As we kontinue to kount down Kiss Week on rushonrock we bring you just about everything you need to know about one of the greatest rock and roll bands on the planet – plus some stuff you probably don’t.
With Sonic Boom gaining rave reviews across the globe it looks like there’s life in the old dogs yet and this little trip down memory lane will remind you just why Kiss still matter in 2009. Enjoy.
A is for Alive!, the 1975 live record and Kiss’ first gold album.
B is for Bruce Kulick, the axe hero who enjoyed a 12-year stint in the band from 1984.
C is for Peter Criss, aka The Catman, whose third stint with Kiss came to an end in 2004.
D is for 1976’s Destroyer, possibly the band’s best ever record.
E is for Edmonton, Canada, where Kiss kicked off their first major tour in February 1974.
F is for Ace Frehley, one of the finest guitar players in the world at his peak.
G is for Gene. The man with the tongue and the man who makes Kiss tick.
H is for Hotter Than Hell, the second Kiss album.
I is for I Was Made For Lovin’ You, the band’s biggest hit single to date.
J is for Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels, an improvement on The Osbournes but only just.
K is for Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park, the 1978 TV movie starring the band.
L is for Love Gun – the sound of the summer in 1977.
M is for Music From ‘The Elder’ – a bizarre concept album released in 1981.
N is for New York City, the home of Kiss.
O is for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, who performed with Kiss to create Kiss Symphony: Alive IV.
P is for Paul. Singer and songwriter extraordinaire.
Q is for Queen – the band rumoured to be touring with Kiss in 2009 on the mega tour that never was.
R is for Rock And Roll All Nite, the ultimate Kiss anthem.
S is for Eric Singer, current drummer and Criss stand-in.
T is for Tommy Thayer, the new boy.
U is for Unmasked, the band’s 1980 commercial flop.
V is for Voodoo Fest – the Halloween 2009 concert from New Orleans’ City Park featuring a newly Sonic Kiss.
W is for Wicked Lester, the frankly shit name of Simmons and Stanley’s first NYC band.
X is for Let’s Put The X In Sex, from1988’s Smashes, Thrashes and Hits cash cow.
Y is for Young And Wasted, the even more obscure B-side to the obscure 1984 single All Hell’s Breaking Loose.
Z is for Rob Zombie, vocalist in the 2006 Kiss tribute band which starred at the VH1 Rock Honours event.