While I won't go so far as to say that KISS was the ONLY reason that I picked up the guitar, they were one of my earlier influences. I was born in 1971, and saw KISS for the first time in 1975 and still have my original KISS and Destroyer albums from then. I don't bust out the vinyl that often anymore, but still listen to those same songs from then and to my ears they still sound like how I remember rock and roll growing up. I mean, who can deny KISS Alive at BUDOKAN!!