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').
Why Gene Simmons Was Free to Make Kiss' Weirdest Solo Album
Simmons left his demonic persona behind in favor of hosting an all-star, genre-hopping party.
Simmons Speechless Over Criss and Frehley's Kiss Reunion Refusals
Bassist doesn't know what to say about former bandmates' positions as final show looms.
Gene Simmons Would Work for $1 if He Entered Politics
Kiss star discusses importance of democracy during visit to U.K. Parliament.
Eddie Van Halen Made Gene Simmons Want to Be a Better Person
Kiss member recalls meeting his old friend for the final time.
Gene Simmons Plays Solo Show With Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer
Intimate performance was part of $5,000 VIP event.
Kiss Discusses Truth Behind Rumor They Planned to Call Band F---
Paul Stanley feared "ego fight" would break out during conversation about group's name.
Paul Stanley Loves Rare Quality Behind Gene Simmons’ Shtick
Kiss guitarist discusses his respect for bandmate of 50 years.
Gene Simmons Says Ace Frehley Was Right About Kiss' 'The Elder'
Their dispute led to the guitarist's departure before sessions for follow up 'Creatures of the Night.'