KISS is an American rock band that helped define the genre of heavy metal. Formed in New York City in 1973, the lineup includes guitarist Paul Stanley, bassist Gene Simmons, lead guitarist Ace Frehley, and drummer Peter Criss. With their wild makeup and out-of-this-world costumes, they take on stage personas: the Starchild (Stanley), The Demon (Simmons), the Spaceman (Frehley), and The Catman (Criss).
Their spectacular live performances featured eye-popping pyrotechnics, levitating drum kits, and fire-breathing, blood-spitting guitars. KISS is one of the best-selling bands of all time, with more than 75 million in worldwide record sales, 30 Gold albums, 14 Platinum albums, and three that went multi-Platinum. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.