November 25, 2006
By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith Nov 24, 2006 KISS AND TELL: Kiss's ever-colorful front man, Gene Simmons, shows his serious and, yes, sentimental side while recalling his first meeting with Dick Clark. "When Kiss first started we came out to Hollywood for our very first time. We appeared on 'In Concert,' Dick Clark's concert show on ABC. We were green, we knew no one, all we had was ourselves -- all for one, one for all, us against the world," states Simmons, who is among the many rockers sharing memories of Clark in preparation for his big memorabilia auction to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation. Gene appears on tomorrow's (11/25) "Dick Clark Auction Preview" on VOOM's Treasure HD, the new high-definition network dedicated to collectors, which will also show much of the two-day auction next month. "Right before we were to go on, Clark came into our dressing room," continues Simmons. "He put his arm around our shoulders and said, 'Anything you want, just ask me.' He was kind enough to us in the beginning when no one else gave a squat. Dick Clark was, is, and continues to be a gentleman of the highest order."