Veteran rockers Kiss rejected a plan to make members of their football team wear the band's signature face-paint. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley launched their own Arena Football League team called the L.A. Kiss last year (13) and the club played its first season in 2014.
The team uses the band's logo, and Simmons has now revealed they rejected a proposal to deck out the players in KISS' iconic black and white face-paint.
He says, "There are some pragmatic reasons why our great athletes should not be wearing the KISS make-up. For one thing, you've got to earn it. Secondly, it's got to be real football, not stuff going into everybody's eyes while they are running on the field and getting tackled. Not a good idea."
The stars' involvement in the running of the team is documented in a new TV show titled 4th and Loud.
The Doobie Brothers guitarist Patrick Simmons is set to ride across country on his vintage motorcycle in support of charity Stand Up to Cancer. Simmons will take part in the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2014, which sets off from Daytona, Florida on 5 September (14).
The rocker and his wife Cris are riding to honour their son, Pat Jr., who successfully battled testicular cancer last year (13).
He says, "Cris and I are excited, and so ready to head out on the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. We have been working on our bikes for over a year now."
This year's (14) Stand Up to Cancer telethon will take place next month in America, and will feature guests Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow, who is also producing the fundraiser.
Guns N' Roses spin-off supergroup Kings Of Chaos are swelling their ranks by recruiting Steven Tyler and Zz Top star Billy Gibbons for upcoming dates in South Africa. The part-time collective, which features Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Gilby Clarke, has lined up two shows in Sun City and Cape Town in November and December (14), and the core trio is taking some big names.
The Kings of Chaos evolved out of the Rock 'N' Roll Allstars, an 11-piece outfit that included Gene Simmons and Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott.
The line-up for South Africa will also feature Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Extreme star Nuno Bettencourt.
Sorum, who was also a member of McKagan and Slash's supergroup Velvet Revolver, recently told Blabbermouth.net that the Kings of Chaos could easily become a priority for him, stating, "I'm at that stage of my career where I haven't really got the energy to go and try and create a band. I mean, how many bands do I have in my back pocket? I'd rather just get a bunch of great guys together that everybody knows and go and play a bunch of shows to 60,000 people.
"Even Velvet Revolver, it took us 18 months to build that up, and we were on the road, like, 20-year-old kids... I don't really want to go on the road for 18 months anymore, which will basically kill you, unless you're doing hard drugs and I don't do hard drugs anymore, and I don't drink anymore, and the rest of it's just kind of boring.
"I'd rather go and do great festivals and do two or three-week tours - go out and just have a blast and then go home and then think about the next thing."
Fired frontman Scott Weiland recently joked about auditioning for the his own vacant spot in Velvet Revolver, leading fans to think the band was active again after six years, but bassist McKagan recently shot down the rumours, insisting there were no immediate plans to restart to hunt for a new singer.
Sir Paul McCartney has topped a news list to find the top 10 Richest Bassists in the World. The Beatles legend is worth an estimated $1.2 billion, according to therichest.com.
Coming in at number two are Sting and Gene Simmons, both with a net worth of $300 million (GBP176 million).
Rounding out the top five are Roger Waters, U2's Adam Clayton and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Rocker Nikki Sixx has urged his fans and radio listeners to end the "Gene Simmons bash-athon", which he started by slamming the Kiss star for ill-advised remarks he made about people suffering from depression. The outspoken bassist became a target recently when he fired off about addicts and depressives in an online interview, suggesting those contemplating suicide should just kill themselves.
Simmons said, "I'm the guy who says 'Jump' when there's a guy on top of a building who says, 'That's it, I can't take it any more - I'm going to jump'. Shut the f**k up, have some dignity and jump."
The KISS star was responding to a question about his ongoing relations with former bandmate Ace Frehley, who has battled addiction issues.
Among those taking aim at Simmons for his insensitive remarks was Motley Crue star Sixx, who stirred up the controversy on his satellite radio show by calling his one-time tourmate "moronic". Bosses at a leading Australian radio station pulled KISS tracks from the airwaves to protest Simmons' comments.
The KISS star has since apologised stating, "My intentions in speaking very directly, and perhaps politically incorrectly, about drug use and alcoholics have been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression. Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention."
And that seems to have satisfied Sixx, who is keen to end his feud with Simmons.
He says, "This has turned into a bit of an anti-Gene Simmons bash-athon, and I don't condone that. Nor do I support radio stations who are banning Kiss - the guys in the band didn't do anything. Gene said something that has been addressed. Maybe in a moment of bravado he was just being cocksure and pompous? Out of everything in my life that's gone awry, I try to learn a lesson. There is good in everything."
But as Sixx attempts to distance himself from the ongoing drama over Simmons' remarks, British rocker Ginger Wildheart has dived in, demanding filmmakers remove him from an upcoming KISS fan documentary.
The Wildheart star admits he was appalled by what his one-time hero had to say about addicts, depression and suicide and he doesn't want to be associated with him: "I'm truly embarrassed that I was ever a Kiss fan. I'm honestly really happy that everyone hates Gene Simmons. Clueless old f**king w**ker."
Kiss rocker Gene Simmons has apologised after suggesting sufferers of depression should kill themselves in a recent interview. The rock veteran lost his cool when he was asked about his relationship with former KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss during a chat with SongFacts.com.
He replied, "I don't get along with anybody who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over the head and sees themselves as a victim. For a putz 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed. I live in Seattle'. F**k you, then kill yourself."
The comment sparked controversy and attracted criticism from Motley Crue star Nikki Sixx, and led to bosses at a top radio network in Australia banning Kiss music from the airwaves.
Simmons has since posted an explanation for his comments on Facebook.com, and now an apology statement has been sent to Rolling Stone.
The rocker writes, "To the extent my comments reported by the media speak of depression, I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression...
"I sincerely apologize to those who were offended by my comments. I recognize that depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression."
Bosses at an Australian radio station have banned Kiss music from the airwaves as a protest against comments bassist Gene Simmons recently made about people battling depression. The rocker upset a lot of people when he suggested people with depression and addiction issues should kill themselves in a recent interview when he was asked about relations between himself and former Kiss bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.
Simmons told SongFacts.com, "I don't get along with anybody who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim. Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: 'The world is a harsh place'.
"My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don't want to hear f**k-all about 'the world is a harsh place'. She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed, I live in Seattle'. F**k you, then kill yourself.
"I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I'm the guy who says 'Jump!' when there's a guy on top of a building who says, 'That's it, I can't take it anymore, I'm going to jump'. Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the f**k up, have some dignity and jump! You've got the crowd."
Motley Crue star Nikki Sixx attacked Simmons over his remarks on his satellite radio show earlier this week (beg11Aug14), and now bosses at Triple M have pulled all Kiss tracks from playlists nationwide following the bassist's "misguided and insensitive" comments about depression and suicide.
Network head Mike Fitzpatrick says, "Depression and suicide are not topics he should be using to further his notoriety or sell records. His desperation to use mental health issues to find relevancy in a modern age is sickening. I can only put it down to a brain fade on his part.
"The Triple M network can't and won't be playing or supporting this d**khead's music. I put the challenge out to other stations across Australia and North America to also drop any of this nudnik's songs until such time as he reconsiders his thoughtless and insensitive position."
Simmons has released a statement on Facebook.com in an attempt to clarify his remarks. It reads: "Depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I have not commented on various allegations made in the media, but I want to make this statement for the record and to clarify. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression.
"I have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intentions in speaking very directly and perhaps politically-incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics have been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression. Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. And I do not intend to defend myself here and now by listing the myriad charities and self-help organizations I am involved with."
He adds, "My heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression."
Motley Crue star Nikki Sixx has blasted Gene Simmons for ill-advised comments the rocker made recently about people battling depression. The outspoken KISS bass player upset many people when he implied that those fighting depression should simply kill themselves rather than complain about their lives, and Sixx, a recovering addict, was one of them.
During his Sixx Sense radio show on Wednesday (13Aug14), the new dad said, "I like Gene but in this situation, I don't like Gene. I don't like Gene's words, because... there is a 20-year-old kid out there who is a Kiss fan and reads this and goes, 'You know what? He's right. I should just kill myself'."
The Motley Crue star added, "For people who are depressed, there is a way out. There are many, many ways out. And I don't want people to listen to an interview from a rock star, who's telling you the only way out is out, when I'm telling you... you can get out of this.
"One in 10 Americans are affected by depression at one point in their life, so this is another thing to think about. At one point in your life, meaning it will come and it will go... They say all bad things must pass, all bad things will pass, so keep that in the back of your mind if you're feeling (the onset of) depression, and don't listen to people who don't know what they're talking about."
Simmons' comments came during a recent interview when he was asked about his relationship with the original members of Kiss, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.
He said, "I don't get along with anybody who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over the head and sees themselves as a victim. For a putz 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed. I live in Seattle'. F**k you, then kill yourself."
Actor James Caan and Barbra Streisand led tributes to their late pal Lauren Bacall following the actress' death on Tuesday (12Aug14). The 89-year-old movie legend died after suffering a stroke at her home in Manhattan, New York.
Caan, who worked with Bacall in 1990's Misery, shared his sorrow in a statement to Entertainment Weekly which reads, "She was a great, uplifting lady who was full of talent and fun. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her. I will miss her dearly."
Barbra Streisand, who directed Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Faces, says to Billboard.com, "What a terrible loss for us all... It was my privilege to have known her, to have acted with her, and to have directed her... And, most of all, to have had her as a wise and loving friend. She was an original. Even with all those great films we can visit again and again, she will be missed."
Alec Baldwin writes on Twitter.com, "The great Betty Bacall (her birth name) is gone. Read her first autobiography, BY MYSELF. I love that book," while KISS rocker Gene Simmons adds, "Lauren Bacall - sad. R.I.P. She was a class act. She will be missed."
Alan Cumming uploaded a picture of himself with the late actress and writes, "You are a sensation and a killer! (First thing BB ever said to me) RIP Betty you sensational killer," and Richard E. Grant adds, "Worked with Lauren 'Betty' Bacall who called herself a 'Broad'.Took no prisoners, but if she liked you, you were friends for life. Unique."
Other stars have sent their condolences via social media, including John Cusack, Stephen Merchant, Belinda Carlisle, Boy George, Dita Von Teese and Lynda Carter.
Rapper/actor Shad Moss is reportedly dating U.S. reality TV star Erica Mena after jetting off on a romantic vacation with her. The Like You hitmaker, formerly known as Bow Wow, recently sparked rumours he was more than just friends with Love & Hip-Hop NY regular Mena after they were spotted getting close while attending a 50th birthday party for U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams.
Now the couple has been photographed on holiday together in Puerto Rico.
The pair has yet to comment on the relationship reports.
Bow Wow previously dated reality star-turned-fashion designer Angela Simmons and singer Ciara.