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Leader and Bassist of the Band Kiss, Gene Simmons

Leader and Bassist of the Band Kiss, Gene Simmons

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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.

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

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