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').
50 Years Ago: Kiss' Gene Simmons First Sets His Hair on Fire
He debuted this now-signature fireball-spewing trick during a performance of "Firehouse."
Gene Simmons Credits Family For Making It to End of the Road
He reflected on narrowly avoiding self-destruction in emotional moments after final Kiss show.
Gene Simmons 'Sad and Angry' About Frehley and Criss' Absence
"The only reason they’re not here with us is themselves," says the Kiss bassist.
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.