Where have all the KISS fans gone?
Not far if the demand for KISS costumes and memorabilia is any indication. Welcome to KISSCostumes.org, the place to purchase authentic band member outfits. Find the Kiss platform boots, wigs and makeup that created such a stir in the 70s and still make great Halloween costume choices.
It is almost unheard of for a rock & roll band to maintain the popularity that KISS has enjoyed for decades. Starting in the early Seventies, the overall appearance the band with the skintight leather suits, black hair, platform boots and clownish makeup, created a look that took them to worldwide fame and fortune.
I don’t think I have met many wishy-washy fans of the rock band KISS over the years. Their music and outrageous costumes on stage tends to polarize opinions of either “love that band KISS” or “can’t stand that KISS band”.
They definitely created highly recognizable on stage personae.
Paul Stanley, singer and guitarist, became “Starchild”. To me the rounded shoulder pieces, sort of like plates, gave him the look of an astronaut from a 50s movie. Starchild costumes for sale here.
Gene Simmons, on Bass, became “Demon”. Talk about your “type casting”! Simmons plays the demon character to the hilt with or without makeup. It must have been grueling to wear that costume while performing. Find your inner Demon costume here.
Paul Frehley (known as “Ace”), on lead guitar, became “Spaceman”. Here is another example of having to play some pretty intense guitar while standing in platform boots. I have to give credit where it is due. You will stand out at any KISS party in an authentic Spaceman costume.
Peter Criss, on drums, became “Catman”. This might be the easiest of the KISS costumes to replicate, but again I’m not sure I could handle all the physical acrobatics that a rock drummer has to go through while dressed and made up as a cat. Get a Catman outfit here.
Even though these original band members split up a few times, the characters withstood the rocky road to multiple gold and platinum albums, both in costume and unmasked.
Like many highly successful performers, KISS has weathered the seemingly inevitable problems of drugs and deciding on the bands creative direction. But, the best groups always seem to find a way to continue and even without the garish Kiss makeup, the band found replacement musicians and new and old fans in the 80s and 90s.
When the original band got together for the “KISS Alive Worldwide Tour” it was almost as if they never split. The rock anthem ” Rock And Roll All Night”, from the “Dressed to Kill” album, gave fans what they wanted and they came out in droves.
I must admit, I came to appreciate KISS more in the eighties and nineties, after an extended Country and Western music stint. Since I find most music has some sort of appeal, anyone who knows me wouldn’t be surprised at the seeming disparity. I freely admit that MTV had an influence during those years. The Kiss videos gave me a chance to delve a little deeper into the artists and music.