Gene Simmons Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

11th September 2016

Fact: Gene Simmons is keeping rock and roll in the family, as it was revealed his son Nick Simmons is starting up his own eclectic-sounding blues and rock band. The 27-year-old also credited his famous father for teaching him to have rockstar confidence. "He’s good at appearing very assertive, so he taught me how to do that," Nick explained.

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.

6th April 2016

Fact: Wesley Snipes is set to star alongside wrestling superstar Seth Rollins in a new horror movie produced by rocker Gene Simmons. Anne Heche and Dave Annable have also signed on for Temple, which the KISS co-founder will develop via his firm Erebus in collaboration with bosses at WWE Studios. John Stockwell has been tapped to direct the project, which will begin shooting this week (begs04Apr16), ahead of a 2017 release.

3rd April 2015

Quote: "Although it started off as a reality show I didn't think about, it wound up showing me sometimes how shallow, and selfish I was. And what amazing kids Nick and Sophie have turned out to be. And in a real way, it probably showed me a side of myself I wouldn't have seen otherwise." Rocker Gene Simmons has no regrets about his family reality TV show Gene Simmons Family Jewels.

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.

24th March 2015

Tweet: "Sad to report Lil Chris from the Gene Simmons Rock School TV show, has passed on. He was loved. RIP, Lil Chris." Rocker GENE SIMMONS pays tribute to his young British protege, who died at his home in Lowestoft, England on Monday (23Mar15). The singer/actor, real name Christopher James Hardman, was 24. Police have confirmed his death is not being treated as suspicious.

20th November 2014

Quote: "We've been approached. It's something that we definitely need to talk about as a family, but it might be happening... Do we really want to jump back into that... where we don't have privacy?" Gene Simmons' daughter Sophie reveals the family is considering reviving reality Tv show Gene Simmons Family Jewels.

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.

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.

19th September 2013

Tweet: "To all our friends in Mexico, especially Acapulco who are suffering flooding, our thoughts are with you." American rock singer Gene Simmons pays tribute to the people of Mexico after the country was hit by powerful storms earlier this week (begs16Sep13).

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.

5th April 2013

Fact: John Cusack, Gene Simmons and Debbie Harry will be among the stars insulting Jack Black at the funnyman's upcoming Friars Club Roast in New York City. The event will take place on Friday night (05Apr13).

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.

23rd October 2012

Quote: "George clearly worships Satan, because there's just no (other) way to get those looks... If I pitched for the other team, I'd give him a little spin." Rocker Gene Simmons has a little man crush on George Clooney.

19th June 2012

Tweet: "A happy 70th birthday to Sir Paul MCCartney. Will you still love me when I'm 64? Yes indeed.... A remarkable life." Gene Simmons pays tribute to his Beatles hero on his 70th birthday.

12th June 2012

Tweet: "Nick and Soph got their Dad a Golden King's Crown for Father's Day. And I now wear it on the toilet. The King on his Throne." Gene Simmons on his early Father's Day gift from his kids.

18th May 2012

Tweet: "A sad goodbye to Donna Summer. Gracious. Caring. She sang on Burnin' Up With Fever on my solo album. She will be missed." Rocker Gene Simmons pays his respects to the late Donna Summer, who died on Thursday (17May12).

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.

5th April 2012

Quote: "I'm not outspoken, I just say things that make people say, 'Yeah, you're right.' I hate Nazis, like you do, and I hate bulls**t." Rocker Gene Simmons insists he says it like it is.

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.

4th April 2012

Quote: "If you know it, say it with me. If you don't, shame on you." Patriotic rocker Gene Simmons leads fans in a reading of the Pledge of Allegiance outside his new Rock & Brews restaurant in El Segundo, California on Wednesday (04Apr12).

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.

12th January 2012

Quote: "They're creepy when they're happy. I want them to divorce. Seriously... We wanna go back to normal." Gene Simmons' son Nick wants his newlywed parents to split.

14th December 2011

Tweet: "Dec 13th - Jury Duty. Yes. I'm in a holding room at Courthouse. My civic duty." Rocker Gene Simmons tweets from court.

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.

5th October 2011

Quote: "It was a great evening of music and fun. I look at my wedding band and think, 'What was I afraid of all this time?'" Rocker Gene Simmons on finally marrying his girlfriend of 28 years, Shannon Tweed. The couple exchanged vows in Beverly Hills on Saturday (01Oct11).

9th September 2011

Tweet: "Did Not Register 4 R Wedding.We R Asking Peeps 2 Give 2 @Kiva @SaskatoonSpca #Spca & @pinklotusbc In Lieu Of Gifts. We Have Enough China!" Rocker Gene Simmons wants fans and friends to donate cash to charity rather than buy him and his wife-to-be Shannon Tweed wedding gifts.

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.

20th June 2011

Quote: "We’ve been going to see a therapist, and we film it and I get royally embarrassed, as well I should." Gene Simmons is desperately trying to salvage his relationship with longtime partner Shannon Tweed after a series of recent bust-ups over his famous womanising ways.

19th June 2011

Quote: "I was just honoured by Dallas with a street sign, and, for an immigrant to come to America and hear, 'What are you, stupid? Can’t you speak English?' - to be allowed to climb the ladder of success... (Am I an) egotist? You bet I am." Rocker Gene Simmons on what makes him so confident.

15th May 2011

Tweet: "Young Nick has graduated college - with straight A's & Honors!!!" Rocker Gene Simmons is a proud dad after his son graduates college.

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.

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.

30th March 2011

Tweet: "And here is the land of my birth - Haifa, Israel. Believe it or not, I recognize my birthplace hospital by the sea." Gene Simmons on returning to the exact place of his birth as part of a return to the homeland he left 50 years ago.

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.

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.

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.

21st November 2009

Quote: "All through my 20s I was trying to be a rockstar, but it just evaded me. I'm still trying though." Singer-turned-actress Katey Sagal - who performed back up vocals for Bob Dylan and Gene Simmons - still has rock 'n' roll dreams at age 55.

3rd October 2009

Fact: High School Musical star OLESYA RULIN is to play Gene Simmons' pregnant teen daughter in new festive film The Christmas Movie. The all-star cast also features Elliott Gould, Linda Gray, Lainie Kazan, Cloris Leachman and Cybill Shepherd.

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.

15th January 2009

Quote: "I once sat next to Gene Simmons on an airplane. (He's a ) huge comic-book fan, apparently. He starts quizzing me: ‘You know, Stan, that Iron Man issue you wrote, number 23, on page 10 in panel 3, where...‘ And I say, ‘Slow down, mister. I can't even remember where this plane is going.’" Comic book icon Stan Lee on his mid-air encounter with Iron Man fan Simmons.

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.

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.

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.

30th November 2007

Quote: "You've got to remember BRITNEY is 12-years-old, she's just begun to live. This girl hasn't learned to walk straight and chew gum and you've got to give her an even break." Rocker Gene Simmons feels sorry for troubled pop star Britney Spears.

30th July 2007

Fact: Minor league Massachusetts baseball team the Brockton Rox are to honour rocker fan Gene Simmons' 58th birthday next month (Aug07) by wearing special Kiss-inspired uniforms for a handful of games.

17th April 2007

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

27th March 2007

Quote: "It happens not to be the case, but I don't think there'd be any problems if he did. Some of your biggest heroes are on the other side - (ROB) HALFORD and FREDDIE (MERCURY) and ELTON (JOHN), for example." Gene Simmons insists bandmate Paul Stanley isn't gay.

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.

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.

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.

19th April 2006

Fact: KISS star Gene Simmons is launching a new exercise video for housewives and stay-at-home mums, called Sexercise.

24th October 2005

Fact: <p>NO COMMENT, the winners of KISS star Gene Simmons' reality TV talent contest Rock School have been given their big break by another classic rock outfit - Judas Priest have asked them to open for them when their Priest Feast hits Long Beach, California, on Sunday (30OCT05). </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>

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