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Gene Simmons

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Net worth 2018: $300 Million
Industry: Singers
BirthDay: 25 August 1949
Sigh: Virgo
Height: 1.88 m

Gene Simmons was bornon 25 August 1949 in Israeli, American. Gene Simmons, the lead singer and co-founder of the hard rock band Kiss was born as Chaim Witz in Israel and later migrated to the U.S. He had an inherent interest in music and decided to become a rock star after watching a scintillating performance by the legendary Beatles. His mother gifted him his first guitar and he started practicing hard to achieve his goal. He has led quite an inspiring life; rising from the poverty and hardships he faced as a boy to become a successful musician, actor and entrepreneur. As a teenager he played in a garage band called Lynx and then went on to play for several other bands, but never found the success he craved for. Deciding to form his own band, he collaborated with Paul Stanley to form the rock band Wicked Lester. But again he met with disappointment as the only album they recorded was never released, and the group was disbanded. Not the ones to be disheartened, the duo recruited drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley and formed a band that would later be known as Kiss. The band was characterized by the members’ flamboyant make-up and costumes as they portrayed comic book style characters on stage; Simmons’s persona was ‘The Demon’. The band became one of the best known bands in the 1970’s.


$300 Million


Kiss’s most recent album ‘Monster’ was released in 2012


He was in a relationship with actress Shannon Tweed for 28 years before marrying her in 2011


The album was meant to be a sequel to the 2009 ‘Sonic Boom’ and it had a sound slightly heavier than its predecessor’s


Simmons starred with his wife and two children in a reality television show called ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels’ that premiered on A&E channel in 2006


He launched a magazine, ‘Gene Simmons' Tongue’ in 2002 which was discontinued after only five issues


In 1999, Simmons co-produced the comedy movie ‘Detroit Rock City’ which also featured his former band mates Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, and Paul Stanley


In the decade they released only a few albums: ‘Revenge’ (1992), ‘Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions’ (1997), and ‘Psycho Circus’ (1998)


In the 1990s, Kiss faced a lot of challenges like waning popularity, unrest among the members, and the death of a former member


During this period, Simmons began exploring an acting career, appearing in a number of movies like ‘Runaway’ (1984), ‘Trick or Treat’ (1986), ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive’ (1987) and ‘Red Surf’ (1989)


These include: ‘Creatures of the Night’ (1982), ‘Lick It Up’ (1983), ‘Asylum’ (1985), and ‘Hot in the Shade’ (1989)


Kiss released several albums during the 1980’s, many of which became gold certified


His 1978 solo album, the self-titled ‘Gene Simmons’ was a big hit ; it was accredited Gold in Canada and Platinum in the U


Their album ‘Destroyer’ released in 1976 became platinum certified


They quickly followed it up with ‘Hotter than Hell’ the same year and ‘Dressed to Kill’ in 1975


Kiss released its debut album, the self-titled, ‘Kiss’ in 1974, which went Gold in the U


They were successful in signing a contact with Epic records, but did not release any album and left the band in 1972


It is a commendable fact that the band which reached its peak during the 1970’s has survived for almost four decades and is still giving performances

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