Tweet: "Respectfully-- let me know when @JimiHendrix gets into the hip hop hall of fame. Then youll (sic) have a point. @icecube". Gene Simmons hits back at rapper/actor Ice Cube after the N.W.A. star insisted his hip-hop group was deserving of its place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the New York induction ceremony on Friday (08Apr16). The Kiss rocker sparked a war of words after recently criticising rap music, claiming it did not belong in the coveted institution and admitting he wished it would die out.
Fact: Former Kiss star BRUCE KULICK has reformed his first band, KKB, for a new album project. Kulick founded the trio in 1974 with friends Mike Katz and Guy Bois on bass and drums, respectively. The rockers' new album features tracks the bandmates worked on and recorded before the guitarist joined Kiss.
Tweet: "JESUS!! How about all singers agreeing if you DON'T want to sing the National Anthem as it was written YOU WON'T SING IT! What was THAT?!?" Kiss frontman Paul Stanley was not a fan of Jamie Foxx's rendition of the U.S. National Anthem at the Manny Pacquiao/Floyd Mayweather, Jr. fight on Saturday night (02May15).
Fact: Kiss rocker Gene Simmons has partnered with bosses at WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) Studios to launch a film company called Erebus Pictures, which will focus solely on horror movies. The first project, titled Temple, will follow a team of trained operatives trapped inside a haunted military compound.
Fact: Veteran rockers Kiss ditched their iconic stage costumes for two special performances on their fan cruise. The bandmembers performed wearing smart suits teamed with their black and white make-up, a nod to their Dressed To Kill album cover and recent John Varvatos fashion campaign, onboard the ship, which sailed from Florida on 31 October (14).
Fact: Former Kiss star Ace Frehley is to join The Roots for a night when he sits in as lead guitarist for comedian Jimmy Fallon's house band on The Tonight Show on Tuesday (12Aug14). The appearance will come just five days before the release of Frehley's new album Space Invader.
Fact: Jennifer Lopez, Kiss, Duran Duran, Rita Ora and Usher are among the stars who have signed up to appear at the Fashion Rocks show at the Barclays Center in New York City. The show, which celebrates fashion and music, will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and takes place on 9 September (14).
Quote: "Paul (Stanley) and Gene (Simmons) were saying that Kiss will eventually continue without them too. That's like Mick Jagger going in the press and saying the Stones will continue without me and Keith. Gimme a break. That's ludicrous." Guitarist Ace Frehley insists the only true Kiss is the band he helped form.
Quote: "I had a speech here but these aren't prescription (glasses) so I can't read!" Rocker Ace Frehley struggles to make out what he wrote down in his acceptance speech as Kiss is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a gala in New York on Thursday (10Apr14).
Quote: "The fact that we're not performing is heartbreaking. I wanted to. I thought we were going to. I was all up for it. I was crazy enough to think, even if I had to get back in the Cat outfit, I would have been proud to do it. Because, whether in or out of makeup, I'll always be the 'Catman'." Former Kiss star Peter Criss is disappointed the band's original line-up won't be reuniting for their upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction.
Quote: "I keep thinking about Ace and Peter: 'What are they doing now? Where are they?' It's gotta be close to the end. How do you make any money? How do you pay your bills?" Kiss star Gene Simmons often wonders how his former bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss cover their expenses.
Quote: "I won't be disrespected. How can you put me in the Hall of Fame and then tell me to go sit over there in the corner while another guy puts on my makeup and plays? That's an injustice. To the fans, too." Former Kiss star Peter Criss on the prospect of landing a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction and then not getting the chance to perform with his former bandmates Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. The drama connected to the band's upcoming honour has prompted Stanley and Simmons to pull out of a performance altogether.
Quote: "What we had at the beginning was magical, not because we were virtuosos... Ace and I played great together. But in my mind, it's a crime what Ace did. He threw away incredible potential and talent. The Ace I played with when the band first started out was a comet... But he stopped practising. He got involved with a whole lot of things that really diluted and diminished his craft. I saw that comet grow dim." Kiss frontman Paul Stanley takes aim at the band's former guitarist Ace Frehley.
Quote: "I saw Channing (Tatum) dance and I was like, 'Well, I'm not doing hip-hop, I know that. Because that's an immediate red ribbon - second place.' I had been looking for the right kind of milieu for days. And then this Kiss song came on and I was like, 'That's it'." Matthew Mcconaughey on his dance solo to in the stripper movie Magic Mike.
Tweet: "Hey kids. Twitter, I'm learning is full of gossip, and sometimes lies. There are other Gene Simmons folks out there. They're fake. I'm real." Kiss rocker Gene Simmons insists he's the real deal on Twitter.com.
Tweet: "Just saw After Earth. Despite critics, decent movie. Good M Night (M. Night Shyamalan) good direc (director). Wrong cast. Good movie." Kiss rocker Gene Simmons is convinced the sci-fi film flop would have fared better at the box office without Will Smith and his son, Jaden, in the lead roles.
Fact: Organisers of Britain's Sonisphere Festival have confirmed the festival will be back next year (13) following the cancellation of the 2012 event. The annual rock festival was due to be headlined by Kiss, Queen and Faith No More over the summer (12) but it was axed due to a "difficult" year. The 2013 line-up will be announced before Christmas (25Dec12).
Fact: Kiss and Motley Crue are taking their joint tour to Australia next year (13) and they will bring veteran rockers Thin Lizzy with them. The tour kicks off in March (13) and will include stops in cities including Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Fact: Kiss will play a free show for more than 2,000 veterans in Bristow, Virginia on Thursday night (19Jul12). The gig comes one day before the band is due to kick off a massive U.S. tour with Motley Crue.
Quote: "I first met the man backstage, when Kiss was about to do his concert TV show in 1974. This was our first year out there but by then DICk Clark was already an icon. He made it a point to come up to our small, cluttered dressing room, stretch out his arm, and say, 'If there's anything you need, just let me know. It's a pleasure to have you here.' And I never forgot the kind gesture... DICk Clark made the world a better place." Kiss star Gene Simmons pays tribute to late TV legend DICk Clark.
Quote: "Ace Frehley, God bless him, is just coming out of his stupor now for the first time in 38 years and wrote a book. And good luck to him but he had to have people tell him what happened 'cos he can't remember... Pathetic, isn't it." Gene Simmons on the dangers of mixing rock 'n' roll with heavy drinking and drug abuse, like former Kiss bandmate Frehley.
Tweet: "I wanna be Paul Stanley for Halloween. I should prefice that, With Make Up lol #Kiss best Halloween costumes ever. Which one would u be?" Actress/singer Juliette Lewis is planning to rock out as the Kiss star for Halloween (31Oct11).
Tweet: "Motley Crue at the Sunset Strip Music Fest. Solid. Played well. Sounded strong. Very professional." Kiss star Gene Simmons was very impressed with Motley Crue's headlining slot at the Sunset Strip Music Festival on Saturday night (20Aug11).
Tweet: "Run!!! Don't walk!!! Go see Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Went with Miss Tweed. Best movie I've seen in a decade. A classic." Kiss star Gene Simmons is a big fan of the Planet of the Apes prequel.
Tweet: "Happy to say that I've been invited by the Dodgers to throw the ball at the game on July 5th. Come on down and watch the festivities." Kiss rocker Gene Simmons will be showing off his baseball skills in Los Angeles on Tuesday (05Jul11).
Quote: "They've never had a single penny given to them if they didn't work for it. There are no allowances... (And) if I catch you high or drunk without talking to me first, you'll find your Beverly Hills butts in the middle of a work camp in the Arizona desert." Kiss frontman Gene Simmons believes in a strict, no-nonsense parenting style.
Fact: Rockers Kiss are developing their own 18-hole miniature golf course in Las Vegas.
Fact: Rockers Kiss are in talks to develop a new comic book series with the brains behind The Simpsons.
Fact: Veteran rockers Kiss have confirmed they are preparing to start work on their 20th studio album. Their 2009 record, SONIC BOOM, marked their first new release in more than 10 years.
Fact: Kiss superfan Dylan McDermott has seen the rockers in concert 14 times. He first saw the band in 1975. He says, "I used to hitch-hike through three states just to see them." After hearing the actor was a big Kiss fan, U.S. chat show host George Lopez presented MCDermott with a guitar signed by his heroes when he was a guest on the programme on Tuesday night (17Aug10).
Fact: Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley will release his tell-all autobiography No Regrets next summer (11), detailing his wild past from the band's heyday. The rocker was one of the original members of the group, joining KISS in 1972 before quitting a decade later (82). He rejoined in 1996 for a reunion which lasted until 2002.
Quote: "Being in a band is better than being James Bond - he's got a licence to kill, baby, I've got a licence to thrill. You can be an ugly b**tard and get any girl and more money than God." Kiss star Gene Simmons on the advantages of life in a successful band.
Fact: Veteran rockers Kiss are auctioning off a 'meet and greet' session to benefit a Brazilian children's charity. The band is offering tickets and a behind the scenes meeting at their 12 May (10) Wembley Arena gig in London to the top bidder on website eBay.co.uk.
Fact: Kiss stars Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are developing a new children's show for Canadian TV. The rockers have teamed up with production company E1 Television as executive producers of the yet-to-be-titled 30 minute series.
Quote: "In the beginning we were delusional. We wanted to be The Beatles on steroids. Bigger, better. A treat for the ears and the eyes." Gene Simmons had big plans for Kiss when the rockers started out.
Quote: "A thousand years from now they're going to look back on the 20th Century and what have the countries of the world given us? The United States gave the world atomic weapons. England gave the world music." Kiss rocker Gene Simmons is convinced Britain has a greater musical legacy than America.
Fact: Rockers Kiss have teamed up with their vertically-challenged tribute group, Mini Kiss, to shoot a new Dr. Pepper TV commercial, which will debut during Sunday's (07Feb10) Super Bowl.
Fact: Rock veterans Kiss rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday (25Jan10) to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Dr Pepper, America's oldest major soft drink.
Quote: “Led Zep was mixing The Song Remains the Same soundtrack, and we were coming into the studio after them. We were in the lobby, and Jimmy came up and he knew who I was, and who the band was. It was stunning. Not five years earlier, I was in the audience, watching Led Zeppelin with my mouth open, just not believing it.” Kiss rocker Paul Stanley was stunned on meeting his idol, LED ZEPPELIN star Jimmy Page.
Fact: Glam rockers Kiss are getting their own personalised M&Ms. Each piece of candy will bear the image of a bandmember's face.
Quote: "We've been together 26 happily unmarried years. How many married people can say that?" Kiss rocker Gene Simmons on his relationship with longtime partner Shannon Tweed. Simmons and the former Playboy Playmate have two children together: son Nicholas, 20, and daughter Sophie, 16.
Fact: Rockers Kiss will make their first trip to Peru in April (09) for a concert at the Estadio Nacional. More than 45,000 fans are expected to attend the show.
Quote: "They are always there in abundance. The only thing that changes is whether you choose to indulge. But the buffet is always there." Veteran Kiss rocker Paul Stanley is amazed by the longevity of the band's groupies.
Quote: "They just pop them out. I do not have a very long name, so I can write with a flourish. I do not use my other hand to steady the surface because with so many implants, the area is quite firm. The ladies often tattoo the signature afterwards." Kiss rocker Gene Simmons reveals the art of signing breasts.
Fact: An exhibition of artwork by Kiss frontman Paul Stanley is set to go on show in Pennsylvania. Two shows of the singer's work will be displayed at the Wentworth Gallery in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania from next month (25Jul08).
Quote: "(My daughter) SOPHIE is in Vietnam right now, with a Vietnamese family, living in a hut. She's finding out that the world isn't really like Beverly Hills." Kiss star Gene Simmons makes sure his daughter's life isn't all about privilege.
Quote: "A naked baby was placed on the stage once. We stopped playing right away for fear of damaging its eardrums. The mother wouldn't take it back until we had signed her baby." Kiss star Gene Simmons recalls the strangest thing a fan has ever thrown on stage during a gig.
Quote: "It's PAUL's fault - he didn't have to marry her... A wife will never ever say how much she will want after a divorce. If she did, no man would marry her." Never-married Kiss star Gene Simmons has no sympathy for Sir Paul McCartney, who was forced to pay ex-wife Heather Mills a hefty settlement in their divorce battle.
Fact: Rockers Kiss are embracing the digital age by moving their Kiss 4K comic book online. The band have been publishing their comic book adventures since the 1970s but now fans will be able to download the stories in digital form over the Internet.
Quote: "I think, as a female, that I'd be offended if he hadn't (flirted with me). Knowing his reputation, I don't know if my pride could handle it if Gene Simmons hadn't at least tried to flirt with me." Donald Trump's daughter IVANKA was expecting womanising Kiss rocker GENE SIMMONS to make a pass her on U.S. reality TV show THE APPRENTICE.
Quote: "People say to me, 'You're rich, you have enough money.' It's actually not for anyone to decide that. I'll let you know when I'm too rich. The last time I checked, what we do isn't called charity, it's called the music business." Multi-millionaire Kiss rocker Gene Simmons is proud of his wealth.
Quote: "Gene tried to pick up my beautiful daughter Ivanka. Now Gene's a friend of mine and he's a great guy, (but) I don't want him with Ivanka." Mogul Donald Trump was less-than-impressed when Kiss rocker Gene Simmons made a pass at this daughter IVANKA on U.S. reality TV show The Apprentice recently.
Quote: "The city was so close again, it seemed like New York really was in pain, and there was a lot of reaching out for everybody, everybody's reaching out for everybody, everybody seemed really, like it was Christmas." Former Kiss star Peter Criss' new solo album, ONE FOR ALL, was inspired by how the rocker felt about his native New York in the days following the 9/11 atrocities.
Quote: "In 1979, I was thrown through the window of my Porsche 928 and pronounced dead. I saw the white light. The last thing I remember was putting an Eagles tape on." Kiss rocker Peter Criss is lucky to be alive.
Fact: Kiss rocker Ace Frehley will join Naomi Campbell in new Dunkin' Donuts TV ads directed by SCRUBS star Zach Braff. The two spots featuring the stars will advertise the food chain's new Iced Tea and Iced Latte summer beverages and will feature Frehley and Campbell attempting to take care of menial household chores and failing miserably.
Fact: Outrageous Eurovision Song Contest winners LORDI, who dress up as monsters for concerts, have signed former Kiss svengali BILL AUCOIN as their new manager.
Fact: Rocker Gene Simmons thought he was looking into a mirror when he attended a Hallowe'en party at Las Vegas' Social House on Saturday night (28OCT06) - basketball wildman Dennis Rodman dressed as Simmons' Kiss alter-ego THE DEMON.
Fact: Make-up sporting rock band Kiss have launched a line of ceramic wall tiles to decorate a kitchen or bathroom. The 6 inch (15 centimetres) squares depict classic album covers from the 1970's. The enterprising rockers also plan to create a line of cycling jerseys and socks.
Quote: <p>"If myself, Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix and Madonna auditioned for American Idol, do you think we'd make it? We would fail." Kiss rocker Gene Simmons insists it takes more than a good voice to become a superstar. </p>