Stunning Retro Photos of Gene Simmons Rocks a Photo Studio in Full “Demon” Mode in 1980


Waring Abbott/Getty Images

After a slow start in the early 1970s, New York glam-metal band KISS rose to stardom after adopting their signature makeup and stage personas.

The Starchild, Demon, Catman, and Space Ace achieved massive commercial success not only through their albums and concerts but through their characters, which they licensed to comic books, costumes, toys, board games and other merchandise.

In the spring of 1980, just after the release of their eighth studio album Unmasked, bassist and lead vocalist Gene Simmons visited a cramped New York studio in full Demon garb, axe in hand, for a photo shoot with a narrow backdrop and a very patient makeup artist.

h/t: mashable


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images


Waring Abbott/Getty Images

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below

More Inspiring Stories

The other Side of Bengaluru - India’s IT capital
Mixed Blood
Fine Art And Dark Beauty Portrait Photography By Haris Nukem
The Woman Who Turns Models into Monsters
20 Rare And Beautiful Examples Of Black Women In Fantasy Photoshoots
Australia’s Silo Murals Make a Road Trip an Art Odyssey
20 Weirdest Images on Google Street View
"Neon Dreams": Photographer Matthieu Bühler Explores The Streets Of Tokyo At Night
Photographer Captures Intimate And Unguarded Portraits Of Porn Stars
The Magical Beauty Of Mushrooms Captured By Jill Bliss
The Best Winning Pictures From The 2019 Nature Photographer Of The Year
"I'm With Her": These Hillary Clinton Portraits Were Taken On The Campaign Trail
Red & Foxy: Marvelous Beauty Photography By Kseniya Vetrova
This Harry Potter Themed Wedding Is Most Magical Thing Ever
The Ethereal Landscape Photography Of Daniel Kordan
No, This Is Not Skyrim, This Is Czech Prachov Rocks In Bohemian Paradise
A World Of 80s Style: Photographs Documented British Teenage Courtship At North England's First Disco Pub
This Extraordinary Close-Up Photos Turns Mundane Insects Into Terrifying Beasts From Another World
"Polyester" by Alex Prager
Enchanting Photographs Of A Misty English Wood By Neil Burnell
"People In Cars": Candid Photos Of Drivers In Los Angeles In The 1970s
Giant Pandas in Beijing Zoo
A Time Travel To The Happy Childhood Times In The Soviet Russia
Bearded Man Playfully Poses For Pin-Up Calendar To Raise Money For Children's Charity
Incredible Street Photography In New York By Jeff Silberman
Stunning Finalists Photos From The "Through Our Eyes" Homeless Photography Project
Bees Under The Macro Lens
Photographer Creates Spellbinding Photos Of Meals From Classic Books
The Washington Post Travel Photo Contest: Animal Photos
Spectacular Winners Of The Insight Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2017