NPR logo Leader and bassist of the band Kiss, Gene Simmons.

Leader and bassist of the band Kiss, Gene Simmons.

[Simmons declined to give permission for this Web site to offer audio of his interview, or to sell tapes or transcripts of it.]

Leader and bassist of the band Kiss, Gene Simmons.

Audio will be available later today.

This is a repeat of Terry Gross' now-infamous interview with the Kiss band member. The band rose to prominence and popularity in the mid 1970s. They were known for their Halloweenish face paint, black-leather outfits, platform heels and grandiose stage shows where Simmons spit blood, belched fire and stuck out his seven-inch tongue. Simmons' autobiography is Kiss and Make-Up which details his early years growing up in Israel and later Brooklyn. This interview first aired February 4, 2002.

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