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Hard Rock Bands - Kiss


Kiss
Kiss (often styled as KISS) is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973.Well known for its members' black and white face paint and flamboyant 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 pyrotechncs.
Counting the 1978 solo albums, Kiss has been awarded 28 gold albums to date, the most of any American rock band.The band has sold more than 40 million albums in the United States, of which 20 million have been certified by the RIAA and their worldwide sales exceeds 100 million records, making them one of world’s best-selling bands of all time.The original 1973–'80 lineup consisted of Paul Stanley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Gene Simmons (vocals and bass guitar), Ace Frehley (lead guitar and vocals) and Peter Criss (drums and vocals).


With their makeup and costumes, they took on the personas of comic book-style characters. The band's commercial fortunes had waned considerably by that point. Buoyed by a wave of Kiss nostalgia in the 1990s, the band announced a reunion of the original lineup in 1996. The resulting Kiss Alive/Worldwide/Reunion Tour was the top-grossing act of 1996 and 1997. Criss and Frehley have since left Kiss again, but the band continues with Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. Stanley and Simmons have remained the only two constant members. Kiss has been named in many "Top" lists. They include Number 10 on VH1's '100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock', 9th on 'The Greatest Metal Bands' list by MTV, number one on Hit Paraders's "Top 100 Live Bands",56th on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists Of All Time", and 26th on Gibson's "50 Greatest American Rock Bands".Kiss was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ten years after becoming eligible.

Current members
Paul Stanley – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1973–present)
Gene Simmons – lead vocals, bass guitar (1973–present)
Eric Singer – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1991–96, 2001–02, 2004–present)
Tommy Thayer – lead guitar, backing vocals (2002–present)

Former members
Ace Frehley – lead guitar, vocals (1973–82, 1996–2002)
Peter Criss – drums, percussion, vocals (1973–80, 1996–2001, 2002–04)
Eric Carr – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1980–91)
Vinnie Vincent – lead guitar, backing vocals (1982–84)
Mark St. John – lead guitar (1984; died 2007)
Bruce Kulick – lead guitar, backing vocals (1984–96)

Discography
Kiss (1974)
Hotter Than Hell (1974)
Dressed to Kill (1975)
Alive! (1975)
Destroyer (1976)
Rock and Roll Over (1976)
Love Gun (1977)
Alive II (1977)
Ace Frehley (1978)
Peter Criss (1978)
Gene Simmons (1978)
Paul Stanley (1978)
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)
Alive III (1993)
Kiss Unplugged (1996)
You Wanted The Best,You Got The Best!! (1996)
Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions (1997)
Psycho Circus (1998)
Kiss Symphony: Alive IV (2003)
Sonic Boom (2009)
Monster (2012)

Kiss
Kiss es una banda estadounidense de rock formada en Nueva York en enero de 1973 por el bajista Gene Simmons y el guitarrista Paul Stanley, a los que más tarde se unirían el batería Peter Criss y el guitarrista Ace Frehley.
Conocidos por su maquillaje facial y sus extravagantes trajes, el grupo se dio a conocer al público a mediados de los años 1970 gracias a sus actuaciones en directo, en las que incluían pirotecnia, llamaradas, cañones, baterías elevadoras y guitarras con humo. Contando los álbumes en solitario de 1978, Kiss ha conseguido veintiocho discos de oro de la RIAA hasta la fecha y se la considera la banda estadounidense con mayor cantidad de estas certificaciones. El grupo ha vendido más de cien millones de álbumes en todo el mundo y veinte millones sólo en los Estados Unidos. Los miembros de Kiss asumieron personalidades acordes con los maquillajes y vestimenta que llevaban. Sus tres primeros álbumes de estudio apenas tuvieron repercusión y tuvo que ser con el lanzamiento de Alive!, un disco en directo, que la banda consiguiera fama y popularidad. Sus siguientes trabajos, entre los que destacan Destroyer y Love Gun, aumentaron la popularidad del grupo y consiguieron varias certificaciones de disco de platino. Después de que cada miembro de la banda publicara un álbum en solitario y rodar una película, las tensiones dentro del grupo aumentaron, lo que ocasionó la marcha de Criss y más tarde Frehley. Tras la salida de dos de sus miembros fundadores (Eric Carr y Vinnie Vincent reemplazaron a Criss y Frehley y asumieron las personalidades de "The Fox" y "The Wiz", respectivamente) y publicar algunos álbumes que no tuvieron el número de ventas esperadas como Music From "The Elder" y Creatures of the Night en 1983, Kiss decidió abandonar el maquillaje y orientar su estilo musical hacia el glam metal. En la década de 1990 se produjo la reunión con la formación original y el maquillaje, aunque en la siguiente década Frehley y Criss volvieron a dejar la banda. Simmons y Stanley decidieron continuar con el baterista Eric Singer y el guitarrista Tommy Thayer.

Integrantes
Paul Stanley – Voz, guitarra (1973–present)
Gene Simmons – Voz, guitarra (1973–present)
Eric Singer – bateria, coros (1991–96, 2001–02, 2004–present)
Tommy Thayer – guitarra, coros (2002–present)

 
Ex integrantes
Peter Criss – batería y voz (1973–1980, 1996–2001, 2002–2004)
Ace Frehley – guitarra líder y voz (1973–1982, 1996–2002)
Eric Carr – batería y voz (1980–1991)
Vinnie Vincent – guitarra líder y voz (1982–1984)
Mark St. John – guitarra líder (1984)
Bruce Kulick – guitarra líder y voz (1984–1996)

Discografia
Kiss (1974)
Hotter Than Hell (1974)
Dressed to Kill (1975)
Alive! (1975)
Destroyer (1976)
Rock and Roll Over (1976)
Love Gun (1977)
Alive II (1977)
Ace Frehley (1978)
Peter Criss (1978)
Gene Simmons (1978)
Paul Stanley (1978)
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)
Alive III (1993)
Kiss Unplugged (1996)
You Wanted The Best,You Got The Best!! (1996)
Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions (1997)
Psycho Circus (1998)
Kiss Symphony: Alive IV (2003)
Sonic Boom (2009)
Monster (2012)

References: Wikipedia
Referencias: Wikipedia