Kiss Biography

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KissKiss is an American hard rock band that was formed in 1973 in New York City. The band became popular in the mid-seventies because of their trademark facepaint and outrageous stage outfits. The band was also known for their exciting and elaborate liver performances that not only include singing and adept musical instrumentation but also pyrotechnics, fire breathing and blood spitting.

The original line-up of the band was composed of Gene Simmons on bass and vocals, Paul Stanley on rhythm guitar and vocals, Ace Frehley on lead guitar and vocals and Peter Criss on drums and vocals. The band, when on stage took on their different personas with their makeup and costumes. Simmons took on the character of the Demon, Stanley is Star Child, Frehley is Space Man and Criss is Cat Man.

The initial core of the band was formed when Simmons and Stanley joined up with Criss in order to form a new band in late 1972. The trio was first named as Wicked Lester and focused on playing a harder style of rock than what they were used to playing with their previous bands. Inspired by another band on the scene, the New York Dolls, Kiss also started redoing their image as a rock band by experimenting wearing makeup and unique outfits. The trio then proceeded to performed for Epic Records in the hopes of securing a deal, but failed.

Sometime in early 1973, the trio added Paul Frehley into their fold as a guitarist. The group later on the same year changed their name to Kiss. The band’s first performance as Kiss was on January of 1973 at the Popcorn Club that only had an audience of three. Unfazed, the band continued on and went on to record demos by March. In November, the band was signed to a newly formed Emerald City Records and became that outfit’s very first signed act.

The band’s self-titled debut album was released on February of 1974. Kiss promoted the album on the first half of the year by doing several live performances, both onstage and on television. Despite heavy promotion and touring, the album only was able to sell about 75,000 copies. The next two albums were likewise lukewarm sellers but the band has steadily gained the reputation of being an exciting live act to watch. Their stage antics such as supposedly blood spitting (actually a mixture of yogurt and food coloring), firework displays onstage and others made them quite an interesting act to follow.

Kiss first taste of commercial success came when they released their first double live album. Their Alive! double album that was released on September of 1975 achieved quadruple platinum status and gave the band its first top 40 single, "Rock and Roll All Nite". Subsequent albums also became successful along with a series of their highly successful live performances and tours. The band reached their commercial peak sometime in 1978.

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