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Kiss Bassist Gene Simmons Not A Fan Of Rap Music

3/18/2016 11:10am EDT
Kiss Bassist Gene Simmons Looking Forward To 'The Death Of Rap M
Gene Simmons, the bassist and founder of KISS, revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that he's "looking forward to the death of rap music."

“I'm looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking,” the rocker told Rolling Stone.

Simmons was promoting the 40th anniversary of the KISS album, “Destroyer.”

“A song, as far as I'm concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody," revealed the singer and songwriter.

"I'm all for anybody talking," he says. "'Wild Thing' was talking: 'Wild thing, she makes my heart sing/ she makes everything … ...

Gene Simmons Apologizes For Insensitive Depression Comments

8/16/2014 6:58pm EDT
Gene Simmons Apologizes For Insensitive Depression Comments
KISS star Gene Simmons has apologized for the comments he made about depression last month after they an interview he did began recirculating in the wake of actor Robin Williams' death earlier this week.

The bassist went off on former bandmates and original KISS members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, saying he doesn't get along with them because they see themselves as victims," Simmons told website

"I don't get along with anybody who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim.

"Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: 'The world is a ...

14 Infamous Celebrity Sex Legends

7/12/2014 10:00am EDT
14 Infamous Celebrity Sex Legends
Some celebrities are famous for their movies, philanthropy and overall contribution to their craft. Then there are some whose external private activities supersede their dedication to their craft and become their main story. These celebrity sex legends have become known in the press for their prowess and problems in the bedroom. Many regret their actions while some glorify in them. One way to keep the press at bay about your private activities, don't make them public! Here are 14 of the most infamous celebrity sex legends of all time.

1. John Mayer

Music's most notorious womanizer may...

10 Music Myths People Still Believe

6/22/2014 12:55pm EDT
10 Music Myths People Still Believe
Some of the greatest music myths are those that pass through generations and are still fresh and new to each set of ears that hears them. The best of the best are funny, mean and downright outrageous. But hey, you have to be pretty high on the popularity scale to get one of these things said about you, so myth or not, all press is good press. According to Webster's, a myth is a "a widely held but false belief or idea." So in no particular order, here are 10 of the greatest music myths people still believe, even after all these years.

1. Elvis Is Still Alive!

This one is one of the old...

7 Celebrity Sex Tapes No One Wanted To See

4/27/2014 11:00am EDT
Hulk Hogan
Not everyone should make a sex tape and these celebrities aren't any different. Apparently in Hollywood, some celebrities have more money than brains and we're here to point out these fools for our own amusement (and yours).

Maybe these select few rich people should've reconsidered before pressing record on the video camera?

Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan's sex tape hit the internet with a fury back in 2012. It was 30 minutes long and featured his best friend's wife, Heather Clem. Clips of the tape spawned a lawsuit against Gawker Media for publishing it on the internet. It was so strange t...

Paul Stanley And Gene Simmons Announce That KISS Won't Perform During Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

2/23/2014 10:40pm EST
KISS stars Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have decided that since they can't please all the former members of the band and come up with a performance lineup for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in April, they won't perform at all.

"Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members including long time present members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, and additionally Bruce Kulick and Eric Carr all who have made this band what it is, regardless of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's point of view," Stanley and Simmons wrote in a letter on the ban...

Male Celebrities Who Have Had Plastic Surgery

10/1/2013 1:07pm EDT
Mickey Rourke
Usually we think about women when we think about plastic surgery in Hollywood. However, plenty of leading men had had some work done to keep their youthful appearance. Here are some male celebrities who have had plastic surgery...

Mickey Rourke

Despite never losing a matching during his three-year boxing career, the fights left Mickey's face disfigured. The actor says he went to the "wrong guy" for his cosmetic work. He had five operations on his nose and had to fix a broken cheekbone.

Bruce Jenner

Bruce had a facelift and nose job in the 80s during a rough period in his life. "I ...

Who The Celebrities Are Voting For In The 2012 Presidential Election

9/5/2012 12:07pm EDT
Ted Nugent
Some celebrities are more outspoken than others, especially when it comes to politics. However, that doesn't mean that a majority of them aren't active in supporting who they think should win the 2012 presidential election. Here's a selection of celebrities that have made their choice clear:

Ted Nugent: Mitt Romney. The outspoken Republican supporter told his Twitter followers while Romney was running for the GOP nomination, "after a long heart&soul conversation with MittRomney today I concluded this goodman will properly represent we the people & I endorsed him."

Bill Maher: Barack O...

Gene Simmons' Daughter Sophie Tries Out For 'X Factor'

6/18/2012 9:54am EDT
Sophie Simmons & Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons daughter Sophie auditioned for a spot on TV talent show "The X Factor" yesterday. The Kiss rocker's kid performed for Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid in San Francisco, Calif., and her dad offered moral support.

Simmons had no idea his daughter was trying out for the show until she called him on Saturday night to reveal why she wouldn't be at home in Los Angeles for Father's Day, according to

Sophie isn't the only famous offspring to try out for a spot on a TV talent show. Jim Carrey's daughter Jane was a contestant on American Idol. She was kic...

Gene Simmons Offers Army Veteran A Job On Kiss' Summer Tour

5/23/2012 6:15pm EDT
Gene Simmons
Kind-hearted rocker Gene Simmons has offered one lucky war veteran his dream job of joining Kiss as a road crew member on their upcoming tour.

The legendary hit-maker and his band are set to kick off their summer tour with Motley Crue in July, and, in a bid to give back to retired members of the armed forces, he launched a contest to find one die-hard fan in need of work.

And on Wednesday Simmons unveiled his new employee on Today - in a bid encourage other Americans to lend a hand to struggling veterans.

Introducing Paul Jordan as the winner, Simmons said, "Here's a gentleman who's h...

Dick Clark Honored At Memorial By Cast Of Stars

5/7/2012 10:48am EDT
Dick Clark
Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Fergie and Paul Stanley were among the stars who turned out to honour TV legend Dick Clark at a memorial service at his home in California last week.

The beloved entertainer passed away last month at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack, and a host of famous faces turned out to remember Clark at a private tribute in the grounds of his Malibu mansion last Thursday.

More than three hundred friends and colleagues attended the service, including KISS bandmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Reba McEntire, Fergie and her husband Josh Duhamel, Marie Osmond,...

Johnny Depp & Marilyn Manson Rock Out Together At Golden Gods Awards (Video)

4/12/2012 11:53am EDT
Johnny Depp & Marilyn Manson
Johnny Depp was a surprise performer at the Golden Gods Awards show on Wednesday night as he took to the stage with Marilyn Manson.

The Revolver magazine prize giving took place at the Club Nokia venue in Los Angeles and featured a closing set by Manson, who performed with Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen before introducing Depp to the stage.

The actor, who began his career in music before turning to Hollywood, thrilled the crowd by playing guitar with Manson on his cover of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" and hit track "The Beautiful People."

During the show, Motley Crue star N...

Gene Simmons: 'I Have Not Endorsed Mitt Romney For President'

4/8/2012 3:30pm EDT
Gene Simmons
KISS rocker Gene Simmons has fired back at reports suggesting he is endorsing Republican Mitt Romney to replace Barack Obama as America's leader, insisting remarks he made during a TV chat have been taken out of context.

The bassist hinted that he was a fan of Romney's during a Fox News interview earlier this week and he followed that up at press chat at the opening of his new Rock & Brews restaurant in El Segundo, California on Wednesday, but he has since taken to his website to let fans know exactly what his politics are.

On Wednesday, he stated, "America is a business and should be run...

Clay Aiken: 'Rihanna Would Get Kicked Off 'American Idol'' (Video)

3/28/2012 4:00pm EDT
Clay Aiken
Gene Simmons isn't the only musician that thinks that Rihanna is less than talented - Clay Aiken has taken a shot at the Battleship actress' bow, claiming she wouldn't make it on American Idol.

Clay was on Bravo's Watch What Happens, and host Andy Cohen asked the American Idol runner-up which pop star wouldn't make it past the first few rounds on the competition.

Apparently, Clay had a big list to choose from in his mind. "Oh God, there're too many. Too many...Current pop singer? I've stopped listening to them because they can't sing."

"Um...Rihanna has some pitch problems for sure. Sh...

Kiss' Gene Simmons Blasts Hall Of Fame Omission

3/23/2012 1:36pm EDT
Gene Simmons
Outspoken Kiss rocker Gene Simmons is angry the band has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, branding the snub a "joke".

This year's induction ceremony includes Guns N' Roses, Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers - and the decision to omit the legendary '70s rockers yet again rankles with the band.

Simmons tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It's become a joke. We've been thinking about it and the answer is simply, 'We'll just buy it and fire everybody.' In all seriousness for the fans, for something to be called Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is such an insult to Mado...

Kiss To Open Miniature Golf Course In Vegas

3/9/2012 2:10pm EST
Rockers Kiss are launching their own mini golf course in Las Vegas.

The hit-makers will open the rock 'n' roll themed Kiss By Monster Mini Golf at Harmon Square later this month.

The attraction contains an 18-hole indoor glow-in-the-dark course, a state-of-the-art arcade, Kiss-themed party rooms and even a wedding chapel, where married fans can renew their vows during a night out.

Frontman Paul Stanley says, "This is miniature golf Kiss style and another part of our Kiss world. We've big plans for this."

And bassist Gene Simmons adds, "This venue is perfect for Las Vegas. Where else...

Gene Simmons: 'We're Talking With Angry Birds'

2/4/2012 7:30am EST
Gene Simmons
Kiss are in talks with bosses behind hit video game Angry Birds to develop a rock spin-off.

Angry Birds has taken off as one of the best-selling apps on the gaming market, and now the face-painting rockers want to join in the fun by releasing their own special edition version.

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons tells Industry Gamers, "We're talking with Sony Games now. We are really trying to take it in areas that haven't been done before and have stayed out of the marketplace because the ideas simply weren't exciting enough."

"So while the gaming world is waiting for the KISS games that are ...

Newlyweds Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed Share Their Spicy Marriage Tips

1/8/2012 8:25pm EST
Simmons & Shannon
Newlywed KISS rocker Gene Simmons has found the secret to a lasting Hollywood marriage - the wife has to be dirty in the bedroom and the husband has to stay healthy.

The once-womanizing star exchanged vows with his longtime partner, former model Shannon Tweed, in October and he insists he has quickly become an expert on marriage etiquette.

He tells, "Romance is interesting, but somebody much more prolific than I am put it better - 'she should be a Madonna in the kitchen and a w**re in the bedroom.' That's pretty accurate. And guys have to be in good health."

Tweed agrees, ...

2011 - The Year In Review, October

1/1/2012 6:00pm EST
2011 - The Year In Review
October was a big month for celebrity weddings - funnyman Seth Rogen tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Lauren Miller, Twilight star Nikki Reed married singer/songwriter/American Idol castoff Paul McDonald, and former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Shannen Doherty walked down the aisle for the third time when she exchanged vows with celebrity photographer Kurt Iswarienko. Also hoping to make it third-time lucky was Robin Williams, who wed graphic designer Susan Schneider.

Also taking the plunge was KISS rocker Gene Simmons, who married his girlfriend of 28 years, Shannon Tweed, and Paul ...

Gene Simmons' Computer Hacker Charged With Conspiracy

12/14/2011 9:07am EST
Gene Simmons
A computer hacker who attempted to shut down Kiss star Gene Simmons' website has been charged with conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer.

Kevin George Poe, 24, was taken into custody without incident by FBI agents at the federal courthouse in Hartford, Connecticut and indicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles last week.

Poe faces a maximum of 15 years in federal prison if found guilty.

He is accused of being affiliated with the Anonymous hacking group.

FBI officials claim Poe and others linked to Anonymous conducted a distributed denial of service attack a...

Ace Frehley Believes Fame Turned Gene Simmons Into A 'Sex Addict'

10/31/2011 9:09am EDT
Ace Frehley
Rock wildman Gene Simmons struggled to bed women before finding fame but the glare of the spotlight turned him into a "sex addict", according to his Kiss band mate Ace Frehley.

Simmons, who wed his long-term lover Shannon Tweed in October, only slept with women "once or twice a year" in the early days of the band, Frehley claims in a new book.

However, after shooting to stardom, he bedded hundreds of groupies to make up for lost time.

According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, Frehley is quoted in new tell-all tome No Regrets as saying, "I believe Gene is a sex addict, in much ...

Chris Brown Banned From Entering Britain, Pulls Out Of Michael Jackson Tribute Concert

10/7/2011 2:12pm EDT
Chris Brown
Chris Brown has been forced to pull out of Saturday's Michael Jackson tribute show in the U.K. after he was denied a work visa because of his criminal record.

The Kiss Kiss hit-maker was set to honor the late King of Pop with a performance at the star-studded Michael Forever concert in Wales, but he's now axed his plans after being barred from entering the U.K. due to his 2009 assault conviction for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

The show has been plagued with problems in recent weeks - the Black Eyed Peas dropped out of the tribute on Thursday due to "unavoidable circumstances"...

Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed Finally Wed

10/2/2011 10:58am EDT
Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed
KISS star Gene Simmons has married his longtime partner Shannon Tweed in a romantic ceremony in California.

The couple, who have been together for 28 years and have two grown-up children, exchanged vows they had written themselves during an outdoor ceremony at the Beverly Hills hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday in front of 400 guests, including Playboy boss Hugh Hefner.

Simmons' KISS bandmate Paul Stanley was among the wedding party and the couple's daughter Sophie acted as maid of honor, according to

The publication reports Sophie, 19, also sang "At Last" by Etta James as the...

Gene Simmons: 'It Is Time For Me To Grow Up'

9/29/2011 11:47am EDT
Gene Simmons
Ageing rocker Gene Simmons proposed to his long-term partner Shannon Tweed over the summer after deciding it was time for him to "grow up".

The 62-year-old Kiss star has lived with the model since 1985, and after 26 years of dating they will exchange vows in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Simmons has opened up about his relationship with Tweed in a new interview with ET Online and the singer admits she is the only woman he has ever declared his love for.

He says, "It is time for me to grow up. I'm 62. I've been doing a lot of wacky stuff for an awfully long time... and there's nobody I've e...

KISS Are Comic Book Stars

9/19/2011 10:42pm EDT
Gene Simmons and his KISS bandmates have been forever immortalized as comic book stars.

The rock group recently partnered with Archie Comics to launch a new four-part series, called "Archie Meets Kiss," which is set to hit stores this November.

The new collection is said to follow KISS on an adventure as the band helps the Archie regulars protect their town from an invasion of monsters.

And although the band is often characterised by its lewd, X-rated behavior, Simmons feels confident the illustrations of his trademark look won't be offensive to the publication's young fan base.

He tell...

Gene Simmons & Ace Frehley Dine Out - No KISS Reunion Planned Though

9/13/2011 10:37pm EDT
ene Simmons
Rockers Gene Simmons has moved swiftly to end rumors of a full KISS reunion after he and guitarist Ace Frehley were spotted at lunch together on Monday.

The one-time feuding bandmates appeared to be on good terms as they dined in Los Angeles, but Simmons took to and urged fans not to read too much into the get together.

He writes, "Ace and I had nice, friendly lunch together today. It was wonderful to see him. He looked healthy and happy.

"Nothing else was talked about. No rumors, please. Ace and I are both happy with our lives and are not changing anything."

Frehley played ...

Jeff Beck To Be Crowned Classic Rock's Living Legend

9/12/2011 2:25pm EDT
Jeff Beck
Guitar great Jeff Beck is set to be honored as a living legend by editors at Classic Rock magazine.

The music icon, a former member of British super-group the Yardbirds, will follow in the footsteps of previous winners Iggy Pop and Rush when the Classic Rock Roll of Honor ceremony takes place in London later this year.

A flattered Beck tells BBC News he feels "very honored," adding, "I'm really a backroom boy, not a mainstream rock act. It means someone is out there looking at what I'm doing, which is really nice."

Beck will also be hoping to take home another award - he's been nomina...

Gene Simmons Sets Wedding Date

9/2/2011 9:01am EDT
Gene Simmons
Rocker Gene Simmons has wasted no time in setting his wedding date to long-term partner Shannon Tweed following his proposal in July - they will exchange vows next month.

The Kiss frontman has lived with the model since 1985 and they are parents to 22-year-old son Nicholas and 18-year-old daughter Sophie. Simmons' proposal was played out on reality TV show Gene Simmons Family Jewels, and now the pair has just weeks to plan its nuptials after announcing the wedding will take place in Los Angeles on October 1st.

Their wedding invite states, "Sophie Alexandra Tweed-Simmons and Nicholas Ada...

KISS Dropped From Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Line-Up

8/16/2011 2:20pm EDT
Heavy rockers KISS have been axed from the Michael Jackson tribute concert line-up over controversial comments made by bassist Gene Simmons last year.

The band was invited to join acts such as Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Smokey Robinson and Leona Lewis as part of the Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert in Cardiff, Wales on October 8th.

However, KISS' addition to the concert bill sparked outrage among fans of the pop superstar after Simmons revealed he still had issues with Jackson's past pedophile accusations in a 2010 interview with Classic Rock Magazine.

He told the publicatio...

KISS Come Under Fire For Joining Michael Jackson Tribute

8/15/2011 10:07pm EDT
Rockers KISS have signed up to perform at a tribute concert for Michael Jackson - a year after bassist Gene Simmons publicly suggested the King of Pop was a paedophile in a magazine interview.

Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert is due to take place on October 8 in Cardiff, Wales, with KISS joining Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Leona Lewis and Smokey Robinson among the acts on the bill.

But Monday's announcement has stirred controversy because Simmons was openly critical of Jackson when he spoke to Classic Rock Magazine last year.

During the interview, the bassist said, "No matter w...