KISS gave their first gig on January 30, 1973 at the Popcorn Club – later renamed Conventry Club – in Queens, NY
KISS will present its “End of the Road” tour at Hersheypark Stadium on August 21. Prior to Hershey, the band will perform on March 29 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and on March 30 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
KISS debuted as Wicked Lester in 1972 with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Simmons and Stanley left the band and added drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley. Shortly after adding Frehley, the band changed their name to KISS.
According to kissonline.com, Gene Simmons set his hair on fire the first time he added his fire-breathing shot on December 31, 1973, at the New York Academy of Music.
KISS released their debut album on February 21, 1974, and their second album, “Hotter than Hell”, in October of that year. While album sales were slow, the “stars of the performing arts to create the buzz”.
Criss left the group in May 1980. He was replaced by Eric Carr. Carr died in 1991 and was replaced by Eric Singer. In October 1982, Frehley left the group and was replaced by Vinnie Vincent until 1984 when Bruce Kulick joined him.
In February 1996, the original four members made a surprise appearance at the Grammy Awards. Later that year, KISS announced a reunion tour. The original four members performed together on June 15, 1996, for the first time in 17 years.
On January 31, 1999, KISS performed at the Super Bowl. The same year, they were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
KISS’s farewell tour – which was followed by several other tours – began in 2000. In 2001, Criss left the band again and was replaced by Singer.
In 2012, the group released their 20th album.