American band Kiss was created in 1973 in New York. Kiss combines multiple musical genres, from hard rock to heavy metal and glam rock, all of which are prevalent in a certain period in the band's career. Kiss initially drew attention to the mid-70s through stage costumes totally outrageous, makeup and special stage sets, including pyrotechnics. Original formula and the one they are most famous for was composed of Kiss bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. The four took their stage name's inspiration from cartoon characters. Thus, they became as following: Simmons - The Daemon , Stanley - The Star Child, Frehley - The Space Man and Criss - The Cat Man.
Kiss first album, self-titled, shown in 1974, was followed by several live appearances the band make their sympathizers, unusual and diabolical image drawn to them. Despite intense and promoting concerts, the album sold only 75,000 copies, a figure considered satisfactory by the band components. Hotter Than Hell, their second album, was released in the same year. A few months later it was followed by Dressed To Kill, which reached a higher position in the rankings. First Kiss live album titled Alive! was the most successful one in the band's early discography. The album will have a sequel, Alive II, in 1977, receiving platinum.
In 1982, due to problems with drugs, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley are kicked out of the band. At that time, the band give up costumes and makeup that she had made famous. The result is a resounding commercial success. However, in the early '90s, the band reunites original component and returns the embodiment of costumes and characters who became known as aliases. Criss and Frehley leave for the second time the band, being replaced by Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. Simmons and Stanley will remain the only constant component throughout all history Kiss.
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