Rockers Gene Simmons and Vince Neil made surprise appearances at a benefit concert in South Dakota on Saturday (30Mar13) to encourage local children to take up music.

The Kiss bassist and Motley Crue singer were the star guests at the event to benefit the music academy for Sioux Falls Boys & Girls Clubs members.

Simmons told the audience, "This is about kids. We've had our chance. We've got to give them a chance. Anything that gets them off the street is a good thing. It doesn't matter if you become a star. If you don't believe in yourself and get up on stage, everybody is watching. You can feel the power... and it helps you get through life, especially when you're impressionable."

Neil adds, "Say you finish your first song, it could be Mary Had a Little Lamb, it doesn't matter, but at least it's something you've played. And I think for kids, they could go into a whole other direction because they accomplished something."