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').
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.'
Hear Kiss' Stanley + Simmons Trade Vocals on New ‘Creatures' Demo
Only Simmons would end up singing on the final version of "Not for the Innocent."
When David Lee Roth Wouldn’t Let Van Halen Quit
Others thought they’d blown their big chance after Kiss rejection.
‘Gene Simmons Likes Giving Me a Hard Time’ Says Dave Mustaine
Megadeth leader recalls confusing experiences with Kiss icon.
Gene Simmons’ Concept for Kiss Show Without Original Members
He outlined a three-part performance with potential for guest appearances from founders.
Did Kiss Inspire Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue Makeup?
Singer-songwriter wore bright white face paint during the carnivalesque 1975 tour.
Paul Stanley Predicts 'Enough Tears' at Final Kiss Show
Gene Simmons says it would be "saddest thing" if Ace Frehley and Peter Criss aren't there.
Gene Simmons Recalls Landing Kiss Their First Show
Booked as Wicked Lester, 1973 concert followed their unaccountable decision to wear makeup.
Kiss Adding Another 100 Cities to Final Tour, Says Gene Simmons
"It’s better for the fans and you and for the legacy to get off the stage while you’re still great," bassist adds.
Gene Simmons Hints It's the End of Only 'Stage Kiss'
He also wasn't offended when son's girlfriend refused invitation to attend festival set.