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Students pan Gene Simmons at 'Rock School'

LONDON, July 10 (UPI) -- Students from one of England's oldest boarding schools were not that impressed with Kiss frontman Gene Simmons.

Former girlfriend sues Gene Simmons

NEW YORK, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A New York woman is suing her 1970s former beau, KISS bass player Gene Simmons, for defamation.

'Idol' to undergo 4th season changes

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The producer's of the Fox reality show "American Idol" say the show will undergo some major changes in the upcoming fourth season.

Gene Simmons a teacher in reality show

LONDON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- KISS frontman Gene Simmons, known for his demonic black and white make-up, is going to star in a British reality TV series as a public school teacher.

Kiss' Gene Simmons up for reality show

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- KISS bassist Gene Simmons says three production companies want to do a reality show based on his life.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 25, the 238th day of 2004 with 128 to follow.
By United Press International

Gene Simmons to appear on 'Third Watch'

BURBANK, Calif., April 23 (UPI) -- KISS co-founder Gene Simmons is set to play a vengeful mob boss on the U.S. television drama "Third Watch," NBC announced Friday.

Another Kiss for the road

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- Kiss will hit the road again this summer when the makeup-clad rock band tours North America with '80s hair band Poison in tow.

Gene Simmons to launch record label

NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The first album Gene Simmons' new U.S. record label will produce this spring will be his own second solo album.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2003 with 128 to follow.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include composer-conductor Meredith Willson ("The Music Man") in 1902; band leader Tommy Tucker in 1908; R&B singer "Big Joe" Turner, who was born in 1911; Perry Como in 1912; Rodney Dillard of The Dillards in 1942 (age 61)...
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for May 17-23.
By United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

Spin Magazine's June cover story, "75 Sleazy Moments In Rock," is a full-fledged safari through pop music's grimy side.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Spin Magazine's June cover story, "75 Sleazy Moments In Rock," is a full-fledged safari through pop music's grimy side. Over the past few years, the piece argues, sleaze has become increasingly public, on TV, in our living rooms, practically sitting on ou
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

Veteran rockers ZZ Top are set to hit the road in support of the band's 14th album, "Mescalero," due out April 15.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International
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Gene Simmons
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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