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KISS - Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Rock Band ~ Biography


KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time.

The band holds honors as one of America’s top gold record champions, selling over 100 million albums worldwide in their 40 year career. KISS’ career milestones are staggering, boasting decades of record-breaking tours around the globe. Notable moments include appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the 2002 Winter Olympics, the 2005 Rockin’ The Corps concert for U.S. troops Iraq and Afghanistan, and performing on 2009’s American Idol finale to 30 million viewers.

The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation, transcending age, race and creed. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the “Hottest Band in the World” is a striking testament to the band’s unbreakable bond with its fans.

Early 1970s – KISS traces its roots to Wicked Lester, a New York-based rock and roll band led by co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Unhappy with the direction of Wicked Lester, Simmons and Stanley part ways with the other members in 1972 after Epic Records rejected an album recorded by the group

February 18, 1974 – The band’s self-titled debut album, KISS is released.

August 1974 – KISS begins recording their second album, Hotter Than Hell, in Los Angeles and is released October 22, 1974. Album sales are lackluster, but the band’s live show starts to create a buzz.

September 1975 – KISS harness the excitement of their bombastic live performance. KISS Alive! Is released and record sales explode.

March 15, 1976 – Destroyer is released. The Bob Ezrin-produced studio album becomes KISS’s most commercially successful studio album. Many of the songs from Destroyer remain KISS concert staples to this day.

Late 1976 – Two more studio albums continued to fuel the KISS fire, November 1976’s Rock and Roll Over and June 1977’s smash hit Love Gun.

May 23, 1979 – KISS release Dynasty, which contains the worldwide smash hit I Was Made For Lovin’ You. The song, which combined elements of the KISS sound with disco, was a top-ten hit throughout the world.

November 11, 1981 – A KISS concept album, Music From the Elder, the first with drummer Eric Carr, fails to go gold and only reaches 75 on Billboard’s Album chart.

June 18, 1983 – KISS performs for 137,000 fans at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This and two other stadium shows in Brazil would be the last time KISS would perform in their signature makeup until the KISS Reunion Tour in 1996.

October 17, 1989 – KISS release the critically acclaimed Hot in the Shade, which features the top-ten hit ballad Forever.

Late 1991 – KISS enters the recording studio, again with producer Bob Ezrin to record the highly praised Revenge album. Sadly, drummer Eric Carr became severely ill with cancer and passes away on November 24, 1991 at the age of 41. Devastated, KISS continues with drummer Eric Singer and finishes the album.

February 28, 1996 – The four original KISS members, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss make a surprise appearance at the 38th annual Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles in full KISS makeup and costume, the first time in 17 years.

June 28, 1996 – The KISS Alive Worldwide Reunion tour kicks off at Tiger Stadium, Detroit, MI, selling out 40,000 tickets in 40 minutes. The mammoth 13-month tour covers 200 shows in 26 countries, playing to over two million people, setting a record for the top-grossing tour of the year.

August 11, 1999 – KISS are presented with their own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The presentation by Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant is attended by hundreds of KISS faithful.

December 31, 1999 – KISS perform a special New Year’s Eve show in Vancouver, Canada’s BC Place Stadium and ring in the new millennium.

February 10, 2000 – KISS announce the KISS Farewell tour that kicks off in Phoenix, AZ on March 11th, becoming one of the year’s top concert tours.

ebruary 24, 2002 – KISS performs at the XIX Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in Salt Lake City to a worldwide audience of over three billion TV viewers.

August 2, 2003 – The KISS World Domination tour kicks off in Hartford, CT. The co-headline tour with Aerosmith sees the return of original KISS drummer Peter Criss to the lineup.

December 13, 2005 – KISS releases the two-disc DVD KISS Rock The Nation Live! to rave reviews.

March 16, 2008 – KISS open ALIVE 35 world tour to 80,000 fans at the Melbourne Grand Prix. Play sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout Europe (in Summer ’08) on their most successful European tour ever. Performed in Russia, Greece, Bulgaria and Latvia for first time ever

May, 2009 – KISS perform on American Idol season finale to over 30 million TV viewers.

October 6, 2009 – KISS release Sonic Boom, their first studio album in 11 years.The album receives world-wide critical acclaim from fans and press!

May 1, 2010 – KISS kicks off their SONIC BOOM OVER EUROPE tour in Sheffield, England.

October 9, 2012 – KISS release MONSTER, their 20th studio album.

November 7, 2012 – KISS open the South American MONSTER Tour with over 60,000 fans at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Current Band Members

Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons
Eric Singer
Tommy Thayer

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