Gene Simmons Talks Marriage at the ‘Hotter Than Hell’ Chapel
Just when you think you've seen everything, Kiss proves that no, no you haven't.
The band recently opened their first miniature golf course in Las Vegas -- and since Vegas is nothing without its quirky weddings, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were also on hand to witness the very first marriage at Kiss' signature Hotter Than Hell chapel.
The newlyweds, Natasha Fagen and David Howard, met on Match.com, and when they decided to tie the knot, they bid $15,000 on eBay for the rights to be the first couple married at Hotter Than Hell. It may seem like a lot of money, but the groom says it was "worth every penny" and a "dream come true" -- and the couple's fandom doesn't stop there. They're also taking their honeymoon on the Kiss Kruise this fall.
Fagan walked down the aisle in a traditional white dress to the band's tune 'Heaven's on Fire' while her betrothed waited for her at the altar dressed in full-on Kiss regalia. Then Simmons and Stanley stood in as members of the wedding party as a tiny little Ace Frehley impersonator named Mini-ster Brian Thomas performed the ceremony. (No, seriously. You can't make this stuff up.) Afterwards, the guests tossed Kiss guitar picks in lieu of rice.
So how does Simmons feel about his own recent nuptials to longtime love Shannon Tweed?
“I’ve waited 62 years to grow up but still had to call [my wedding] ring by the name Bob. As you know, men are arrogant and have a hard time kind of just committing to the idea, that at some point you want to surrender."
As for Gene's legendary sexual exploits over the years, he looks at them through a religious prism:
“The good book, it says spread thy seed, and I was just doing the Lord’s work. Then you have to get over that stuff and get serious about it. Shannon has given me two wonderful, charming kids who are now grown up, and it’s probably time for Dad to grow up, too. I’m working on it."
If you want to get hitched at the Hotter Than Hell chapel yourself, you might have to wait --75 couples have already signed up. Wedding packages go for between $249 and $1,199, but if you book one of the pricier events, you'll get free Kiss "kondoms" and garters. (And if those are the same type of prophylactics Gene used, you can bet they're damned reliable.)
Watch the First Wedding at the Hotter Than Hell Wedding Chapel