Gene Simmons: ‘I’ve never done drugs or alcohol, so my soul is intact’

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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 reality show, made it to week three of “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2008, endorsed Mitt Romney and launched his own cola. He will patiently, eloquently answer any question, and is unfailingly serious, even when he’s probably kidding. He has an easy command of Kiss-related statistics, from the number of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” episodes that have aired (156) to the number of Kiss-affiliated Rock & Brews restaurants set to open locally (15).

“Our reach is far and wide,” says Simmons, who plays a rare, makeup-free solo show at the Park West on Saturday as part of the Wizard World convention (he’s a big comic book geek). Simmons, whose new book, “On Power,” arrives in November, talked meeting presidents, vomiting blood and life as a tabloid staple. The following is an edited transcript of that conversation:

Q: Your new book is partly a meditation on power, and partly a self-help book.

KISS Mart Pop-up Store coming to Allentown PA

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Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM will be another live and elaborate production of KISS Alive! ’75, a tribute to KISS. Much more than a KISS copy band, KISS Alive! ’75 has a performance that starts right when you walk into the lobby with immersive and nostalgic stimulation that takes you back decades to 1975.

Making the event twice as amazing is the addition of the famous KISS-Mart KISS merchandise pop-up store that has have had dozens of appearances around the North-East United States. The website KISSmuseum.com will be bringing their online store to the lobby of this incredible KISS tribute show – come see an amazing band, browse KISS Merch old and new and best of all, hang out with all the biggest KISS fans in the area!

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM at GameChangerWorld

Tickets to the KISS Alive! ’75 show which includes the KISS Mart can be bought HERE or at the door the day of the show.

Gene Simmons blasts Justin Bieber

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Gene Simmons has told Justin Bieber to “get a life”.

The KISS rocker has hit out at the ‘Sorry’ hitmaker after he cancelled the remaining dates of his ‘Purpose’ world tour and insisted the 23-year-old pop star has “nothing to complain about”.

Asked if he has any advice for Justin, he told TMZ: “Get a life. You don’t have to worry about anything. You’re rich. In case you didn’t notice, you’re white. You’ve got white privilege b***h. You have nothing to complain about.”

However, the 67-year-old star insisted he still wishes Justin well.

He added: “I wish him well. He’s young; he’s got lots of fans.”

Gene spoke out after Justin addressed the cancellation of 14 concerts for the first time on Instagram.

In a lengthy message, he wrote: “Im so grateful for this journey with all of you.. Im grateful for the tours but most of all I am grateful i get to go through this life WITH YOU.! Learning and growing hasn’t always been easy but knowing I im not alone has kept me going. I have let my insecurities get the best of me at times.

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GENE SIMMONS’s ‘On Power’ Book: More Details Revealed

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Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has set a November 14 release date for KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons‘s new book, “On Power: My Journey Through The Corridors Of Power And How You Can Get More Power”.

Simmons told “The Ride With JMV” on 107.5/1070 The Fan that the book is about how “everybody can make more money and actually become relatively rich.” He explained: “There are certainly enough economists in the world who have broken through the glass ceiling and taken the message out there that we’ve always assumed that the top should only be the people that are the smartest and the richest and all that stuff, and that the masses — the great unwashed masses — can never attain the heights, and that is patently untrue.”

In “On Power”Simmons, multi-hyphenate entrepreneur, and master of self-invention, shares his philosophy on power — how to attain it, how to keep it, and how to harness it as a driving force in business and in life.

As co-founder of KISS, America’s #1 gold record-award-winning group of all time, Simmons knows the thrill and seduction of power firsthand. But gold records alone don’t equal power. The decisions you make once you attain a certain level of success are what separate the pretenders from the pantheon.

Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has set a November 14 release date for KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons‘s new book, “On Power: My Journey Through The Corridors Of Power And How You Can Get More Power”.

Simmons told “The Ride With JMV” on 107.5/1070 The Fan that the book is about how “everybody can make more money and actually become relatively rich.” He explained: “There are certainly enough economists in the world who have broken through the glass ceiling and taken the message out there that we’ve always assumed that the top should only be the people that are the smartest and the richest and all that stuff, and that the masses — the great unwashed masses — can never attain the heights, and that is patently untrue.”

In “On Power”Simmons, multi-hyphenate entrepreneur, and master of self-invention, shares his philosophy on power — how to attain it, how to keep it, and how to harness it as a driving force in business and in life.

As co-founder of KISS, America’s #1 gold record-award-winning group of all time, Simmons knows the thrill and seduction of power firsthand. But gold records alone don’t equal power. The decisions you make once you attain a certain level of success are what separate the pretenders from the pantheon.

Inspired by Niccolo Machiavelli‘s “The Prince”Simmons offers his unique take on the dynamics of power in every realm of life, from the bedroom to the boardroom, to the world of rock, celebrity, and social media, to politics. With one-of-a-kind anecdotes from his life and career, as well as stories from historical and contemporary masters of power, including Winston ChurchillNapoleon BonaparteWarren BuffettMichael JordonOprah and Elon MuskSimmons crafts a persuasive and provocative theory on how the pursuit of power drives civilization and defines our lives.

The rules of power are changing in today’s fast-paced, hyper-connected world in a way that Machiavelli never could have imagined, and we all need to learn to adapt. Simmons tells readers: Ignore the negatives. Be unrelenting. Rise above the rest. You are the architect of your success.

Simmons‘s last book, “Me, Inc.: Build An Army Of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win In Life And Business”, came out in 2014.

Although Gene has long portrayed himself as the brains behind KISS, his bandmate Paul Stanley‘s memoir, “Face The Music: A Life Exposed”, painted a different picture, with Stanley claiming that Simmons was always more concerned with the Gene Simmons business. According to Keith Spera‘s review of “Face The Music” in The Times-PicayunePaul wrote in the book that he, along with his therapist at the time, realized in the 1980s that KISS‘s financial managers were acting in bad faith. Other managers — not Simmons — encouraged diversification into a wide and lucrative range of merchandising opportunities.

“I saw the term ‘marketing genius’ used in reference to Gene quite frequently… [and] it turned my stomach,” Stanley wrote of Simmons. “Neither Gene nor I has had an active hand in any significant deals.

“He was no marketing genius. He just took credit for things. It was unwarranted, selfish, and hurtful, and there was no way to excuse it. Calculated strategist? Sure. Genius? No.”

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