50 Iconic Photos of KISS: The Hottest Band in the World


KISS: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Legends

Mind-blowing pyrotechnics, dramatic on-stage personas and a hard rock edge rocketed KISS to superstardom in the late 70s and early 80s. With multiple platinum records and millions of albums sold, KISS has been a mainstay of the music scene for the last 50 years, carving out a place for themselves in pop culture history that few other bands can aspire to. From their start as a no-name band, playing small venues for nonexistent crowds, to their days of sensational superstardom and international fame, this is the story of KISS, the world's hottest band.

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Known for their wild, edgy performances, crazy costumes and ever-present make-up, KISS started a rock and roll revolution that continues to this day. The over-the-top stage gimmicks and stunt performances that are a normal part of any concert today are actually the end result of KISS's electric, no-holds-barred, shock rock stage shows, a style they originated in the early 70s. The original lineup included the iconic stage personas of The Demon, The Starchild, The Spaceman and The Catman. Over the years, as band members came and went, the lineup changed to include two new characters, The Fox and The Wiz.