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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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Pitchfork Music Festival
Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork Music Festival

A Chicago summer staple, the Pitchfork Music Festival brought its music to Paris in 2011. The 2-day festival took place in La Grande Halle de la Villette with more than 20 bands and DJs providing the entertainment. 960 1280

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Jam in the Dam

Jam in the Dam

Every March, Jam in the Dam rocks the Melkweg, a venue right off the Leidseplein, a vibrant city square in Amsterdam. With a liberal door policy, the venue allows music-goers to wander the cafes and galleries of the Leidseplein before or during the concerts. 960 1280

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The Cape Town International Jazz Festival

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival has grown exponentially since its launch in 2000. The festival brings over 40 international and local artists together, making it "Africa's Grandest Gathering." 960 1280

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Mayan Holidaze

Mayan Holidaze

Mayan Holidaze is an entire Mexican adventure taking place minutes from Mayan ruins. Along with the live music, enjoy all the amenities of a vacation with yoga, golf, tennis and snorkling. 960 1280

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Benicassim Music Festival

Benicassim Music Festival

The Festival Internacional de Benicassim, better known as FIB, is a 4-day long festival in Benicassim, a small Spanish beach town located between Valencia and Barcelona. Ranging from electro, pop, indie and rock, the music starts at night and goes on through the morning. 960 1280

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Jam Cruise

Jam Cruise

By taking the music to the seas, Jam Cruise makes the music festival a full-blown vacation. When you set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, enjoy all the amenities of a cruise and see your favorite jam bands while making stops in locales like Mexico and the Bahamas. 960 1280

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Fans wander around during the 2006 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 4-day festival features a wide variety of acts and occurs each year in Manchester, TN. Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z have all performed in the past. 960 1280

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John Butler of the John Butler Trio performs onstage during the 2011 Big Day Out Festival at the Sydney Showground in Sydney, Australia. The festival travels to several cities in Australia and New Zealand each year. 960 1280

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Fans cheer at the 2009 Summer Sonic music festival held each year in Chiba and Osaka Japan. Beyonce, Green Day and Taylor Swift have all performed in recent years. 960 1280

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers perform in 2006 as part of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, TX. 70,000 people attend the 3-day festival, which features over 130 different acts from all over the world. 960 1280

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Rapper Bobby Ray -- aka B.o.B -- performs during the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival 2010. The 3-day festival is held each April in Indio, CA. Past performances have featured Madonna, Paul McCartney, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix and Arcade Fire, to name a few. 960 1280

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Music fans watch Dizzee Rascal perform on the Pyramid Stage at the 2010 Glastonbury Festival in Glastonbury, England. 2010 marked the 40th anniversary of what has become the largest music festival in Europe. Coldplay, the Who, Neil Young, Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder have all performed here. 960 1280

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Franz Ferdinand performs during the 2009 T-Mobile INmusic festival, held each year in Zagreb, Croatia. Past performers include Billy Idol, LCD Soundsystem, Moby and Lily Allen. 960 1280

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Fans during the 2009 Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park, held each year in Chicago, IL. Lady Gaga, Green Day, the Strokes, MGMT, Phoenix and Arcade Fire are all recent performers. 960 1280

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue performs at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Jazz Fest is held in New Orleans in the end of April/beginning of May each year. In addition to local performers, past performers have included James Taylor, Tony Bennett and Dave Matthews Band. 960 1280

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Fans at the 2008 Rock Werchter, held in Werchter, Belgium, each July. The Talking Heads, U2, the Killers and the Black Eyed Peas have all played at the festival in the past. 960 1280

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Cee-Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley performs during the 2008 Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark. Jack Johnson, Kanye West and Bob Dylan are all recent performers. 960 1280

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Fans gather at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA, to see the Sasquatch! Music Festival. Vampire Weekend, Miike Snow, MGMT, Mumford and Sons and Kid Cudi all played at the 2010 festival. 960 1280

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Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons performs on stage during the 2010 Splendour in the Grass music festival in Woodford, Australia. Ben Harper, the Strokes, and Florence and the Machine all played in 2010. 960 1280

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A view of fans attending the 2010 Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI. In 1999, the Guinness Book of World Records certified the festival as the world's largest. The 11-day festival features 700 bands and starts the last Thursday in June. 960 1280

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Joanna Cotten performs at the 2008 DirecTV South by Southwest Live Broadcast in Austin, TX. Held each March, the festival attracts over 2,000 performers who play in more than 90 venues in downtown Austin over 4 days. 960 1280

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Fans at the 2008 Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain. The White Stripes, Lou Reed, the Smashing Pumpkins and the Pixies have all performed here in the past. 960 1280

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