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