Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
You can rock and roll all nite as you celebrate the birthday of Gene Simmons of Kiss!
It’s also my mom’s birthday today – HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM, I LOVE YOU!
Also born today: baseball great Rollie Fingers, model Claudia Schiffer, singer Billy Ray Cyrus, film maker Tim Burton, singer Elvis Costello, talk show host Regis Philbin, actor Sean Connery, game show host Monty Hall, composer Leonard Bernstein, actor Van Johnson and actress Ruby Keeler.
Happy birthday to all!
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Gene Simmons of Kiss
In addition to it being my mom’s birthday today, Gene Simmons of Kiss also celebrates a birthday today. I recently saw Kiss live and it was a great experience. Here’s a few fun facts about Gene Simmons: he was born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel on August 25, 1949 and moved to New York when he was a kid. Happy birthday Gene and keep rockin’!
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Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer- Kiss!
Though I’ve never been the biggest fan of Kiss‘ music, I’ve always had great respect and appreciated the bits and pieces I’ve seen of their stage shows, their legions of devoted fans and the fact that they’ve been around since 1973 and are still going! As I’ve been so blessed to see so many amazing artists perform, I owed it to myself to see the legendary Kiss. They are worth all the accolades they receive as they are phenomenal live. Jones Beach in New York is located literally on the water, so that by itself makes for a magical night and seeing the legendary Kiss on August 14, 2010 at this venue is definitely one for the books.
They had a really great LED screen behind them projecting trippy visuals, a huge flashing KISS logo, fireworks, rising bits of the stage, and of course most importantly, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons decked out in their finest Kiss gear! The audience was a very eclectic mix of people and I saw so many kids (literally 5 years old and less) with their parents in Kiss makeup! Pictures of that are coming soon, so stay tuned. Some people say Rock and Roll is dead. Judging from the crowd at the Kiss show, I’d say Rock and Roll is very much alive, it’s just morbidly obese. Coming soon, I’ll be posting a video I took of my favorite Kiss song “Deuce” so stay tuned for that. The band played all the songs a casual fan such as myself would want to hear such as “Beth,” “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Lick It Up,” and “Detroit Rock City.” Paul Stanley invited many crowd sing-a-longs, Gene Simmons stuck out his enormously large tongue many times, Eric Singer performed a drum solo while he was over 50 feet high in the air and Tommy Thayer did a guitar solo with his guitar behind his head. What more could you ask for?
See more pictures of Kiss as well as the setlist after the jump.
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