KISS was an old childhood favorite of mine. I recall being in grade school buying KISS cards (like baseball cards with chewing gum) and seeing the KISS pinball game in arcades. The old KISS toys, makeup sets, and DC comics -- all wonderful memories that I still cherish. The Destroyer album was the first KISS record I was introduced to as a child with classic Gene Simmons songs like "God of Thunder" (actually written by Paul Stanley) and "Great Expectations."

Speaking from experience, I agree that KISS has always been a great live act. About 1986 I went to the Asylum tour, which was actually my first metal concert. I thought W.A.S.P. was loud when they opened the show, but there was no comparison to the volume that KISS used. But as they say, if it's too loud, you're too old. I saw KISS for the Crazy Nights tour in 1988 with Ted Nugent as the opener. Of course, I have nothing but respect for Mr. Nugent, but he was no match for Gene Simmons and KISS.

It goes without saying that KISS has influenced countless eighties bands such as Motley Crue, Ratt, Poison, etc. as well as later outfits like Marilyn Manson. Still, although these groups have some merit on their own, they are still imitations.

From "Calling Dr. Love" to "Psycho Circus" .......Hail KISS! and Hail Gene Simmons!

Edited by ColemanCollins (11/05/10 11:59 AM)
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