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Gene Simmons apologizes, was 'wrong' for depression remarks

Gene Simmons apologizes, was 'wrong' for depression remarks

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Gene Simmons apologized and said he was "wrong" for saying depressed people should kill themselves.
Annie Martin
Gene Simmons to fellow immigrants: 'Learn to speak goddamn English'

Gene Simmons to fellow immigrants: 'Learn to speak goddamn English'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14 (UPI) --KISS frontman Gene Simmons had strong advice for fellow immigrants in an interview with the Huffington Post, urging them to "learn to speak goddamn English."
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Kiss and Def Leppard announce tour for summer 2014

Kiss and Def Leppard announce tour for summer 2014

March 17 (UPI) -- Kiss and Def Leppard will join forces for a North American "2014 Heroes Tour" this summer.
Annie Martin
Gene Simmons: 'NYC is a little too high-falutin'

Gene Simmons: 'NYC is a little too high-falutin'

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- KISS' Gene Simmons explains group's love of Detroit, says New York City never produced an arena band.
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com
Katey Sagal covers Jackson Browne, Tom Petty on new album

Katey Sagal covers Jackson Browne, Tom Petty on new album

(UPI) --The "Sons of Anarchy" star is currently promoting her new album, "Covered."
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LA KISS offers recently cut NFL player, Tim Tebow, a three-year deal

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The Arena Football League's Los Angeles team, KISS, said it has offered recently cut NFL quarterback Tim Tebow a three-year deal.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012.
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New KISS album set for fall release

New KISS album set for fall release

LOS ANGELES, July 3 (UPI) -- U.S. rock band KISS is working on "Monster," its 20th studio album, which is set for release this fall, Universal Music Enterprises announced Tuesday.
Gene Simmons goes into restaurant biz

Gene Simmons goes into restaurant biz

LOS ANGELES, March 12 (UPI) -- U.S. rock icon Gene Simmons says he has become a partner in a new chain of music-themed Rock & Brews eateries.
CBS orders more 'I Get That a Lot'

CBS orders more 'I Get That a Lot'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- CBS says it has ordered two more editions of its U.S. hidden-camera special "I Get That a Lot."
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.
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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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