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Gene Simmons

 

The life of the Demon

Born: 8/25/1949

Gene Simmons is a former 6th grade teacher in Spanish Harlem (P.S. 75) and worked for an editor at "Vouge" His first involvement with the music industry was in producing radio jingles, but it was not long before Kiss became a worldwide phenomenon. Simmons, along with his bandmates, donned complete make-up (in his case a blood-dripping, fire-eating demon) and it was not until 1983 when Kiss unmasked that the 'real' Gene Simmons was revealed. Simmons has recorded over 20 albums with Kiss and has penned a great deal of the material either solely or in partnership with Paul Stanley.

Gene's significant other since 1984 has been Shannon Tweed, the 1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year and actress of many B movies. Together they have two children. A son Nicholas, born in 1988, and a daughter, Sophie, born in 1992.

During the 80s Simmons expanded his talents into production, films and set up his own record label, Simmons Records. In 1989 he took rock vocalist King Diamond to court for using facial make-up similar to that he had worn in Kiss. Simmons won the case. The 90s sees Kiss still recording under the guidance of Simmons and Stanley while the former's other entertainment business activities continue.

In 1978, while still in full demonic make-up, he released a credible solo album, as did all his then bandmates. A star-studded number of guest stars featured, including Bob Seger, Cher, Donna Summer, Helen Reddy and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, and it reached number 22 on the US chart. A single was released at the same time, 'Radioactive', which was marketed in red vinyl together with a free Gene Simmons Kiss mask. It reached number 41 in the UK charts

February, 2001, Gene appeared on ABC's "Who wants to be a Millionaire - Rock Stars Edition." Gene was the 3rd rocker to the Hot Seat. He lost going for the $16,000 question.

"The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll," (Hosted by Gene Simmons) debuted on June 4th, 2001 on Court TV. It Focused on such musicians as the late Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, the show will investigate how unlawful behavior, court battles and prison terms have influenced the development of popular music over the past 50 years. It will also feature new interviews, rare photos and exclusive archival footage and tapes.

In 2003 gene releases his second book, "Sex, Money, KISS"

2004 has Gene busy. KISS continues to tour the globe. Gene also releases his second solo album "Asshole" on june 8th, 2004. He make a guest appearence on NBC's "Third Watch" in a three episode arc, that concludes on the 2004 season premiere episode.

2005 started with "My Dad The Rock Star" finally getting am American Network. Nickalodeon started airing the show on January 31, 2005.


 

Bio-Notes

06/07/04 - Billboard

Birthday:

August 25th, 1949 (Usually celebrated in a bowling alley)

Birthplace:

 Haifa, Israel

Real Name:

Chaim Witz / Gene Klein

Favorite TV Show:

 Twilight Zone

Peek Typing Speed:

 90 Words Per Min.

60's Sci-Fi Fanzine:

Cosmos

Fire Breathing:

Learned from AMAZE-O

Bands Before KISS:

Bullfrog Bheer, Wicked Lester



 

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Speaking In Tongues

DVD & CD Releases, 2004

DVD Released August 10, 2004:

Speaking In Tongues chronicles Gene Simmons' first ever, no holds barred "lecture tour" of Australia, shocking and tantalizing his audiences by speaking his mind on his favourite topics - Money, Success, Fame, KISS & of course - Women!

CD Released October 5, 2004:

Gene Simmons, arguably the most opinionated man in music, offers a fascinating look at… himself. Following on two speaking engagements in Australia, Speaking In Tongues is a spoken word show of Gene speaking his mind on his favourite topics - money, success, KISS, fame and of course girls! Not only is Speaking In Tongues a forum for the man to espouse his philosophies, it is also an in-depth look at his home, his family and his business dealings. Part stand-up comedy, part self-help seminar and part MTV Cribs, Gene Simmons' Speaking In Tongues is a fascinating look at rock 'n' roll's favourite A**hole.


 

A**HOLE

June 8, 2004

Produced By:
Gene. Simmons

  1. Sweet And Dirty Love (Simmons)
  2. Firestarter (Prodigy)
  3. Weapons (Simmons)
  4. Waiting For The Morning Light (Simmons/Dylan)
  5. Beautiful (Singh/Addison)
  6. Asshole (Tolstrup)
  7. Now That You're Gone (Simmons/Kulick)
  8. Whatever Turns You On (Williams/Simmons)
  9. Dog (Bag/Simmons)
  10. Black Tongue (Simmons/Zappa)
  11. Carnival Of Souls (Simmons/Van Zen)
  12. If I Had A Gun (Bag/Simmons)
  13. I Dream 1,000 Dreams (Simmons)
  14. Everybody Knows - Japan Release Only - (Simmons)
  15. You're My Reason For Living - Japan Release Only - (Simmons)

Billboard Chart (June 26): Debut at No. 86 - 12,913 units sold.

Billboard Chart (July 3): Album Falls out of top 100 list

Artisist Appearing on the Album: Bag, Jeff Diehl, Bruce Kulick, Richie Kotzen, Frank Tolstrup, Thomas Rudd, Shannon Tweed, Louse Tweed, Michelle Casio, Nira Weiss, Nick Simmons, Steve Parrish, Chris Parrish, Shophie Simmons, Zachary Grant, Kylie O'Brien, Dweezl Zappa, Almet Zappa, Moon Zappa, Gayle Zappa, Frank ZappaDave Williams, Mark Addison nina Singh, Eric Singer

 

Not Seeing the Light of Day

Old Projects

  • Evil Ernie (Producer)
    Gene Simmons is set to produce a movie adaptation of Chaos Comics' Evil Ernie.The news comes from Chaos! big-shot Brian Pulido who made the announcement at the Comic-Con Expo in San Diego.

  • "Rock and Roll All Night" for CBS (Producer)
    Jeff Arch, who came up with the story for the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan starrer "Sleepless in Seattle," is writing the TV script about a guy who meets a girl during a KISS concert. But the two get separated, and for the rest of the movie they try to find each other.
    "This is a love story about how we're all trying to find that one true person we were all meant to be with," Simmons said. Sources said Simmons pitched the idea for the telefilm directly to CBS Television president and CEO Les Moonves.
    No airdate has been set.

  • "Spinning Gold: The Neil Bogart Story'' (Producer)
    "Scribes Arlene Sarner and Jerry Leichtling (''Blue Sky'') have been enlisted to write "The Neil Bogart Story'' for Paramount Pictures and VH-1 productions. Their fee will be mid-six-figures. Gene Simmons is on board to produce along with Bogart's widow, Joyce Bogart Trabulus. Son Tim Bogart will executive produce.
    The story centers on the colorful founder of Casablanca Records & FilmWorks. He is credited with popularizing "bubblegum music'' and discovering KISS, Donna Summer and the Village People. He died of lymphoma in 1982, aged 39.
    Bogart also branched into film, executive producing "Thank God It's Friday.'' As a company, Casablanca produced "Midnight Express'' and "Foxes.''

  • "Sex, Drugs & Rock N' Roll" (Producer)
    Gene Simmons will produce the film at Touchstone. A rock star witnesses a murder, becomes the next target and teams with a by-the-book police officer to stop the killer.The film is being written by Screenwriter Robbie Fox. Buena Vista is the studio involved.

  • "Sable" (Producer)
    Simmons is developing a feature based on the comic book series "Jon Sable, Freelance.''
    The KISS bass player has teamed on the project with Pacifica Entertainment, the production subsidiary of foreign sales and financing company Intermedia.
    Created by Mike Grell, the "Freelance" comic was an action-adventure serial about Jon Sable, a former Olympian, war veteran and African game hunter who lives in Manhattan and splits his time between mercenary assignments and writing children's books.

  • "Chill-O-Rama," for MTV (Co-Creator)
    A horror show that recalls the old monster movies of the 1950s and 1960s.

  • "Smash", for VH-1 (Producer)
    VH-1 ordered a pilot for the series, which revolves around a well-educated, late twentysomething black performer/businessman who's never been able to duplicate the success he had as the Hammer-esque teen singer Phat Boy. After giving up on a singing career, Phat (unsuccessfully) tries to launch a record label; his efforts to pull the company out of a financial hole will serve as the main plotline for the series.

  • "Groupies" (Ex. Producer)
    "Groupies" is currently in development for an MTV movie. Executive produced by Gene Simmons and written by Erica Rothschild, "Groupies" sees two best friends graduate high school and decide to hit the road and become groupies.
    Update (05/09/01) Newline Cinema is involved with the project.


 

Lost, But not Forgoten?

May Still Have Life

  • "Tennessee Waltz''
    A thriller funded by indie producer Interlight Pictures about a down-and-out cop who goes to Nashville to pursue his brother's killer and uncovers political intrigue. Budget is seen at about $35 million.

  • "November Files''
    Also at Interlight, is another mid-budget thriller. The script is by Tim Bogart, son of Neil Bogart. Director Stuart Baird (''U.S. Marshals'') is said to be eyeing the picture.

  • "My Generation'' (Producer)
    Based on the book of the same name by Michael Gross, a senior editor at George magazine. Gross describes it as "the life and times of the Baby Boom, a Studs Terkel-y kind of book'' about 20 Boomers, some famous and some not.''
    Simmons does not have a studio deal and does not foresee one, preferring to handle each project individually. "It's easier without overhead,'' he reasoned. "I get things done by picking up the phone.

  • "The Will" (Producer)
    One of the latest in a long succession of attention-grabbing book deals Scott Steindorff, one of the most aggressive buyers of high-caliber literary material in Hollywood, has made lately is Reed Arvin's new legal thriller, "The Will," to be produced with KISS rocker Gene Simmons. No further details were given at this time.

  • "Pentagon" (Producer)
    Someone seizes control of the most powerful building in the world.
    The writer of the project is Timothy Scott Bogart.

  • "Real Monsters" (Producer)
    A pair of dock workers accidentally release three monsters on New York City and must capture them to save their jobs.
    Adam Rifkin was attached to direct and write. New Line Cinema is the studio involved with the project.

  • "Stupid Action Movie" (Producer)
    Not a lot of information on this title other than it is under development and is an Action/Comedy. The only other name of note to be involved in the project with Gene Simmons is writer - Robert LoCash (BASEketball, Naked Gun 33 1/3, High School High)

  • '"Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires" (Producer)
    Gene will be producing along with Barry Levine and Brian Riley, starring Tim Allen. Screenwriter is of Tim McCanlese.

  • Gene Simmons Show or Sex with Gene Simmons (Host)
    The partners with gene are the producers of the COURT TV documentary (SECRETS OF ROCK AND ROLL)
    The premise of the show is going to be very loose. Great conversation. Great looking girls.

  • "TWO CHIEFS" (Producer)
    Written by Peter Federenko. It could involve Chaz Palmintieri, Dennis Farina, Armand Assante and Leo Rossi.


 

The Latest Projects

Too New To Die

  • "TUROK, DINOSAUR HUNTER"
    (4/16/03 - Update) Attached to this project is Mike Richardson and Barry Levine. Barry Levine and Gene have been developing this project for a few years and have gone through numerous story ideas

  • "Funhouse"
    (04/16/03) Again Barry Levine is working with Gene on this project. This is a Network TV Project.

  • "Jake & Mimi" (Producer)
    A promiscuous guy, with many partners in his past, meet his match and suddenly all his previous sex partners are murdered and the evidence points to him. Based on the book by Frank Baldwin. Writers for the project - Brian Carr & Dayan Ballwe

 

Acting Gigs for the Small Screen

Show

Date

Episode

Character

Third Watch

9/1704

"More Monsters"

Donald Mann

Third Watch

4/30 & 5/7 2004

"Higher Calling" & "Monsters"

Donald Mann

Talk To Me

4/11/2000

"About Taking It Like a Man" (episode # 1.1)

Himself

Millennium

10/30/1998

...Thirteen Years Later (episode # 3.5)

Himself/Hector Leachman

TheHitchhiker

1/28/1986

O.D. Feelin (episode # 2.8)

Mr. Big

Miami Vice

9/27/1985

Prodigal Son (episode # 2.1)

Newton Blade

 

KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park

NBC - Oct. 28, 1978

Suspense/Horror
The tale of rock band KISS and their efforts to thwart a diabolical plan by mad scientist Abner Devereaux. Devereaux has found a way to clone humans into robots in his laboratory at an amusement park. It just so happens that he plans to uses the KISS concert as a platform to unleash his plan on the world. KISS must use their special powers to stop him.

Character: Self

Directed by: Gordon Hessler

 


 

Runaway

Released: Jan. 1, 1984

Science Fiction/Fantasy
In the near future, a cop tracks down a terrorist who uses robots and electronic gadgets to carry out his evil doings.

Also Starring: Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes, Kirstie Alley

Character: Luther

Directed by: Michael Crichton

Domestic Gross: $6,800,000


 

Never Too Young To Die

Released: 1986

Action/Adventure
A vicious hermaphrodite wants control of the city and only two people stand in his way.

Also Starring: Vanity, John Stamos, George Lazenby, John Anderson

Characters: Carruthers / Velvet Von Ragner

Directed by: Gil Bettman

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Trick Or Treat

Released: 1986

Suspense/Horror
A teenage outcast's obsession and fascination with rock music and heavy metal superstar idol, Sammy Curr, turns into a spine-tingling, life-threatening situation not only for the outcast, but also for his high school and home town.

Also Starring: Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Ozzy Osbourne

Character: Nuke

Directed by: Charles Martin Smith

Domestic gross: $6,797,218

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Wanted: Dead Or Alive

Released: January, 1987

Action/Adventure
In this modern update of the classic Steve McQueen western television series, Hauer plays Nick Randall, a former CIA man turned bounty hunter who becomes the bait in an FBI-CIA conspiracy and finds himself pursued by an international terrorist who pushes him to the limit of survival. It seems that Nick and the terrorist, Malak Al Rahim (Gene Simmons), are linked by the past, and the two embark on a deadly cat-and-mouse game that only one man can win. Of note, Hauer's character is mentioned as being the great-grandson of McQueen's character in the original series.

Also Starring: Rutger Hauer, Robert Guillaume, Mel Harris

Directed by: Gary Sherman

Domestic gross: $7,555,00

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Red Surf

Released: 1990

Action/Adventure
A pair of inseparable, hard-partying ex-surfers (George Clooney and Doug Savant) get in over their heads as drug runners for a savage inner city gang. They want out, but the plan doesn't unfold that simply as they cross paths with the most brutal drug lord.

Character: Doc

Directed by: H. Gordon Boos

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Detroit Rock City

Released: August 13, 1999

Comedy
The year is 1978: the KISS Army is at the height of its powers. Enter card-carrying members Hawk (Furlong), Trip, Lex and Jam- four Detroit teenagers who will do anything to go to the KISS show. As we follow them through one day, we see the insane lengths these shaggy-haired young chaps will go to in order to see their favorite rock-and-roll superheroes at a Detroit arena. The band themselves show up in full regalia as their 1978 selves, but Lyonne steals the show as a sweet young disco mama.

Character: Self (Also served as Producer)

Also Starring: Edward Furlong, Sam Huntington, Lin Shaye, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne

Directed by: Adam Rifkin

Domestic Gross: $18,000,000

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At Any Cost

VH1 - 2000

At Any Cost

The story of two brothers and their best friend struggling to make it in the music industry. Brothers Lance (Eddie Mills) and Mike (James Franco) are dedicated to music and their band, Beyond Gravity. With the help of their best friend and manager, Ben (Glenn Quinn), they are determined to go all the way in search of a record deal. Full of ambition and idealism, they pack up and leave their hometown of Austin, Texas, and head to Los Angeles, dreaming of fame and fortune. Once they hit Los Angeles they land a recording contract and think they have finally made it--until they are forced to face the harsh realities of life. Mike's addiction to heroin threatens his health and the longevity of the band, Ben is tempted by more lucrative business deals, and Lance and Chelsea (Maureen Flannigan), his girlfriend and Beyond Gravity's bassist, must face the responsibility of caring for their young son. This modern rock & roll drama features original songs written by Rod Taylor and Spencer Proffer and sung by Eddie Mills. Don't miss a cameo appearance from rock icon Gene Simmons (The Record Producer).

Starring: Eddie Mills, Glenn Quinn, James Franco, Maureen Flannigan, Cyia Batten

Directed by: Charles Winkler


 

The New Guy

Released: May 10, 2002

Comedy
At Eastland High School, new guy Gil Harris is Mr. Popularity. Mysterious and charming, Gil has girls falling all over him and thugs scrambling to get his back. He's got Eastland High in the palm of his hand. But Gil's also got a secret. Not so long ago, at Rocky Creek High School, Gil, formerly known as Diz, was the resident loser. So how did lowly Diz become Gil, the hot new guy? With a simple plan, determination and the help of some unlikely friends, Diz makes an incredible transformation that works like a charm -- that is until some students from Rocky Creek also make the transfer to Eastland...

Character: The Reverend

Starring: DJ Qualls, Eliza Dushku, Zooey Deschanel, Lyle Lovett, Eddie Griffin

Directed by: Ed Decter

Domestic gross: $28,900,000

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Wish You Were Dead

Direct to Video: 2002

A hired killer could not be more out of place in a small town. This dark comedy explores this theme with Elaine Hendrix giving an inspired turn as the hit woman. In this tiny village, she encounters a gaggle of residents who only desire to escape from their tiny enclave. The hit woman finds the town a bit reassuring, though, when she encounters an insurance investigator who recites poetry and wins her dark heart.

Character: Vinny

Also Starring: Cary Elwes, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd, Robert Englund, Elaine Hendrix

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Be Cool

Direct to Video: 2002

Disenchanted with the movie industry, Chili Palmer (John Travolta) tries the music industry, meeting and romancing a widow of a music exec (Uma Thurman) on the way

Character: Self

Also Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer, Steven Tyler, Harvey Keitel, The Rock.

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My Dad The Rock Star DVD

 Released:  09/12/05

About My Dad The Rock Star:
Willy Zilla just wants to live a normal life. After all, being the son of infamous rock legend Rock Zilla can be pretty weird. Just try asking your dad to turn down HIS stereo! Willy thinks his wish to be out of the spotlight has finally come true when Rock decides to retire and moves the family to the peaceful suburb of Silent Springs, but when Willy's new friends at school fiind out who is father is, his life becomes one rock & roll adventure after another. It's a rollercoaster of excitement as the school bully tries to steal his dad's precious awards and albums, the paparazzi lurks around every corner and Rock attempts to teach Willy's music class his very unique heavy metal talents! Greated by Gene Simmons of KISS!

Edition: DVD
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Release Date: 09/20/2005
Featuring: Gene Simmons
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KISS and Make-Up

Released: Dec. 4, 2001

ISBN: 060960855X - 288 pages.

USA Today Best Sellers List:

  • (12/13/01) entered at # 85
  • (12/20/01) moved up to #59
  • (12/27/01) Moved down to #88
  • (01/03/01) moved down again #114

Publishers Weekly Hardcover Non-Fiction Bestsellers

  • (12/24/01) Entered at #15

 


 

Sex, Money, KISS

Released: June 1, 2003

Hardcover: 264 pages
Publisher: New Millenium Press
ISBN: 1893224864

Also Released as a Paperback, Audio Book, Giftpack, w/ Lunch Box

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