Rocker Gene Simmons has abandoned his application to trademark his signature “rock on” hand gesture.
The KISS frontman filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier in June to trademark the use of his “devil horns” hand gesture for “entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist; personal appearances by a musical artist.”
In the application, he claimed he was the first to use it in 1974, and he was subsequently mocked by members of the rock world, with many fans pointing out the symbol pre-dates the bass player.
The rocker has now withdrawn his bid, with the status on application’s page now reading, “DEAD/APPLICATION/Withdrawn/Abandoned… The owner of the trademark application withdrew (e.g. abandoned) the application and the application is no longer active.”
The listing shows the case was withdrawn on Tuesday, after the applicant “filed an express abandonment.”
Peter Criscuola (Peter Criss) Original Founding Member of the rock group KISS said goodbye to fans, friends and contemporaries in his final US Concert at the Cutting Room in NYC on June 17, 2017.
AS I watched Peter in the wings awaiting his introduction with his wife Gigi Criss by his side. I couldn’t help feel his anticipation to deliver a great setlist for his 300 + fans, friends and family.
Peter Walked out to sing 1978 Solo Album tune “I Can’t Stop the Rain” to a cheering crowd! He settled into what would be a total of 12 Criss/ Kiss Songs, support by the youthful Australian band Sisters Doll who Peter had used for his final appearance in Australia in May. Other players included Alex Salzman & Erik Rudic from the Asbury Park Band “ Cold Seas” and a String and Horn section which fit Criss’s R&B Big Band vocals and rockin’ grooved percussion.
Audience notables were Carmine Appice( Vanilla Fudge), Richie Scarlett( Ace Frehley’s Rythmn Guitarist) Eddie Trunk(Sirius, That Metal Show), Paul Schaffer( Late Night w/David Letterman)as well Peter’s “NJ Beauty Ball Girls” & Dr. Alex Swistel (Peter is a male breast cancer survivor) and has championed early detection for all.
Scott Monro | Team Rock
You can’t make this shit up…
Ronnie James Dio’s widow Wendy has slammed Gene Simmons for attempting to trademark the famous devil horns hand sign which is used by rock and metal fans all over the world.
It was revealed earlier this week that the Kiss bassist and vocalist had filed an application at the US Patent and Trademark Office to register a gesture “with the index and small fingers extended upward and the thumb extended perpendicular.”
The late Ronnie James Dio is widely credited with popularising a different version devil horns sign which he learned from his grandmother as a way to ward off evil – and when asked what she thinks of Simmons’ plan, Wendy says it’s “disgusting.”
She tells The Wrap: “To try to make money off of something like this is disgusting. It belongs to everyone – it doesn’t belong to anyone. It’s a public domain, it shouldn’t be trademarked.”
Wendy compares Simmons’ plan to trying to trademark the peace sign and adds: “It’s laughable, I think, quite honestly. I think he’s made a complete fool of himself.”
The cover of Coven’s 1969 album Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls also featured members of the band making a similar hand gesture – and vocalist Esther “Jinx” Dawson has also called out the Kiss star.
She says: “I did the sign of the horns when Coven started in late 1967. I never trademarked my sign because it was meant for all to do, although it is legally ‘grandfathered in’ to me for use in music by all the history.
Damian Fanelli | Guitar World
EDM (electronic dance music) duo Snaked recently released a new track titled “Paul Stanley.”
The only “vocals” included on the EDM track are various bits of stage banter by Paul Stanley of Kiss. “Paul Stanley”—which was produced by New Jersey-based DJ Depressed Teenager—perfectly merges the age-old experience of a Kiss concert with the new sound of EDM, complete with some appropriately larger-than-life guitar leads from video game composer Hugh Myrone.
Robyn Beck – CBS News
KISS front-man Gene Simmons is looking to claim the “devil horns” hand gesture for his own.
Simmons filed an application Friday with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a trademark on the hand gesture he regularly uses during concerts and public appearances — thumb, index and pinky fingers extended, with the middle and ring fingers folded down.
According to Simmons, this hand gesture was first used in commerce — by him — on Nov. 14, 1974. He is claiming the hand gesture should be trademarked for “entertainment, namely live performances by a musical artist [and] personal appearances by a musical artist.”
While Simmons’ application didn’t define the meaning of the gesture, it is often referred to as “devil horns,” the “sign of the devil” or simply “rock on.” It is also the American Sing Language symbol for “I love you.”
Paul Davies | Express
Pantomime season started early, as metal gods Kiss made their grand entrance at the O2 London Arena.
Self-parody being a market that Kiss maximised and monetised a long time ago, the visuals are what most came to see.
Their stage production of hydraulics, zip wires and pyrotechnics would give Alton Towers a run for its money.
With a barrage of bangs and a thud, thud, thud of Eric Singer’s drums, all hell broke loose as the band kicked into opening song Deuce.Banks of multi-coloured lights, spelling the Kiss name, lit up the stage. This was rock ‘n’ roll Las Vegas style.
The band definitely lived up to their motto: ‘you wanted the best, you got the best!’
Banks of multi-coloured lights, spelling the Kiss name, lit up the stage
As the last notes of hit Shout It Out Loud faded, a minute’s silence was observed for the victims of the Manchester Arena bomb.Kiss had to cancel their Manchester show due to the tragedy.
Although his voice was noticeably croaky, the glittering charm of lead singer Paul Stanley always shines through.
Stanley likes to ask questions of a bawdy nature between songs.
None more so than, ‘how many girls like to be licked, how many boys like to be licked?’ – the boys cheered the loudest – before rocking out to a delirious Lick it Up. The audience shouting along to the chorus.
Pretty much any band who plod on well into their fifth decade will have long ago passed the point of self-parody. This rule of thumb does not apply to Kiss, who splendidly sidestepped the problem by being a masterclass in self-parody from day one.
It’s been 44 years and more than 100m record sales since the face-painted, self-proclaimed “Hottest band in the world” formed in New York City. Yet new music plays little part in their strategy nowadays. They have released two new studio albums since the millennium, preferring to tip out endless greatest hits compilations and milk the world’s nostalgia arena-rock circuit.
That cynicism has blighted the band’s image, with their co-founder, bassist and leader, Gene Simmons, widely perceived as one of the most mercenary figures in rock. Kiss’s marketing philosophy can be best summarized as “If it moves, monetize it”: they may no longer be flogging band condoms or coffins, but you can still pick up a nifty Swarovski Kiss-logo coffee tumbler for a mere £335.
Jody Havenot | Podcast Rock City
Gene Simmons says that KISS has “a few more years” left before it calls it quits. He told Glasgow Live ahead of the band’s sold-out May 27 concert at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland (see video below): “We’re the hardest-working band in show business. I wear over forty pounds of studs and armor and all that stuff, seven-inch platform heels, spit fire and have to fly through the air and do all that stuff.
“If Bono or [Mick] Jagger, who we all love, had to dress up and do what I do, they couldn’t last an hour — they just couldn’t.”
He continued: “In hindsight, it would have been smarter to be a U2 or THE [ROLLING] STONES, to wear some sneakers and a t-shirt and you’re comfortable. No, we had to do it the hard way.
“So we’re not gonna be able to do it into our 70s, and I’m 67 now. We’ll do it for a few more years, and then when we think it’s time to go, we’ll go, and we’ll do it the right way, with a big party. I’d like to think that we would do something that rocks the planet — something big and worldwide and maybe free.”
KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley has repeatedly said that the band could one day continue without him and Gene, explaining in an interview: “Once the original [KISS lineup] was no more, it just became clear to us that, in some ways, we’re much more a sports team. We don’t fall into the limitations of other bands, because we’re not other bands. So, yeah, at some point, I’d love to see somebody in the band in my place, and it’s because I love the band.”