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Group Members Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons
Eric Singer
Tommy Thayer
Past Group Members Ace Frehley
Peter Criss
Eric Carr
Vinnie Vincent
Mark St. John
Bruce Kulick
Music Genre (Text) Hard rock
heavy metal
glam metal
Music Genre Pop/Rock
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Year(s) Active 1973–present
Record Label Casablanca
Mercury
Roadrunner
Kiss
Universal Music Group
Official Websites kissonline.com
Associated Acts E.S.P.
Frehley's Comet
Union
Vinnie Vincent Invasion
Wicked Lester
Alice Cooper
Black Sabbath
White Tiger
Black 'n Blue
Avantasia
Badlands
Blackjack
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Kiss (often styled as KISS) is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances—which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through multiple lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. Counting the 1978 solo albums, Kiss has been awarded 30 gold albums to date, the most of any American band. The band has sold more than 40 million albums in the United States, of which 25 million have been certified by the RIAA and their worldwide sales exceed 100 million records, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Simmons (vocals and bass guitar), Ace Frehley (lead guitar and vocals) and Peter Criss (drums and vocals).

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