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Gene Simmons was born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel, in 1949, but was raised in Queens, New York. He co-founded Kiss in the early ’70s and has since become the group’s most visible and most outspoken member. Along with Paul Stanley, bassist and singer Simmons has steered Kiss through several member changes over the years, and he’s always quick to share his opinion on his ex-bandmates (among other things). In addition to music, Simmons has spread his entertainment empire to include movies (like ‘Runaway’ and ‘Trick or Treat’) and television (‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels’).

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Gene Simmons’ Son Says He’s ‘Full of S—’

Gene Simmons' son Nick wrote an editorial titled "My Dad, Gene Simmons, Is Full of S--- and So Are You."

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Gene Simmons Defends Labels and Blames the Fans

Gene Simmons likes that record labels will give bands money but doesn't like that fans won't.

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Sammy Hagar and Gene Simmons Debut New Radio Shows

Sammy Hagar and Gene Simmons never met a microphone they couldn't use, and they're proving it all over again with a pair of brand new radio ventures.

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Gene Simmons Vows Kiss Will Make Another Album

Gene Simmons believes Kiss could head into the studio to record their next album as soon as 2016.

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B.B. King Remembered by Ringo Starr, Joe Perry, Gene Simmons and More

The news of blues legend B.B. King's death at 89 is already reverberating throughout the rock community.

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Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

Gene Simmons Announces Joint Film Production Venture With WWE

Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons has announced his involvement in a new film company, Erebus Pictures, that's partnering with WWE Studios to produce horror movies under a three-picture co-production deal.

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Chris Hardman, Former Contestant on Gene Simmons’ ‘Rock School,’ Dies at 24

Chris Hardman, the singer whose career as the performer known as Lil' Chris took off after his appearance on Gene Simmons' reality series Rock School in 2006, has passed away at the age of 24.

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Gene Simmons Defends the Rolling Stones’ ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’

Gene Simmons expressed his admiration for the Rolling Stones brief excursion into psychedelia.

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41 Years Ago: Gene Simmons Sets His Hair on Fire

You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, and you can't spew thousands of fireballs without setting your hair on fire a few times.

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Eric Singer on Kiss Without Gene Simmons or Paul Stanley: ‘I Don’t Think I Would Want to Do That’

Kiss enjoy an apparently never-ending demand for their music -- and given that they play in costumes and makeup, the band could conceivably continue on as a live act with replacement players even after all of the original members decide they don't feel like performing anymore.

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