GENE SIMMONS On Living In America: There Is ‘No Place Like This On Earth’

Arroe collins | Blabbermouth

Radio host Arroe Collins recently conducted an interview with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons for the “Unplugged & Totally Uncut” podcast. You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On his many philanthropic endeavors:

Gene: “We are the luckiest bastards who ever walked the face of the planet, ’cause we get to live in America. Those of us, especially, who are here legally, and I’m a legal immigrant, because there is a difference. I went, I stood in line and waited for my turn and entered the country legally.

“This country gives more than any other country on the face of the planet. Think about it: there are anywhere from twelve to twenty [million] illegal immigrants in America. That’s more than most of the populations of the countries on the planet. Did you know that? There are more people here, because this is the land of opportunity. I don’t remember the last boatload of people who dropped to their knees on a shore and said, ‘Thank you, God, we finally made it to the shores of France.’ That’s never gonna happen. Here you’re in America, and over here you can be anybody. Yes, it’s a racist country, there are people with decidedly racist points of views, and yet we have an African-American president — two terms. Yes, its’ a sexist country, but Hillary [Clinton] is running for president. And you can have a man I’ve known for a while, Donald Trump, who can freely speak his mind whether people like it or not. [There’s] no place like this on earth.”

On whether he would be willing to share his knowledge as a businessman to get this country moving forward again:

Gene: “Sure, but I’m not a political person. You know, if you’re my friend and your breath stinks, the least I could as your friend is to tell you your breath stinks and you’ve overweight. That’s not a criticism; you’re trying to help. If I can’t tell my friend his breath stinks and he’s too fat, which is dangerous to his health, why call yourself a friend?

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KISS’ Paul Stanley talks vinyl, Spotify, ‘the injustice of the internet’

Mike Mettler | Digital Trends

the-audiophile-paul-stanley-kiss-0003-1200x0It’s a battle cry any member of the KISS Army will instantly recognize.  “You wanted the best, you got the best!” KISS has been unstoppable for over 40 years and counting, and they just upped their game yet again with KISS Rocks Vegas (out now in various formats via Eagle Vision), a live chronicle of the band’s incendiary residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in November 2014 in the midst of the band’s 40th Anniversary World Tour.

“Technology has advanced to the point now where you can really be fully enveloped by and in the center of the chaos that can be KISS from time to time,” frontman/vocalist/guitarist/eternal Starchild Paul Stanley told Digital Trends of the Dolby Atmos KISS Rocks Vegas experience.

Take it from me, the full-bore full-channel assault of KISS Rocks Vegas is most definitely best experienced via Blu-ray and the mega-multichannel Dolby Atmos option, so you can get the absolute complete effect of the set design, the band’s always mind-boggling pyrotechnics, and the glory of each KISS member’s chosen “armor.” Bassist/vocalist/The Demon himself, Gene Simmons, never fails to amaze with what he does and looks like onstage — especially the thunder of songs like Detroit Rock City, Lick It Up, and Black Diamond. An additional KISS Acoustic set featuring stripped-down favorites like Christine Sixteen, Hard Luck Woman, and Beth also show what guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer bring to the KISS backline.

You can enhance something with as many bombs and laser beams as you want, but a crap song is a crap song.

Want another opinion? Take it from Micki Free, the mixed-blood Cherokee/Comanche Native American guitarist/vocalist discovered by Simmons and Stanley in the ’70s who went on to play guitar with Shalamar and glam-punkers Crown of Thorns: “I knew them both really well. Those guys were my mentors in the ’70s, when I was growing up,” Free recalled. “KISS was my favorite band as a boy, you know? Paul Stanley is such a great performer, too — I aspired to dance like he did onstage. He was that guy. I wanted to play guitar like Hendrix, and dance like Paul Stanley.”

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Deuce – KISS – Guitar solo lesson

Rhys Lett | Eastern Suburbs School of Music

Learn to play the guitar solo in Deuce by KISS. Lesson taught by Rhys Lett, guitarist of KISS tribute act Dressed to Chill. For more information about guitar…

I am a guitar teacher from Melbourne Australia. My school is the Eastern Suburbs School of Music, our website can be found at I have written a few KISS based articles for the site in the BLOG section. I also play in an acoustic KISS tribute act Dressed to Chill.

Gene Simmons of Kiss tells fans how to lick their investment fears

Fielding Buck | Press Enterprise

odqg4z-websimmonsMost people spend 40 hours a week earning money and a 128 hours spending it.

That was rock star Gene Simmons’ premise Sunday for his business symposium at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon.

He told fans how to make those leisure hours more profitable in an hour-plus talk based on his 2014 book “Me Inc.”

It was the Kiss bass player’s second business trip to the Inland Empire in five days. On Wednesday, he and band member Paul Stanley were at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland to announce a Rock & Brews restaurant opening there in October.

Simmons will be back at Morongo next month for a Kiss concert.

The Rock & Brews chain, a film company and more than 5,000 Kiss licensing deals are among Simmons qualifications for giving these talks.

But Simmons said in a backstage interview before the talk, “Qualification experience is highly overrated. Our president was elected twice without a resume or experience. He became the most powerful man on earth. …

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Rock Band KISS Teams Up With Astro Boy for Exhibit

Anime News Network

From magazines to films to idol groups to small white cats, rock band KISS has a significant history of collaborations in Japan. This time the band is teaming up with a small metal boy: Tetsuwan Atom, or as he is known in the English-speaking world, Astro Boy.

The U.S. band is holding “KISS Expo Tokyo 2016~Jigoku no Hakurankai~” (KISS Expo Tokyo 2016: Hell’s Exhibition) at Tokyo’s Laforet Museum Harajuku from October 13 to October 31. This is the first time Osamu Tezuka‘s Astro Boy manga and anime is collaborating with a foreign rock band.

Apparently KISS member Gene Simmons is a huge Astro Boy fan. Simmons said, “Astro Boy brings back fond memories of my childhood. I remember jumping up from the couch and imagining I was Astro Boy – fighting dastardly villains, flying through the skies…the little robot boy who defended all of us from evil.”

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KISS bassist Gene Simmons riffs on his makeup, costumes

Laurie Lucas | The Press Enterprise

Kevin Sullivan

Kevin Sullivan

The iconic Gene Simmons, he of the anteater tongue and studded boots, will be at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa this weekend to share secrets about how he does it.

Nope, not how he tricks himself out as his alter ego, KISS’ bass player and singer. We’re going to do that, deconstructing his costume and wild kabuki makeup as The Demon/Dr. Love/God of Thunder.

Instead, on Sunday, multi-multimillionaire Simmons, 67, is going to talk about how he’s made it, deploying business strategies in the digital age.

And the way he runs all of his businesses – without personal assistants or many handlers or red tape – is how he paints and pours himself into his KISS armor and stacked boots: by himself.

Let’s see how he does it.


“It’s paint by the numbers,” Simmons said in an interview over the summer.

He said his sartorial and cosmetic role models are the Phantom of the Opera and Batman.


Costume: Weighs 35 to 40 pounds, including stretchy nylon and Spandex bodysuit, lots ‘o’ leather, vest, spikes and other metal hardware, codpieces, buckles, gloves and a choker.

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The KISS Room podcast – September edition

The KISS Room

Listen to the September edition of The KISS Room! Preview of the New Jersey KISS Expo as well as clips of the KISS acoustic set in Allentown PA. The KISS Room is a slick, professionally produced KISS podcast full of music, news, commentary and much more. It’s always a pleasure for any KISS fan to look forward to every month.


Mardi Gras 2017 to feature KISS

Doug MacCash | Nola

18761997-mmmainThe Krewe of Endymion, the 51-year-old Mardi Gras super krewe, will celebrate 2017 with hard rock, hip hop and disco, as KISS, Flo Rida, and KC and the Sunshine Band entertain at the annual Extravaganza after the Mid-City parade on Feb. 25, the Saturday before Fat Tuesday (Feb. 28).

Krewe founder Ed Muniz said that the Extravaganza entertainers are always invited to ride in the enormous parade, where they serve as celebrity grand marshals. Some accept the invitation. Some decline, fearful of ruining their voices in advance of their post-parade performances, or because riding in the parade doesn’t allow time for sound checks, Muniz said.

Endymion treasurer Joe Travato said KISS frontman Gene Simmons was the parade’s grand marshal in 2005. KISS had been scheduled to ride in the Endymion 1979 parade, before the police strike in New Orleans forced the krewe leadership to move the parade to Kenner. In the end, the band did not appear that year.

Muniz announced that 2017 will be KC and the Sunshine Band’s fourth Endymion appearance.

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KISS’ Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley Condemn Celebrities Getting Involved In Politics


kiss-gene-simmonsWith the election on the tips of everyone’s tongue, candidates will jump at the chance to get themselves a celebrity endorsement. But Gene Simmons from KISS feels a bit differently.

“They should all shut their pieholes,” Gene told Yahoo Music. “I really believe democracy doesn’t work well when celebrities butt their heads into places they don’t belong. And what I mean by that is because you’ve got fans – Katy PerryGene SimmonsChubby Checker, I don’t care who you are – you’ve got influence, and you fans tend sometimes to do stuff they would normally not do just because they’re your fans. I think when celebrities tell you who they’re voting for, that rapes the democratic process.”

Fellow rocker Alice Cooper shared the same sentiment in August when he called out musicians getting political by saying, “We’re not smarter than anybody else.”

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Interview: Gene Simmons Talks About What Makes America Great

Chris Bopst | Style Weekly

at35_music_kissFor a good three years of my life, all I remember is Kiss.

As any child who fell under the original shock-rockers’ spell during their heyday in the 1970s might tell you: I wasn’t only a fan, I was obsessed. I lived, breathed and was defined by my all-encompassing passion for the kings of the nighttime world.

Though I eventually revoked my membership in the Kiss Army during the onset of puberty, I am who I am today because of them — in particular because of the band’s fire-breathing mastermind and most iconic member, bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons.

While I wait on the phone to interview the legend about the group’s Friday, Sept. 9, appearance at the Richmond Coliseum, I realize that I’ve spent the majority of my life waiting for this very moment. After what seems to be an eternity, I finally hear his unmistakable baritone, a voice I’ve heard thousands of times before.

“Hello, Mr. Simmons. My name is Chris Bopst and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me.”

It was true. It’s not every day you get to interview one of your childhood idols.

These are the first words he said to me — words I’ve been waiting a lifetime to hear addressed to me: “Excuse me, but can you get off the line? I am in the middle of an interview and I don’t know who you are or why you are interrupting us.”

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The unbelievably sweet reason why Gene Simmons of KISS has never done drugs or gotten drunk

James Fell | LA Times

la-1472850793-snap-photoRcker 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’ roll lifestyle practically preaches indulgence of booze and drugs, Simmons said he went against the grain — for his mother, who survived a Nazi concentration camp while many in her family did not.

“I’m my mother’s only child,” Simmons said. “I was concerned I had no right to harm my mother. Life did that enough.”

Simmons said abstaining has helped him stay on top of the music industry and continue to fill stadiums after more than four decades.

“I literally never drink. Privately or publicly. I simply don’t like the taste or the smell of anything with alcohol in it. I have never been drunk in my life and have never taken more than a sip of anything, and hated it every time. I will toast just to be social, but that’s it.”

“Life is a race and we’re in constant competition,” added Simmons, whose band is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was named the top American gold-record-earning band of all time by the Recording Industry Assn. of America.

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Smyrna girl gets birthday KISS

Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times

Morgan Tarr, 10, of Smyrna received the birthday gift of a lifetime Sunday as she was brought onto the stage during KISS' concert at the Cross Insurance Arena. She is the daughter of Jenny and Jeremy Tarr.

Morgan Tarr, 10, of Smyrna received the birthday gift of a lifetime Sunday as she was brought onto the stage during KISS’ concert at the Cross Insurance Arena. She is the daughter of Jenny and Jeremy Tarr.

PORTLAND, Maine — Most people struggle to remember where they were for their first kiss.

But for Morgan Tarr, 10, of Smyrna, that first kiss happened to be the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group KISS during a concert Sunday evening at the Cross Insurance Arena in front of about 8,000 fans.

Tarr received the birthday gift of a lifetime, as she was brought onto the stage by KISS lead singer Paul Stanley during the group’s concert in Portland and stayed on the stage for an entire song as Stanley wrapped his arms around her and played guitar.

“I was so nervous before going onstage,” Morgan said. “But I felt fine once we were out there.”

“Morgan is a huge KISS fan,” her mother, Jenny Tarr, said Tuesday morning. “She’s liked the group for a couple of years because both Jeremy [her father] and I are huge fans. We always told her that if KISS ever came back to Maine, we would take her to a concert.”

The parents kept the concert a secret and surprised Morgan with tickets to the concert for her birthday party on Aug. 27. Her actual birthday is Aug. 26, but she celebrated the following day with a KISS-themed party.

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