Well, I just came from Madison Square Garden and saw the Mighty KISS perform an unbelievable set!!!! That crowd was sold out and on!!!! Everyone especially Tommy was on their game and more!!! Well, unfortunately, after it ended, no disrespect to Aerosmith, after having seen the Mighty KISS everyone else is well, second!!!! And I wasn't the only person that left too!!! Anyway, thank u Sir and Gentlemen's Stanley, Criss, and Thayer for a wonderful show!. God, Ace blew this one badly!!!
New letters posted...
November 20th -
Been back from China only two weeks and the days have been full...and lots of fun. KISS/AEROSMITH continues to rape and pillage...thanks to all of you!!!
Working on developing another ANIMATED PROJECT, which is gearing up for production. Cannot say anything more about it as yet.
As some of you may know, my cartoon MY DAD THE ROCK STAR can currently be seen on Canadian tv's TELETOONS (their version of Cartoon Network). We have 26 ROCK STAR episode orders. Coming to the US soon.
SIMMONS RECORDS is about to sign its first recording act. And, we are earmarking two other acts to follow shortly. As soon as contracts are signed, we will post the info.
My GENE SIMMONS SOLO ALBUM (the debut release on Simmons Records/Sanctuary Music) is due in early Spring.
SIMMONS BOOKS/NEW MILLENNIUM is going to be releasing a SHANNON TWEED book shortly. Miss Tweed is currently finishing up editing her masterpiece and we will post news as it develops.
AUDIOWORLD -The 2003 Golden Headset Awards
by Bennet Pomerantz
When an author attempts to translate his (or her) work from printed word to spoken word audio, There can be a mesh of spirit that seem surreal in scope when it is done correctly. When done incorrectly, you get Roseanne Barr reading her book, which is just a massive mess. However none of these nominees in Best Author Reading His/Her Own Work has that problem.
Keith Ablow -Psycho Path (four cs, six hours, Abridged, Audio Renaissance)
Auguston Burroughs-Dry (seven CDs, nine hours, Unabridged, Audio Renaissance)
Carol Higgins Clark-Jinxed (three cs, 4.5 hours, Abridged, Simon & Schuster Audio)
Joan Collins-Star Quality (four cs, six hours, abridged, Time Warner)
Ann Edenfield_Family Arrested (three cassettes, 4.5 hours, unabridged, Americana Audio Publishing)
Nula O'Faolain-Almost There (six cs, eight hours, unabridged, Simon & Schuster)
Patricia Heaton-Motherhood & Hollywood (four cd, 5 hrs, Unbridged, Random House)
Doris Roberts-Are You There, Dear? (Three CD, three Hours, Abridged, Audio Renaissance)
Gene Simmons-Sex Money Kiss (four cs, six hours, Unabridged, New Millennium audio)
Toby Young-How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (four cs, six Hours, Abridged, Brilliance Audio)
All these author narrators were well versed. All these projects are worth your money and your time. However Gene Simmon's psedo-self help book Sex Money Kiss is better narrated than the rest of the pack and his advice aint bad either. I will forewarn Mr. Simmons that if he has another audio book for next year's Headsets, he will have stiff competition for the headset from recent releases that did not make this year's awards, such titles as Jack Gantos's Hole In My Life (Listening Library) Henry Winkler's I got a D in Salami (Imagination Studios) and John Grisham's Bleachers (Random House Audio). I am also sorry that second place seems to be shared with a trio of ladies, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts and Ann Edenfield...who all did wondrous audio work.
November 17th -
The KISS AEROSMITH tour continues to be the monster of the road. Voted #1 tour last week in POLLSTAR magazine (which keeps track of who's touring and how they're doing).... want more info? Check KISSONLINE.COM.
New Lady in Waiting!
New letters posted...
I thought I'd take a few minutes and tell you what an inspiration you are. About a year ago, I began toying with a really wild idea: I wanted to run for political office. I'd seen many things happening in my home town that really disgusted me. I knew I could make a difference. Many people tried to dissuade me. I was told that there's no way I could be elected. I wasn't in the "inner circle" or part of the "old boys club". I even had some current city officials tell me not to bother. They would be sure to convince their friends and neighbors not to vote for me. I was also in the midst of reading "Sex Money KISS". You stated that even if you fail at something, you can always try something else. I figured I'd give it a shot. The worst that could happen is that I would lose.
I began campaigning by going door-to-door and introducing myself to people. Talk about being ridiculed! My "nay sayers" were laughing themselves silly! They aren't laughing anymore! Last Tuesday was election day and I won my race! One of the current officials said it wasn't a big deal because I didn't win by very much. I told him I got the most important votes.....THE WINNING VOTES!
I learned one very important lesson in all of this: Opportunity doesn't just fall out of the sky. You have to work to make it happen!
Thanks for the inspiration!
PS - Just an interesting side note: Almost all of the incumbents lost that night! Guess I wasn't the only disgusted citizen!
New letters posted...
November 6th -
Just got back from Beijing, China and I'm on my way to Omaha, Nebraska for our next KISS/AEROSMITH show.
While in China, my partners and I were developing two theme parks, a film studio, two film projects, a city center and a beach resort. All of this sounds larger than life and it is!!! The Chinese government has been very supportive and we thank them for their forward thinking attitude.
Can't be more specific about the projects or my partners until contracts are signed. But, the projects promise to make everything I've ever been associated with look miniscule. We are talking about multi-billion dollar deals.
I have a wonderful life, thanks to all of you out there.
I landed in LA about 11:00 am, did some work at home... including opening up a whole batch of new KISS toys and games (I love that) and then went off to an evening event.
I was invited to a MAAP benefit honoring STEVEN TYLER. I went with Miss Tweed. The Maap folks are educating the public about our rampant and ever widening drug problem. I was glad to be there. Steven was in rare form, and we joked around for the fotogs. Fotos will be published soon.
TOMMY THAYER and his lovely date, and DOC MCGHEE, SHARON and JACK OSBOURNE, KATEY SAGAL, and ANTHONY KIEDIS, were in attendance.
In case you haven't heard, our KISS National Hot Rod Car WON FIRST PRIZE in Las Vegas.!!! Check KISSONLINE.COM for the details.
Sex Money Kiss
Gene Simmons: An Individualist Business Icon
By Eric Dondero
The recently released "Sex, Money, Kiss" by Gene Simmons is a stunning Philosophical Masterpiece. It's now at bookstores nationwide. I picked up this Self-Published Best Seller at Hastings Entertainment squished between the Hillary Clinton and Harry Potter books late in the Summer.
The book is totally libertarian; not from an ivory tower economist perspective, but rather more "meat and potatoes libertarianism." Simmons is the ultimate Ayn Rand individualist. He is a capitalist to his very core.
"Sex, Money, Kiss" does not dwell on Simmons long career as head man for KISS. Rather it's a business book intended for a Wall Street audience. Simmons is a workaholic in the extreme with a tremendous array of business ventures beyond rock and roll. "The idea that anybody in their twenties or thirties would ever think about taking a vacation before they've amassed fame and fortune is a wonderful idea - FOR LOSERS," writes Simmons on page 67.
If I have one criticism of this book it is that Simmons takes "workaholicalism" to the extreme calling others lazy and dumbasses if they spend their Sunday afternoons watching sports (or relaxing with a good book?), rather than building their businesses and making more money. Surely one day off a week to regain your equilibrium by just "vegging out" is not going to break the bank.
This book is more than anything, Simmon's guide to personal financial success. Simmons preaches total 100% dog eat dog capitalism and takes it to the nth degree.
"You may not like rich people, but when was the last time a poor person GAVE YOU A JOB?" asks Simmons on page 71. Or how about this stridently individualistic gem; "Don't live the lie. Be clear, be truthful, Stand there proudly, unapologetically, unabashedly, and say, I LOVE CASH, IT WILL GET ME EVERYTHING I WANT IN LIFE."
Simmons consistently rants throughout the book against the evils of marriage, not because he dislikes women but rather he sees them as an impediment to making AND keeping more money.
"Are you a male, any age, about to get married? DON'T! Not now, not ever!" writes Simmons in Chapter 7.
Is he a womanizer? No doubt. And damn proud of it! As many are aware he claims to have had sex with thousands of women, including Cher and Dianna Ross. Only Wilt Chamberlain, Montezuma and Genghis Kahn stand as formidable rivals to Simmons on the List of "All-time Sexual Conquerers." Perhaps this is why the politcally correct crowd have totally ignored him? A huge best seller; yet no write ups in the NY Times, Publisher's Review or any other haughty periodicals.
I admit, I was never a big KISS fan growing up. I went straight from Queen and Bowie, deep into the hardcore anarchist punk scene of the late '70's and early '80's; The Clash, Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, Dead Kennedys, Black Flagg, XTC, Talking Heads, and Patti Smith. I pretty much equated KISS with that big hair, lame apolitical Heavy Metal genre, the guys we Punkers used to make fun of: Dread the Zeppalin, Reo Spunkwagon, Slob Segar, Eric "Catch the" Clapton, Jim Morrison and the Big Bores, ect... But I am a big KISS fan now!
I find a great deal to admire in Simmon's Life Philosophy; work hard all the time to make as much money as you possibly can 7 days a week, be creative with your work, be thrifty and don't borrow, pay for everything in cash, seek as many tax shelters as you possibly can, stay away from drugs and alcohol abuse, and have as many stimulating/sexually gratifying relationships with females as you can get away with during your lifetime.
On the latter, Simmons is a firm evolutionist; equating all of our actions to primordial instincts. Simpy put, he believes that men are the hunters, always have been and always will be, and women provide sexual favors to men in return for living off the fruits of their labor. Simmons preaches, "Remember, there are always other girls, but there isn't always another dollar."
He goes on to write, "The only thing wrong with marriage is that one of the two people getting married IS A MAN. He will tend to stray. She will tend not to. She only makes one or two eggs; he makes billions of sperm. The defense rests, your honor. Next case."
I'd love to see Simmons join the Republican Party. He'd give the religious right absolute fits. He's actually more libertarian Republican than dogmatic Libertarian. Despite his total commitment to free market economics, extremely limited government and support for civil liberties across the board, isolationist Libertarian Party folks would have a hard time stomaching his "kick-ass around the world" views on foreign policy.
Though, I think most GOPers would not know how to take Simmons either. I heard Simmons and his side-kick lead guitarist Paul Stanley who is more guarded about his political views, interviewed on Sean Hannity's radio show. Hannity, a fellow New Yorker, kept stumbling. It was a very awkward. He kept agreeing with Simmons and expressing his respect for his views on tax cuts, the 2nd Amendment, and support for the Troops in Iraq, but consistently took him to task for his licentious sexual lifestyle, blasting him severely for the pride he expressed in having so many sexual conquests.
Simmons should know that there is a libertarian movement within the Republican Party that matches his philosophical views perfectly. Also, that he, much like his fellow Rocker Ted Nugent, would find a warm home and welcoming attitude within the growing "Arnold Schwarzenegger/Dennis Miller/Bruce Willis" libertarian Republican camp.
New Lady in Waiting!