KISS (US rock band)

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Despite the name "KISS" appearing on the title for marketing purposes, the 4 1978 albums that were released under each members' names were solo albums. As such, you will find them listed under their respective artist names: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss.

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Kiss (often styled as KISS) is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Simmons (vocals and bass guitar), Ace Frehley (lead guitar and vocals) and Peter Criss (drums and vocals).

With their make-up and costumes, they took on the personae of comic book-style characters: The Starchild (Stanley), The Demon (Simmons), The Spaceman or Space Ace (Frehley) and The Catman (Criss). Due to creative differences, both Criss and Frehley had departed the group by 1982.

In 1983, Kiss began performing without makeup and costumes, thinking that it was time to leave the makeup behind. The band accordingly experienced a minor commercial resurgence, and their music videos received regular airplay on MTV. Drummer Eric Carr, who had replaced Criss in 1980, died in 1991 of a rare type of heart cancer and was replaced by Eric Singer. In response to a wave of Kiss nostalgia in the mid-1990s, the band announced a reunion of the original lineup in 1996, which also saw the return of their makeup and stage costumes. The resulting Alive/Worldwide Tour was commercially successful. Criss and Frehley have both since left the band again and have been replaced by Singer and Tommy Thayer, respectively.

Kiss has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 25 million RIAA-certified albums. On April 10, 2014, Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1974 KISS 3.5 27
1974 Hotter Than Hell 4 26
1975 Dressed to Kill 4 26
1976 Destroyer 4 32
1976 Rock and Roll Over 4 30
1977 Love Gun 4 35
1979 Dynasty 4.35 26
1980 Unmasked 4 22
1981 Music From “The Elder” 4 27
1982 Creatures of the Night 4.5 27
1983 Lick It Up 3.5 24
1984 Animalize 2 24
1985 Asylum 2.5 25
1987 Crazy Nights 2 23
1989 Hot in the Shade 2 19
1992 Revenge 2 21
1997 Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions 2 18
1998 Psycho Circus 4 16
2009 Sonic Boom 14
2012 Monster 5 21

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1978 Double Platinum 21
1978 The Best of Solo-Albums 2
1982 Killers 18
1988 Chikara 1
1988 Smashes, Thrashes & Hits 5 13
1996 You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! 9
1996 Greatest KISS 5 17
1997 Greatest Hits 3 1
2001 Box Set 6
2002 The Very Best of KISS 3.5 8
2003 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of KISS 5
2004 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of KISS, Volume 2 2
2004 KISS Gold 8
2006 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of KISS, Volume 3 2
2008 Playlist Plus: KISS 3
2008 Classics 1
2008 Discoveries 1
2008 Favorites 1
2008 The Complete Collection 45 1
2008 Playlist Your Way 1
2008 地獄烈伝〜ニュー・レコーディング・ベスト〜 2
2008 Ikons 4
2010 Icon 2 2
2010 The Greatest Hits 1
2012 The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982 2
2014 KISS 40 8
2015 KISS 40: Decades of Decibels 3

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2006 KISS Alive! 1975–2000 5
Greatest Live Hits 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1975 Alive! 3 27
1977 Alive II 21
1987 Alive! 1
1988 Alive II 1
1993 Alive III 23
1996 MTV Unplugged 4 15
2003 KISS Symphony: Alive IV 5 9
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Selma, TX 06/10/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Smirnoff Music Centre, Dallas, TX 06/11/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX 06/12/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM 06/16/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ 06/18/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, CA 06/19/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Chronicle Pavilion, Concord, CA 06/20/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Clark County Amphitheatre, Ridgefield, WA 06/22/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Float-Rite Amphitheatre, Somerset, WI 06/26/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS 06/27/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: UMB Bank Pavilion, Maryland Heights, MO 06/28/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI 06/30/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Starwood Amphitheatre, Nashville, TN 07/02/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN 07/03/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Post-Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA 07/04/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee, WI 07/07/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Tweeter Center, Tinley Park, IL 07/09/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Germain Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH 07/10/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH 07/11/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Tweeter Waterfront, Camden, NJ 07/13/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Darien Lake PAC, Darien Center, NY 07/14/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA 07/16/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, NJ 07/17/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Hersheypark Pavilion, Hershey, PA 07/18/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY 07/21/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Ford Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA 07/23/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA 07/24/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA 07/25/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC 07/27/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC 07/28/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Sound Advice Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL 07/30/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Verizon Wireless Music Center-Birmingham, Pelham, AL 08/03/04 1
2006 Alive: The Millennium Concert 6
2008 KISS Alive 35: Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland 27.5.2008 2
2008 KISS Alive 35: Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden 30.5.2008 1
2008 KISS Alive 35: Valhall, Oslo, Norway 31.5.2008 1
2008 KISS Alive 35: Koengen, Bergen, Norway 1.6.2008 1
2008 KISS Alive 35: Copenhagen Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark 03.06.2008 1
2008 KISS Alive 35: Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany 4.6.2008 2
2008 KISS Alive 35: O₂ Arena, Prague, Czech Republic 06.06.2008 1
2008 KISS Alive 35: Velodrom, Berlin, Germany 09.06.2008 2
2008 KISS Alive 35: SAP-Arena, Mannheim, Germany 10.6.2008 2
2008 KISS Alive 35: König-Pilsener-Arena, Oberhausen, Germany 11.06.2008 1
2008 KISS Alive 35: Download Festival, Castle Donington, England 13.06.2008 4

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