Gene Simmons
Israeli actor and musician
Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons is an Israeli rock bassist, singer-songwriter, producer, entrepreneur and actor. Known by his stage persona "The Demon," he is the bassist/co-vocalist of Kiss, a hard rock band he co-founded in the early 1970s. With Kiss, Simmons has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
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Twitter is pissed after guy takes selfie with Nick Cave, but doesn't know who he is
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Twitterer and comedian James Malcolm was hit with a particularly bad case of FOMO while waiting for a flight at Wellington airport, recently.  But it was soon to be replaced with mass public shaming, due to his lack of ~serious music~ knowledge. SEE ALSO: Your selfies might be leaving you vulnerable to hackers The 21-year-old noticed that a lot of people around him were taking selfies with a long-haired man sitting at the back. He had no idea the suited gentleman was Australian musician, author, screenwriter and all around living legend, Nick Cave. He reached out to Twitter for help identifying the mystery man, but initially didn't get much of a response. Does anyone know who this is? People keep asking him to sign their t shirt pic.twitter.com/Md4fU1uKZD — James Malcolm (@DieJamesMalcolm) January 17, 2017 "I only had like two replies on that photo — both jokes," Malcolm explained to Mashable over Messenger. Undeterred, the he decided to just get a selfie with the "stranger." According ...
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Gene Simmons addresses inauguration rejection rumors
Fox News - about 2 months
KISS front man on the curvy couch!
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The First Visual Japan Summit Was A Bewildering And Exhilarating Ride
Huffington Post - 4 months
X Japan frontman Yoshiki playing to a crowd of tens of thousands during the first ever Visual Japan Summit (image courtesy of the festival) From the moment legendary and pioneering Japanese rock act X Japan announced the first-ever Visual Japan Summit, the party was always going to be a massive success. It didn't matter if just the one band reunited to play their nightly sets or if they invited over a dozen other Japanese bands of varying genres to come and rock throughout the three days--which is exactly what they did--the fans would have turned up and turned it out. Thankfully, everything about this three day event was just as over the top as one might expect, and hope, and while every band that took to the stage was different from the last and put on a great show, at the end of the day, it was really all about X. What made the first (but hopefully not the last) Visual Japan Summit so special wasn't just the music, though that was certainly part of it (seeing as this was a mus ...
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The unbelievably sweet reason why Gene Simmons of KISS has never done drugs or gotten drunk
LATimes - 6 months
Rocker Gene Simmons says there’s no big secret to his ability to play a show night after night while wearing 50 pounds of gear (that’s between the armor and his guitar): “I’ve never been drunk and I’ve never been high,” said Simmons, 67, who is currently on tour with KISS.  Although a rock ’n’...
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Technology makes everything less emotional, says Gene Simmons of Kiss
Yahoo News - 8 months
Technically Incorrect: The face-painted rock star is pained by people using phones to film concerts.
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Prince death sets off heavy metal feud
Yahoo News - 9 months
The death of Prince has set off a feud in a very different realm of the music world with members of metal giants Motley Crue and Kiss taking each other to task. The rift began when Gene Simmons, bassist of makeup-clad glam rockers Kiss, called Prince's April 21 death "pathetic" and described it as a choice because of the pop icon's reported use of painkillers. Simmons, who is known for right-leaning views and earlier this year disparaged rap as an art form, apologized for his remarks about Prince but was hit by a stinging rebuke from Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx.
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Kiss star sorry for Prince remark
CNN - 10 months
Kiss star Gene Simmons has a pretty famous tongue, and now he is apologizing for his "big mouth."
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Gene Simmons on Prince: He 'did it all'
CNN - 10 months
KISS bassist Gene Simmons speaks to CNN's Pamela Brown about his immense respect for Prince.
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Gene Simmons remembers David Bowie
CNN - about 1 year
KISS' co-lead singer and bass guitarist Gene Simmons reminisces about his encounters with fellow rock icon David Bowie.
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'The World Is Emptier Now': Celebrity Fans And Friends Pay Tribute To David Bowie
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The world was stunned early Monday morning with the news of a legend’s passing: David Bowie, artistic chameleon and Grammy-winning songwriter, died after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69. In the wake of the news, Twitter and Facebook were overwhelmed with tributes from Bowie fans around the world. From U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and British astronaut Tim Peake to some of the planet's most influential entertainers, there was a deluge of love and awe for the extraordinary man:  I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss. — David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 11, 2016 Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many. @DavidBowieReal — Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) January 11, 2016 Stunned and sad. The world is emptier now, and all they stars crashing down. My love and sympathies to @ManMade ...
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Margot Black: A Real Mom Working in Hollywood -- A Funny Love Letter to Working Moms Worldwide
Huffington Post - about 1 year
When stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham or Angelina Jolie talk about how hard it is being a working mom in Hollywood, you can guarantee there will be a collective eye roll from every non-famous working class mom out there. How hard can it be when you're a multi-millionaire and have an entourage of staff - think personal chef, personal trainer, hair stylist, make up artist, driver, pool man, gardener, holistic therapist, yoga teacher and a team of attentive nannies - to get through the day. What makes Margot Black's hilarious new memoir, "Where's My Award? How to Get Baby Barf out of a Red Carpet & Other Tales from a Working Mom in Hollywood" so refreshing is that she is just like you and I (even if she lives less than a mile from the Hollywood sign). Margot is a stand up comedian turn publicist now running her own boutique PR agency in Hollywood and the book is a love letter to working moms everywhere. It opens with the birth of her son Jett, who is now eig ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "Outside" Looking In with Jesse Malin; Hollis Brown Train Rolls On
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Jesse Malin photo and videos by Alye Bea Photography This is the age of one single at a time and EP domination. Don't tell that to Jesse Malin, who released two full-length albums this year - respectively Outsiders and New York Before the War. Both albums are different but the same - each, in their own way, chronicling life in general and in New York and the wet blanket both can be. Different but the same is Malin in a nutshell. On one hand, he's a singer/songwriter who releases gritty, near-poetic tunes with lyrics that cut you no matter how sweet the sound is. On the other hand, he's a punk rock stud who's played and slayed in several bands, notably D Generation, who had quite a run in the 1990s. Let's stop the backstory there, because to sum up Malin is like trying to explain what it'd look like if Gene Simmons played badminton with Ethel Merman underwater. It just can't be done. Wait for the autobiography, because like Malin's songs, there's a lot of stuff there. I will say ...
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Marshall London review
Yahoo News - over 1 year
The world isn’t short of smartphone manufacturers, and while a few devices released these days don’t quite come up to scratch, the vast majority of them are perfectly passable. That’s even before you get to the big names like LG, Apple, and Samsung — all of which put out top-notch phones it’s hard not to recommend. It’s a brave company that wants to take on this mighty industry, particularly when the company in question doesn’t have any experience with smartphones, but that’s exactly what Marshall has done with the London, its first phone. Marshall is best known for its music hardware, ranging from amps to headphones, and has succeeded in building a strong brand. Regardless, diverting its brand power into a smartphone is a tough proposition, At first glance, the London surpassed everyone’s expectations. The phone looks fantastic, and Marshall has purposely and correctly placed music at its heart, so at least the company’s own fans will find a reason to buy one. Music and style is all v ...
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Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS among ASCAP honorees
LATimes - almost 2 years
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gene Simmons
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 65
    On 6 November 2015 he attended a Friends of the Israel Defense Forces gala in Beverly Hills, which raised more than $31 million.
    More Details Hide Details Gene Simmons is a known advocate for ChildFund International's work. He traveled to Zambia during his Gene Simmons Family Jewels show to visit several of his sponsored children, of whom he has more than 140. Simmons said that the trip “was a stark reminder that life doesn’t treat everyone the same.” Simmons' family received the MEND Humanitarian Award for their philanthropic efforts and support for Mending Kids International at the organization's annual gala on November 9, 2013. The award was presented by Mel Gibson. In his acceptance speech, Simmons spoke of his own difficult childhood in Israel in a bullet-ridden house. He recalled his mother's excitement when they received a CARE box one day; it wasn't about the contents, it was about knowing that someone cared and that they weren't alone – it gave them hope. On August 15, 2013, Simmons, Paul Stanley and manager Doc McGhee became a part of the ownership group that created the LA Kiss Arena Football League team, which plays their home games at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
  • 2014
    Age 64
    On December 15, 2014, Simmons was awarded in Spain with the Golden Medal by the Reial Circle Artístic de Barcelona (Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona).
    More Details Hide Details In 1994, Simmons appears as auditioning for the band with actor Al Lewis & comedian Gilbert Gottfried in a music video for "I'll Talk My Way Out Of This" by Howard Stern comedian Stuttering John. In 2007, he appeared alongside other celebrities, as well as regular people, in the music video for "Rockstar" by Nickelback. Gene Simmons is a playable character in Tony Hawk's Underground, unlocked when completing the story mode on Normal difficulty, and also appears with his Kiss bandmates in the Hotter Than Hell level to play one of three songs upon collecting the four K-I-S-S letters. Gene Simmons' Kiss character, The Demon, is a playable character in Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child. Simmons also has a large role in the 2010 music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. In addition to narrating the main storyline and doing advertising for the game, the Kiss song "Love Gun" is playable.
    He also guest-starred as himself in the 2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode Long Road Home.
    More Details Hide Details He also performed in the 1984 Michael Crichton thriller movie Runaway starring Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes and Kirstie Alley and the 1987 Gary Sherman movie Wanted: Dead or Alive starring Rutger Hauer. In March 2015 founded the film production company Erebus Pictures and announced as first project the Horror-thriller film Temple.
  • 2013
    Age 63
    On October 30, 2013 during the KISS KRUISE 3, KISS Navy members John and Jamie Downs presented Gene Simmons with a plaque commemorating the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's acceptance of an autographed Gene Simmons Axe bass into their collection.
    More Details Hide Details The Smithsonian Museum's statement reads, in part: "The bass will now be cared for in our permanent collections... We are happy to include the Axe bass as it relates to the impact Mr. Simmons and his band KISS have had on American culture, especially in the creation of a unique and iconic brand that has been embraced by fans worldwide." "The story of Mr. Simmons' American experience deserves to be preserved. An immigrant and son of a holocaust survivor, he used creative vision and entrepreneurial acumen to make a significant impact for our nation's popular culture, becoming an iconic figure in American music and entertainment." Simmons is an honorary board member of Little Kids Rock, an national nonprofit that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools. A&E’s Gene Simmons Family Jewels visited a Little Kids Rock classroom and featured the segment on the show. He also decorated a guitar for auction with his son Nick.
  • 2012
    Age 62
    In 2012, Simmons was awarded the Golden God award by the Revolver magazine.
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    In an April 2012 interview, Simmons endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for President, stating as well that "America should be in business and it should be run by a businessman."
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  • 2011
    Age 61
    Simmons and Tweed finally wed on October 1, 2011, at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children: a son, Nick (born January 22, 1989), and a daughter, Sophie (born July 7, 1992). He formerly had live-in relationships with Cher and Diana Ross. Simmons can speak Hungarian, German, English, and Hebrew.
    On March 9, 2011, Simmons and Kiss co-founder Paul Stanley and E! Entertainment announced that they have finalized a production and development deal to create an as-yet-untitled comedic half-hour kids' television series.
    More Details Hide Details Simmons appeared as a psychic working at the Mystic Journey Bookstore in Venice, California on the American hidden camera prank TV series I Get That a Lot.
    During his visit to Israel in 2011, he stated that the artists refusing to perform in Israel for political reasons are "stupid," referring to artists who canceled planned concerts in Israel.
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    In March 2011, Simmons visited his birthplace, Israel.
    More Details Hide Details He described the trip as a "life changing experience". He talked about how he still feels that he is an Israeli: "I'm Israeli. I'm a stranger in America. I'm an outsider". While there, Simmons met his half-brother Kobi, and triplet half-sisters Drora, Sharon, and Ogenia. Simmons has plans to take his band Kiss to Israel. He has always said that he is an ardent supporter of Israel. At a press conference in Israel, he spoke both Hebrew and English.
    On January 28, 2011, Simmons was in Dallas, Texas, to host the Aces & Angels Salute to the Troops charity event.
    More Details Hide Details While in Dallas, Simmons was presented the key to the city in Dallas, Texas and a street, Gene Simmons Boulevard, was named for him. Simmons and Tweed also visited the U.S. Army base at Fort Hood to support the Troops as a part of the Aces & Angels event. On June 15 of the same year he was given the key to the city in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • 2010
    Age 60
    In 2010, Simmons said he regretted voting for Barack Obama and criticized the 2009 health care reforms. Following Obama's 2011 Mideast speech, in which the President called on Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate a settlement "based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps," Simmons told CNBC that Obama was gravely misguided. "If you have never been to the moon, you can't issue policy about the moon.
    More Details Hide Details For the president to be sitting in Washington D.C. and saying, 'Go back to your '67 borders in Israel' – how about you live there and try to defend an indefensible border – nine miles (14 km) wide?" Simmons also accused the United Nations of being "the most pathetic body on the face of the earth."
  • FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 56
    During the 2006 Lebanon War between Israel and Lebanon, Simmons sent a televised message of support (in both English and Hebrew) to an Israeli soldier seriously wounded in fighting in Lebanon, calling him his "hero."
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  • 2003
    Age 53
    Simmons was a supporter of the foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration. He supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq, writing on his website: "I'm ashamed to be surrounded by people calling themselves liberal who are, in my opinion, spitting on the graves of brave American soldiers who gave their life to fight a war that wasn't theirs in a country they've never been to... simply to liberate the people therein".
    More Details Hide Details In a follow-up, Simmons explained his position and wrote about his love and support for the United States: "I wasn't born here. But I have a love for this country and its people that knows no bounds. I will forever be grateful to America for going into World War II, when it had nothing to gain, in a country that was far away... and rescued my mother from the Nazi German concentration camps. She is alive and I am alive because of America. And, if you have a problem with America, you have a problem with me."
  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 49
    During an interview in 1999, Simmons was asked about the source and significance of Kiss' stage makeup and personas:
    More Details Hide Details Simmons is a science-fiction and comic book fan and published several science fiction fanzines, among them Id, Cosmos (which eventually merged with Stilletto to become Cosmos-Stilletto and then Faun), Tinderbox, Sci-Fi Showcase, Mantis and Adventure. He also contributed to other fanzines, among them BeABohema and Sirruish. Simmons lives in Los Angeles, California, with Canadian former Playboy Playmate and actress Shannon Lee Tweed whom he had dated for 28 years. He often joked that he and Tweed were "happily unmarried" for over 20 years (1975). He often stated, "Marriage is an institution, and I don't want to live in an institution."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 30
    The new drummer was Paul Charles Caravello, who went by the stage name of Eric Carr, and played for Kiss from 1980 until his death in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details The band hosted its own fan conventions in 1995, and fan feedback about the original Kiss members reunion influenced the highly successful 1996–1997 Alive Worldwide reunion tour. In 1998, the band released Psycho Circus. Since then, the original line-up has once again dissolved, with Tommy Thayer replacing Ace Frehley on lead guitar and Eric Singer (who performed with Kiss from 1991 through 1996) replacing Peter Criss on drums. Gene is famous worldwide for his giant tongue and on stage is remarkable for his demonic figure by spitting fire and vomiting stage blood, in addition to playing his ax down on format. Has its own magazine "Gene Simmons Tongue Magazine", his own label (Simmons Record), animated " My Dad the Rock Star ". In most Kiss songs, lead vocals are performed by lead vocalist & rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley, but there are some notable exceptions, in which Gene plays lead vocals, such as "Rock and Roll All Nite", "A World Without Heroes", "I Love It Loud", "Calling Dr. Love", "Unholy", "Spit (Second lead vocals)", "Boomerang", "You Wanted the Best (First lead vocals)", among other songs in which Gene also performs lead vocals.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 24
    Kiss released their self-titled debut album in February 1974.
    More Details Hide Details Stanley took on the role of lead performer on stage, while Simmons became the driving force behind what became an extensive Kiss merchandising franchise. The eye section of his "Demon" makeup with Kiss came from the wing design of comic book character Black Bolt. In 1983, while Kiss' fame was waning, the members took off their trademark make-up and enjoyed a resurgence in popularity that continued into the 1990s. At this time, Peter Criss, the original drummer, had decided to leave the band, and a replacement was sought to fill the drummer's vacancy.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on August 25, 1949.
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