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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WATCH: Gene Simmons talks new book 'On Power'
ABC News - 3 months
The Kiss frontman talks new book, "On Power," on "Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis."
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Gene Simmons announces $2,000 box set, "The Vault"
CBS News - 5 months
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Gene Simmons: 'I've never done drugs or alcohol, so my soul is intact'
Chicago Times - 6 months
Gene Simmons is the co-frontman of fabled, fire-breathing rock overlords Kiss, and does a thriving side business as an entrepreneur. Kiss made rock merchandising an art form, and Simmons (born Chaim Witz in Israel 68 years ago) is its finest brand extension. He has authored books, starred in a...
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WATCH: 'GMA' Hot List: Social media may be fueling depression in teens
ABC News - 7 months
Plus, a cow was born looking exactly like rock star Gene Simmons and the "GMA" anchors discuss how board games are making a comeback.
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Newborn calf has striking resemblance to KISS rocker
CBS News - 7 months
Newborn calf was born with strikingly similar black-and-white markings to face paint KISS frontman Gene Simmons wears on stage
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Texas calf born looking like KISS rocker Gene Simmons
Yahoo News - 7 months
KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) — KISS frontman Gene Simmons is udderly thrilled by a newborn calf born with strikingly similar black-and-white markings to the face paint he wears on stage.
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NPR News Nuggets: A Name Game, Curry Fever & A Hand Sign Battle - KUOW News and Information
Google News - 8 months
KUOW News and Information NPR News Nuggets: A Name Game, Curry Fever & A Hand Sign Battle KUOW News and Information Go ahead and serve your dinner guests carrots, but just don't call them carrots. Oli Scarff / AFP/Getty Images. Gene Simmons, the frontman of Kiss, wants to trademark the hand sign shown here. View Slideshow 2 of 2. Gene Simmons, the frontman of Kiss, ... and more »
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Gene Simmons attempts to trademark love
CNN - 8 months
Rock-and-roll fans for decades have used the sign language symbol for love to gesture "rock on"
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WATCH: Gene Simmons: Chuck Berry 'was breaking down barriers that nobody suspected'
ABC News - 11 months
Gene Simmons of the rock band Kiss spoke at Chuck Berry's funeral, saying the rock 'n' roll legend had a tremendous influence on him as a musician, and he worked to break down racial barriers through his music.
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Can The Kardashians Survive In The Trump Era?
Huffington Post - 11 months
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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 year
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." Accordin...
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Gene Simmons addresses inauguration rejection rumors
Fox News - about 1 year
KISS front man on the curvy couch!
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The First Visual Japan Summit Was A Bewildering And Exhilarating Ride
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 mu...
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The unbelievably sweet reason why Gene Simmons of KISS has never done drugs or gotten drunk
LATimes - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
Technically Incorrect: The face-painted rock star is pained by people using phones to film concerts.
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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.
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  • 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).
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    He also guest-starred as himself in the 2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode Long Road Home.
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  • 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.
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  • 2012
    Age 62
    In 2012, Simmons was awarded the Golden God award by the Revolver magazine.
    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."
  • 2011
    Age 61
    Simmons and Tweed finally wed on October 1, 2011, at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
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    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.
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    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.
    In March 2011, Simmons visited his birthplace, Israel.
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    On January 28, 2011, Simmons was in Dallas, Texas, to host the Aces & Angels Salute to the Troops charity event.
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  • 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.
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  • 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."
  • 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".
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  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 49
    During an interview in 1999, Simmons was asked about the source and significance of Kiss' stage makeup and personas:
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  • 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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 24
    Kiss released their self-titled debut album in February 1974.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on August 25, 1949.
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