On Sept. 18, 1978, Kiss were on top of the world. On that day, all four members of the famously face-painted group released solo albums in one of the most extravagant displays of marketing power in rock history.
Kiss founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are now among the owners of a professional football team, which will be called the LA Kiss and will use the band's famous logo on their helmets. We can only imagine what the uniforms are going to look like.
Kiss descended upon the Midwest last weekend for the Rock Fest in Cadott, Wis., and their set Saturday (July 20) included more than the classic hits and a giant, fireball-spewing spider fans have come to expect.
Their first live album saved their career. The second confirmed their place as global superstars, and the third proved they could succeed without two original members and their famous facepaint. So what could Kiss possibly do to make their fourth live album different?
It's hard out there for a replacement drummer. Just ask Eric Singer, who's got a job most musicians would envy -- pounding the skins for Kiss -- but one that comes with a few occupational hazards, like having to hear the constant complaining of fans who wish the band's original lineup would get back together.
The rock band KISS is known for selling out stadiums and concerts, rocking the place, wild parties and wild women, loud guitars, makeup, explosions. You know, it's what we expect from them. KISS has done some country before...
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