Peter Criss is born George Peter John Criscuola in Brooklyn, New York. He will become the drummer for Kiss and write their song "Beth."
Eric Carr (drummer for KISS) is born in Brooklyn, New York.
Paul Stanley of Kiss is born Stanley Harvey Eisen in Queens, New York.
Kiss play their first concert, performing at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York. They wear makeup onstage, but not the look they become known for.
Kiss sign their first recording deal, with Casablanca Records.
The first Kiss TV appearance is broadcast, as they appear on the musical variety show In Concert. Their performance was recorded February 21.
Kiss release their third studio album, Dressed to Kill.
Kiss earn their first Gold album with Alive!.
Kiss immortalize their hand prints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
At a show in Lakeland, Florida, Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley is nearly electrocuted when he grabs a metal railing on the poorly wired set, completing a circuit that sends current through his body.More
KISS' Rock And Roll Over album is certified Platinum.
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.
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.
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.
KISS release Alive II, recorded over three nights at the Forum in Los Angeles.
The albums Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss all hit stores on the same day.More
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 original four members of Kiss play for the last time together before their first "breakup."
Eric Carr makes his debut as Kiss drummer.
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.
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."
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