Above: the new Gene Simmons G² Thunderbird Bass in Ebony.
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About Gene Simmons:
International rock legend Gene Simmons is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, and media mogul. Simmons has achieved success that reaches far beyond his music career, extending into television shows, films, publishing, merchandising, worldwide restaurants, consumer products, and more. Simmons’ was inspired to become a rock star when he first saw a televised performance by the Beatles. Simmons formed several bands and then met fellow KISS co-founder Paul Stanley in 1970 and they formed the group Wicked Lester. In the winter of 1972, with a desire to create the “ultimate” rock band, not just “another” rock band, Simmons and Stanley formed KISS with original band members Peter Criss and Paul “Ace” Frehley. Inspired by his love of comic books and horror films, Simmons conceived the concept of his face paint. The addition of elaborate costumes, frenetic stage performances and ostentatious concert effects, catapulted KISS to international stardom and a coveted position as one of the most recognized rock and roll bands in the world. Since their inception, KISS has developed millions of fans around the world, also known as the KISS Army. With over 100 million CDs and DVDs sold worldwide, KISS continues to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world, breaking box-office records set by Elvis and the Beatles. KISS was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 and in 1999 received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Merchandising giant Simmons’ keen business acumen has expanded the KISS brand beyond the stage. With more than 5,000 licensed/merchandised items, KISS has generated more money from merchandising and trademark deals than any other band in music history. Recently, Gene launched Gene Simmons MoneyBag soda–a new line of sodas made with all natural flavors, colors, and pure cane sugar, and packaged in painted bottles. For more information on Gene Simmons MoneyBag soda, visit: HERE.Simmons is renowned and sought after worldwide as a notable and opinionated media commentator on a diverse range of topics from politics to business. www.genesimmons.com
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