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Feb 22 2014
CLOTHING AT FOREVER 21
Check out some of the great KISS clothing currently on sale at Forever 21!
Feb 21 2014
By Miles Raymer

On Feb. 18, 1974, Casablanca Records released Kiss's first album, Kiss. It didn't do very well. Critics and listeners who had followed rock music in its post-Beatles era turn into serious, high-minded stuff dismissed the band as a novelty act. Upon seeing them perform for the first time, executives from Warner Bros. dissolved their partnership with Casablanca. Despite a considerable amount of tinkering and several attempts at releasing a single that would catch on with pop listeners it initially sold only 75,000 copies, a flop at the time.

Forty years later Kiss's debut is ensconced firmly in the rock canon, and after years of being passed over for acts with more critical respect the band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April. Some of the credit goes to the music itself, which blended bits of glam and heavy metal with unexpected pop hooks. But mostly the album, and the group that made it, were a success because of some of the most brilliant and successful marketing the music industry's ever seen. From makeup to caskets, here's a look back at Kiss's marketing strategy.

Makeup:
Alice Cooper had been wearing outlandish makeup for years by the time Kiss came around, and David Bowie had already popularized glittery spaceman costumes, but there was something about the way Kiss pulled them together that transcended their influences. Never allowing themselves to be seen by the public outside of their sci-fi kabuki getups, the members seemed somehow more than human, and helped add a bit of mythical heft to their unpretentious musical arrangements and frequently juvenile lyrics. Without the makeup Kiss could have been successful, but they never would have been as big as Kiss.


Feb 21 2014
CHICAGO HARD ROCK HOTEL DISPLAY
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Here are some photos from Chicago's Hard Rock Hotel KISS display! The window faces the famous "Magnificent Mile," and the staff inside the hotel gift shop say that people are constantly stopping to take pictures of the window.

(If you ever stay at this hotel, ask to stay on the KISS floor, which is decorated with KISS photos, art and guitars from the band!)

Photos by Jill Cataldo for KISSonline.
Feb 20 2014
MY NEW SUITCASE!
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KISSONLINE,

I love my new KISS suitcase! An early birthday gift from my daughter and my partner!

Johan Carlen
Sweden

Feb 20 2014
SIGHTING: NEWSPAPER IN VENEZUELA
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KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Thanks to José Alejandro U. ‏for sharing this 40 years of KISS feature from a Venezuelan newspaper!
Feb 19 2014
LATEST MAGAZINE COVER: GUITAR WORLD
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Here's Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons on the cover of the upcoming Guitar World magazine.
Feb 19 2014
And launches New York City's first "worldwide musical phenomenon."

By Brian Ives

In Not Fade Away, we take a look at the legacy of some of the greatest albums of the past few decades – some iconic, some lesser known – as they celebrate significant anniversaries. Here, we look back at KISS‘ 1974 debut album which turns 40 this week.

About two years ago, Bruce Springsteen started his epic keynote speech at South By Southwest by discussing some of the most divisive artists in rock music. He mentioned Phish, he mentioned himself, and he mentioned KISS. He said there are two ways you can look at the self-proclaimed “hottest band in the world.” He said, “You can say, ‘Early theater rock proponents, expressing the true raging hormones of youth,’ or ‘They suck!’” And that’s pretty much how it is with KISS: you can love them, or hate them, but they’re very hard to ignore. However, that wasn’t always the case.

Although the band’s principles, Gene Simmons (bass/vocals) and Paul Stanley (guitar/vocals) are from New York City, there’s a reason that one of their biggest hits is written not about any of the five boroughs, but about Motor City, U.S.A. “We didn’t make it in New York,” Simmons told Radio.com in a recent interview. “We made it in Detroit. New York is a little too high-falutin, too full of itself.”

“It bears noting,” he says, “That New York City, perhaps the most important city on the face of the planet, never gave the world a worldwide musical phenomenon that could play stadiums and arenas around the world, other than KISS. Not one,” perhaps forgetting about Jay Z and Alicia Keys, to name two. “There’s the (New York) Dolls, the Ramones and other club bands. Blue Oyster Cult was from Long Island, and even they never played stadiums. New York City gave the world nothing. Detroit – not a major city – gave the world Grand Funk Railroad, which played Shea Stadium. Not a New York band ever played there,” although, Long Island’s Billy Joel had, in fact, headlined the former home of the New York Mets.
Feb 18 2014
SIGHTING: SNOW SCULPTURE
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KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Thanks to Beth Hickman for sharing this photo of a Gene Simmons snow sculpture in Nisswa, Minnesota!
Feb 17 2014
ARMY, YOU LOOK GREAT!
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Here are some of the many great fan photos sent to KISSOnline recently!

Keep them coming, KISS Army...we love seeing them!

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Feb 16 2014
PHOTO: ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE!
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Here's KISS during "Rock and Roll All Nite" at the House of Blues on Friday.


Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
Feb 15 2014
PHOTO: AT USA TODAY PHOTO SHOOT
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Here's KISS during last night's photo shoot for an upcoming USA Today feature story on the band.


Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
Feb 15 2014
SIGHTING: JOHN VARVATOS BILLBOARD
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Thanks to J Gotelli for sharing this photo of a KISS John Varvatos bus stop billboard San Francisco!
Feb 13 2014
LATEST MAGAZINE COVER: TOKYO JOURNAL
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Here's Gene Simmons gracing the cover of the latest issue of Tokyo Journal.
Feb 13 2014
CELEBRATING IN ICELAND!
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KISS ARMY Iceland recently hosted a KISS Party featuring former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick. Kulick held a meet & greet with fans and performed 11 songs including "Tears Are Falling," "Deuce," and "Crazy Nights" for the packed house! This was his first appearance in Iceland since performing there with KISS in 1988.

Photos by Örlygur Smári (odd Icelandic name)

Feb 12 2014
CELEBRATING AT THE HARD ROCK IN MADRID
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Hello KISS!

I want to share with you these pictures of the party " HRC Gets KISSed " that we had last Thursday February 6 th at the Hard Rock Madrid, Spain. As you can see children played an important role as we had a make -up artist and also a meet & greet with the Spanish band KISS FEVER.

Universal Spain , Hard Rock Cafe and KISS Army Spain contributed also with giveaways for the raffles and the Event was filmed for a special on the KISS TV Channel . All the money collected from this Event, which was more than $1,500 will be completely donated to City of Hope through HRC International.
Hope you like it.

Javier Rueda & Fernando Martinez / KISS ARMY Spain


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