KISS is an American rock band that formed in New York City in 1973. The original lineup consisted of Paul Stanley (vocals, rhythm guitar), Gene Simmons (vocals, bass guitar), Ace Frehley (lead guitar), and Peter Criss (drums). KISS is known for their elaborate costumes, makeup, and pyrotechnic stage shows, as well as their signature sound blending hard rock, heavy metal, and glam rock.
KISS released their self-titled debut album in 1974, which included the hit single "Strutter." They quickly gained a following for their live performances, which featured fire-breathing, blood-spitting, and other theatrical stunts. Their 1975 album Alive! became a massive commercial success, and established them as one of the top live acts in rock music.
Over the years, KISS went through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons remaining as the core members. They continued to release albums and tour, with hits such as "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Detroit Rock City," and "I Was Made For Lovin' You."
KISS also became known for their merchandising, which included action figures, lunch boxes, and other merchandise. They even had their own comic book series.
In 2000, KISS was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Despite announcing their retirement multiple times over the years, KISS has continued to tour and perform, with their "End of the Road" tour scheduled to conclude in 2023.
KISS has left an indelible mark on rock music with their over-the-top stage shows, catchy songs, and larger-than-life personas. They continue to inspire new generations of fans and have become a cultural icon in their own right.