Rocker Gene Simmons has dashed Kiss fans' hopes of an original line-up reunion following the group's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in April (14), insisting there's "not a chance" of a get together. As Simmons and frontman Paul Stanley prepare for a residency in Las Vegas while touring with Def Leppard, devotees are hoping that Ace Frehley and Peter Kriss will join them onstage - but the bassist insists current bandmates Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer will never be replaced.
He tells The Tampa Tribune, "We've already danced that dance three different times. No way will we reunite. It wouldn't be fair to Tommy and Eric. It wouldn't be right."
Simmons and Stanley refused to perform at the Hall of Fame gala after learning Thayer and Singer would not be honoured alongside Frehley and Kriss.
The bass player adds, "We only did the induction with Ace and Peter because the fans wanted it. But it was a slap in the face that they didn't acknowledge Tommy and Eric. They've been in the band longer than Ace and Peter."
Rockers Kiss have confirmed plans to play a residency in Las Vegas. The group, led by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, will play a nine-show run at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in November (14).
Tickets for the shows, which begin on 5 November (14), will go on sale on Friday (18Jul14).
The Joint has previously hosted residencies by Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses and Def Leppard.
The new KISS residency begins the day after the end of Kiss Kruise IV to the Bahamas.
Veteran Kiss star Gene Simmons is set to share the secrets to his business success in a new self-help book. The heavy rocker is working on Me, Inc.: Build An Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business in a bid to share lessons learned on his road to success and help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their ideas into money-making machines.
Describing Simmons as a "marketing and finance wizard" and "the quintessential self-made man", a statement from executives at HarperCollins Publishers reads: "KISS did not become one of the most successful rock bands in history by accident.
"Long before they first took the stage, Gene Simmons and (bandmate) Paul Stanley had a clear-cut operating plan for their business. Over the past forty years, KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and manages over 3,000 licensed merchandise items.
"In addition to KISS, Simmons' lucrative ventures include two hit reality shows, a professional sports team, a restaurant chain, and a record company. A recipient of the Forbes lifetime achievement award, this brilliant executive runs all of his businesses on his own - no personal assistant, few handlers, and as little red tape as possible."
The book is due for release later this year (14).
Simmons is already an established author - he teamed up with Stanley for the 2012 release Nothin' To Lose to tell the story of the group's formation back in 1973.
Rockers Kiss are set to become the latest act to play a set of shows in Las Vegas if signs dotted around Sin City are to be believed. Billboards hinting at a residency at the Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel And Casino this autumn (14) have been spotted throughout the resort in the past few days.
They read "...Be one of the first to find out about show dates and on-sale info".
KISS frontman Paul Stanley confirmed last year (13) that the band was considering a residency in Sin City, where Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses and Motley Crue have enjoyed concert runs in recent years.
Kiss rocker Gene Simmons is producing a new reality TV series titled Ugly Models, centering on a British agency which represents unique-looking men and women. The musician is behind the new programme for America's Lifetime network, which will document a U.K.-based agency as it makes the move to the U.S. and adapts to a different market.
The agency represents "character models with unique and unusual looks", and goes by the motto: "Any beauty can be airbrushed but we want to have true character."
Besides the seven seasons of his own family reality TV show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, the KISS star and his bandmate Paul Stanley have also collaborated on a series focusing on the arena football team they own, the L.A. Kiss, which is set to premiere in America this summer (14).
Veteran rockers Kiss have paid tribute to the band's former producer Kenny Kerner following his death. Kerner, who worked on the group's first two albums, Kiss and Hotter Than Hell, reportedly passed away after suffering complications relating to diabetes, and his passing has prompted an outpouring of condolences from the group.
A statement posted on the KISS website reads, "We are shocked to hear of Kenny Kerner's passing. He was an early supporter of the band and co-produced our first two albums... He remained a friend till (sic) the end and we will never forget his contributions to our early years."
Frontman Paul Stanley added in a message on his Twitter.com page, "RIP Kenny Kerner. He remained a friend till the end..."
Kerner also worked with acts including Gladys Knight & the Pips and Badfinger throughout his career as a producer.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley became embroiled in an online feud with actor Eric Stonestreet after the Modern Family star accused the rockers of "bullying" his mother during a flight. Stonestreet picked a digital fight with the KISS musicians via Twitter.com after finding out his mother was allegedly involved in a confrontation with the pair on a plane this week (beg26May14).
The actor posted a message online slating the rockers, writing, "Turns out both Gene Simmons AND Paul Stanley were on my mom's flight to Kansas City. Gene tried to bully my mom out of her seat and when she said no, he said, 'It's ok, I just bought the plane' and then asked her for HER autograph. - d**k move... The Paul (sic) called her 'Aunt Bee' - d**k move.
"I can't wait to run into you two old a** make-up wearing f**ks and tell you in person; you should have been nicer to my mom."
The message prompted a stern response from Simmons, who took to his own Twitter.com page to brand the story false and "pretty sad", adding, "Someone posted a story which is blatantly untrue. The essence of it was that we were mean to somebody's mother. It's simply untrue."
Stanley also waded into the argument, and ended the feud by branding the incident a "misunderstanding" and offering an apology to Stonestreet, writing, "I actually waited so your mom could get off (the plane) first. The rest - a misunderstanding of joking (sic). I apologise anyway. Good son."
Stonestreet replied to Stanley, "Thank u (sic) for that. She did tell me you let her go first. I will tape my glow in the dark KISS posters back together now."
Six hours later, he acknowledged his mother's story was false, writing to Simmons, "Take care. I assure u (you), I will have a stern talk with my mom about making up stories. Old people, ya (sic) know? OUR apologies."
Rocker Dave Grohl has scored his own TV series - he'll front a new show about America's most famous recording studios. The Foo Fighters frontman will host and produce the as-yet-untitled programme for America's HBO network.
The series will expand on Grohl's acclaimed Sound City documentary, in which he chronicled the story of fabled Los Angeles recording space Sound City Studios, where Nirvana recorded their classic album Nevermind.
For the new series, Grohl will go beyond the Los Angeles city limits and visit recording studios in New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Nashville.
Grohl will also interview musicians, like KISS star Paul Stanley, Heart's Nancy Wilson and The Eagles' Joe Walsh, who have recorded albums at each facility.
Rockers Kiss have teamed up with organisers at Hiring Our Heroes to recruit two U.S. military members to work on their 40th anniversary tour. The legendary band is teaming up with Def Leppard to launch a 42-city North American trek this summer (14) and the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are hiring two veterans to join them as roadies.
Gene Simmons tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "We're looking forward to honouring our brave, brave military..."
Bandmate Paul Stanley adds, "It's part of the organisation and part of the movement called Hiring Our Heroes.
"People have to realise that the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy here, we take for granted. The people that make it possible are part of the world's greatest volunteer army. These people risk limbs, they risk their lives for us. We owe them everything.
"So if we can hire a few of them just to bring attention to the fact that we owe them everything... God bless our troops, so we are here to hire two of them."