Kiss Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

11th April 2016

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.

28th May 2015

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.

5th May 2015

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).

27th March 2015

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.

18th November 2014

Fact: Muse and Slipknot have signed up to headline the 2015 Download Festival in the U.K. Veterans rockers Kiss are rumoured to be the yet-to-be-announced third headliner.

5th November 2014

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).

3rd November 2014

Fact: Meghan Trainor, Idina Menzel, Sting, Nick Jonas, Kiss and Renee Fleming will all be taking part in the Thanksgiving Day Parade at U.S. retail giant MACy's in New York on 27 November (14).

2nd November 2014

Fact: Foo Fighters performed a Halloween night (31Oct14) gig in Nashville, Tennessee dressed up as rockers Kiss.

7th August 2014

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.

25th July 2014

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).

25th July 2014

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.

2nd May 2014

Quote: "I always tell people he lives five minutes from me and I can see his ego from my house!" Rocker Paul Stanley pokes fun at his Kiss bandmate Gene Simmons.

11th April 2014

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).

27th March 2014

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.

26th March 2014

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.

25th March 2014

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.

3rd March 2014

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.

10th January 2014

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.

17th June 2013

Tweet: "Anyone have Kiss/Gene/etc books in Hebrew? Japanese? Others? I'll buy em." Kiss rocker Gene Simmons is hunting down rare memorabilia.

16th June 2013

Tweet: "Happy Father's Day, gentlemen. Love your family. Be there for them. Forever." Kiss star Gene Simmons dispenses some advice to fellow dads on Father's Day (16Jun13).

11th June 2013

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

11th June 2013

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.

4th December 2012

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).

13th November 2012

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.

2nd November 2012

Tweet: "We are on the boat now and it's crazy. Everyone having a ball. Including the band. Non-stop fun and games. It's Halloween. Every day!!!" Gene Simmons is enjoying Kiss' concert cruise.

19th July 2012

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.

20th April 2012

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.

4th April 2012

Quote: "America is a business and should be run by a businessman." Kiss star Gene Simmons endorses Republican Mitt Romney as U.S. President Barack Obama's successor.

16th January 2012

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.

6th November 2011

Tweet: "I know. It's crazy. But I'm starting a Music Festival business. More later." Enterprising Kiss star Gene Simmons has plans to become a promoter.

12th October 2011

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).

29th August 2011

Fact: Rockers Black Veil Brides turned up at the MTV Video Music Awards dressed as Kiss.

28th August 2011

Tweet: "Saw @taylorswift13 at Staples... Great tunes, great show. Very cordial & sweet backstage." Taylor Swift has an unlikely new fan in Kiss star Gene Simmons.

22nd August 2011

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).

9th August 2011

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.

4th July 2011

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).

21st June 2011

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.

1st May 2011

Tweet: "Kiss Kondoms. With my face on the shaft!!! Yep. Fda approved, for the first time ever." Rocker Gene Simmons hopes to give his fans a little fun in the bedroom.

29th April 2011

Fact: Rockers Kiss are developing their own 18-hole miniature golf course in Las Vegas.

8th April 2011

Fact: Rockers Kiss are in talks to develop a new comic book series with the brains behind The Simpsons.

7th April 2011

Tweet: "New restaurant chain venture coming. Can't be more specific at this time." Kiss star Gene Simmons on his plans to become a restaurateur.

15th February 2011

Fact: Kiss star Paul Stanley's 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 is currently being auctioned on The starting bid was $30,000 (£20,000). The auction ends on Saturday (19Feb11).

9th February 2011

Fact: Gwyneth Paltrow will revamp Prince's hit Kiss when she returns to TV hit Glee as substitute teacher Holly Holiday.

28th January 2011

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.

2nd December 2010

Quote: "We have Kiss condoms, we have KISS caskets, we'll get you coming, we'll get you going." Rocker Gene Simmons jokes about the extent of his band's merchandise.

18th October 2010

Fact: Kiss star Gene Simmons' son NICK auditioned to front ROBBIE KRIEGER and Ray Manzarek's band RIDERS OF THE STORM.

19th August 2010

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).

8th June 2010

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.

4th May 2010

Quote: "The fans downloading for free are responsible for killing the next Kiss, U2 or The Beatles. It destroys hope." KISS rocker Gene Simmons is disgusted by illegal file-sharing on the internet.

29th April 2010

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.

17th April 2010

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

24th March 2010

Fact: Comedian and U.S. chat show host George Lopez has launched a petition on his website to get his favourite band Kiss into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

12th March 2010

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.

8th March 2010

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.

5th March 2010

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.

5th March 2010

Quote: "We stay away from food products. One person chokes and sues you, then you go out of business." Kiss star Gene Simmons refused to lend his name to food brands.

3rd February 2010

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.

26th January 2010

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.

29th November 2009

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.

12th October 2009

Fact: Glam rockers Kiss are getting their own personalised M&Ms. Each piece of candy will bear the image of a bandmember's face.

27th August 2009

Quote: "I see UFOs all the time." Former Kiss star Ace Frehley insists he's always spotting aliens.

5th June 2009

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.

3rd February 2009

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.

2nd February 2009

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.

28th October 2008

Quote: "Kiss really have become the Disney of rock." Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is convinced the rockers are past their prime.

11th July 2008

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.

26th June 2008

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).

17th June 2008

Quote: "We're like herpes I guess." Kiss star Paul Stanley jokes that the band are hard to get rid of from the live music scene.

14th June 2008

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.

12th June 2008

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.

11th June 2008

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.

30th May 2008

Quote: "We have more money than some small countries." Kiss singer/guitarist Paul Stanley admits his rock band has amassed a small fortune from their time in the music industry.

3rd May 2008

Quote: "What Kiss is doing right now reminds me of like what some great fighters have done in the past when they come out of retirement." Guitarist Ace Frehley pokes fun at his former bandmates.

13th March 2008

Quote: "Gene's a prat. He's just a silly man in a silly wig." Sharon Osbourne isn't a fan of larger-than-life Kiss star GENE SIMMONS.

5th March 2008

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.

4th March 2008

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.

8th February 2008

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.

30th January 2008

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.

25th July 2007

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.

22nd July 2007

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.

21st July 2007

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.

17th April 2007

Fact: Kiss star Gene Simmons is in negotiations to launch a new energy drink.

8th March 2007

Quote: "I'm not attracted to men, although I might be if I was in jail." Kiss rocker Gene Simmons admits if times were tough, he's consider homosexuality.

11th January 2007

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.

14th December 2006

Quote: "If Mick Jagger auditioned for American Idol, even he wouldn't make it." Kiss rocker Gene Simmons insists Jagger's talent wouldn't be enough to satisfy Simon Cowell and his co-judges.

31st October 2006

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.

1st August 2006

Fact: Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has a tattoo of Gene Simmons' Kiss 'Demon' character on his leg. The tattoo honours the rocker's hero - a fellow Jew from Queens, New York.

21st June 2006

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.

6th June 2006

Quote: "Even T Rex, a fabled predator, was actually a very loving parent." Kiss rocker Gene Simmons on raising his well-adjusted children, Nick, 17 and Sophie, 13.

20th December 2005

Fact: <p>WEEZER star Rivers Cuomo once fronted Metallica, Yngwie Malmsteen and Kiss tribute bands. </p>

29th September 2005

Quote: <p>"All of them. Oh yes. I don't pitch for that side." Flamboyant Kiss rocker Gene Simmons reveals how many of the 4,600 people with whom he claims to have slept were female. </p>

8th September 2005

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>