THE BIG ISSUE: Gene Simmons
Iím an only child, so all my life Iíve been delusional.
When I first came to America with my mother [from his native Israel] I heard about Superman flying through the air and having super strength. I remember being on a beach when I was eight, putting a towel round my neck and standing there with my hands on my hips, and as the wind blew my cape fluttered behind me. In my mind I had an image of millions of people grovelling at my feet and paying homage to me, Superman.
I wouldnít say I was a good looking guy, but I could walk up to the best looking guyís girl and walk away with her.
I knew I wasnít the best looking or smartest guy in the room but I also knew that, as Shakespeare says, the worldís a stage and weíre all actors. I had the people skills and the language skills. This idea of looking people in the eyes works very well with the female of the species. Was I doing the Lordís work and spreading my seed at 16? The answer is yes.
Iíve always been happy. Iíve never had the need to have friends.
The thing about friends is, while itís a nice sugar coating and a cushion, you really canít do what you want to do. Thereís just too much I want to do Ė I donít want to have to make excuses why I canít hang out or go shopping. Taylor Swift is a wonderful girl Ė Iíve met her, sheís sweet, charming and kind Ė but this idea of going in a group of people to events, itís not in my DNA. Friends demand time, watering Ė why did you say that, you hurt my feelings... I donít want to worry about peopleís feelings. Youíre a grown-up, take care of your own feelings. Iím busy building my empire.
When I was young, my main ambition was to become rich and famous.
As soon as I saw girls screaming at the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, I thought, that looks like a good job. You get to travel the world and women want to have your children. Not much later, I realised it wasnít just about music Ė it was then, and it is now, the music business. And I took care of that. As I sit here speaking to you now, Iím proudly aware that KISS is the number one American gold-record champion of all time. Which is bizarre, because we only ever had about two hit singles