Kiss

Kiss, styled KISS in capitals, is an American rock/heavy metal band formed in New York City in January 1973. Easily identified by its members’ face paint and flamboyant stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-1970s on the basis of their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars, and pyrotechnics. The group has been awarded 24 gold albums to date and has sold over 19 million records in the United States and their worldwide sales exceeded 100 million albums. They was named by VH1 as 10th on their list of the ‘100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock’. On 23 September 2009, they was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 10 years after becoming eligible.

In July 2009, Paul Stanley announced a release date of October 6, 2009 for the new album “Sonic Boom”. It included a CD of new material, re-recorded versions of famous Kiss hits and a live DVD in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In support of the new album, they appeared live on the Late Show with David Letterman on 6 October 2009 and on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 7 October 2009. The band will be starting the European leg of the Sonic Boom tour during May 2010 by the name “Sonic Boom Over Europe: From The Beginning To The Boom.”

Other Information

  • Origin: New York City, New York, United States
  • Genres: Hard rock, Heavy metal
  • Years active: 1973-present
  • Labels: Kiss Records, Casablanca Records, Mercury Records, Sanctuary Records, Columbia Records, Universal Music, Roadrunner Records
  • Associated acts: E.S.P., Frehley’s Comet, Union, Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Wicked Lester
  • Website: http://www.kissonline.com
  • Members:
  1. Paul Stanley – guitar, vocals
  2. Tommy Thayer – guitar, vocals
  3. Gene Simmons – bass, vocals
  4. Eric Singer – drums, percussion, vocals

Releases

Studio albums

  • Kiss (1974)
  • Hotter Than Hell (1974)
  • Dressed to Kill (1975)
  • Destroyer (1976)
  • Rock and Roll Over (1976)
  • Love Gun (1977)
  • Dynasty (1979)
  • Unmasked (1980)
  • Music from “The Elder” (1981)
  • Creatures of the Night (1982)
  • Lick It Up (1983)
  • Animalize (1984)
  • Asylum (1985)
  • Crazy Nights (1987)
  • Hot in the Shade (1989)
  • Revenge (1992)
  • Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions (1997)
  • Psycho Circus (1998)
  • Sonic Boom (2009)

Live albums

  • Alive! (1975)
  • Alive II (1977)
  • Alive III (1993)
  • Kiss Unplugged (1996)
  • You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! (1996)
  • Kiss Symphony: Alive IV (2003)
  • Kiss Instant Live! (2004)
  • Kiss Alive 35 (2008)

Compilation albums

  • The Originals (1976)
  • The Originals II (1978) – Japan only
  • Double Platinum (1978)
  • Best of Solo Albums (1979)
  • Killers (1982)
  • The Singles (1986) – Australia only
  • Smashes, Thrashes & Hits (1988)
  • Chikara (1988) – Japan only
  • Greatest Kiss (1997)
  • Greatest Hits (1997) – UK only
  • The Box Set (2001)
  • The Very Best of Kiss (2002)
  • The Best of Kiss: The Millennium Collection (2003)
  • The Best of Kiss, Volume 2: The Millennium Collection (2004)
  • Gold (2005)
  • Kiss Chronicles: 3 Classic Albums (2005)
  • The Best of Kiss, Volume 3: The Millennium Collection (2006)
  • Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 (2006)
  • Jigoku-Retsuden (2008)
  • Ikons (2008)

Video albums

  • Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978) – VHS
  • Kiss: Animalize Live Uncensored (1985) – VHS
  • Exposed (1987) – VHS
  • Crazy Nights (1989) – VHS
  • X-treme Close-Up (1992) – VHS
  • Kiss Konfidential (1993) – VHS
  • Kiss My Ass: The Video (1994) – VHS; (2004) – DVD
  • Kiss Unplugged (1996) – VHS
  • Psycho Circus 3-D Video (1999) – DVD
  • The Second Coming (2004) – DVD
  • Kiss Symphony: The DVD (2004) – DVD
  • Rock the Nation Live! (2005) – DVD
  • Kissology Volume One: 1974–1977 (2006) – DVD
  • Kissology Volume Two: 1978-1991 (2007) – DVD
  • Kissology Volume Three: 1992–2000  (2007) – DVD

On Movie soundtracks

  • Endless Love (1981) “I Was Made for Lovin’ You”
  • Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) “God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll to You II”
  • Dazed and Confused (1993) “Rock and Roll All Nite”
  • Speed (1994) “Mr. Speed”
  • Detroit Rock City (1999) “Shout It Out Loud”, “Detroit Rock City”, “Nothing Can Keep Me from You”
  • Rock Star (2001) “Lick It Up”
  • Halloween (2007) “God of Thunder”

Links

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~ by molco on December 12, 2010.

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