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Simmons, Gene (orig. Chaim Witz)

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Born: 1949 AD
Currently alive, at 64 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter

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1949 – He was born on the 25th day of August this year in Haifa, Israel.

 

1957 - Their family immigrated to New York City. After arriving in the U.S., he took the name Gene Klein. Simmons formed the rock band Wicked Lester in the early 1970s with Stanley Eisen (now known as Paul Stanley) and recorded one album, which was never released.

 

1974 - They formed a new band, which they soon dubbed KISS. KISS released its self-titled debut album in February of this year and has continued to perform, with Stanley as lead performer on stage and Simmons as the driving force behind the extensive Kiss merchandising franchise.

 

1983 – While their band Kiss’s fame was waning, the members took off their trademark make-up and enjoyed resurgence in popularity that continued into the 1990s.

 

1984 – He appeared as Dr. Charles Luther in the movie "Runaway"

 

1996 – The original line-up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss reformed and went on a reunion tour.

 

1998 – This year, the band released Psycho Circus, its first album in almost 20 years consisting of the original line-up.

 


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