Kiss – You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best

by Angel

My tribute to the band Kiss.

Who is Kiss?

Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in 1973. They are known for their crazy and elaborate stage performances, wild costumes, and lots of makeup. They have sold over 40 Million albums in the USA and over 100 Million albums worldwide. They have 28 Gold Albums to their credit and keep putting out great albums.  

Original Kiss Members

  • Paul Stanley – Lead Vocals and Guitar - Starchild – because he is a starry eyed lover.
  • Gene Simmons – Vocals and Bass - The Demon – for his love of comics and dark sense of humor.
  • Ace Frehley – Lead Guitar and Vocals - Space Ace – for his love of science fiction.
  • Peter Criss – Drums and Vocals - Catman – because he has nine lives like a cat.

Starchild Makeup

Paul Stanley, Starchild
Paul Stanley, Starc...
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The Demon Makeup

Gene Simmons, The Demon
Gene Simmons, The D...
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Space Ace Makeup

Ace Frehley, Space Ace
Ace Frehley, Space Ace
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Catman Makeup

Peter Criss - Catman
Peter Criss - Catman
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Kiss in Concert
Kiss in Concert
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A Little “Kisstory” on the Band Members

  • The original band members started Kiss back in 1973.
  • Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were out of the band by 1982. They were not focused on the band and continued with their ways.  Paul and Gene were focused and they were not.
  • The band's first replacement was in 1980 where they brought in Eric Carr in place of Peter Criss.
  • In 1982, Ace Frehley was replaced with Vinnie Vincent.
  • Vinny Vincent did not get along with the band members and was replaced with Mark St. John in 1984.
  • Mark St. John was fired within months of starting to be replaced by Bruce Kulick.
  • In 1991 Eric Carr died from a battle with cancer and was replaced by Eric Singer.
  • In 1996 Bruce Kulick was replaced with Tommy Thayer.The current line up of Kiss consists of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Carr, and Tommy Thayer. Tommy Thayer wears the makeup of Space Ace and Eric Carr is the Catman.   

1996 Kiss Reunion Tour

Kiss with all four original members was introduced on stage in full makeup at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards. They were given a standing ovation. They later announced a reunion tour with the original members. They released the album Psycho Circus as the original Kiss. By 2000 they were announcing a Farewell Tour. It was rumored that Peter Criss and Ace Frehley were up to their old tricks and the band had enough. The Farewell Tour was really a farewell to the original members playing together as a band. Not a farewell for Kiss.


The Kiss Army

The Kiss Army is a group of loyal Kiss fans. They all love Kiss. The Army has over 100,000 members and earns approximately $5,000 per day during peak times. Even Condoleeza Rice enlisted in the Kiss Army in 1998. I am a proud member of the Kiss Army and have been since I was a young girl.

The Kiss fans are the best. They are dedicated and have been over many years. Concert goers include children of Kiss fans. All ages are seen at a Kiss concert.

I have seen Kiss four times and would go see them a hundred more. The fans are the nicest fans I have ever seen at a concert. No one is pushing for position or spilling alcohol all over you like they do at so many other rock and roll shows. I have been to many concerts and Kiss is by far the best. You wanted the best, you got the best.   

Kiss Merchandise

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Kiss Songs

Some of their more popular songs are Detroit Rock City, Love Gun, Rock n Roll All Night, Dr. Love, and I Was Made for Loving You. There are too many good songs to list. If you think back during your childhood or teen years, you are sure to have partied to a Kiss song somewhere along the way.   

I Was Made For Loving You

Love Gun

Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons is by far my favorite Kiss member. His ego could not be any bigger. He is scarier without makeup than he is with it. Regardless of what you may think of him, he is a very smart man. He is a musician, actor, and entrepreneur. He wants Kiss to not only perform for their fans but put on the best show every time they perform.

I dress up like Gene Simmons or The Demon every year for Halloween. It is a tradition in our home. The kids love it and think I am Kiss. It is one of the most enjoyable things that I do. It doesn't take much to entertain this old woman! I attend every Kiss concert dressed the same way. People stand in line to have their pictures taken with me. It is so cool. It took my husband awhile to get used to guys running up to me and begging for a picture. He saw very quickly that these guys were very nice and the typical Kiss fan. I hope this will be something that my kids can laugh about with their kids one day.

My Attempt at The Demon Makeup

Angel as The Demon
Angel as The Demon

Family Jewels

Gene Simmons and his family started a reality TV show called Family Jewels in 2006. It has been a popular show. It is day to day life with Gene and his family. I love this show because his family does not hesitate to give him a hard time. His ego is huge and to see them pick at him is hilarious. Tune in and watch if you want a good laugh.   

My Tribute to Kiss

They were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 but never made it in. If I had one wish for this band, it would be that they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They deserve it!

Kiss is one of the most influential rock bands of all time. They have been credited by many a band as being their influence. They have been a huge part of my childhood and adult life. Music is important in my life. Kiss is part of that. I enjoy their music and will for years to come.

Kiss in Concert
Kiss in Concert
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Updated: 02/13/2012, Angel
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Angel on 03/11/2012

Mladen - so glad to find another Kiss fan. So many of my friends (mostly girls) think I am crazy for liking Kiss. Oh well... always have... I am a die hard fan and always will be. Thanks for reading, following, and commenting! Much appreciated.

Mladen on 03/11/2012

They are so original. Love their music!

Angel on 02/14/2012

Brenda - It is ok. You don't have to confess and go to therapy. It is a great show. IMO. I think it is so funny. His family gives him such a hard time. He deserves it with his huge ego. Thanks for reading my crazy page on Kiss.

BrendaReeves on 02/14/2012

I confess. I love watching Gene Simmons reality show.

Angel on 02/14/2012

LadyGuinevere - Kiss is great. Even after all these years I still get goose bumps when I hear them. Thank you on the makeup compliment. I have had many years to practice. I think I get better every year. Thanks for stopping by.

LadyGuinevere on 02/14/2012

I love KISS, You did good with the makeup.

Angel on 02/13/2012

I have loved Kiss since I was 9 years old. The makeup is cool. What is it with me and makeup?!?

katiem2 on 02/13/2012

What a band, Kiss is amazing, love the makeup.

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