What American Band has been awarded 28 Gold albums to date (2014), the most of any rock band in the United States
total of 30 Gold Album Record Awards
Kiss (often styled as KISS) is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members’ face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics.
The band has gone through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Simmons (vocals and bass guitar), Ace Frehley (lead guitar and vocals) and Peter Criss (drums and vocals).
It was announced on September 15, 2015, by the RIAA that the band had earned more Gold records than any other American band in the association’s 63-year history, with a total of 30 Gold Album Record Awards (including the band’s four 1978 solo albums). RIAA CEO and Chairman, Cary Sherman, commented:
What an extraordinary achievement for an enduring band. Forty years later and the band is still rocking. Congratulations to KISS on their Gold album milestone and continued success.