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Gene Simmons was in a band called Wicked Lester. Adding new members the band's name was changed to Kiss. Original members of Kiss were Gene, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. The year was 1973. Other members of Kiss have included Eric Carr, Vinnie Vincent, Mark St.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • KISS' second drummer Eric Carr (joined the band in 1980) died from cancer on November 24th 1991, the same day as Freddy Mercury, he was only 41.

    • Kiss's song "Strutter" is part of the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The game was released in 2004.

    • Ace's face is on the cover of the album "Creatures of the Night" even though he did not play any of the songs on the album. Vinnie Vincent is the artist who played the songs.

    • When Paul Frehley joined the band it was decided they couldn't have two members named Paul. After a discussion Paul suggested just to call him Ace. It was a nickname from his schoolboy days.

    • Gene is the creator and designer of the axe-shaped bass guitar. It is one of his trademarks in the band for him to play the instrument.

    • In 1978 each member of the band Kiss released their own solo album. As of 2007 no other major rock band has ever repeated the event.

    • The first single ever released by Kiss was a cover of Bobby Rydell's "Kissin' Time," song. It was the A-side of the album. "Nothin' to Lose" was the B-side of the single.

    • Kiss's first feature film "Detroit Rock City" was released on August 13, 1999. The film also included Gene's longtime live-in girlfriend, Shannon Tweed, as a cast member.

    • Kiss made an official announcement that the band was reuniting on April 16, 1996. The announcement took place at a press conference aboard the USS Intrepid.

    • Kiss added their footprints to the sidewalk outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA on February 20, 1976.

    • Kiss performed at the closing ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics on February 24, 2002. The Olympics were held at Salt Lake City, Utah that year.

    • Kiss won a People's Choice Award for Best Song ("Beth") on February 10, 1977.

    • Peter Criss officially left the band in May, 1980.

    • Kiss participated in the pregame show of Super Bowl XXXIII on January 31, 1999.

    • Kiss performed a concert without make-up for the first time on October 11, 1983. The concert was held in Lisbon, Portugal.

    • On June 18, 1983 audiences in Rio de Janeiro gathered for an estimated total of 203,000 people. It was the largest audience ever gathered for a Kiss concert at that time. It was also the last time the band performed in make-up for 13 years.

    • On April 2, 1977 Kiss broke the ticket sales record previously held by The Beatles for their concert in Tokyo, Japan.

    • Kiss played to a sell out audience on February 17, 1977 at Madison Square Garden. It was the first time the band headlined a concert at that venue and their tickets matched the sellout time Elvis Presley sold in June, 1972.

    • Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted on December 12, 1976. Kiss was performing in Lakeland, Florida. The occurence inspired the band's song "Shock Me". Also of note, Gene set his hair on fire at the same show.

    • Gene Simmons accidentally set his hair on fire while playing the Academy of Music in NY on December 31, 1973.

    • The first live appearance of Kiss was January 30, 1973. The event took place at the Coventry in Queens, NY.

    • Kiss has sold over 19 million records in the United States, and over 80 million albums worldwide.

    • Kiss is #10 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artist of Hard Rock.

    • Kiss was a hard rock band that formed in New York City In 1973

  • Quotes

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    I Believe That KISS Rules.

    They Are Soo Cool!!
  • my favorite band

    i love kiss not only is thier music killer thier makeup blood spitting breathing fire smoking guitars etc gives them a cool persona what's to hate about this band sure they sell out alot but they still rock hardcore ................ there's nothin to say anymore really let me think .................... think harder i still have a few more words to write anyways to make a long story short kiss is a good band that 5 year olds college kids andin bombay even cows rofl ( from ace frehley's interview with tom snyder) so listen to this extremely cool band a must listenmoreless