A Closer Look at Kiss’s Career
Despite the band’s waning popularity, the group continues to inspire fans with their music. A career-spanning single-disc best-of was released in 1996, coinciding with their massive world tour of the same name. While the concert tour was announced as their final jaunt, Kiss was still going strong in 2021. Here’s a closer look at their career and their influence. Listed below are some of the most important milestones in their history.
The band’s farewell tour began in early 2000, and the concert tour topped the charts of the year. The band’s lead singer, Peter Criss, was fired after consuming drugs during the Animalize tour. Meanwhile, guitarist Ace Frehley left Kiss in 2001, reportedly over salary. He was replaced by Eric Singer, who donned Frehley’s cat-man makeup. This move helped the band gain much-needed publicity.
Afterwards, the band reformed and recorded a few more singles, but their most popular was “Bad Boys”. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons decided to split in 1980, and Frehley joined Kiss. The band’s success led to Frehley’s departure from Kiss to pursue a solo career. He consumed large quantities of cocaine and tranquilizers, and his bandmates were fired from the group. Sadly, Frehley’s demise resulted in the disbanding of the band.
In 1980, the band fired Criss from the band because he had lost control of his drug use. Later, he quit the group to focus on a solo career. He drank copious amounts of alcohol, tranquilizers, and cocaine and subsequently was fired from the group. This lead to a split of the band. In 1990, Kiss released a collaborative single with the Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z.
The band was reformed in 1981 after Criss quit due to drug use and poor management. In 1981, the band released two more studio albums, Rock and Roll Over and Love Gun. All three albums achieved Platinum certification. During that time, Kiss earned $17 million in record royalties and music publishing. A 1975 Gallup poll ranked Kiss as the most popular group in America. In the same year, the band also signed a deal with Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z.
In 2009, Kiss released Sonic Boom, an album with new songs and re-recorded versions of their classic hits. It is the band’s first studio album since their split in 1981. The band’s third studio album, Modern Day Delilah, was released in October 2009. The album is a re-imagination of their 1970s heyday. The band’s self-titled debut reached number 87 in the U.S. Billboard 200 in June 1990, and the group performed several live shows in Japan and Australia.
In 2001, the band announced the end of their careers. They also released a career-spanning box set and a $4000 “Kiss Kasket” for fans to keep their remembrance. The group’s release of Monster was a surprise to their fan base, which was a great way to promote the band. The album was not successful, but it was nevertheless a commercial success for the band, and surpassed all expectations.