The bands Kiss and Motley Crue donate $100,000 together to the families of the victims of the Aurora, Colorado, "Dark Knight" shooting. The massacre occurred Friday, July 20 at a movie theater showing The Dark Knight Rises. James Eagan Holmes burst into the theater with guns blazing, killing 12 and wounding 58. The story rocks the United States and the ensuing trial of shooter Holmes, who was inspired by the actions of The Joker, a famed villain in the Batman franchise played by Heath Ledger, is to generate top headlines for many months yet.
In an Australian radio interview, Gene Simmons of Kiss states of Islam: "This is a vile culture, and if you think for a second that it's willing to just live in the sands of God's armpit you've got another thing coming... they want to come and live right where you live and they think that you're evil." After a flood of angry calls from Muslims, Simmons claims he was speaking only of extremists.
Kiss wrap up their "Farewell Tour" with a show in Queensland, Australia. Just two years later, they head out on the World Domination Tour.
Kiss auction off $888,000 worth of costumes, instruments and tour memorabilia, including Gene Simmons' Psycho Circus tourwear (including codpiece), which goes for $32,200.
The Kiss-produced movie Detroit Rock City, the story of fans on their way to a KISS concert, opens nationwide.
Kiss are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Kiss perform at the Grammys in full makeup and glorious costumes. It's just the second time since 1980 (following their 1995 MTV Unplugged taping) that all four original members have been on stage together.
The original members of Kiss play together for the first time since 1980 when Peter Criss and Ace Frehley join the current band to record their MTV Unplugged special, which is later released as the album Kiss Unplugged. Not counting Ace Frehley's 1976 wedding, it also marks the only time the original members have performed without makeup. The appearance goes over so well that Criss and Frehley rejoin the band in 1996, replacing Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer. The subsequent outing becomes the top-grossing tour that year.
Kiss frontman Paul Stanley marries Pamela Bowen.
Eric Carr of Kiss dies of heart cancer at age 41.
Gene Simmons of Kiss and his girlfriend, the Playboy model Shannon Tweed, welcome their first child, a boy named Nicholas.
Kiss make their first public appearance without their trademark make-up when they show up on MTV to promote their new album - and single - "Lick It Up."
Kiss play their last concert in their famous makeup; at least until 1996 when they re-form with all original members and painted faces once again.
Eric Carr makes his debut as Kiss drummer.
The original four members of Kiss play for the last time together before their first "breakup."
The KISS solo LPs Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss enter Billboard Albums chart at these positions:
Peter Criss: #85
Ace Frehley: #87
Gene Simmons: #88
Paul Stanley: #89
Simmons ends up selling the most copies.
The albums Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss all hit stores on the same day.More
KISS release Alive II, recorded over three nights at the Forum in Los Angeles.
Kiss play the first of three nights at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The shows are compiled for their Alive II album, released in October.
Rock sensations and serial marketers Kiss provide Marvel Comics with a vial of their blood to be mixed with the red ink used to print their upcoming comic book. The photo op takes place at the printing plant in Depew, New York, where the comic will be made.
At a concert stop at the Nassau Coliseum, every member of Kiss has some blood drawn. It's not for the Red Cross: the blood will be mixed with ink used to print the first Kiss comic book, which appears in June. The process from bloodletting to print is notarized for authenticity.
Kiss play Madison Square Garden (in their hometown, New York City) for the first time.
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