It’s no insult to the band to say that Kiss have always been about window dressing. That’s why Paul Stanley’s new autobiography, Face The Music: A Life Exposed, comes as such a surprise. After years of carefully maintaining his Starchild superhero identity, Stanley lets down his guard and unleashes a torrent of pent-up feelings that erupt and flow over 400 pages like molten lava.
Maybe it’s the makeup. Maybe it’s the merchandising. Maybe, at the end of the day, it’s just the music itself. Whatever the source, it is safe to say that few bands have inspired as much fervent devotion—and also rabid derision—as the self-proclaimed “Hottest Band in the World,” Kiss.
The group, which turns 40 in 2014, can't decide which version of the band should perform during the ceremony. Should original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss join Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley at the show? Or should the current lineup of the band — Stanley, Simmons, Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer perform?
You know a song is a classic when someone parodies it. Well, here's a parody — in video form — of the story behind "Beth," Kiss' highest-charting single. The monster ballad, which was written by Peter Criss, Stan Penridge and producer Bob Ezrin, was released in 1976 on Destroyer.
The ballots are in — and Nirvana and Kiss are headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The inclusion of Nirvana is no surprise; they were odds-on favorites from the start. The band, which has been accepted into the Hall in its first year of eligibility, and its surviving members will receive the honor 20 years after Kurt Cobain, committed suicide.
What possesses a musician to obscure his or her ugly mug with a mask or makeup? There are probably as many reasons as there are noodles in a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese: showmanship, shyness, chronic acne and participation in the witness protection program are a few of the more popular explanations.