The Unofficial KISS Kommunity On Lunch
The Unofficial KISS Kommunity On Lunch
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Hard-rock group formed in New York: Paul Stanley (vocals, guitar), Gene Simmons (vocals, bass), Ace Frehley (guitar) and Peter Criss (drums). Noted for elaborate makeup and highly theatrical stage shows.

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A Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3

  • Nov 27, 2011
The critics may accuse them of being shallow showmen. And they'd be right. But Kiss is SUPPOSED to be that way, a band more concerned with a good show than musical or allegorical depth! That was, in fact, the whole point behind the band, to put on a huge show and make tons of money, and frontman Gene Simmons will be first to say so - and on many occasions, has outright admitted it without any hesitation!
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Formed: 1973 in New York, NY
Years Active: 70 's, 80 's, 90 's, 00's
Genre: ROCK

Rooted in the campy theatrics of Alice Cooper and the sleazy hard rock of glam rockers the New York Dolls, Kiss became a favorite of American teenagers in the '70s. Most kids were infatuated with the look of Kiss, not their music. Decked out in outrageously flamboyant costumes and makeup, the band fashioned a captivating stage show featuring dry ice, smoke bombs, elaborate lighting, blood spitting, and fire breathing that captured the imaginations of thousands of kids. But Kiss' music shouldn't be dismissed -- it was a commercially potent mix of anthemic, fist-pounding hard rock driven by sleek hooks and ballads powered by loud guitars, cloying melodies, and sweeping strings. It was a sound that laid the groundwork for both arena rock and the pop-metal that dominated rock in the late '80s. Kiss was the brainchild of Gene Simmons (bass, vocals) and Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar, vocals), former members of the New York-based hard rock band Wicked Lester; the duo brought in drummer Peter Criss through his ad in Rolling Stone and guitarist Ace Frehley responded to an advertisement in The Village Voice. Even at their first Manhattan concert in 1973, the group's approach was quite theatrical; Flipside producer Bill Aucoin offered the band a management deal after the show. Two weeks later, the band was signed to Neil Bogart's fledgling record label, Casablanca. ...

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal

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