KISS band members

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Kiss is an American 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 its 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 being the only members to feature in every lineup. The original and best-known lineup consists of Stanley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Simmons (vocals and bass), Frehley (lead guitar and vocals), and Criss (drums and vocals).

With their make-up and costumes, the band members 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, thus marking the beginning of the band’s “unmasked” era that would last for over a decade. The band experienced a commercial resurgence during this era, with the Platinum-certified album Lick It Up successfully introducing them to a new generation of fans, and its music videos received regular airplay on MTV. Eric Carr, who had replaced Criss in 1980, died in 1991 of heart cancer and was replaced by Eric Singer. In response to a wave of Kiss nostalgia in the mid-1990s, the original lineup re-united in 1996, which also saw the return of its makeup and stage costumes. The resulting Alive/Worldwide Tour was highly successful, grossing $143.7 million, making it the band’s most successful tour to date. Criss and Frehley subsequently left the band again, and have been replaced by Singer and Tommy Thayer. The band has continued with its original stage makeup, with Singer and Thayer using the original Catman and Spaceman makeup, respectively. In September 2018, Kiss announced that, after 45 years of recording and performing, it would be embarking on its ongoing final tour, the End of the Road World Tour, in 2019…(from Wikipedia)
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hair band members

Paul Stanley, rhythm guitar, vocals
Gene Simmons, bass guitar, vocals
Eric Carr, drums (1980–1991)
Bruce Kulick, guitars (1984–1996)

other hair band mates
Vinnie Vincent, lead guitar (1982–1984)
Mark St. John, lead guitar (1984) RIP 2007

pre and post hair band mates
Ace Frehley, lead guitar (1973–1982, 1996–2002)
Tommy Thayer, lead guitar (2002–present)
Peter Criss, drums (1973–1980, 1996–2000, 2002–2003)
Eric Singer, drums (2001–2002, 2004–present)

classic albums & top 40 songs

Kiss (1974)
Hotter than Hell (1974)
Dressed to Kill (1975)
Alive! (1975) – Rock and Roll All Nite #12
Destroyer (1976) – Beth #7
Rock and Roll Over (1976) – Hard Luck Woman #15, Calling Dr. Love #16
Love Gun (1977) – Christine Sixteen #25
Alive II (1977) – Rocket Ride #39
Double Platinum (1978)
Paul Stanley (1978)
Gene Simmons (1978)
Ace Frehley (1978)
Peter Criss (1978)
Dynasty (1979) – I Was Made for Lovin’ You #11
Unmasked (1980)
Music from “The Elder” (1981)
Creatures of the Night (1982)
Killers (1982)

hair albums & top 40 songs

Lick It Up (1983)
Animalize (1984)
Asylum (1985)
Crazy Nights (1987)
Smashes, Thrashes & Hits (1988)
Hot in the Shade (1989) – Forever #8
Revenge (1992)

post-hair albums

Alive III (1993)
Kiss Unplugged (1996)
You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! (1996)
Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions (1997)
Greatest Kiss (1997)
Psycho Circus (1998)
The Very Best of Kiss (2002)
Kiss Symphony: Alive IV (2003)
Sonic Boom (2009)
Monster (2012)

live shows

Animalize Live 1985

Live in Schweinfurt Monsters of Rock ’88