10 Things You Should Know About Kiss


If God gave rock and roll to you, Kiss gave rock and roll to everyone! Check out our top 10 fave facts about the face-painted rockers ahead of their Kissworld tour.

If God gave rock and roll to you, Kiss gave rock and roll to everyone! Check out our top 10 fave facts about the face-painted rockers ahead of their Kissworld tour.

  1. Before KISS were KISS the quartet were called Wicked Lester. Led by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Wicked Lester even recorded one album but it was shelved by Epic Records before release. The band disbanded in 1972 deciding they needed a new direction, they joined forces with both drummer Peter Criss and Ace Frehley and KISS was formed!
  2. Back in the 70s KISS had their very own Marvel comic book series. The first instalment of A Marvel Comics Super Special!: Kiss, was released in 1977 and depicted the band as superheroes. In true KISS style it was long rumoured that real blood from the band members was mixed with the ink to produce the comics, something that guitarist Gene Simmons has since confirmed.
  3. Ace Frehley sings horizontally! He was quoted as saying “Every time I ever record a lead vocal, I've had to do it on my back. If I stand up and try to sing, I can't hit the notes sometimes.”
  4. The Demon, Gene Simmons, is famed for his sizeable tongue. Rumoured to have been surgically enhanced, Simmons was reported to have insured it for $1 million when Kiss was at its peak.
  5. Two Kiss songs were co-written by Bryan Adams, yup you heard us right the ‘Everything I Do’ singer and his song writing partner wrote two songs for the band’s 1983 ‘Creatures of the Night’ album. The Canadian superstar wa srelatively unknown at the time but is credited on ‘War Machine’ and ‘Rock and Roll Hell’.
  6. Back in 1977, Kiss became the first band since The Beatles to have four albums on the Billboard Hot 100 album chart. ‘Alive’, ‘Destroyer’, ‘Rock and Roll Over’, and ‘The Originals’ were all in the Top 40 at the same time, crazy!
  7. Did you know that six Kiss album covers feature members who hardly played on the actual album at all? The first time this happened was in 1979, when the album cover for Dynasty featured Peter Criss, who only played the drums on one track, in reality you hear Anton Fig on the rest of the album. This odd detachment of Kiss album covers and the musical content continued into the 80s, with ‘Creatures of the Night’ - Ace Frehley is on the cover, even though he didn’t play on it at all! Three more album covers and a reissue made this mismatch something of a Kiss trademark.
  8. Paul Stanley briefly abandoned his “Starchild” make-up in favour of a “Bandit” persona, we for one are glad he didn’t stick with that!
  9. It’s rumoured that Vinnie Vincent had an amazing job before joining KISS in 1982. He was the songwriter for TV favourite Happy Days, it’s said that he wrote all the songs Joanie and Chachi sang on the show.
  10. ‘Dimebag’ Darrell from Pantera/Damageplan fame was buried in a KISS Kasket or if you’re from the UK, a KISS coffin! We know bands have some wonderful merch but KISS take it to another level right? All round good egg Gene Simmons said  “There were a limited number made and I sent mine to the family of ’Dimebag’ Darrell. He requested in his will to be buried in a KISS Kasket, as he sort of learned his rock’n’roll roots by listening to us for some strange reason.” 

Don't miss out on seeing the legends KISS themselves on their KISSWORLD Tour in May.