KISS at BMO Harris Bank Center on August 20, 2016
(photo credit Rob Grabowski)
KISS formed in 1973, consisting of bassist Gene Simmons, guitarist Paul Stanley, lead guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss. Today’s KISS lineup is joined by Tommy Thayer on lead guitar and Eric Singer on Drums. Other members over the years have stood in for lead guitar (Ace) and drums (Peter), including Vinnie Vinces, Mark St. John and Bruce Kulic on guitar; on drums Eric Carr who passed away on November 24, 1991.
KISS remains one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll. As one of America’s top gold-record champions, KISS has released 20 studio albums and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Decades of record-breaking tours around the globe have included high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Rockin’ The Corps concert dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and special guest appearance on the 2009 American Idol finale that boasted 30 million viewers and a 2010 Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show On Earth tour. The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the “Hottest Band in the World” is a striking testament to the band’s unbreakable bond with its fans. On April 10, 2014, Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.