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Kiss is a band that will always be remembered – as much for their music as for their face makeup. Until 1983, when the group removed its unique black and white makeup, the four members had never been photographed with their real faces showing. Combining these theatrics with hard rock made Kiss one of the best-selling acts of the Seventies, inspiring an entire Kiss Army of fans. Whether you are a part of this army or not, you have got to catch this iconic hard rock band live in action. Fresh off a grand KISSWORLD 2017 Tour, that saw them play 32 shows all across North America and Europe, the band is all prepared to set the stage on fire again! Get these Kiss tickets if you want to experience pure hard rock greatness at work!
Early Days of Kiss
Kiss was founded by Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley in 1973 in New York. Ace Frehley is the one credited with giving the band its name and its iconic insignia. The first performance by the band took place on 30th January, 1973, in Queens. For the first few gigs, the band members wore little or no makeup. The iconic makeup of the band came in March of that year at a series of shows in New York.
Soon after this, the band started gaining attention and was eventually signed on to Casablanca Records in November of 1973.
They released their debut self-titled album in February 1974 and began touring extensively for its promotions. The band also appeared on ABC’s In Concert – their first television appearance. But despite all this publicity, the debut album only managed to sell 75,000 copies. Their second album, Hotter Than Hell, faced a similar fate. At this point, the head of their recording label, Neil Bogart, stepped in to produce the band’s third album, Dressed to Kill. This album, released in March, 1975, performed slightly better than its predecessors. It also had, what would later become the band’s signature song, “Rock and Roll All Nite”.
Even though the band got off to a rocky start, they had started making a name for themselves in the music industry. Their live performances started to gain a lot of attention, thanks to antics such as Simmons spitting “blood” and breathing fire, or Frehley’s guitar bursting into flames and multiple pyrotechnics throughout the show.
It was a live album that finally gave Kiss their breakthrough. The album was released on 10th September, 1975 and titled, Alive! It reached Gold status and gave the band its first top 40 single, which was a modified version of “Rock and Roll All Nite”. Their next album, Destroyer, also achieved Gold status and performed well in multiple countries.
Rock and Roll Over was released in 1976 and Love Gun in 1977 – both achieved notable success and were certified Platinum.
During this time of initial fame, Kiss merchandise also began selling like hot cakes and became a major source of income for the group. Membership in the Kiss Army had grown to a staggering six figure number. By 1978, Kiss was officially at its commercial peak.
Unmasking the Kiss Men
After releasing a series of successful solo and group projects, the band sensed that it was time for a change. They abandoned their trademark costumes and the black and white makeup for the first time in September 1983, in an appearance on MTV.
After a brief division, the group reunited to form the original Kiss lineup, complete with the makeup and their traditional stage attire at the 38th annual Grammy Awards. Subsequent albums included Psycho Circus and Dynasty, both of which performed well.
Kiss released some of their best music in the form of Sonic Boom, in 2009. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and sold 108,000 copies within the first week of sales.
Awards and Achievements
With more than 75 million records sold globally, including a staggering 21 million RIAA certified albums, Kiss is certainly one of the most iconic bands of the seventies and eighties. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014 and have achieved countless honors over the years. They have won two Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards, in the categories of Best Reissue for their 2007, Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 and the Showman Award for Paul Stanley in 2008.
The band has also been nominated for a Grammy Award for their song “Psycho Circus” in 1999 in the category of the Best Hard Rock Performance. This song has also received the Song of the Year Award and the Best Video Clip Award at the Metal Edge Readers’ Choice Awards. The album, Psycho Circus, also won the Album of the Year award at the same ceremony. Other Metal Edge Readers’ Choice Awards won by Kiss include Best Concert Tour in 1996, Best Vocalist for Paul Stanley in 1996, Best Bassist for Gene Simmons in 1996 and then again in 1998, Best Guitarist for Ace Frehley in 1996 and Stage Show of the Year in 2000.
The band has also won a People’s Choice Award for their song “Beth” in 1977 and has been nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for the Best Cinematography for “All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose” in 1984.
Kiss Tour Tickets
And now with all of these achievements under their belt, Kiss is coming to your town. Get these Kiss tour tickets now and get ready to enjoy a nostalgia-filled concert that will leave you wanting more. Keep an eye out for the upcoming shows by this iconic band. Kiss tickets are now available here. If you want to relive the glory of the music and style of Kiss, this is your perfect chance. Don’t miss out!