Kiss. "You want the best? You got the best!" Wer diese Aussage in einer Konzerthalle um (Gene Simmons und Paul Stanley) mit Begleitmusikern unter dem Banner Kiss Ace Frehley über das 'Kiss-Business', wiedererlangte Lebensgeister und Kiss-Bassist Gene Simmons stellte der deutschen Presse in einem Kölner. Man wolle nicht still und heimlich verblassen, sondern es noch einmal krachen lassen, sagt Sänger Paul Stanley. Im Frühsommer spielen sie. Gene Simmons: „Wenn jemand sagt, das alles war in der Auch die Mutter von Kiss-Sänger Paul Stanley musste vor den Nazis fliehen.
Gene SimmonsMan wolle nicht still und heimlich verblassen, sondern es noch einmal krachen lassen, sagt Sänger Paul Stanley. Im Frühsommer spielen sie. Kiss ist eine US-amerikanische Hard-Rock-Band, gegründet in New York. Mit mehr als Millionen weltweit verkauften Alben zählt die Gruppe zu den erfolgreichsten Rock-Bands. Gene Simmons: „Wenn jemand sagt, das alles war in der Auch die Mutter von Kiss-Sänger Paul Stanley musste vor den Nazis fliehen.
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Bei Instagram finden sich viele professionelle Bilder von Sophie Simmons. Michelle Obama oder Oprah Winfrey. Das sind Tage, wo ich alle meine Klamotten hasse und ich in Umkleidekabinen lieber sterben würde, als mir noch mal fast den Arm beim Anprobieren eines Teils zu brechen, weil es mir nie passen wird.
Inzwischen hat der Schlagzeuger die Band aber erneut verlassen. Sein Markenzeichen sind die blutrot geschminkten Lippen und ein schwarzer Stern, der sein rechtes Auge umrahmt.
Für die Wiedervereinigung zogen sie sämtliche Register des Marketings und traten fortan wieder mit Make-up und martialischer Kostümierung auf.
Daran änderte die Band bis heute nichts. Die Aufnahme entstand bei einer Pressekonferenz am Und so ruderte Carr zurück - und trat als "The Fox" fortan mit geschminktem Fuchsgesicht auf.
Dieser Part war ein Höhepunkt von jedem Kiss-Konzert. Zur Selbstinszenierung als Dämon gehörte auch noch, dass Simmons literweise Kunstblut auf die Bühne spuckte.
Immer wieder gab es Gerüchte über eine Nähe der Band zu Satanisten. Sie wurden stets dementiert, auch wenn das Mediengetöse der Gruppe mit Sicherheit nicht schadete.
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Politik Storys. Simmons and Stanley met Criss in a nightclub where he was playing drums. After hearing Criss sing, they thought Criss should be in the new band they were forming.
Criss then auditioned for, and later joined their new band. The three focused on a much harder style of rock than that played by Wicked Lester.
They also began experimenting with their image, by wearing makeup and various outfits. Although the performance went well, Ellis disliked the group's image and music.
In early January , the group added lead guitarist Ace Frehley. Frehley impressed the group with his first audition, although he showed up wearing two different colored sneakers, one red and one orange.
A few weeks after Frehley joined, the classic lineup was solidified as the band to be named Kiss. Criss mentioned that he had been in a band called Lips, so Stanley said something to the effect of "What about Kiss?
The art department asked him if he wanted it to be redrafted to be perfect and he said, "It got us this far, let's leave well enough alone.
Our number one rule has always been no rules. The letters happened to look similar to the insignia of the Nazi SS , a symbol that is outlawed in Germany by Section 86a of the German criminal code.
However, Simmons and Stanley, both Jewish, have denied any intentional likeness to Nazi symbolism in the logo.
Since , most of the band's album covers and merchandise in Germany have used a different logo, in which the letters "SS" look like the letters "ZZ" backwards.
The band's name has repeatedly been the subject of rumors pertaining to alleged hidden meanings. Simmons has denied all of these claims. The first Kiss performance took place on January 30, , for an audience of fewer than ten people at the Popcorn Club renamed Coventry shortly afterward in Queens.
Our first show ever was at Coventry. Coventry was a study in contrasts. The first time we played there was nobody there. The last time we played there, you could barely get in the door.
On March 13 of that year, the band recorded a five-song demo tape with producer Eddie Kramer. Former TV director Bill Aucoin , who had seen the group at a handful of showcase concerts in the summer of , offered to become the band's manager in mid-October.
Kiss agreed, with the condition that Aucoin sign the band to a record label within two weeks. On November 1, , Kiss became the first act signed to former teen pop singer and Buddah Records executive Neil Bogart 's new label, Casablanca Records.
It was at this concert that, for the first of many times, Simmons accidentally set his hair which was coated in hairspray ablaze while performing his fire-breathing routine.
Casablanca and Kiss promoted the album heavily throughout the spring and summer of Being in Kiss in the very first year and touring around the United States, we felt like we were taking off.
It was like somebody pushing you into the deep end of the pool whether you can swim or not. The early years of Kiss were far from glamorous.
We rode in a station wagon hundreds of miles every day. We would take turns driving and sleeping in the back.
We ate burgers at roadside taverns. We stopped and peed on the side of long stretches of highway when we couldn't find a town anywhere near.
Becoming a rock star was better than anything and beyond anything I ever imagined. There were moments of doubt for me that we were gonna make it.
This broadcast included Simmons's first televised interview, a conversation with Mike Douglas in which Simmons declared himself "evil incarnate", eliciting uncomfortable reactions from a confused studio audience.
Fellow Jewish-American guest Totie Fields said it would be humorous if beneath all the make-up Simmons was "just a nice Jewish boy ". Simmons responded, "You should only know", to which Fields replied, "I do.
You can't hide the hook ", a reference to the stereotypical "Jewish" nose. Despite the publicity and constant touring, Kiss initially sold just 75, copies.
Meanwhile, the group and Casablanca Records were losing money quickly. The band while touring stopped in Los Angeles in August to begin recording its second album, Hotter Than Hell , which was released on October 22, With Hotter Than Hell quickly dropping off the charts, Kiss was pulled from its tour to quickly record a new album.
Casablanca head Bogart stepped in to produce the next album, trading in the murky, distorted sound of Hotter Than Hell for a cleaner and slightly poppier sound.
Dressed to Kill , released on March 19, , fared slightly better commercially than Hotter Than Hell. It also contained what later became the band's signature song, " Rock and Roll All Nite ".
Although Kiss albums had not proved to be big sellers, the band was quickly gaining a reputation for its live performances. Kiss concerts featured such spectacles as Simmons spitting "blood" an effect made primarily from raw egg whites, strawberry syrup and red food coloring and "breathing fire" spitting flammable liquid at a torch , Frehley soloing as his guitar burst into flames light and smoke bombs placed inside the guitar , Criss's elevating drum riser that emitted sparks, Stanley's Townshend -style guitar smashing, and pyrotechnics throughout the show.
By mid, Casablanca was almost bankrupt, and Kiss was in danger of losing its record contract. Both parties desperately needed a commercial breakthrough if they were to survive.
I saw a pattern emerging with us on the road. Every night, I'd ask somebody before the show, "How are we doing?
All of a sudden it was becoming the norm. For me the first realization that things were on an upswing was when we played the Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
Before the show I went on stage, looked out through the curtain and saw this big crowd and said to myself, "My God, this is really happening!
Kiss wanted to express the excitement felt at its concerts which its studio albums had so far failed to do with its first live album.
It was the first version of the song with a guitar solo, and this recording has become the best-known version.
It is also the basis of most covers, such as the cover by Poison in In recent years the band admitted that additional audience noise had been added to the album, as well as overdubs on select guitar and vocal spots, not to deceive fans, but to add more "excitement and realism" to the record.
The success of Alive! Following this success, Kiss partnered with producer Bob Ezrin , who had previously worked with Alice Cooper. The result was Destroyer released March 15, , Kiss's most musically ambitious studio album to date.
Destroyer , with its rather intricate production using an orchestra, choir, and numerous tape effects , was a departure from the raw sound of the first three studio albums.
Album art was designed by Ken Kelly , who had drawn Tarzan and Conan the Barbarian and also produced album covers for acts such as Rainbow and Manowar.
Only when the ballad " Beth ", the B-side of the single " Detroit Rock City ", began to gain more airplay on FM radio did the album's sales rebound.
The single was subsequently reissued with the A- and B-sides reversed. The show, co-produced by Bill Aucoin, helped introduce Kiss to an even wider audience.
In addition to the three songs, Kiss was the subject of a brief comedic "interview" conducted by Paul Lynde. This included Lynde noting, when hearing the members' first names, "Oh, I love a good religious group.
Two more highly successful studio albums were released in less than a year: Rock and Roll Over November 11, and Love Gun June 30, A second live album, Alive II , was released on October 14, All three albums were certified platinum soon after their release.
In Japan, Kiss performed five sold-out shows at Tokyo's Budokan Hall , breaking the previous record of four held by the Beatles.
In May , Kiss made the first of its many comics appearances, in Howard the Duck issue 12, published by Marvel Comics.
The first Kiss compilation album, Double Platinum , was issued on April 2, This double album included many remixed versions of the band's hits, as well as "Strutter '78", a re-recorded version of a song from the group's first album.
At Bogart's request, this version of the song featured a disco influence. During this period, Kiss merchandise became a substantial source of income for the group.
Some of the products released included a pair of comic books issued by Marvel the first contained ink mixed with actual blood donated by the group , a pinball machine, dolls, "Kiss Your Face Makeup" kits, Halloween masks, board games , lunchboxes, trading cards and many other pieces of memorabilia.
Membership in the Kiss Army , the band's fan club, was in the six figures. Kiss was at its commercial peak by To that end, an ambitious, two-pronged strategy was devised for The first part involved the simultaneous release of four solo albums from the members of Kiss.
Although Kiss has claimed that the solo albums were intended to ease rising tensions within the band, its record contract did in fact call for four solo records, each of them counting as half an album toward the group's five-record commitment.
It was the first time that all current members of a rock band had released solo albums on the same day. For the band members, it was a chance to showcase their individual musical styles and tastes outside of Kiss, and in some cases to collaborate with contemporary artists.
Simmons's was the most diverse of the four, featuring hard rock, ballads, Beatles -influenced pop and a cover version of " When You Wish upon a Star " from the Disney film Pinocchio.
The solo albums were released on September 18, Of the four, Frehley's album was the most successful, and spawned the only resulting hit single, a cover of " New York Groove ", written by Russ Ballard and originally performed by Hello.
The second part of Kiss's and Aucoin's plan called for the band to appear in a film that would cement its image of larger-than-life rock-and-roll superheroes.
Filming commenced in the spring of Although the project was proposed to the band as a cross between A Hard Day's Night and Star Wars , the final result fell far short of those expectations.
Music from the Elder war ein Konzeptalbum. Das Album verkaufte sich für Kiss-Verhältnisse schlecht und kam über Platz 75 in der Hitparade nicht hinaus.
Der alkoholabhängige Ace Frehley war an der Produktion kaum beteiligt gewesen. Im Frühjahr trennten sich Kiss von ihrem langjährigen Manager Bill Aucoin und verkleinerten die gesamte Organisation, die sich um die Geschäfte der Gruppe gekümmert hatte.
So kam es im Oktober , dass er auf dem Cover und im Musikvideo zu I Love It Loud zu sehen ist, obwohl er an den Studioaufnahmen nicht mehr beteiligt war.
Creatures of the Night war nach mehreren Jahren wieder ein hartes Album der Gruppe. Verschiedene Gitarristen ersetzten Frehley bei den Aufnahmen.
Creatures of the Night verkaufte sich zwar deutlich besser als Music from the Elder , erreichte aber auch nur Platz 45 der Hitparade.
Vinnie Vincent, der schon bei den Aufnahmen für das Album mitgewirkt hatte, sprang ein und gab sich eine Maskierung im altägyptischen Stil.
Erst am Juni legten die Musiker wieder ihr Make-up auf. Dieser Auftritt hatte die beabsichtigte Wirkung und das Album verkaufte sich besser als die beiden Vorgänger.
Es kam erneut zu einem Wechsel in der Besetzung. John ersetzt. Im September kam das Album Animalize auf den Markt und war ähnlich erfolgreich wie das Vorgängeralbum.
Mark St. September bis zum 5. November dauerte, durch Bruce Kulick ersetzt. John an der am November begonnenen Tournee teil, wurde jedoch auch hier durch Bruce Kulick vertreten und beobachtete die Konzerte von der Bühnenseite oder dem Zuschauerraum aus.
November konnte er das erste Mal überhaupt mit Kiss auftreten. John spielte auch bei den nächsten beiden Konzerten, und zwar jeweils die gesamte Show, musste aber bereits am 2.
Dezember in Indianapolis wieder vollständig von Bruce Kulick ersetzt werden. John begleitete die Band auch in der ersten Dezemberwoche noch, erhielt am 7.
Dezember jedoch seine Kündigung und wurde nach Hause geschickt. Die nicht absehbare Entwicklung seiner Erkrankung war letztlich ausschlaggebend für die Entscheidung, ihn zu feuern.
November starb der Schlagzeuger im Alter von 41 Jahren. Eric Singer übernahm bei den Plattenaufnahmen die Position des Schlagzeugers. Mit ihm nahmen sie das Album Revenge auf, das im Mai erschien.
Revenge erreichte die Top Ten in der Hitparade und wurde mit Gold ausgezeichnet. Zu den Künstlern gehörten u. Garth Brooks sang Hard Luck Woman. Die Conventions waren Veranstaltungen, die jeweils den ganzen Tag dauerten.
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