KISS: The Album That Launched A Legacy

As most KISS fans know, the beginning of KISS can be traced back to a short-lived band called WICKED LESTER, co-founded by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Determined to create something bigger, more visual and exciting, they decided to strike out on their own and form a new band. Upon discovering an ad in Rolling Stone placed by a drummer “willing to do anything to make it,” the duo became a trio with the addition of Peter Criss. Not long after, with the addition of Ace Frehley, the sound was rounded out and the band was renamed KISS. In January of 1973, they played their first show at Popcorn, a club in Queens, NY (later renamed Coventry) known for acts like The New York Dolls, Teenage Lust

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