Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Gene Simmons

Photo from @genesimmons
Gene Simmons is the cofounder, singer, and bass guitarist for the iconic rock band, Kiss. He was the only child of a German Nazi concentration camp survivor and came to America at age 8.  Gene, his wife, and two children starred in the A&E television series, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, for nine seasons. And of course you know Kiss for their rock music with hit songs like "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Shout It Out Loud," "Forever," and "Psycho Circus." They are also known for their mega-marketing. Kiss merchandise is everywhere! Did you see the new Hello Kitty Kiss items? Gene also recently opened a new restaurant franchise called Rock & Brews and is part owner of the new arena football team aptly named LA Kiss! And finally Kiss is being inducted in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame this year!

What is the best book according to Gene Simmons?

I asked him just that last week and he tweeted back, "THE BIBLE. BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN...: Hi Gene! What is your favorite book or current read? Thanks!"

This tweet was retweeted about 200+ times and led to some discussion with Gene about the bible.

"NO. BUT THE BIBLE ROCKS, ANYWAY...JerryYWFN: So you're a religious guy?"

And then "PERHAPS..MOSTLY THOUGH, IT HAS SOME GOOD IDEAS, LIKE DON'T MURDER..: AMEN , THE BIBLE IS GOD'S WORD.

Thanks for answering your fans, Gene! You rock!
Check out Gene's new website, and you can follow him on Twitter.

Here's a Kiss video for your viewing pleasure.

4 comments:

Bish Denham said...

Cool!

Suzanne Casamento said...

Love it! I bet he'd love to know that KISS is in your book, Rockabet!

DEZMOND said...

I watched their reality show, they're such crazy fun family, totally unlike the boring and spoilt Osbournes

DiscConnected said...

GS was just on an episode of "Toy Hunter" showing off his collection of Kiss memorabilia. While I am not a regular viewer of that show, Simmons was on screen when I flicked past and caused me to stop.

When I hear "Rock And Roll All Nite" it takes me right back to being a young teen (with hair!).

My only complaint with the band? Too many farewell tours. I think anyone who bought a ticket to their first farewell tour should get to go to all subsequent shows in their city for free-technically it's the same concert!

Gene also has a good point-if you have the Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare, you pretty much cover every plot line that ever has and ever will be written.

Larry