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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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Peter Cade, Getty Images

Gene Simmons Contributes to Ace Frehley’s Next Album

Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has revealed that he recently co-wrote two songs with former bandmate Ace Frehley for the latter's next solo studio album.

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Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

Gene Simmons Reportedly Withdraws Application to Trademark Devil Horns Hand Gesture

Gene Simmons has apparently thought better of his widely ridiculed efforts to trademark the universally recognized hand gesture for rocking out.

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Gene Simmons Weighs in On U.S. Immigration Policy

No matter the subject, you can always pretty much count on Gene Simmons having some thoughts.

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Ethan Miller / Jason Merritt / Ben Gabbe, Getty Images

Nikki Sixx and Wendy Dio Mock Gene Simmons’ Attempt to Trademark Devil-Horn Gesture

Gene Simmons has a fight on his hands after attempting to trademark the devil-horn gesture.

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Gene Simmons Wants to Trademark His Horn-Hands Gesture

Of course, a variety of other rockers have made hand signals that were similar, or even apparently exactly the same.

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Gene Simmons Says There’s Been ‘Some Writing’ for a New Kiss Album

Kiss may yet get around to releasing a new album — but it doesn't sound like fans should expect to hear it anytime soon.

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Liz Ramanand, Ultimate Classic Rock

Gene Simmons Announces New Book ‘On Power’ for Fall Release

Gene Simmons will add to his growing list of authorial credits with On Power, a new book about wealth scheduled for release later this year.

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Michael B. Thomas, Getty Images

Chuck Berry Laid to Rest With Heartfelt Memorial Service, Gene Simmons Gives Surprise Eulogy

Chuck Berry, who died March 18 at the age of 90, was laid to rest yesterday in his hometown of St. Louis with an all-day celebration of life.

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‘Married With Children’ Star Katey Sagal Says Gene Simmons Laughed at the Idea of Marrying Her

Actress Katey Sagal has revealed that she had an on-and-off relationship with Kiss icon Gene Simmons in the ‘70s – and says it ended when she discussed marriage and he laughed at her.

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YouTube / Ian Kaplan, Getty Images

Gene Simmons Pays Tribute to Chuck Berry at First-Ever Solo Concert

Gene Simmons paid tribute to Chuck Berry by performing "Johnny B. Goode" during his first-ever full-length solo concert.

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