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KISS: Few bands contributed to the rise of glam metal with such tenacity as KISS. While partially responsible for the style that would come to characterize glam metal, KISS exhibited a hard rock / metal sound that made their offspring appear weak. The group's tour and on-screen personas and costumes became more recognizable than the men underneath, as KISS became the poster children for hard rock in the United States. Minus two founding members, KISS marches on as timeless icons for rock and metal.

KISS was formed by bassist Gene Simmons and guitarist Paul Stanley in New York City, circa 1972. After their band broke up, they saw an ad posted by a drummer in need of a band by the name of Peter Criss, eventually hiring Ace Frehly on guitar. Inspired by Alice Cooper and the New York Dolls, they began slowly creating an image fueled by elaborate costumes and theatrical-style makeup. Kiss was released in 1974 and was followed by a numerous promotional tour dates. However, the album didn't sell well enough to support the many onstage pyrotechnics and gimmicks that KISS used on concert dates. In an effort to capitalize on the popularity of their tour dates, KISS released a live album, titled Alive!, in 1975; the single "Rock and Roll All Nite" finally brought KISS stardom.

KISS experienced similar success with the release of Rock and Roll Over in 1976 and Love Gun in 1977; the latter album was certified platinum on the day of its release. By 1979, Peter Criss had become almost unable to drum on albums or on tour dates due to drug use. He was replaced by session drummer Anton Fig, who was later replaced by Eric Carr. Displeased with the concept album, Music From "The Elder", Ace Frehly left KISS in late 1983. He was replaced by guitarist Vinnie Vincent, who was eventually replaced by Tommy Thayer. With the 80s in full swing, KISS decided to drop their signature makeup and costumes in 1983, right before the release of Lick It Up; the album revitalized KISS' career and brought fans back to tour dates. However, the return of KISS' success wouldn't last long, as Eric Carr died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1991. After a period of mourning, drummer Eric Singer was hired and KISS released Revenge in 1992. Unfortunately for Singer, Peter Criss and Ace Frehly rejoined KISS in 1996 for reunion tour dates; it also included a new album, Psycho Circus, in 1998.

By 2004, Criss and Frehly had permanently left the band and were replaced by Singer and Thayer, with the new members adopting the older members' on-stage personas. KISS continued to play tour dates worldwide up through the release of Sonic Boom in 2009. The album received favorable reviews, setting the stage for KISS' 2012 album, Monster.

In 2013, Simmons and Stanley purchased a share of a team in the Arena Football League, eventually naming the Anaheim, CA based team the Los Angeles Kiss. The very next year, the original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, cementing their place in rock history. Due to the fractured nature of the band, there's no consensus on whether or not KISS will release any new music, but Stanley & Simmons have no plans to stop touring and bringing their pioneering music to new generations.

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  • Razor blades have been found under the handles of shopping carts at a Walmart store in North Carolina, police said. >> Watch the news report here The blades were found at the store in Siler City, about 35 miles south of Greensboro, WSOC-TV reported. Two people reportedly have been hurt. Siler City police are seeking two people of interest, both described as white men in their 30s. Police said the men were seen in a tan Chevrolet Suburban or GMC SUV. >> Read the full descriptions here >> See the surveillance photos here – The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
  • A skyride malfunctioned Monday night at SeaWorld San Diego, initially stranding nine adults and seven children – including an infant. Here are the latest updates: Update 11:26 p.m. PST: Rescue workers have saved all 16 people who were trapped on the Bayside Skyride at SeaWorld San Diego, the San Diego Fire Department tweeted late Monday. >> See the tweet here Original story: A rescue is underway at SeaWorld San Diego after a skyride malfunctioned Monday night, initially stranding nine adults and seven children – including an infant. >> See a photo from the scene here >> Read more trending news  As of 10:30 p.m. PST, crews had rescued 14 people from the Bayside Skyride, which stalled when heavy winds 'tripped a circuit breaker' more than three hours earlier, KSWB reported. Two people were still trapped on the ride's gondolas, the San Diego Fire Department said. >> See the tweet here KSWB said some of the gondolas were over Mission Bay when the ride stopped working. Those trapped were 'lowered by harnesses & rescued by [San Diego Lifeguards] boats,' the Fire Department tweeted. Read more here.
  • Four days after the announcement of a series of executive actions to fund his signature border wall, President Donald Trump’s administration still needs to fill in the details on his plans to shift over $6.6 billion from the Pentagon and Treasury Department into funding border security, as members of Congress continue to wonder if the move will dig into their local military base construction projects. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers and their staffs were awaiting guidance on where the Pentagon would look for money in the $3.6 billion sought by the President in his emergency declaration from military construction projects, which was already the subject of new lawsuits. “Congress has not enacted any emergency legislation even remotely related to border wall construction, and thus the President’s reallocation of funds is unlawful,” read a suit filed against the President and Pentagon by several environmental groups. In a letter to the Acting Secretary of Defense, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) asked for a breakdown of which projects would be put on hold – as under the ‘national emergency’ law used by the President, the Pentagon would make those decisions – not the Congress. Congress approved $10.3 billion for military construction in Fiscal Year 2019 – the $3.6 billion sought by the President would be more than one-third of that amount – which has drawn expressions of concern from lawmakers. As Kaine noted in his letter, the move to shift money from military construction comes at a time when the Pentagon already was having to deal with hurricane damage at two major domestic bases – Camp Lejeune for the Marines in North Carolina, and Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. Tyndall was seriously damaged by Hurricane Michael in 2018 – and despite support for rebuilding the base, Congress has not yet acted on extra money for the Pentagon – or on broader hurricane relief for those hit in Florida and Georgia. During the partial government shutdown, Democrats in the House approved a bill which had $12.1 billion in disaster aid, both for hurricanes and wildfires – but that bill does not seem to be on the agenda in the U.S. Senate at this point. @DrNealDunnFL2 Dr Dunn, we are hearing here in the Panhandle that Trump is going after Tyndall rebuilding money for his wall. Please don’t let this happen! No Tyndall would be catastrophic to our area. Please help! — Billy Shears (@BillyShears9) February 14, 2019 The Commandant of the Marine Corps said over the weekend that he needs $3.5 billion just for repairs at Camp LeJeune from damage caused by Hurricane Florence in September of 2018 – which is equal to the figure of how much in military construction the President wants to shift into a border wall. Earlier this month, Air Force officials said they planned to spend $3 billion to rebuild Tyndall, which was flattened by Hurricane Michael in October of last year. House Democrats say they plan to hold a hearing as soon as next week to get a better idea on what military construction projects the Pentagon wants to scrap – in order to move money to the wall. Also still unclear is the legal underpinnings for two other moves announced last week by the White House, where the President would move money from a Treasury Department drug forfeiture fund, as well as money from a Pentagon anti-drug account – into a border wall.
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