Music Festivals Around the World

This summer, pack your sleeping bag and tent and head to some of the world's best music festivals. From Chicago to Croatia, these festivals are sure to be a rockin' good time.

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Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, co-founders of Kiss, spent their teenage years in Queens, New York (shown here: the Town Hall in Flushing, Queens) and formed a band named Wicked Lester. Their career quickly took off when they recruited drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley in 1973. 960 1280

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Kiss achieved its breakthrough hit with the release of their live album Alive! in 1975. Now sporting their iconic costumes and makeup, Kiss began a hugely successful world tour. (L to R: Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss). 960 1280

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Kiss pose on Westminster Bridge in London at the start of their first-ever European tour in 1976. 960 1280

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Kiss released 3 platinum albums between 1976 and '77 -- Rock and Roll Over, Love Gun and Alive II -- and were named the most popular band in America in a Gallup poll. In Japan, Kiss performed 5 sold-out shows at Tokyo's Budokan Hall (shown here), breaking the previous record held by The Beatles. 960 1280

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Despite declining record sales in the 1980s and '90s and a brief stint without the makeup, Kiss remained a hugely popular touring band. Here they are shown performing at the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami, FL, on January 31, 1999. 960 1280

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Gene Simmons plays with fire at the party following the premiere of the film Detroit Rock City on August 9, 1999, in Los Angeles. The film, set in 1978, follows 4 teenagers who set out on an adventure to attend a Kiss concert. 960 1280

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Kiss was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 11, 1999. Pictured (L to R) Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Paul Stanley. 960 1280

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(L to R) Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss of Kiss at the sixth annual National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Heroes Award 2001 Gala at the Hotel Roosevelt in New York City. 960 1280

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Kiss start their set with pyrotechnics at the Rockin' the Corps concert at Camp Pendleton in California on April 1, 2005. More than 40,000 Marines and their families attended the concert, which was held to thank US Marines who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 960 1280

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Customers drink in front of the Kiss Coffeehouse, which opened in 2006 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Besides drinks and food (such as Demon Dark Roast, Rockuccino and deep-fried Twinkies) the coffeehouse features displays of instruments, costumes, set lists and makeup used by the band on several of their tours. 960 1280

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Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in this humble 2-room house in Tupelo, MS, on January 8, 1935. 960 1280

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Elvis moved to Memphis, TN, with his family at the age of 13. In August 1953, he strolled into the legendary Sun Records office hoping to be discovered. Owner Sam Phillips quickly recognized his potential. 960 1280

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Sam Phillips paired Elvis with guitarist Winfield "Scotty" Moore and bass player Bill Black. At Sun, the trio pioneered the 'rockabilly' sound -- a fusion of country music with rhythm-and-blues that was speeded up, or "rocked." 960 1280

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By 1956, Elvis was an international sensation, with 7 #1 singles and a controversial gyrating performance style. In this July 1956 TV appearance on "The Steve Allen Show," Allen made Elvis sing "Hound Dog" to a basset hound wearing a top hat and bow tie. 960 1280

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In 1957, Elvis made his third movie appearance in the musical "Jailhouse Rock," based on his #1 single of the same name. Elvis would go on to star in over 30 Hollywood movies. 960 1280

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On March 24, 1958, Elvis was drafted into the US Army, bringing his recording and acting career to a screeching halt. While stationed in Friedberg, Germany, he met his future wife, Priscilla Beaulieu. 960 1280

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Elvis and Priscilla were married on May 1, 1967, at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. 960 1280

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In 1970, Elvis began a record-breaking 5-year stint performing at the International Hotel (now the Las Vegas Hilton) in Las Vegas. That year, he also scored his first #1 hit in 7 years with "Suspicious Minds." 960 1280

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On December 21, 1970, Elvis made a bizarre visit to the White House to meet with President Richard M. Nixon. While there, he expressed his patriotism and his contempt for the hippie drug culture, accused The Beatles of fomenting anti-Americanism, and asked Nixon for a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge. 960 1280

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On January 14, 1973, Presley performed in a groundbreaking TV special, "Aloha from Hawaii" -- the first global concert satellite broadcast, reaching approximately 1.5 billion viewers. The accompanying double album became Elvis' last #1 hit in his lifetime. 960 1280

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Elvis appears on a large video screen at Radio City Music Hall during a sound check for a "virtual concert." A live orchestra and members of Presley's original band performed on stage with vintage video of the King for 3 sold-out performances in March 1998. 960 1280

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Fans visit the grave of Elvis Presley during his 75th birthday celebration in the meditation garden at Graceland in Memphis, TN, on January 8, 2010. 960 1280

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