Kiss

The one, the only, KISS! Formed in the early 1970s, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley’s vision for the greatest live rock act to take the stage was taking shape. Famous for their face makeup, costumes, and over-the-top stage antics, including pyrotechnics, smoking guitars, and fire breathing, KISS provided an obvious thematic baseline to rebellious teenagers all over the western world. With an emphasis on noncomformism, wild romance, and of course, nonstop partying, every one of their songs are rock anthems in their own right. With more than one hundred million records sold worldwide and a long overdue recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the music of the Starchild (Stanley), the Demon (Simmons), the Spaceman (Ace Frehley), and the Catman (Peter Criss) will remain emblematic of the rock and roll movement far after this legendary band is dead and gone.