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‘My teenage hormones were raging!’: stars salute the Beatles’ Love Me Do at 60
It confused Gene Simmons, inspired Judy Collins and changed one pop star’s mum’s haircut. Here, musicians recall the impact of the Beatles’ debut single

Interviews by Dave Simpson

03, Oct, 2022 @10:59 AM

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Kiss’ final tour review – a glorious, absurd triumph from kings of rock’n’roll theatre
In their final Australian tour, Kiss bring bombast and pyrotechnics to the masses with clown costumes, fake blood and leg-breaking heels

Elmo Keep

29, Aug, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Download festival review – monster metal weekend roars back to full volume
At capacity again after two years of Covid, jubilant crowds greet showstopping turns from full-glam Kiss to musically flashy Iron Maiden and the fury of Bleed from Within

Matt Mills

13, Jun, 2022 @1:19 PM

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Kiss, Misfits, Mayhem: which metal band has the scariest makeup?
With Halloween looming, Tobias Forge of Ghost ranks rock’s most menacing faces

Leonie Cooper

18, Oct, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Kiss review – rock's cartoon characters say final farewell, again
Under reams of confetti and pyrotechnics, the face-painted rock gods have enough bangers to go out with a bang

Dave Simpson

10, Jul, 2019 @10:28 AM

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Music gave me something to believe in – and kept me alive
From the Ramones to Kate Bush and Kiss, music’s healing power has been a constant for Guardian Australia’s Andrew Stafford

Andrew Stafford

27, Jun, 2019 @6:00 PM

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Why Hollywood can’t resist an evil rock mogul
Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody positioned the manager as the villain – but were they really that bad?

Gavin Haynes

18, Jun, 2019 @8:00 AM

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Gene Simmons: ‘I’ve never got high or drunk in my life’
The musician and Kiss frontman, 68, on what he learned from his mother, what capitalism means to him and why he’s so proud of his hair

James McMahon

23, Dec, 2017 @2:00 PM

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Gene Simmons banned for life from Fox News over his behaviour
Kiss frontman reportedly barged in on a meeting where he exposed his torso to staffers, mocked their intelligence and told lewd jokes about Michael Jackson

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

17, Nov, 2017 @10:13 AM

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Kiss review – bombast and nostalgia from a slick, monetised hit machine
After Gene Simmons waggles his tongue for the 100th time, it feels as if you are humouring a beloved grandad’s party trick – then paying them

Ian Gittins

01, Jun, 2017 @12:02 PM

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From Michael Caine to Whoopi Goldberg: how celebs chose their stage names
Born Maurice Micklewhite, the star of The Italian Job has legally changed over to his stage name. But where did he get it? And what about Joan Crawford and Bono?

Gavin Haynes

24, Jul, 2016 @3:50 PM

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Gene Simmons: ‘I still fly up to the top of the rafters and spit fire’
Descending to the stage on a flying-saucer is a dangerous business, says the Keane-loving Kiss frontman

Peter Robinson

19, May, 2016 @11:00 AM

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