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Rock band KISS to mingle with Archie

Rock band KISS to mingle with Archie

MAMARONECK, N.Y., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. publisher Archie Comics says a new series starring its wholesome fictional American teen Archie will feature the real and risque rock band KISS.
KISS dropped from Jackson tribute concert

KISS dropped from Jackson tribute concert

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. rock band KISS has been dropped from the lineup of an upcoming concert honoring late pop icon Michael Jackson, organizers said.

Kiss makes faces and music for charity

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 30 (UPI) -- Going for charity over shock, the flamboyant band Kiss toned down its act somewhat for a California benefit, bassist Gene Simmons said.
Gene Simmons to appear on 'Castle'

Gene Simmons to appear on 'Castle'

LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) -- KISS rocker Gene Simmons is to play himself on an upcoming episode of the U.S. mystery series "Castle," ABC said.
Kiss star gets his tongue on rubber

Kiss star gets his tongue on rubber

NEW YORK, March 30 (UPI) -- The lascivious tongue of Kiss's Gene Simmons will adorn the first Food and Drug Administration-approved "picture condoms," the manufacturer said Wednesday.
Simmons to speak at rock conference

Simmons to speak at rock conference

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Rocker Gene Simmons has been tapped to serve as the keynote speaker of the inaugural American Music Conference in Los Angeles, organizers said.

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Sole competitor wins Kiss contest

MOWEAQUA, Ill., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- An Illinois man who has been dressing as Kiss front man Gene Simmons for 2 1/2 years was named winner -- and only competitor -- of a State Fair Costume contest.
KISS kicks off N. American tour

KISS kicks off N. American tour

LOS ANGELES, July 26 (UPI) -- KISS kicked off its 32-city North American Tour called "The Hottest Show on Earth" during the weekend with concerts in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Minot, N.D.
Simmons denies makeup artist's claims

Simmons denies makeup artist's claims

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (UPI) -- Rock star and TV personality Gene Simmons is denying claims by a makeup artist who said he assaulted her while visiting ESPN studios in Los Angeles.
KISS rocker Simmons denies alleged assault

KISS rocker Simmons denies alleged assault

LOS ANGELES, May 16 (UPI) -- U.S. rocker and reality TV star Gene Simmons says he has filed suit against an ESPN makeup artist who he said falsely accused him of assault.

KISS bassist Simmons sued for assault

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- A couple allege in a lawsuit against KISS bassist Gene Simmons the rock star assaulted them at a Los Angeles shopping mall.
'I Get That a Lot' returning to CBS

'I Get That a Lot' returning to CBS

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Julie Chen, Paris Hilton, Snoop Dogg, Rachael Ray, Gene Simmons and Tony Hawk are taking part in the next U.S. practical joke special "I Get That a Lot."
Gene Simmons to be 'Jingles' judge

Gene Simmons to be 'Jingles' judge

LOS ANGELES, July 17 (UPI) -- Rock icon and reality TV star Gene Simmons has signed on to judge a U.S. competition reality series seeking the next great jingle composer, CBS said.
Sarah Ferguson to appear on 'Apprentice'

Sarah Ferguson to appear on 'Apprentice'

NEW YORK, March 17 (UPI) -- British Duchess Sarah Ferguson and The Backstreet Boys are to guest star on the penultimate episode of the U.S. competition series "The Celebrity Apprentice."
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American singer/bass player Gene Simmons performs with Kiss at Wembley Arena in London on May 12, 2010. UPI/Rune Hellestad
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Gene Simmons (born Chaim Weitz Hebrew: חיים ויץ‎; August 25, 1949) is an Israeli-American rock bassist, singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and businessman. Known as "The Demon", he is the bassist/vocalist of Kiss, a hard rock band he co-founded in the early 1970s.

Simmons was ranked number 12 in Roadrunner's list of 50 Best Frontmen in Metal History.

Chaim Weitz (later Gene Simmons) was born at the Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel in 1949. Mother and children emigrated to Jackson Heights, Queens in New York City when he was eight years old. His mother Flóra Klein (formerly Kovács) was born in Jánd, Hungary. The German name Klein (means: small) is sometimes used informally in Hungarian as Kiss, that gave the rock band's name. Florence and her brother, Larry Klein, were the only members of the family to survive the Holocaust. Simmons' father, Feri Witz, also Hungarian-born, remained in Israel. Simmons says the family was "dirt poor," scraping by on bread and milk. In the United States, Simmons changed his name to Eugene Klein (later Gene Klein), adopting his mother's maiden name. He attended Yeshiva Torah Vodaath in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as a child, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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