They’d rather you forget about this, but, in 1978, at the height of the band’s success, Kiss released a straight-to-TV movie titled “Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park.” This comedic musical failed miserably and was hated by devoted fans and confused critics alike. Ouch!
At first, the band bashed the movie as well. But, today, the movie has a (somewhat -questionable) cult status. Though most of the band is embarrassed, Ace Frehley has admitted that he enjoyed shooting the movie, while Gene Simmons said that the movie could only be enjoyed while under the influence.
Kiss Van Halen Goodbye
Long before people had Kiss's name on their lips, the band considered having the renowned Eddie Van Halen as a band member. During their early years, the band actually collaborated with Van Halen and his brothers. Eddie even wrote the celebrated guitar solo for the song “Christine Sixteen.” But, tensions between the band members meant that they had to kiss Van Halen goodbye, and Eddie's solo was later recorded by Frehley.
Luckily for the Van Halen brothers, they ended up making it on their own, without Kiss. But Eddie still wanted to get a taste of Kiss's fame and asked Simmons if he could join the band. By this time, it was too late, Simmons didn't want another rock star casting a shadow on the other Kiss members, and Eddie had to settle for staying in Van Halen with his brother.
The band members aren't exactly known for their cuteness, and it's safe to say that their target audience isn't, usually, little boys and girls. This is why it was quite surprising when the band decided to team up with one of Japan's cutest brands - Hello Kitty!
The collaboration included a line of Hello Kitty! merch, inspired by the band's iconic look. The 2012 Kitty-Kiss line had it all -- posters, mugs, shirts, and stuffed cartoon cats in full KISS makeup. Rumor has it that even tough boxer Mike Tyson got himself some Kitty-Kiss merch, but could you really blame him?
Missed Kiss Shows
You don't have to be a genius to know that the most important band member is Gene Simmons. Could you imagine going to a Kiss show and find out Gene Simmons wasn't performing that night? You'd feel like you were ripped off. But, this isn't really the case with any of the other band members.
Despite the fact the band should always consist of four people, there were two shows where Kiss actually performed as a trio. In 1992, the band took the stage without Frehley. In the 2000's Stanley missed a show as well, but he has a good excuse, he was in the hospital. What was Frehley's excuse? Guess we'll never know.
God Of Thunder Belongs to Starchild
One of the band's most iconic songs is “God Of Thunder.” The song, which appears on the album “Destroyer,” is known to be one of Gene Simmons' signature songs. A weird fact you may not have known is that this song wasn't even written by Simmons.
The song was actually written by a different band member: Paul “Starchild ” Stanley. So why isn't he the one performing it, you ask? Well, the band's producers claimed that “God Of Thunder” just doesn't go with Stanley's image. Wow, what a bummer for him!