Kiss is an American rock band from New York. He was formed in January 1973 by guitarist Paul Stanley and bassist Gene Simmons. Very popular around the world, including their makeup, extravagant costumes, their many special effects on stage and Gene Simmons's famous big-name language, Kiss has sold more than 60 million albums in the United States (including more of 24 million have been certified by the RIAA>) and more than 150 million worldwide>, making Kiss one of the most selling groups in the history of music. The band and its solo members have collected 30 gold records, 9 platinum records and 10 multi-platinum records for the United States alone >>>. Kiss is also known for its numerous derivatives that are sold in industrial quantities, so that in 2006 the "brand" Kiss is valued at one billion US dollars>. Kiss is one of the biggest hard rock bands and one of the most successful in the history of music. He is also one of the forerunners of glam metal, a genre very popular in the 1980s.
Among the group's biggest hits are the hits I Was Made for Lovin 'You , Rock and Roll All Nite , Detroit Rock City , Love Gun , Beth , Shout It Out Loud , Lick It Up , or Heaven's on Fire .
Paul Stanley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Gene Simmons (vocals and bass guitar), Ace Frehley (solo guitar and vocals), and Peter Criss (drums, percussion and vocals) are the most recognizable and the most success. With their makeup and costumes, they take on a comic book character style: the "demon" (Gene Simmons), the "star" (Paul Stanley), the "man of space" (Ace Frehley then Tommy Thayer ) and the "cat man" (Peter Criss then Eric Singer). These characters are a time joined by the "warrior Ânkh" (Vinnie Vincent) and the "fox" (Eric Carr).
In 1983, Kiss abandoned makeup and enjoyed a return to commercial success that lasted the rest of the decade. Because some of the fans of the mid-nineties are nostalgic for Kiss's first band, which has been disbanded since the drummer Peter Criss left in 1980 (followed by guitarist Ace Frehley in 1982), the band announces a reshaping of the line. original up, with make-up and vintage costumes, in 1996. The following tours, Alive / Worldwide / Lost Cities / Reunion, are part of the most lucrative tours of 1996 and 1997. Criss and Frehley have since left the group and were replaced respectively by Eric Singer (who had already played with Kiss before the reformation) and Tommy Thayer. The band continues to play with his makeup, although only Stanley and Simmons remain from the early "makeup" era. In 2009, Kiss released his first studio album for eleven years, Sonic Boom . The album rose to 2nd place in record sales in the United States, and to first place in the "Rock albums", "Hard rock albums" and "Independent albums" rankings, the highest ranking in the entire world. group history. In 2012, the album Monster receives excellent reviews and marks the return of Kiss to a music that made its success and fame almost 40 years earlier.