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Gene Klein, born Chaim Witz (Hebrew: חיים ויץ‎, [xaˈim ˈvit͡s], born August 25, 1949), known professionally as Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, author and television personality. Also known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the bassist and co-lead singer of Kiss, the rock band he co-founded with lead singer and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley
Paul Stanley
in the early 1970s.

Contents

1 Life and career

1.1 Early life 1.2 Kiss

2 Playing style

2.1 Stage makeup and persona

3 Personal life

3.1 Homecoming visit to Israel 3.2 Political views 3.3 Philanthropy 3.4 Controversy

4 Other projects 5 Public statements and image

5.1 Promiscuity 5.2 Islam
Islam
comments in Australia 5.3 Defamation lawsuit by former girlfriend 5.4 Views on musical piracy 5.5 Sex tape scandal 5.6 Comments on suicide and depression 5.7 Decline of music industry

6 Film and television career 7 Awards and recognition 8 Filmography 9 Television appearances 10 Video games

10.1 Music video appearances 10.2 Video game appearances

11 Discography

11.1 Kiss 11.2 Solo

12 Publishing career 13 Other ventures 14 Published works 15 References 16 External links

Life and career[edit] Early life[edit] Born Chaim Witz on August 25, 1949, at Rambam Hospital, in Haifa, Israel, Simmons and his mother immigrated to New York City
New York City
when he was eight. Simmons was raised in a Jewish
Jewish
household, where he practiced playing his guitar for hours on end.[1] His mother, Florence Klein (originally Flóra Kovács), was born in Jánd, Hungary. The name Klein, which means "small" in German, has the Hungarian equivalent Kis (a common Hungarian surname); this, however, did not give the band its name.[2] Simmons' mother survived internment in Nazi concentration camps.[3] She and her brother, Larry Klein, were the only members of the family to survive the Holocaust. Simmons' father, Ferenc Witz, also Hungarian-born, remained in Israel, where he had one other son and three daughters, and worked as a carpenter. Simmons says the family was "dirt poor", scraping by on bread and milk.[4] In the United States, Simmons changed his name to Eugene Klein (later Gene Klein), adopting his mother's maiden name.[citation needed] Before his musical career began, Simmons worked a variety of jobs in the city. An "excellent typist", he served as an assistant to an editor of the fashion magazine Vogue, and also spent several months as a sixth grade instructor on the Upper West Side.[5] A significant influence on Simmons was the Beatles. "There is no way I'd be doing what I do now if it wasn't for The Beatles. I was watching The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
and I saw them. Those skinny little boys, kind of androgynous, with long hair like girls. It blew me away that these four boys [from] the middle of nowhere could make that music."[6] Kiss[edit]

Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
as "The Demon", 2010

Simmons became involved with his first band, Lynx, then renamed The Missing Links, when he was a teenager. Eventually, he disbanded the band to form The Long Island Sounds, the name being a pun on Long Island Sound. While he played in these bands, he worked at odd jobs on the side to make more money, including trading used comic books. Simmons attended Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, New York. He joined a new band, Bullfrog Bheer, and the band recorded a demo, "Leeta"; this was later included on the Kiss
Kiss
box set.[citation needed] Simmons formed the rock band Wicked Lester
Wicked Lester
in the early 1970s with Stanley Eisen (now known as Paul Stanley) and recorded one album, which was never released. Dissatisfied with Wicked Lester's sound and look, Simmons and Stanley attempted to fire their band members; they were met with resistance, and they quit Wicked Lester, walking away from their record deal with Epic Records. They decided to form the "ultimate rock band", and started looking for a drummer. Simmons and Stanley found an ad placed by George Peter John Criscuola (known as Peter Criss) who was playing clubs in Brooklyn
Brooklyn
at the time; they joined and started out as a trio. During this time, Criss and Simmons also appeared on an unreleased album by Captain Sanity together with members from Criss' previous band Chelsea. Paul Frehley (better known as Ace Frehley) responded to an ad they put in The Village Voice
The Village Voice
for a lead guitar player, and soon joined them. Kiss
Kiss
released their self-titled debut album in February 1974. Stanley took on the role of lead performer on stage, while Simmons became the driving force behind what became an extensive Kiss merchandising franchise. The eye section of his "Demon" makeup with Kiss
Kiss
came from the wing design of comic book character Black Bolt.[7]

Simmons' 'The Demon' make-up

In 1983, when the fame of Kiss
Kiss
was waning, the members took off their trademark make-up and enjoyed a resurgence in popularity that continued into the 1990s. At this time, Peter Criss, the original drummer, was voted out of the band, and a replacement was sought to fill his vacancy. The new drummer was Paul Charles Caravello, who went by the stage name of Eric Carr, and played for Kiss
Kiss
from 1980 until his death in 1991. The band hosted its own fan conventions in 1995, and fan feedback about the original Kiss
Kiss
members reunion influenced the highly successful 1996–1997 Alive Worldwide reunion tour. In 1998, the band released Psycho Circus. Since then, the original line-up has once again dissolved, with Tommy Thayer
Tommy Thayer
replacing Ace Frehley on lead guitar and Eric Singer
Eric Singer
(who performed with Kiss
Kiss
from 1991 through 1996) replacing Peter Criss
Peter Criss
on drums. Playing style[edit] In most Kiss
Kiss
songs, lead vocals are performed by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley, but there are some exceptions in which Simmons sings lead vocals, such as Rock and Roll All Nite, A World Without Heroes, I Love It Loud, Calling Dr. Love, Unholy, Spit (second lead vocals), Boomerang, and You Wanted the Best
You Wanted the Best
(first lead vocals), among others. Stage makeup and persona[edit] In addition to playing bass, Simmons is known for his large tongue and on stage is known for his demonic figure by spitting fire and vomiting stage blood. During an interview in 1999, Simmons was asked about the source and significance of Kiss' stage makeup and personas:

I've always been a fan of Americana, and Americana
Americana
has always been about imagery, often above content. I think there's nothing wrong with that. The world worships this culture. Most people only think about America in terms of rock & roll, movies and television. Kiss
Kiss
is very all-American, in the sense that our constituency has never had anything in common with critics ... because our power, our lifeblood, our very reason for existence is our fans. Without them, we'd be nothing.

Personal life[edit]

Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
fire breathing.

Simmons is a science fiction and comic book fan and published several science fiction fanzines, among them Id, Cosmos (which eventually merged with Stilletto to become Cosmos-Stilletto and then Faun), Tinderbox, Sci-Fi Showcase, Mantis and Adventure. He also contributed to other fanzines, among them BeABohema and Sirruish.[8] By 1977, however, he would write in a letter of comment to Janus, "I haven't been active [in fandom] for about five years".[9] Simmons lives in Los Angeles, California
California
with his wife, Canadian former Playboy Playmate
Playboy Playmate
and actress Shannon Lee Tweed. Although they began dating in 1983, they didn't marry until 28 years later.[10] Simmons often joked that he and Tweed were "happily unmarried" for over 20 years. He also often stated, "Marriage is an institution, and I don't want to live in an institution". Simmons and Tweed wed on October 1, 2011, at the Beverly Hills Hotel
Beverly Hills Hotel
in Beverly Hills.[10][11][12] They have two children: a son, Nick (born January 22, 1989), and a daughter, Sophie (born July 7, 1992). He formerly had live-in relationships with Cher
Cher
and Diana Ross.[13] Simmons can speak Hungarian, German, English, Hebrew and some Japanese.[13] Homecoming visit to Israel[edit] In March 2011, Simmons visited his home country, Israel. He described the trip as a "life changing experience". He talked about how he still feels that he is an Israeli: "I'm Israeli. I'm a stranger in America. I'm an outsider".[14] While there, Simmons met his half-brother Kobi, and triplet half-sisters Drora, Sharon, and Ogenia.[15] Simmons has plans to take Kiss
Kiss
to Israel. He has said that he is an ardent supporter of Israel.[16] At a press conference in Israel, he spoke in both Hebrew and English.[17] Political views[edit] Simmons was a supporter of the foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration.[18] 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".[19] In a follow-up, Simmons explained his position and wrote about his love and support for the United States: "I wasn't born here. But I have a love for this country and its people that knows no bounds. I will forever be grateful to America for going into World War II, when it had nothing to gain, in a country that was far away... and rescued my mother from the Nazi German concentration camps. She is alive and I am alive because of America. And, if you have a problem with America, you have a problem with me".[19] During the 2006 Lebanon War
2006 Lebanon War
between Israel
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".[20] In 2010, Simmons said he regretted voting for Barack Obama
Barack Obama
and criticized the 2009 health care reforms.[21] Following Obama's 2011 speech on the Middle East, in which the President called on Israel
Israel
and the Palestinians to negotiate a settlement "based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps",[22] Simmons told CNBC
CNBC
that Obama was gravely misguided. "If you have never been to the moon, you can't issue policy about the moon. For the president to be sitting in Washington D.C. and saying, 'Go back to your '67 borders in Israel' – how about you live there and try to defend an indefensible border – nine miles (14 km) wide?" Simmons also accused the United Nations of being "the most pathetic body on the face of the earth".[23] During his visit to Israel
Israel
in 2011, he stated that the artists refusing to perform in Israel
Israel
for political reasons are "stupid".[24] In an April 2012 interview, Simmons endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for President, stating that "America should be in business and it should be run by a businessman".[25] On 6 November 2015 he attended a Friends of the Israel
Israel
Defense Forces gala in Beverly Hills, which raised more than $31 million.[26] Philanthropy[edit] Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
is a known advocate for ChildFund International's work. He traveled to Zambia during his Gene Simmons Family Jewels
Gene Simmons Family Jewels
show to visit several of his sponsored children, of whom he has more than 1400.[27] Simmons said that the trip "[was] a stark reminder that life doesn't treat everyone the same".[28] Simmons' family received the MEND Humanitarian Award for their philanthropic efforts and support for Mending Kids International
Mending Kids International
at the organization's annual gala on November 9, 2013. The award was presented by Mel Gibson.[29] In his acceptance speech, Simmons spoke of his own difficult childhood in Israel
Israel
in a bullet-riddled house. He recalled his mother's excitement when they received a CARE box one day.[30] Simmons helped found "The Children Matter", which is a collaborative initiative with the charity MATTER that fights to get kids around the world access to health care.[31] Controversy[edit] On November 16, 2017, Simmons made an appearance on Fox & Friends to promote a new book, but shortly afterward, he burst into a staff meeting uninvited by yanking his shirt and telling jokes. The next day, on November 17, Fox News
Fox News
announced that Simmons had been banned for life from their program.[32][33][34] Other projects[edit] On August 15, 2013, Simmons, Paul Stanley
Paul Stanley
and manager Doc McGhee became a part of the ownership group that created the LA Kiss
Kiss
Arena Football League team, which plays their home games at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The team has since folded. He has his own magazine, Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
Tongue Magazine, his own label, Simmons Records, and animated series, My Dad the Rock Star. Public statements and image[edit] Promiscuity[edit] In February 2002, Simmons was interviewed on the NPR radio show Fresh Air and asked about his claim of having had sex with 4,600 women. He told Terry Gross: "If you want to welcome me with open arms, I'm afraid you're also going to have to welcome me with open legs", paraphrasing a lyric from The Who's 1981 song "You Better You Bet". Gross replied: "That's a really obnoxious thing to say". At the time, Simmons refused to grant permission to NPR to make the interview available online.[35] However, it appears in print in Gross's book All I Did Was Ask and unauthorized transcripts are available. NPR re-broadcast part of the interview in August 2007.[36] In a 2014 interview with The Huffington Post, Simmons noted he was upset over what he perceived as Gross's "holier-than-thou" attitude, which included mislabeling his band Kiss
Kiss
as "The Kiss".[37] Islam
Islam
comments in Australia[edit] In 2004, during an interview in Melbourne, Australia, while talking about Islamic extremists, Simmons described Islam
Islam
as a "vile culture", saying that Muslim women had to walk behind their husbands, were not allowed to be educated or to own houses. He said: "They want to come and live right where you live and they think that you're evil." Australia's Muslim of the Year Susan Carland argued that Simmons' stereotyping of Muslims was inaccurate.[38] Simmons later clarified his comments on his website, saying he had been talking specifically about Muslim extremists.[39] Defamation lawsuit by former girlfriend[edit] In 2005, Simmons was sued by a former girlfriend, Georgeann Walsh Ward, who said she had been "defamed" in the VH1
VH1
documentary When Kiss Ruled the World and portrayed as an "unchaste woman".[40] A settlement was reached in June 2006.[41] Views on musical piracy[edit] In 2007, Simmons openly spoke out against music piracy, and called for file-sharers to be sued.[42] A year later, he threatened further lawsuits, and to withhold new recordings, if file-sharing continued. In 2010, Anonymous staged a DDoS
DDoS
on his website, prompting Simmons to hit back with provocative comments once he was back online, at which point Anonymous staged a second DDoS, taking Simmons' site down again.[43] Sex tape scandal[edit] In 2008, a video on the Internet surfaced which purported to be Simmons engaging in sexual activity with an unnamed woman.[44] Simmons later stated that the tape was recorded without his consent or knowledge and that his legal team was pursuing legal options including copyright infringement.[45] Comments on suicide and depression[edit] In August 2014, Simmons made comments in an interview with Songfacts.com that seemed to openly encourage people with depression to kill themselves. The comments drew criticism from Nikki Sixx
Nikki Sixx
of Mötley Crüe
Mötley Crüe
who had suffered from depression in the past.[46] Following his comments both Triple M
Triple M
and Power 97
Power 97
stated that they were pulling all Kiss
Kiss
songs from their lineup in protest.[47] Simmons later clarified his comments and apologized for the incident.[46][48] Decline of music industry[edit] In September 2014, Simmons said "The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered". Simmons blames file sharing and the fact that no one values music "enough to pay you for it" for the decline of the rock music scene.[49] Film and television career[edit] Simmons has been involved with such television projects as:

My Dad the Rock Star,[10] a cartoon by the Canadian animation company Nelvana, about the mild mannered son of a Gene Simmons-like rock star Mr. Romance, a show created and hosted by Simmons on the Oxygen cable television channel Rock School, a UK reality show in which Simmons tries to make a rock band out of a group of students of Christ's Hospital School
Christ's Hospital School
in the first season, and in the second, a group of kids from a comprehensive school in Lowestoft Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
Family Jewels,[50] a reality show documenting the personal lives of Simmons, his wife, his son and daughter

On March 9, 2011, Simmons and Kiss
Kiss
co-founder Paul Stanley
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.[51] Simmons appeared as a psychic working at the Mystic Journey Bookstore in Venice, California
California
on the American hidden camera prank TV series I Get That a Lot.[52] He also guest-starred as himself in the 2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode Long Road Home. He also performed in the 1984 Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton
thriller movie Runaway starring Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes and Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley
and the 1987 Gary Sherman movie Wanted: Dead or Alive starring Rutger Hauer.[53] In March 2015 founded the film production company Erebus Pictures[54] and announced as the first project was the Horror-thriller film Armed Response.[55] Awards and recognition[edit] On January 28, 2011, Simmons was in Dallas, Texas, to host the Aces & Angels Salute to the Troops charity event. While in Dallas, Simmons was presented the key to the city, and a street (Gene Simmons Boulevard) was named for him. Simmons and Tweed also visited the U.S. Army base at Fort Hood
Fort Hood
to support the Troops as a part of the Aces & Angels event. On June 15 of the same year he was given the key to the city in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 2012, Simmons was awarded the Golden God award by the Revolver magazine.[56] On October 30, 2013 during the KISS KRUISE 3, KISS Navy members John and Jamie Downs presented Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
with a plaque commemorating the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's acceptance of an autographed Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
Axe bass into their collection. The Smithsonian Museum's statement reads, in part: "The bass will now be cared for in our permanent collections... We are happy to include the Axe bass as it relates to the impact Mr. Simmons and his band KISS have had on American culture, especially in the creation of a unique and iconic brand that has been embraced by fans worldwide ... The story of Mr. Simmons' American experience deserves to be preserved. An immigrant and son of a holocaust survivor, he used creative vision and entrepreneurial acumen to make a significant impact for our nation's popular culture, becoming an iconic figure in American music and entertainment."[57] Simmons is an honorary board member of Little Kids Rock, an national nonprofit that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools. A&E’s Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
Family Jewels visited a Little Kids Rock classroom and featured the segment on the show. He also decorated a guitar for auction with his son Nick.[58] 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).[59] Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Bandmates Miscellaneous

1978 Kiss
Kiss
Meets the Phantom of the Park The Demon Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley TV movie

1984 Runaway Dr. Charles Luther

1986 Trick or Treat Nuke (radio DJ)

1986 Never Too Young to Die Carruthers / Velvet Von Ragner

1987 Wanted: Dead or Alive Malak Al Rahim

1988 The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years Himself Paul Stanley Documentary

1989 Red Surf Doc

1999 Detroit Rock City Himself Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley Simmons also produced

2002 The New Guy Reverend

2002 Wish You Were Dead Vinny

2008 Detroit Metal City Jack lll Dark

Japanese movie

2009 Extract[60] Joe Adler

2010 Expecting Mary Taylor

2010 Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Himself

Documentary

2013 Sample This: The Incredible Story of the Incredible Bongo Band Himself

Documentary

2015 Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery The Demon Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer Voice only

2016 We Are X Himself

Documentary

2016 Temple TBA

Post-production

2016 Why Him? Himself Paul Stanley Cameo

2017 Armed Response

Television appearances[edit]

Year Show Episode Role Bandmates Miscellaneous

1974 The Mike Douglas Show June 11, 1974 Himself Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley Kiss' first national television appearance, performed "Firehouse".

1976 The Paul Lynde Halloween Special October 29, 1976 Himself Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley Performed "Detroit Rock City," "King of the Night Time World," and "Beth"

1979 Tomorrow

Himself Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley

1985 Miami Vice "Prodigal Son" Newton Blade

1986 The Hitchhiker "O.D.Feelin'" January 28, 1986 Mr. Big

1997 Action League Now! "Rock-A-Big-Baby" Toy version of himself Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley Performed "Rock and Roll All Nite"

1998 MADtv[61] October 31, 1998 (#406) Himself Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley. Halloween special; performed in five sketches

1998 Millennium "...Thirteen Years Later" October 30, 1998 Hector Leachman Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley

2000 "That 70's Show" "Red sees Red" as The Devil

2001 Family Guy "A Very Special
Special
Family Guy
Family Guy
Freakin' Christmas" Animated version of himself Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley

2001 Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? May 27, 2001 Himself

Won $32,000 for a charity

2001 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart[62] June 12, 2001 Himself

Almost licked Jon Stewart's face in response to Jon being unable to explain the difference between pleasure and joy to a man with a 'twelve-inch tongue'

2002 Family Guy "Road to Europe" Animated version of himself Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley Lois Griffin claims she dated Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
while they were in high school, and calls him by his birth name, Chaim Witz.

2002 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno September 6, 2002 Himself

2003 King of the Hill "Reborn to Be Wild" Jessie

2004 Third Watch "Higher Calling" Donald Mann

2004 Third Watch "Monsters" Donald Mann

2004 Third Watch "More Monsters" Donald Mann

2005 American Idol "Auditions: New Orleans" Himself- guest judge

2005 Family Guy "Don't Make Me Over" Animated version of himself/ Prisoner No. 3

2005 Mind of Mencia Episode #1.7 Himself

2006 The View August 1, 2006 Himself

Promotional appearance for Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
Family Jewels

2007 SpongeBob SquarePants "20,000 Patties Under the Sea" Sea Monster

2007 Shrink Rap "Gene Simmons" Himself

UK's More4 show

2008 Entertainment Tonight January 2, 2008 Himself

2008 Jimmy Kimmel Live! January 18, 2008 Himself

2008 Rachael Ray March 11, 2008 Himself

2008 Criss Angel Mindfreak "Mindfreaking with the Stars" Himself

2008 Ugly Betty "The Kids Are Alright" Himself

2008 Ugly Betty "A Thousand Words by Friday" Himself

2008 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Episode #3.9 Himself

Won $500,000 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation charity

2008 The Celebrity Apprentice First three episodes Himself

Won $20,000 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation charity; Fired in the third episode

2008 Jingles[63]

Celebrity judge

Mark Burnett
Mark Burnett
reality show

2009 Glenn Martin DDS Glenn Gary, Glenn Martin himself

2009 American Idol Season Finale Himself Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer, Paul Stanley Performed medley of 3 songs with contestant Adam Lambert

2009 The Fairly OddParents "Wishology – Part 1: The Big Beginning" Animated version of himself Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer, Paul Stanley

2009 The Fairly OddParents "Wishology – Part 3: The Final Ending" Animated version of himself Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer, Paul Stanley

2010 I Get That a Lot Episode 2 As Himself

Simmons appeared as a psychic working at the Mystic Journey Bookstore in Venice, California

2010 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Episode 160 As Himself

Kiss
Kiss
made a personal appearance during the Wagstaff family's vacation in Disneyland
Disneyland
and honored them as special guests at one of their concerts. Kiss
Kiss
also made a personal appearance at a local school where a donation of new musical instruments was made in the Wagstaff family's name.

2010 I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band! Episode 1 And 5 As Himself

Discussing the requirements of being in a rock band.

2011 Castle To Love and Die in LA As Himself

2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Long Road Home As Himself

2014 American Idol Season 13 Finale Himself Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer, Paul Stanley Performed with Caleb Johnson

2014 Welcome to Sweden S1 Ep4: Get a Job/Farthinder Himself

2015 Scorpion S2 Ep1: Himself

30 September 2015, Himself, Interview

2016 Angie Tribeca
Angie Tribeca
(2016 TBS TV Series) S1 Ep9: Himself

Video games[edit]

Year Video Game Role

2014 Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff Himself

Music video appearances[edit] In 1994, Simmons appears as auditioning for the band with actor Al Lewis & comedian Gilbert Gottfried in a music video for "I'll Talk My Way Out Of It" by Howard Stern comedian Stuttering John. In 2007, he appeared alongside other celebrities, as well as regular people, in the music video for "Rockstar" by Nickelback. Video game appearances[edit] Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
is a playable character in Tony Hawk's Underground, unlocked when completing the story mode on Normal difficulty, and also appears with his Kiss
Kiss
bandmates in the Hotter Than Hell level to play one of three songs upon collecting the four K-I-S-S letters. Gene Simmons' Kiss
Kiss
character, The Demon, is a playable character in Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child. Simmons also has a large role in the 2010 music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. In addition to narrating the main storyline and doing advertising for the game, the Kiss
Kiss
song "Love Gun" is playable. Appears as The Demon in KISS Rock City Discography[edit] Kiss[edit] Main article: Kiss
Kiss
discography Solo[edit]

Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
(1978) Asshole (2004) Speaking in Tongues (2004) Vault (2017)

Publishing career[edit] In 2002, Simmons launched Gene Simmons' Tongue, a men's lifestyle magazine.[64] The magazine lasted five issues before being discontinued. Other ventures[edit] In 1976-77, Simmons signed a management/production contract with the band Van Halen. He produced a Van Halen
Van Halen
demo tape and attempted to find a record deal for the band with a variety of major record labels. When no deal materialised, he released them from their contract.[citation needed] From 2006–2008, Simmons served in a marketing and publicity role with the Indy Racing League.[65] In 2012, Simmons partnered with Paul Stanley
Paul Stanley
and three other investors to form the restaurant franchise Rock & Brews. Published works[edit]

Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business , Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
(ISBN 0-062-32261-3) Kiss
Kiss
and Make-Up, Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
(ISBN 0-609-81002-2) Sex Money Kiss, Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
(ISBN 1-893224-86-4) Kiss: The Early Years, Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
and Paul Stanley (ISBN 0-609-81028-6) Kiss: Behind the Mask, David Leaf and Ken Sharp (ISBN 978-0-446-69524-4) Ladies of the Night: A Historical and Personal Perspective on the Oldest Profession in the World, Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
(ISBN 1-59777-501-0)

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