KISS celebrated the 40th anniversary of their very first live show yesterday, and the guys have a shiny new logo to prove it!
The group has certainly has had a lot of success over their four-decade career. They’ve racked up 28 gold albums, more than any other American rock band, and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide!
Despite some drama among members, and several lineup changes through the years, the band, which now consists of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, are still going strong. In 2012, they released their 20th studio album Monster, and are set to embark on a world tour to support the record this year.
Simmons recently expressed his sincere thanks to the fans over on the band’s official website. He wrote:
“To the Kiss Army – who made it all possible for us. To Paul [Stanley], without whom I would never have been able to achieve my dreams. And to the band - past and present, for continuing to treat the stage as holy ground and the fans as our bosses. Here’s to another 40 years!”
Stanley added, “My dream from the start was five years of glory with KISS. Along with Peter [Criss] and Ace [Frehley], we kicked doors open that stood in our way, and every band member who has stood with me at some point during these decades has played an essential part in turning that five year dream into a phenomenal 40-year reality. I thank each of you for your contribution to this milestone.”