December 23rd -
SIMMONS RECORDS in CANADA
A three-minute video report from Rhonda Nye of Citytv.com's "City Scene" on KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent visit to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to unearth more talent that will be signed to his new record label can be viewed below. Nye talks to two bands that were handpicked to play for him Red Deer's SOUL SIDE IN and Edmonton's TURN IT UP.
Simmons is reportedly relaunching his dormant Canadian label, Simmons Records, in a joint venture with Magna car parts heiress Belinda Stronach and Universal Music Canada. Simmons told the Toronto Star: "I have a new business model that will get Canadian bands out on tour, onto television and into the world's mainstream. The idea is to have the bands we sign develop a strong Canadian identity first in Canada, then move them onto the world stage. For years, the only way Canadian acts could make it was to go to the States and more or less become an American band. In the new music marketing age, that doesn't have to happen." He added: "Canadian labels have been trying to do something like this for years. What's different this time is me. I know how to make things happen."
December 23rd -
VH1 - Dec 25th -- MERRY KISSMAS!!!
16 1/2 HOURS OF KISS!!!
Here's the expanded KISSOLOGY/KISSMAS programming that will run this Thursday December 25th!
16 1/2 Hours of KISSMASS BLISS on VH1 Classic.
All times Eastern & Pacific
(check local listings to confirm).
9 AM KISS at Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles '98 (fr. Kissology Vol. 3)
11 AM Hanging With KISS (w/Eddie Trunk - The Kissology Volume 1 Special)
Noon KISS at the Summit - Houston '77 (from Kissology Vol. 1)
1 pm The KISSOLOGY Volume 2 Special
2 PM KISS Live From Sydney - Australia 1980 (from Kissology Vol. 2)
3 PM Hanging With KISS (w/Eddie Trunk - The Kissology Volume 1 Special)
4 PM KISS at Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles '98 (fr. Kissology Vol. 3)
6 - 6:30 PM That Metal Show (w/guest Ace Frehley)
7 PM The KISSOLOGY Volume 2 Special
8 PM KISS at the Summit - Houston '77 (from Kissology Vol. 1)
9 PM Hanging With KISS (w/Eddie Trunk - The Kissology Volume 1 Special)
10 PM KISS Live From Sydney - Australia 1980 (from Kissology Vol. 2)
11 PM The KISSOLOGY Volume 2 Special
Midnight KISS at Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles '98 (fr. Kissology Vol. 3)
For more info, log on to the only Official KISS Website - KISSONLINE.COM
December 19th -
GENE SIMMONS ON GLENN MARTIN DDS
Here's yours truly with Kevin Nealon, the star of the forthcoming new cartoon on Nick@Nite, GLENN MARTIN DDS. Michael Eisner is producing. I was asked to play....me. The show is about a family whose house burned down, so they get into their motor home and travel the country. The script was very funny.
Watch for it.
December 14th -
GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS and DERBY DOLLS
Our Gene Simmons Family Jewels TV crew went downtown LA to film a spectacular event -- The Derby Dolls (the sport of Roller Derby) knocking heads and butts for one of our episodes. Nothing you will see on the episode of the Roller Derby event is either staged or fake in any way. They really get their butts handed to them. Head really get knocked around. The girls on roller skates are the real thing -- Hell on Wheels.
And Soph, Shannon and I had the distinct honor of singing the National Anthem at the event, in front of a big, excited crowd.
Photo by Michael Zampelli
About The LA Derby Dolls: Founded in September 2003, the L.A. Derby Dolls is the premiere all-female, banked-track, quad-skating rock 'n' roller derby league in the Southern California area. Athletic and alluring, the L.A. Derby Dolls strive to be the fastest, most fearless ladies in fishnets. Within the league there are four teams: The Fight Crew, The Sirens, The Tough Cookies, and the Varsity Brawlers. While their uniforms may be stylish and their names playful do not be fooled by appearances - the L.A. Derby Dolls only skate pure, unscripted, real roller derby.
For more information please visit: www.derbydolls.com/la
New letters posted...
I love pictures of the family. What happened to Shannon's arm? Please send her my best, and tell her she looks fabulous in shorts.
WOW no sunglasses.....you have pretty eyes.............
December 13th -
Teddy Interviews Gene Simmons from KISS
TEDDY WILSON REPORTS
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Teddy Wilson from 'The Circuit' here. Got to interview another one of my heroes last week, the God of Thunder himself, Gene Simmons (.the fact that they call what I do a "job" is pretty ridiculous).
I've been a HUGE fan of KISS for tons of years. First time I heard them was at about age 9, when my best friend back in my old suburban Ottawa 'hood broke out his Fisher Price record-player and played me his Dad's beat-up "Destroyer" LP. From the first chords of the seminal "Detroit Rock City", I was hooked.
Suffice it to say, interviewing him was a total 'trip' (as the kids say these days). As though he needed to start yet another business, Gene was in Canada last week touting the launch of his new record label, Simmons Records, for which he's partnered with Universal Music Canada and former MP and auto-parts baroness Belinda Stronach (I know.WTF?!).
After chatting a bit about his new label, KISS' resident Demon and I talked a whole bunch about comics. You likely know about Marvel's mega-selling KISS comic from 1977 (for which the 4 original members of the band each dumped a vile of their own blood in the Marvel ink.hence the claim on the front cover, "printed in real KISS blood"), but you might not know that Gene's had his own publishing company, Simmons Comics, and for the last few years has been pumping out some very decent titles .including "House of Horrors", "Dominatrix", and "Zipper".
Check out the interview on this week's episode of 'The Circuit'. Here are the covers of a few of his comics in case you feel like picking 'em up next time you're at your friendly neighborhood comic-book store.
December 12th -
More records broken at VH1 Classic
“The eight-part VH1 Classic One Hit Wonders helped make the week of Dec. 1st the HIGHEST RATED WEEK IN CHANNEL HISTORY”
December 11th -
KISS MY ASS
Usually, I talk about what I'm doing. Where I've been. And, who I've run into.
I tend to stay away from KISS stories, because KISS has its own website. The only Official KISS site - KISSONLINE.COM.
But, I couldn't stay away from this one. Check this out. It's from Comedy Central's new Chocolate News Show.
'CHOCOLATE NEWS' KISS CLIP
Check out this hilarious KISS related clip from the Comedy Central series 'Chocolate News', starring David Alan Grier.
Before Gene Simmons, before the Hollywood Walk of Fame, KISS was just another all-black arena rock band from New Orleans.
December 11th -
LADIES OF THE NIGHT A Historical and Personal Perspective
on the Oldest Profession in the World
Gene Simmons, Read by Gene Simmons • Unabridged • DECEMBER 2008
Phoenix Audio • Trade Ed.
Fans of the band KISS won't be shocked by LADIES OF THE NIGHT, Kiss bassist and reality-TV star Gene Simmons's "tribute" to one of his favorite subjects: prostitution. Despite his reputation as a womanizer not exactly sympathetic to feminist causes, Simmons's book, in its own strangely sincere way, pays homage to prostitutes throughout the agesfrom the concubines of ancient Rome to the courtesans of France to the brothels of New Orleans. Given his reputation, the fact that the author himself reads the work lends it an almost lewd aspect, but this is no sleazy leering oratory. When he's not growling heavy-metal lyrics, Simmons is actually a smooth enunciator. Simmons's suave tone elevates the work, removing the titillating aspects and making LADIES OF THE NIGHT a legitimate history of sex for sale.
J.S.H. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine
December 10th -
Gene Simmons at Future Shop
Just came back from visiting everyone in Edmonton, Canada -- where I was asked to open their Future Shop: a huge multi-faceted store catering to a hipper demographic. While there, I was challenged to play Rock Band -- of course, I had to do it on my very own GENE SIMMONS AXE CONTROLLER, which is cooler than the ones out there and even has a wang bar.!!!
Notice the FIND.COM t shirt?
It's Simmons Abramson Marketing's new client.
Check em out. Find.Com. The fastest way to find anything you want.
December 9th -
-- Publishers Weekly
Ladies of the Night Gene Simmons, read by the author. Phoenix Audio, unabridged, four CDs, 4 hrs., $24.95 ISBN 978-1-59777-218-1
Kiss frontman turned reality-TV star, Simmons offers this fascinating collection of anecdotes and opinions on the oldest profession in the world. Beginning with cave-dwelling tribes and moving through each generation and era to the present day, Simmons explains the reasoning behind the profession while never failing to impart his own set of views along the way. No stranger to the microphone, Simmons reads in a solid and unfaltering manner. His familiar, deep bass tone has found the ideal medium in audio narration; his voice can hold listeners' attention for hours. The stories are often shocking and fantastic, which makes them a perfect match for Simmons himself, who sounds as if he is genuinely engaged and thoroughly interested in each tale presented. A Phoenix Books hardcover.
New Lady in Waiting!
December 7th -
Bid to rule the skies
Gary Kelly in Halloween mode as Gene Simmons of rock band Kiss
By Justin Baer in New York
With trim, greying hair, a tall, athletic frame and the unhurried lilt to his voice that hints at his Texas roots, Gary Kelly could easily pass as an executive of any one of the old-guard rivals with which he spars as chairman of Southwest Airlines.
At a time when Southwest, the quirky Dallas carrier that revolutionised the commercial aviation industry, is becoming more like global behemoths such as crosstown rival American Airlines, it seems only fitting that its chairman resembles his counterparts, too. Yet the framed photograph of the 53-year-old Mr Kelly, dressed in full make-up as Gene Simmons, the Kiss guitarist, which hangs just around the corner from his office proves that Southwest remains a breed apart from its traditional peers.
December 6th -
Produced by NO GOOD TV, the Vh1 Classic One-Hit Wonders series premiere was the most watched of any Classic original series!
Vh1 Classic One Hit Wonders was a record-breaker for the channel...
Episode 102 New Wave was the most watched premiere of any Classic original series
Episode 103: British was Vh1 Classic’s highest rated premiere of all time among P18-49.
December 5th -
This is a testament of the quality of the Gene Simmons Money Bag wallet I bought, lost, and found again. Last April I lost Money Bag Wallet at the apartment complex I live at in north Phoenix. On October 16 I found it in the landscaped area next to the storage unit I rented. The wallet stood up the Phoenix Summer heat and the Monsoon season like a champ! It is in as good condition as the day I received it Via UPS. It is a truly fine product. Worth evry dollar spent on it.
December 3rd -
Gene Simmons Talks Up Replica Axe Guitar
post from kotaku
The Gene Simmons AXE bass guitar for Guitar Hero and Rock Band is now available, and in celebration of the product's launch, Simmons himself took a break from his tongue exercises to say a few words.
You asked for it, you got it. An officially sanctioned product, endorsed by the tongue god himself. The guitar is now available for the PlayStation 2, PS3, and Nintendo Wii.
Check back with us later this month when we review the Gene Simmons AXE. I just want to know if it can handle felling a tree.
Gene Simmons Axe Guitar For Rock Band And Guitar Hero
Gene Simmons and the Interactive Game Group have come together to offer gamers the chance to play their very own 'Axe Guitar' in Guitar Hero, or Rock Band. Gene Simmons commented on the videogame accessory adaptation of his iconic guitar:
“I never do anything half way. My AXE controller is the closest thing you can have to being onstage in KISS. I created and designed the Gene Simmons AXE bass guitar and I can’t wait for the fans to experience it for themselves. The Gene Simmons AXE guitar is such a recognizable symbol - people have been asking for a gaming replica ever since Guitar Hero was first introduced.”
This fully equipped, axe-shaped guitar controller is a replica of the KISS bassist and vocalist’s signature bass guitar. The AXE controller is personally certified by the Rock God himself, Gene Simmons, to give players that Rock Star experience. The wireless AXE guitar controller is a three-quarter-sized replica of the original Gene Simmons AXE guitar and larger than the standard video game guitar controllers. Customized with a replicated paint finish of the original guitar, the Axe guitar controller features Gene Simmons autograph and his photo in make-up painted onto the body of the controller. Interactive Game Group Founder, Fred Chesnais commented:
“Gene Simmons is the Rock Lord and the Gene Simmons AXE bass guitar is an integral part of his signature look. Bringing this Axe controller to life was an incredible journey, and I am sure every player will enjoy it.”
The Axe Guitar is available for PS2, PS3 and Nintendo Wii, but no love for Xbox 360 players and will retail at $79.99
Gene Simmons puts his name to AXE game controller
Normally, the first thing we do when writing up a press release is remove all the trademark symbols and capitalisations. But not in this case. We’re overjoyed to report that Kiss’ Gene Simmons has put his name to an AXE guitar controller for Guitar Hero and Rock Band.
Not an Axe, or an Axe. An AXE. Don’t you forget it. Here’s what Gene has to say:
“I never do anything half way. My AXE controller is the closest thing you can have to being onstage in KISS. I created and designed the Gene Simmons AXE bass guitar and I can’t wait for the fans to experience it for themselves,” said Gene Simmons. “The Gene Simmons AXE guitar is such a recognizable symbol - people have been asking for a gaming replica ever since Guitar Hero was first introduced.”
We can’t believe he forgot the TM twice. That’s how excited he is. The device is being made by Interactive Game Group, and is a replica of Gene’s famous bass guitar, complete with his autograph and a photo of him in full Kiss make-up. It’s on sale now for $79.99, and you can get one here.
Gene Simmons AXE Guitar Available Now
Rock out with your tongue out!
by Jay Acevedo
Gene Simmons joined with Interactive Game Group, LLC to create the Gene Simmons AXE guitar controller for the Guitar Hero and Rock Band videogame franchises.
This fully equipped, axe-shaped guitar controller is a replica of the KISS bassist and vocalist’s signature bass guitar. The AXE controller is personally certified by the Rock God himself, Gene Simmons, to give players that Rock Star experience. The wireless AXE guitar controller is a three-quarter-sized replica of the original Gene Simmons AXE guitar and larger than the standard video game guitar controllers. Customized with a replicated paint finish of the original guitar, the Axe guitar controller features Gene Simmons autograph and his photo in make-up painted onto the body of the controller.
On the heels of his first foray into videogame controllers based on his axe-shaped bass guitar, Gene Simmons has a lot to say about it.
“I never do anything half way. My AXE controller is the closest thing you can have to being onstage in KISS. I created and designed the Gene Simmons AXE bass guitar and I can’t wait for the fans to experience it for themselves," said Gene Simmons. “The Gene Simmons AXE guitar is such a recognizable symbol - people have been asking for a gaming replica ever since Guitar Hero was first introduced.”
The AXE video game controller brought to the market is compatible with Guitar Hero and Rock Band video games for PlayStation 2 and for the PlayStation 3 . It is available now retailing for $79.99. An exclusive controller, compatible with PlayStation 2 and 3 as well as with Nintendo Wii, is also available retailing also for $79.99.
But wait, there’s more! Players that buy a guitar controller before December 15, 2008, have a chance to win a guitar controller signed by Gene Simmons himself!
For additional information, please visit http://www.genesimmonsaxeguitar.com.
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