By Adam Freeman / http://www.playboy.com/articles/playboy-library-kiss-alive
We are not going to debate the music of KISS. If you love it, nothing I say will convince you otherwise; if you hate it, nothing I can say will make you reconsider.
Let’s talk facts: Forty-plus-year career. Over 100 million albums sold. Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame (albeit begrudgingly) Inductees. The industry and music elitists may not take them seriously, but a few million fans beg to differ. Sure, Pearl Jam is a hell of a band, but they don’t have their own army.
KISS rose from the ashes of Wicked Lester, a Jethro Tull-tinged prog-rock band led by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Realizing they were good but not great, Stanley and Simmons severed ties with Epic Records and set out with one goal in mind — create the rock band they had never seen, but wished they did. Stripping down their sound, abandoning the jazz flute and Hammond organ and bringing lead guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss into the fold, they focused on louder guitars and catchier melodies.
By Leslie Collins / Kansas City Business Journal
Traveling across the country on tour, the members of KISS tasted plenty of terrible food.
At the time, it was difficult to find a restaurant open late at night, and when it was, the food had been sitting there for hours.
"Fresh is something we don't often talk about, but there's nothing like fresh food," KISS frontman Gene Simmons said.
Simmons was in Overland Park on Sunday and Monday to visit his Rock & Brews restaurant, which he founded with Paul Stanley of KISS, restaurateur Michael Zislis and concert industry veterans Dave and Dell Furano.
The countdown continues to the 2014 edition of Hell & Heaven Metal Fest and its organizers have confirmed that KISS will bring its massive Monster stage to Mexico for the first time!
"KISS has very high technical requirements, with which we have never dealt with before. Traveling with a staff of 162 people and 100 tons of equipment. This is going to be the very first time KISS Monster stage comes to Mexico, the massive structure that looks like a spider. This version is revised and expanded," said Javier Castaneda in an interview with the newspaper Reforma.
KISS headlines the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest on Saturday, October 25 at the Autrodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Over 60 thousand fans are expected.