Feb 22 2014
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.

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
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 21 2014

WAILEA, MAUI » Paul Stanley is sipping chicken soup and chatting about high cholesterol and hip replacement surgery.

It’s not exactly the kind of conversation you’d expect to have with a founding member of KISS, which after 40 years is still one of the most successful rock bands in the world.

At 62, Stanley — whose KISS persona is “Starchild” — still exudes a youthful aura, dressing in jeans, a gauzy western-style shirt, heavy silver neck chains and shoulder-length, black hair. As he dipped his spoon into a large bowl of soup while sitting inside Ko restaurant at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Stanley explained that he brings his own food with him when he travels.

It’s one of the ways he stays trim and healthy in order to keep up with his incredibly crazy schedule that in recent weeks had him strutting the catwalk at the John Varvatos fashion show in Milan, Italy, performing at an NHL game in Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and hosting a reception in tiny Paia town on Maui for the soon-to-open Rock & Brews restaurant.

Stanley and fellow KISS band member Gene Simmons are partners in the chain, along with Michael Zislis of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and rock industry veterans Dell and Dave Furano. (The family-friendly Maui restaurant is expected to open Thursday, Feb. 6, serving American classics — wings, burgers, sandwiches, pizza and salads — and an impressive collection of craft beer.)

Despite their rock-god status, both Stanley and Simmons were down-to-earth, friendly and funny during our brief chat on Jan. 27. The interviews took place the day after the Grammy Awards.

We asked Stanley if he had been keeping tabs on the music industry love fest and whether he listens to any new music.

CLICK HERE to view the interview clips.
Feb 20 2014

Rocksmith 2014's KISS DLC was made for lovin' you, baby

by S. Prell Writer

If Valentine's Day left you short on love, fret not: Ubisoft has got a big KISS waiting for you. A new DLC pack for Rocksmith 2014 has come bearing three songs from the '70s rock group of big hair, outlandish makeup and one very long tongue.

"Detroit Rock City," "Heaven's On Fire" and "I Was Made For Loving You" are all available to purchase for $2.99 apiece, or together for $7.99. We won't say it's required that you put on the group's iconic makeup and costumes if you should decide to play these songs, but it's totally required that you put on the makeup and costumes.
Feb 20 2014

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

Johan Carlen

Feb 20 2014

Thanks to José Alejandro U. ‏for sharing this 40 years of KISS feature from a Venezuelan newspaper!
Feb 19 2014
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 19 2014
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Feb 18 2014
Be a part of the action when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors KISS as a 2014 inductee! Attend the induction ceremony as a VIP and receive Premium Tickets, Exclusive Merchandise, and More! VIP packages go on pre-sale 2/24. For VIP Package details visit www.ticketmaster.com/rock-roll-hall-of-fame-brooklyn-new-york.

Feb 18 2014
Forty Years Ago Today!

On this day in KISSTORY - February 18, 1974, KISS released their self-titled debut album.

Track listing:

1. "Strutter"
2. "Nothin' to Lose"
3. "Firehouse"
4. "Cold Gin"
5. "Let Me Know"
6. "Kissin' Time"
7. "Deuce"
8. "Love Theme from KISS"
9. "100,000 Years"
10. "Black Diamond"

"Kissin' Time" did not appear on the original release of the album. The track was added to a re-pressing in July 1974.

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the first KISS album by viewing this cool fan-made clip!

Feb 18 2014
Here's Paul Stanley getting ready in his dressing room before KISS' House of Blues show last Friday.

Photos by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
Feb 18 2014

Thanks to Beth Hickman for sharing this photo of a Gene Simmons snow sculpture in Nisswa, Minnesota!
Feb 17 2014
Mending Kids All-Star Benefit Concert The House Of Blues - 2/14/14 Los Angeles , CA


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