Gene Simmons Benefit Concert Busted Up by Beverly Hills Police
Even Gene Simmons has to follow local noise ordinances.
According to Page Six, the Kiss co-founder's efforts to help raise money for a children's charity at a Los Angeles gala resulted in police being called to the event, which was being held at the home of entrepreneur Rohan Oza, and shutting it down.
"The sound from Gene’s performance traveled all over Beverly Hills," said an unnamed source. "The cops showed up because of the noise."
The benefit, dubbed the First Annual 'The Children Matter' Event, was held as a collaborative fundraiser between Simmons, Matter and the Starkey Hearing Foundation. The event's website describes its efforts as being "centered around the simple belief that the lives of children matter" and adds, "From expanding access to health and food, to giving the gift of hearing, the mission is to improve lives of thousands of at-risk children around the world."
Simmons, who was reportedly performing with current Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer, played for a celebrity-studded crowd that included actors Patrick Warburton and Bai Ling as well as Randy Jackson, television personality Maria Menounos, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and his girlfriend, model Meagan Camper.
Coverage of the event didn't mention how much money was raised, but Page Six's report makes it clear that the fundraising continued even after the police stopped by. "Gene put down the guitar," added their source, "but the party continued with a DJ."
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