Leader and bassist of the band Kiss, Gene Simmons. The band rose to prominence and popularity in the mid 1970s. They were known for their Halloweenish face paint, black-leather outfits, eight-inch platform heels and grandiose stage shows where Simmons spit out blood, belched fire, and stuck out his seven-inch tongue. Simmons has written a new autobiography, Kiss and Make-up (Crown Publishers) which details his early years growing up in Israel and later in Brooklyn.
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