07/13/2016

Every day is KISS-ing day with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Simmons

Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

It’s International Kissing Day.

What better day to speak with Gene Simmons, a man who, for the past 40-plus years has made Kiss-ing time his life and his career?

The bassist for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members is in a typically quippy and self-promoting mood on this particular afternoon, acknowledging the greeting of “Happy you day,” with an insistence that you “should use your lips anyway, whether it’s a day for it or not because women don’t wear makeup for nothing, so you’ve got to take care of them.”

That’s the only reason they wear makeup?

“Well they don’t wear it for any other reason: they want attention from you, right?” Simmons says. “Specifically from you.”

Prior to The Demon and the rest of the makeupped members of Kiss — fellow founding member Paul Stanley, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer — hitting Edmonton and Calgary with their Freedom to Rock Tour, Simmons spoke with Postmedia.

Q: The tour just kicked off (in Arizona on July 4), it sounds like Tucson was a hot, hot time?

A: It was literally 108 degrees (Fahrenheit) when we went outside to do a photo with the American flag, which I’m guessing was 300 or 400 feet long. I mean it was two football fields length and we went out and did, you know, what a lot of people should do, which is not take this stuff that’s hanging on poles for granted, including the Canadian flag. People have died for it. Just take a moment and give it the respect it demands.

Q: I also know that you continue that by having service members as your roadies.

A: It goes farther than that … We have a deal with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and in every single one of the cities we’re giving vets jobs, which means they’re getting paid … We do give vets jobs because it’s the least we could do. They rightfully take their place along with our road crew and put on the greatest show on Earth.

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