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
ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME VIP PACKAGES
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
THIS DAY IN TORY 1974
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
PHOTOS: IN THE STARCHILD'S DRESSING ROOM
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
SIGHTING: SNOW SCULPTURE
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

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


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Feb 17 2014
ARMY, YOU LOOK GREAT!
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!
Here's KISS during "Rock and Roll All Nite" at the House of Blues on Friday.


Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
Feb 16 2014
PHOTO: MEL GIBSON & LA !
Mel Gibson is ready for the inaugural season of LA KISS football...are you? Get your season tickets today at www.lakissfootball.com.

Feb 15 2014
PHOTO: ROCKING THE HOUSE OF BLUES LA
Here's KISS rocking the House of Blues at the Mending Kids' All-star concert yesterday.

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Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
Feb 15 2014
PHOTO: AT MENDING KIDS ALL-STAR CONCERT
Photo by Gina Granados

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Feb 15 2014
PHOTO: BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES
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Photo by Matt Varley for KISSONLINE.
Feb 15 2014
PHOTO: AT USA TODAY PHOTO SHOOT
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
PHOTO: SET LIST FROM HOUSE OF BLUES
Here's a KISS set list from last night's show for Mending Kids at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

Thanks to Bruce Kulick for the photo.
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