at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on Halloween night 1998, and was simulcast on FM radio across the U.S. It proved to be another success, and was historic for being the first to ever incorporate 3-D visuals into a stage show.[65][66] Psycho Circus is a 1998 album by the American hard rock band Kiss. ... Tommy Thayer (born November 7, 1960 in Portland, Oregon) is an American musician and the former lead guitarist of the rock group Kiss. ... Psycho Circus is a song by the American hard rock band KISS. It is the title track from the 1998 album with the same name. ... Dodger Stadium is a large outdoor baseball stadium in Los Angeles, California at Chávez Ravine. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article is about the holiday. ... 2-dimensional renderings (ie. ...


On August 11, 1999, Kiss was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the "Recording Industry" category. August 13 saw the nationwide premiere of a Kiss-themed motion picture, titled Detroit Rock City. The movie takes place in 1978, and focuses on four teenagers (featuring Edward Furlong) willing to do anything to score tickets for a sold-out Kiss show in Detroit. is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... is the 225th day of the year (226th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... Detroit Rock City is a 1999 cult film about four teenagers in a Kiss cover band who try to see their idols in Detroit in 1978. ... Edward Walter Furlong[1] (born August 2, 1977) is an American actor, known for playing young John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Danny Vinyard in American History X. // Furlong was born in Glendale, California, near Burbank, to Eleanor (née Tafoya), a youth-center worker, and an unknown...


The next month, the group worked in collaboration with World Championship Wrestling to produce a Kiss-themed wrestler known as The Kiss Demon whose face was painted to resemble Simmons. The group performed "God of Thunder" live on WCW Monday Nitro to debut the character. The band got $500,000 for the one-night, one-song performance.[67] The character was short-lived, as all ties to Kiss were cut by WCW when its head, Eric Bischoff was relieved of his duties in September of that year. For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... Dale the Demon Torborg (born October 24, 1971) is an American baseball trainer and former professional wrestler. ... WCW Monday Nitro was a weekly professional wrestling program produced by World Championship Wrestling. ... Eric Aaron Bischoff (born May 27, 1955[1]), is a former professional wrestling booker and on-screen personality, most known for serving as President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later General Manager of World Wrestling Entertainments RAW brand. ...


Kiss announced in early 2000 that they would be launching a U.S. Farewell Tour in the summer, which was to be the band's last; the tour kicked off on March 12, 2000.[68] The group quickly added dates to the tour, which ran through April 2001. 2001 also saw the release of a computer game, Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child.


Post-reunion (2001–present)

On the eve of the Japanese and Australian leg of the Farewell tour on January 31, 2001, Criss suddenly left the band once again, reportedly unhappy with his salary. Taking his place was previous Kiss drummer Eric Singer who, in a controversial move among longtime fans, assumed Criss' Cat Man persona as the Farewell Tour continued.[69] Simmons and Stanley own Criss' makeup designs (as well as Frehley's), so there was no way for Criss to prevent this. Eric Doyle Mensinger (born May 12, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio), better known as Eric Singer, is an American drummer for the rock band Kiss and singer Alice Cooper. ...


With the band scheduled to call it a day supposedly by early 2001, a career-encompassing collection entitled The Box Set (94 tracks on five CDs) was released in November of that year, while the summer saw perhaps the most outrageous item of Kiss merchandise yet – the Kiss Kasket. In introducing the Kiss Kasket, Simmons quipped, "I love livin', but this makes the alternative look pretty damn good."[70] The Box Set is a five-CD box set by American hard rock group KISS. It was released in 2001, and its contents span the groups career from 1971 (as the pre-KISS band, Wicked Lester) through 1999. ... The Kiss Kasket. ...


On December 4, 2001, KISS was one of the honorees at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences("The Recording Academy") Heroes Award ceremony, at the NARAS New York Chapter. NARAS has 12 chapters throughout the United States, hence 12 ceremonies throughout the year, with the honorees each being honored by the chapter closest to their residence. By receiving this honor, which NARAS has renamed the "Recording Academy Honors," KISS effectively received NARAS' second-highest career honor, right behind the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.[71][72]


Kiss was relatively quiet through the rest of the year, but 2002 started with some controversy as Simmons took part in a controversial interview on National Public Radio, where he criticized NPR and berated host Terry Gross with sexual comments and condescending answers.[73] In February 2002, Kiss (with Singer on drums and Frehley on lead guitar) performed during the Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. This was Frehley's last performance with Kiss to date. NPR redirects here. ... Terry Gross (born 1951) is the host and co-executive producer of Fresh Air, an interview format radio show produced by WHYY-FM in Philadelphia and distributed throughout the United States by National Public Radio. ... The 2002 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIX Olympic Winter Games, and with the theme slogan Light The Fire Within, were celebrated in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. ... For ships of the United States Navy of the same name, see USS Salt Lake City. ...


On March 6, 2002, Kiss performed a private concert at a resort in Trelawny, Jamaica. Frehley, who was no longer under contract, did not play with the group. He was replaced by Tommy Thayer, who donned Frehley's Spaceman makeup and costume for his first live appearance with Kiss.[74] That month, the band (with Thayer) taped an appearance on the American sitcom That '70s Show.[75] The episode, "That '70s Kiss Show," aired in August 2002. Thayer again performed with the group in April 2002, when Kiss performed "Detroit Rock City" (with pre-recorded music and live vocals) for an appearance on Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary show, which aired on May 3.[76] is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... That 70s Show is an American television sitcom that centered on the lives of a group of teenagers living in the fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976 to December 31, 1979. ...


In February 2003, Kiss traveled to Australia and recorded Kiss Symphony: Alive IV with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne. Thayer once again replaced Frehley, while Peter Criss returned to the group. This album was the first released on Sanctuary Records, which has since been sold to Universal Music Group - owners of the rest of Kiss's catalog. Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing in the 2005 Classical Spectacular Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing in the 2005 Classical Spectacular The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is an orchestra based in Melbourne, Australia. ... This page is for Telstra Dome, Melbourne. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... Sanctuary Records is a record label based in the United Kingdom and a subsidiary of Universal Records. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ...


Despite claims made prior to the Farewell Tour that it would be the group's last, Kiss announced a co-headlining tour with Aerosmith in 2003. Frehley announced that his departure from the band was permanent, stating that he believed the Farewell Tour would be Kiss's last,[77] and that he did not want to open for Aerosmith, a band who in the past had opened for Kiss.[78] He was permanently replaced by Thayer. On this tour the group introduced the "Platinum" tickets package, with the most expensive packages costing USD $1,000. This package included a seat in the first five rows, a meet-and-greet with Kiss after their performance, and a photograph with the band.[79] The tour earned more than US$64 million in 2003, which ranked #7 for the year.[80] The Rocksimus Maximus Tour was a North American concert tour co-headlined by Aerosmith and Kiss. ...


Simmons and Stanley did not renew Criss's contract when it expired in March 2004. Criss, on his website, stated that "No one, again no one has called me, or my attorney about an extension for future touring. As a founding member I find this to be disrespectful to me, and to the fans that have made us one of the biggest bands in the world."[81] Criss stated in a radio interview in 2004 with Eddie Trunk that Simmons and Stanley were going to start a new Kiss, and thought he was getting to old to play for two hours (even though Criss is only 4 years older than Simmons),Criss was replaced for the second time by Singer. Eddie Trunk is the host of the syndicated radio show Eddie Trunk Rocks. ...


During the summer of 2004, Kiss headlined the Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour, with Poison as the opening act. The tour ended in August with a sold-out show in Mexico City. Selected dates on the tour were filmed for the Rock the Nation Live! concert DVD, released on December 13, 2005.[82] Stanley, who had been experiencing increasing difficulty with his hip, had his mobility limited during the tour. He has already had two hip surgeries performed, with more likely in the future.[83] Poison is an American glam metal band that achieved great success and popularity in the late 1980s and 1990s. ... Nickname: Location of Mexico City Coordinates: , Country Federal entity Boroughs The 16 delegaciones Founded c. ... is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In anatomy, the hip is the bony projection of the femur which is known as the greater trochanter, and the overlying muscle and fat. ...

Kiss in concert at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, on July 26, 2006.
Kiss in concert at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, on July 26, 2006.

Since the conclusion of the Rock the Nation Tour, Kiss has performed only sporadically. The group played two shows in 2005, and another six in 2006. Four of the 2006 shows were July concerts in Japan, including two dates (July 22 and 23) as a headlining act at the 2006 Udo Music Festival. More recently, Kiss performed four July 2007 concerts, three of which were dubbed the Hit 'N Run Tour. Prior to the final show on July 27, Stanley was hospitalized with an extremely rapid heartbeat. In his absence, Kiss performed in concert as a trio for the first time ever. It is the first Kiss concert Stanley has missed during his 33-year tenure with the group.[84] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1000x668, 340 KB)Dwight McCann,http://dwightmccann. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1000x668, 340 KB)Dwight McCann,http://dwightmccann. ...


Despite the relative lack of concert activity since 2004, the group has remained visible. Kiss (along with Queen, Def Leppard, and Judas Priest) were honored at the first annual "VH1 Rock Honors" event, held May 25, 2006 in Las Vegas. On April 9, 2006, the Associated Press announced the event by saying "the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame looks to be getting some competition."[85] A tribute band, consisting of Rob Zombie (vocals), Slash (guitar), Scott Ian (bass), and Supernova bandmates Tommy Lee (drums) and Gilby Clarke (guitar), performed "God of Thunder" with Ace Frehley. Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor, with bass guitarist John Deacon joining the following year. ... Def Leppard are an English hard rock band from Sheffield who formed in 1977 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. ... For other uses, see Judas priest (curse). ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... Robert Cummings (born January 12, 1965 in Haverhill, Massachusetts), better known as Rob Zombie, is an American musician, film director, and writer. ... Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), more widely known as Slash, is an English/American guitarist best known as the former lead guitarist of Guns N Roses and as the current lead guitarist of Velvet Revolver. ... Scott Ian Rosenfeld (born December 31, 1963) is the rhythm guitarist for the metal band Anthrax who uses the stage name Scott Ian. ... Supernova is a reality television formed supergroup consisting of drummer Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe), bass player Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica), and guitarist Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N Roses). ... This article is about the American drummer Tommy Lee. ... Gilby Clarke is a guitarist, born in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 17, 1962. ...


In June 2006, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley attended the opening of the Kiss Coffeehouse in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. On October 15, 2006, Simmons, Stanley, and Criss were inaugural inductees into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, along with performers such as Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Louis Armstrong, The Ramones and Tony Bennett.[86] Stanley released a solo album, Live to Win, on October 24 and undertook a brief solo tour in support. On October 31, the group released Kissology Volume One: 1974–1977, the first of ten possible DVD sets featuring concert footage, interviews, and never-before-seen clips.[87] As of January 2007, the set is certified quintuple platinum in the United States.[88] A second volume was released on August 14, 2007. On October 24, Kissology Volume Two: 1978–1991 was certified 6X Platinum by the R.I.A.A. Kissology Volume Three: 1992–2000 was released on December 18, 2007. The flagship KISS Coffeehouse location in Myrtle Beach. ... Myrtle Beach is a city in Horry County, South Carolina, United States. ... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is an organization located in Lake Grove, New York. ... Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and occasional actor. ... William Joseph Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... Louis[1] Armstrong[2] (4 August 1901[3] – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo[4] and Pops, was an American jazz musician. ... The Ramones (L-R, Johnny, Tommy, Joey, Dee Dee) on the cover of their debut self-titled album (1976), cementing their place at the dawn of the punk movement. ... For other persons named Tony Bennett, see Tony Bennett (disambiguation). ... Live to Win is the forthcoming solo album from KISS vocalist/guitarist and co-founder Paul Stanley. ...


In April 2007, tragedy struck KISS again. Their former guitarist, Mark St. John, died from an apparent cerebral hemorrhage at age 51.[89] After being fired from Kiss in 1984, St. John formed the short-lived glam metal group White Tiger. In 1990 he briefly collaborated with Peter Criss in a band called The Keep, which only performed once and released no recordings. St. John largely dropped out of public view in later years, but did make occasional appearances at Kiss fan conventions. White Tiger were a post-KISS band of former KISS guitarist Mark St. ...


Though Kiss has been eligible for enshrinement in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (whose rules state that an act is eligible 25 years after its first release) since 1999/2000, they have not been nominated. While this snub displeases some fans, Stanley and Simmons maintain that it is meaningless to them. Nevertheless, a group of about 200 Kiss fans held a protest rally in front of the Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio on August 5, 2006. It was the first known organized demonstration seeking the induction of a band into the Hall.[90] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2007, a new comic book series featuring the band was released by the Kiss Comics Group in association with Platinum Studios. Entitled "Kiss 4K: Legends Never Die," the first issue came out in a regular size and a giant 1.5' x 2.5' size, dubbed the Destroyer edition. The third installment of the series is due to come out the first week of August. Also, KISS was scheduled to play in Whistler in mid September. The concert plans were cancelled late August due to a passport problem. Kiss have been confirmed to headline the opening night of 2008's Download Festival at Donington, England. Platinum Studios, Inc. ...


On January 30, 2008, guitarist and vocalist Paul Stanley confirmed that Kiss will begin the KISS Alive/35 World Tour, playing arena and stadium shows in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... This article is about the metal musician. ...


On March 16, 2008, Kiss closed the Formula 1 ING Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit - Melbourne, Australia as well as performing in Sydney and Brisbane part of this tour. The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuits pit building. ... The City of Melbournes coat of arms The central business district of Melbourne, viewed from the north Alternate meanings: Melbourne (disambiguation) Melbourne is the capital and largest city of the state of Victoria, and the second largest city in Australia, with a population of 52,117 in the Central... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... For other uses, see Brisbane (disambiguation). ...


Kiss played at the Rock2Wgtn two day festival held in Wellington, New Zealand on the 22nd and 23rd March 2008; which also featured Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Poison, Alice Cooper, Lordi, Sonic Altar and Symphony of Screams with special effects by WETA Workshop of Lord of the Rings and King Kong fame. For the first Duke of Wellington, see Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. ... Ozzy redirects here. ... Whitesnake is an English hard rock band, founded in 1977 by David Coverdale (formerly of Deep Purple). ... Poison is an American glam metal band that achieved great success and popularity in the late 1980s and 1990s. ... Alice Cooper (born Vincent Furnier February 4, 1948) is an American rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans five decades. ... Lordi is a Finnish metal band. ... Weta Workshop is a physical effects company based in Miramar, New Zealand, producing effects for television and film. ... This article is about the Peter Jackson film trilogy. ...


On June 13th, 2008, Kiss headlined the Download Festival in Donington, England, to a brilliant reception. 3 Days later on June 16th, 2008, Kiss headlined the Arrow Rock Festival in Nijmegen, Netherlands. The Download Festival is a three day music festival held annually at the spiritual home of rock music in England: Donington Park (which hosted the Monsters of Rock Festivals between 1980 and 1996, and 2002s Ozzfest). ... Arrow Rock Festival is a rockfestival that takes place on a yearly basis in Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands. ...


On June 28th, 2008, they will also headline Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium. Graspop Metal Meeting is a metal festival in Dessel, Belgium that has taken place each year since 1996. ...


Personnel

For more details on this topic, see Kiss band members.

The following is a complete chronology of the various line-ups of Kiss, from the groups inception in 1973 until the present. ...

Current members

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Past members

George Peter John Criscuola (born December 20, 1945), better known as Peter Criss, is an American musician best known as drummer and vocalist for the rock band Kiss. ... Paul Daniel Frehley (born April 27, 1951[1]), better known as Ace Frehley, is an American guitarist best known as a founding member and lead guitarist for the rock band Kiss. ... Paul Charles Caravello (July 12, 1950 - November 24, 1991), better known as Eric Carr, was an American musician, best known as drummer for the rock band Kiss. ... Vincent John Cusano (born August 6, 1952, in Bridgeport, Connecticut), better known as Vinnie Vincent, is a guitarist and songwriter most famous for his brief membership in the band KISS. Vincent played a few lead guitar parts on the album Creatures of the Night and subsequently toured with KISS in... Mark St. ... Bruce Kulick (born on December 14, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American guitarist best known for his work in Kiss. ...

Makeup

Discography and filmography

See Kiss discography and Kiss filmography. The following is a complete discography of the American rock band KISS, excluding bootlegs, unauthorized releases and releases available only as imports. ... The following is a complete filmography of the American rock band KISS. It does not count film appearances by individual band members. ...


Additional reading

  • Gebert, Gordon G.G. and McAdams, Bob (1997). Kiss & Tell. Pitbull Publishing LLC. ISBN 0-9658794-0-2.
  • Gebert, Gordon G.G. (1999). Kiss & Tell More!. Pitbull Publishing LLC. ISBN 0-9658794-1-0.
  • Gill, Julian (2005). The Kiss Album Focus (3rd Edition), Volume 2. Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 1-59926-358-0.
  • Gill, Julian (2005). The Kiss & Related Recordings Focus: Music! the Songs, the Demo, the Lyrics And Stories!. Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 1-59926-360-2.
  • Gill, Julian (2006). The Kiss Album Focus (3rd Edition), Volume 3. Booksurge Publishing. ISBN 0-97222-535-8.
  • Lendt, C.K. (1997). Kiss and Sell: The Making of a Supergroup. Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-7551-6.
  • Sherman, Dale (1997). Black Diamond: The Unauthorized Biography of Kiss. Collectors Guide Publishing Inc. ISBN 1-896522-35-1.
  • Simmons, Gene, Paul Stanley, and Waring Abbott (2002). Kiss: The Early Years. Three Rivers Press. ISBN 0-609-81028-6.
  • Tomarkin, Peggy (1980). Kiss: The Real Story, Authorized. Delacorte Press. ISBN 0-440-04834-6.
  • Moore, Wendy (2004). Into the Void... With Ace Frehley. Pitbull Publishing LLC. ISBN 0-9658794-4-5.

Notes

  1. ^ "Artist Tallies". Billboard. Retrieved October 28, 2007.
  2. ^ Falina, Melanie."Kiss My Asshole: Tongue-Wagging Gene Simmons Summons the Kiss Army". Chicago Innerview. Retrieved July 30, 2006.
  3. ^ Gooch and Suhs, KISS Alive Forever, pp. 14.
  4. ^ Gill, Focus, pp. 68-71.
  5. ^ Leaf and Sharp, Behind the Mask, pp. 20–21.
  6. ^ Leaf and Sharp, Behind the Mask, pp. 33, 57–58.
  7. ^ Gooch and Suhs, KISS Alive Forever, p. 15.
  8. ^ Gill, Julian. KISS Chronology/Timeline. Retrieved on 2007-01-20.
  9. ^ Gebert and McAdams, KISS & Tell, p. 41, 42.
  10. ^ Simmons, Gene (2001). KISS and Make-up. Crown. ISBN 0-609-60855-X.
  11. ^ Leaf and Sharp, Behind the Mask, pp. 145–146.
  12. ^ Gooch and Suhs, KISS Alive Forever, p. 27.
  13. ^ Gill, Focus, pp. 140-141.
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References

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  • Gooch, Curt; Jeff Suhs (2002). Kiss Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History. New York: Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-8322-5. 
  • Leaf, David; Ken Sharp (2003). Kiss: Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography. New York: Warner Books. ISBN 0-446-53073-5. 
  • Lendt, C.K. (1997). Kiss and Sell: The Making of a Supergroup. New York: Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-7551-6. 
  • Simmons, Gene (2001). Kiss and Make-Up. New York: Crown. ISBN 0-609-60855-X. 

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Sure Know Something is a song by the American hard rock band KISS released on their 1979 album Dynasty. ... Shandi is a song by the American hardrock band KISS. Released on their 1980 album Unmasked, the song would prove to be a big hit in Australia where it reached #10 on the Australian charts. ... A World Without Heroes is a song by the American hard rock band KISS. It is credited as being written by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Lou Reed and Bob Ezrin, and was originally recorded and released on their 1981 album Music from The Elder.[1] Originally titled Every Little Bit... The picture cover of the I Love It Loud single is similar in design to the Creatures of the Night album cover. ... Lick It Up is a song by the American hard rock band Kiss. ... All Hells Breakin Loose is a song by the hard rock band KISS that appeared on their 1983 album Lick It Up. ... Heavens on Fire is a song by the American hard rock band Kiss, first released on their 1984 album Animalize. ... 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