Thank you all for coming to the book signing at UCLA, and especially for standing in line for hours. The last person on line knows I stayed until the end. Whether anyone in the peanut gallery believes it or not is never the point. You mean a lot to me and I wouldn't be here without you. Thanks again.
SIMMONS BOOKS/NEW MILLENNIUM PRESS announces
A very special appearance by Gene Simmons!
Sunday, April 27th at 11am
at the LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
hosted by BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC
at Haines Hall on the UCLA campus
Meet Gene and get your signed copy of
his brand-new book and audio
SEX MONEY KISS
(Simmons Books/New Millennium Press)
before it appears in stores!
This Sunday at 11am - don't miss this chance to pick up
an advance copy of what is sure to be Gene's latest bestseller!
April 19th -
IT'S OFFICIAL: The AEROSMITH/KISS tour is going to happen!!!
Go to KISSONLINE.COM to get all the tour dates.
Paul and I went down to a studio here in LA, STEVEN TYLER and JOE PERRY were in Boston, while TOM HAMILTON was in Florida. It was all done via satellite radio -- heard all over the US. Everyone was in great spirits and the call ins were hilarious. During the commercial breaks, all of us joked and went over stories we shared over our 30 year history. We've known each other that long.
Peter Criss talked with Joe Perry that afternoon. Peter was on the East Coast and because of Good Friday, couldn't make it to the studio. Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford were in Boston and likewise couldn't make it down. But, everyone wished each other well.
This is clearly a mutual admiration society and the tour promises to kick you in the teeth.
Be there, or be square!!!
New letters posted...
April 17th -
Recently, because of the War in Iraq, our letters pages have become a forum for all sorts of views. A few of you have expressed concern and sometimes outrage at some of my responses. And, perhaps a word of explanation is in order.
First, and most important, I stand by my words.
I don't often use words like "fuck", "ass" or "balls." However, when appropriate and certainly here, in my own web site, I will do as I please. This is my house and at my home, I freely express myself. You are free to visit other sites that might not offend you.
I have said in this political climate, that I am ashamed of the behavior of people who call themselves either members of the Democratic Party (whose politics I usually support, incidentally) or as Liberals (funny, I always thought I was one). But, I will not hesitate to tell someone off. I believe in a form of politics that supercedes philosophical discussions. I believe in Pragmatism.
Pacifism is a beautiful word. No one wants war. Not you. Not I. But, the most passionate Pacifist is only relatively so. What I mean is, it's easy to be a Pacifist here in America. That's because Hussein and other menaces are far away. The closer a gun is pointed to your head, the less of a Pacifist you are...the more you're interested in stopping the guy pointing the gun to your head.
Granted. Saddam Hussein never pointed a gun to my head. I also never want to wait long enough for him to do so. PRE-EMPTIVE WAR is one of the realities we all have to face. There will never be another 9/11...and I could give a shit if there is or isn't a direct line to Hussein. He had to go. Period. That regime wouldn't think twice about giving an extremist a suitcase filled with a dirty bomb.
I am passionate about America. It has given me (and in my estimation, the world) everything I ever wanted... including the right to disagree, without winding up in a can of dog food. And, because of my passionate love of America, warts and all, I will stand up and defend her at the drop of a hat.
Is America always right? No. But for 100 years, it seems to me, it has gotten most of it right. The most powerful force the world has ever known is not conquering other countries. Previous world powers, had a colonial agenda. This included at various times in history: Rome, Greece, Nazi Germany, France, England, Communist Russia and Persia. There are more.
But, aside from the French complaining (don't they always?) about the influx of the AMERICAN CULTURE, I don't see America expanding its borders...All the countries in the world are free to rule themselves as they see fit...as long as they don't threaten anyone else.
So, the letter column has tended to veer towards your letters. I didn't push it there. You did. DON'T START SOMETHING, UNLESS YOU WANT TO FINISH IT. If you write letters and are willing to give...you better be willing to get.
Because I give as good as I get.
"America, love it or leave it?" I never subscribed to that ideal. It's actually UnAmerican. I DO believe in different opinions. But, I am also ashamed of any American especially, who gets up on stage in a different country to badmouth America, while American troops are dying in a desert country they would never want to live in.
Is that behavior giving aid and comfort to the enemy? You bet your fuckin' ass. In jail, when you misbehave, you get bitch slapped, or you become someone's bitch
In life, you should be held accountable for anything that comes out of your mouth, not just your ass.
Yelling FIRE in a movie theater, is NOT freedom of speech.
The war, for the most part is over. The British and the Aussies, (God bless em both,) amid a murky political situation, stood alongside Americans and did what had to be done.
The Iraqi's are free.
I suggest anyone having a problem with this war go talk to the Iraqi's. Ask them if they prefer freedom (even at the price of, initially having what seems to be chaos), or if they prefer Saddam Hussein come back and reinstates the old ways.
I DARE anyone to say the Iraqi's were better off before, under Hussein.
And, after the war dies down, and people here in America go back to normalcy, there will be people who say that they are "non-violent." You don't want to get into fights. But, what that really means is, you don't want to pick on anybody.
Problem is, the bad guys don't always agree with you. You see, if you're against violence and some guy holds a gun to your head and asks you for your money, you better re-think your position. You better become VERY VIOLENT at that moment. Or, you're dead.
Being a Pacifist, is an ideal. I subscribe to it. I'm against violence. But, only CONCEPTUALLY, if you threaten my children, I wouldn't think twice about snapping your neck on the spot. I suspect most people would take my view.
You can tell by the length of this missive, that this issue has gotten under my skin. So, I'll try to recap my feelings, in brief. Get ready, 'cause here comes the truth:
America is the world's only hope for a bright future.
Yes. I mean that. Yes, I know you live in another country and your country is cool, too. But, America is the only Superpower. There are no others. And that means, the world is a better place. Because if Nazi Germany or Communist Russia were the only superpowers, we would all be either dead or forced to live under their regimes.
America is not interested in ruling your country. If you think it does, smoking crack may be your answer.
I wasn't born here. But, I have a love for this country and its people that knows no bounds. I will forever be grateful to America for going into World War II, when it had nothing to gain, in a country that was far away...and rescued my Mother from the Nazi German Concentration Camps.
She is alive and I am alive because of America.
And, if you have a problem with America, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ME.
April 16th -
JANE'S ADDICTION just finished a photo shoot with our David Safien and a feature article with our editor, Dee McLaughlin for our GENE SIMMONS TONGUE Issue #5 -- which will see the light of day in June. SNOOP DOGG is our cover story. Inside, you'll find ROBERT PLANT, ROBERT DUVALL , JULIO IGLESIAS JR., and more...
April 16th -
Dark Horse's MIKE RICHARDSON and BARRY LEVINE (who was KISS' photographer for years and also co-produced DETROIT ROCK CITY with me) are partnered with me on a film project revolving around TUROK, a comic book character that has been thrilling us for 40 years. It has also become a phenomenon in the game world. Barry and I have been developing this project for years, and have gone through numerous story ideas. This time, we may just get it right.
Barry and I are also partnered on an original tv/film project called FUNHOUSE. We will shortly be going out to pitch this to the networks.
April 13th -
Sad to report that SEAN DELANEY, our first road manager, co-writer and much more...has passed away. BILL AUCOIN, the band's first manager, called to tell me the sad news. Our condolences to the Delaney family. Sean and I spoke only a few weeks ago. He told me he had just started working with a new English Country and Western band. Aucoin also told me about that venture. Sean seemed happy to be working on something he cared about again. He also asked if he could introduce us when we played in his home town, and I, of course said yes. We both made plans to see each other when we arrived in his city.
Sadly, he will not be able to introduce us.
But, in more ways than one, Sean was one of the pivotal people in all our lives. He believed, when the world did not. He was there for us in the beginning and helped shape the direction of the band.
He will be missed.
New letters posted...
April 10th -
Camera crews from new television reality show WELCOME TO HOLLYWOOD came over to my house today. The show (on AMC) was created by Adam Rifkin. Adam, if you'll recall, directed DETROIT ROCK CITY. One of the producers is DETROIT alumni Tim Sullivan. The premise of the show follows a "fictional" new actor, on his way to stardom in the jungles of Hollywood. He meets PAMELA ANDERSON at HOLLYWOOD SQUARES. He runs into HEFNER and the PLAYBOY BUNNIES and he goes over to GENE SIMMONS' house for some sound advice on how to be a star. A few of my very closest friends (of the "lifted and separated" variety) were on hand to lend their "support."
Tomorrow, Friday the 11th, I'm told EXTRA TV will run the GENE SIMMONS/SHANNON TWEED interview. She does me. I do her. I'll be watching.
New letters posted...
April 9th -
Woke up this morning to the site of Saddam Hussein's head, torn from its metallic statue base, in downtown Baghdad, being ridden by Iraqi's!!! I saw Iraqi's running through the streets waving American flags.
I also watched with interest how the UN was insisting it had to play the major role in rebuilding Iraq.
And, of course, the French/Chirac led government and, I might add the German government (who only last week on CNN strongly urged that Hussein be removed -- without so much as lifting a finger to do anything about it), insisted that they be allowed to be involved in the rebuilding of Iraq.
In jail, bending over for the soap is not a good idea. In life, the words SUCK MY BALLS in response, might be appropriate in this instance.
Further, I would like to add my condolences to all the American and British and yes, the Iraqi families that lost loved ones in this struggle...while the American media (the New York Times, the Washington Post and other "respected" newspapers) routinely trounced the war effort.
My heart goes out to people who suffer. And, although "Might makes Right" does not necessarily follow, in this case it does. Better the good guys be Mighty, than the bad guys.
As for being a Liberal. I am!!! I believe in equality -- for everyone. I believe prejudice is the bane of mankind's existence.
The whole world would have become a Communist World, if American didn't stand up to Russia...don't kid yourself.
And, I believe if you don't have the guts to stand up to injustice, where ever it exists (and that means stopping the Germans, the Japanese and the Italians in WW I and WW II...or the Albanian Serbs in Bosnia...or the tragedies that keep on occurring in Africa...or even the Viet Nam War....Panama...North Korea...the list goes on and on)...
One thing in common with all these events: AMERICA.
America didn't stay and "conquer" ANY OF THESE COUNTRIES.
And, the UN??? It's a sham. It can't even decide what to do about UNANIMOUSLY VOTING THAT HUSSEIN be punished.
Me??? I'm ashamed to be surrounded by people calling themselves Liberal who are, in my opinion, spitting on the graves of brave American soldiers who gave their life to fight a war that wasn't theirs...in a country they've never been to...simply to liberate the people therein.
I haven't said very much politically, because talk is cheap (yours and mine). But the answer to any doubters lies in watching Iraq's people dancing in the streets.
Again, everyone who is marching today in a war protest, can line up to my left to suck my balls.
New Lady in Waiting!
"...in the Dutch HUSTLER there was a picture of someone (they write it is not G.Simmons) but he looks a lot like you.Thought you might like to see it."
Went to Hef's Birthday Party at the PLAYBOY MANSION. Heaven on Earth. The dress code was pajamas for the guys and as little as possible for the girls. Butt floss was in full swing. Hef has had a life surrounded by beautiful women and...say what you will, but I know of no man who wouldn't prefer to have his life.
Ran into RICK RUBIN, who started DEF JAM with Russel Simmons and kick started the entire "white boy rap" genre... starting off with the Beastie Boys, onto the Chili Peppers and Johnny Cash!!! Rick gave me some advice on my solo record.
FRED DURST was doing his best to wear as little as possible and we chatted about his new LIMP BIZKIT record coming soon.
April 3rd -
Discussions are underway for the premier release on SIMMONS RECORDS, I'm proud to say. We will be shortly announcing our label joint venture partnership at a PARTY to be held in Los Angeles within a month or two. In the meantime, the first release promises to be a "different" kind of record, involving artist(s) you might find surprising.
Meantime, days are filled with working on demos, GS TONGUE magazine interviews/foto sessions, FILM COMPANY meetings, investment banker meetings, planning the release of SEX MONEY KISS on SIMMONS BOOKS, as well as the AUDIO BOOK version, planning for our upcoming U.S. TOUR and going to the gym. Yes. The gym. The last thing I want to happen is to have someone out there nudging the person next to him and saying "Gene's put on a couple." Not going to happen.
I WILL be stunning. I fully intend to be in good enough shape to be the favorite pin up boy in any jail.
April 2nd -
Interviewed SNOOP DOGG on the phone. He was filming his MTV series and did a foto shoot for Vanity Fair. I was in the studio working on some demos.
Snoop was a blast and certainly has the gift of gab. We talked for quite a bit and the results will be seen in GENE SIMMONS TONGUE #5 out this June.
Tomorrow, we will be "previewing" beautiful girls for a "Swimsuit Fashion Spread" in the same issue. We have to "ahem" interview the girls before the foto shoot.
Wish I could send you all a postcard: "Having a good time. Wish you were here."
This Friday (I'm told), EXTRA on NBC TV will be running the SHANNON TWEED/GENE SIMMONS INTERVIEW... she interviews me... I interview her...
New Lady in Waiting!