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Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley of KISS talk Rock & Brews

By Lauren Delgado / www.orlandosentinel.com

Ask KISS frontman Gene Simmons why Rock & Brews, the restaurant he founded with bandmate Paul Stanley, is so popular and the answer is pretty simple.

“The same philosophy that made KISS award-winning is the same for Rock & Brews,” Simmons said during a recent phone interview.

Similar to a KISS concert, the restaurant gives people a reason to leave their homes for a good time, said the bass guitarist and co-lead singer of the hard-rock group known for such hits as “Rock and Roll All Nite” and “Detroit Rock City.”

Rock & Brews will bring that good time on April 24 to the Lee Vista Promenade shopping center near Orlando International Airport. The rockers will not be at the opening.

The eatery will be Rock & Brews’ second Central Florida spot (a site in Oviedo opened in 2014) and the 20th location worldwide.


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By Mark Earnest, Best Bets

When you think of rock music as theater, one band that should immediately spring to mind is KISS, the New York-based hard-rock group that put pyro, makeup and fire-breathing into the mainstream. But for founding member and guitarist/singer Paul Stanley, it’s still just basic rock and roll to him.

“I’ve always thought of us as — funny enough — a no-frills rock and roll band, like the bands I grew up seeing at the Fillmore East,” Stanley said in a recent interview with Forbes magazine. “That, taken to a different level, adding accoutrements to that, but at the core of it, we’ve always been just a no-frills rock and roll band. All we did was surround that with more, with pyrotechnics. The theatricality, I think, came from within us, as opposed to having dancing toothbrushes or anything like that. It was really about us.”

KISS will make a rare appearance in the region with a show on April 21 at Grand Sierra Resort. Stanley told Billboard magazine in a recent interview that the band still draws a wide range of ages, from young kids to their grandparents.

“KISS is an anomaly in that if you go to a show you might see your neighbor a few rows up or if you come with your dad or your grandfather, you’re all sharing this secret society you all covet and love,” Stanley said. “There’s a sense in families of almost passing it down, wanting your children to experience the wonder and joy and power this band gives people.”

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