- NAME: Gene Simmons
- OCCUPATION: Bassist, Singer, Reality Television Star
- BIRTH DATE: August 25, 1949 (Age: 64)
- EDUCATION: Joseph Pulitzer Middle School, Sullivan County Community College, Richmond College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Haifa, Israel
- Originally: Chaim Weitz
- AKA: Eugene Klein
- Nickname: The Demon
- ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo
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Gene Simmons is best known as the frontman for KISS, the rock band he co-founded in the early 1970s, as well as for his TV show Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
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The original group released the album Psycho Circus in 1998, the first album in almost 20 years by the original foursome. The original group once again dissolved, however, with Tommy Thayer replacing Ace Frehley on lead guitar and Eric Singer replacing Peter Criss on drums. The reformed group continued to tour throughout the last decade. Then, in 2009, Stanley and Simmons announced that the original KISS would tour yet again,
and release another album. Sonic Boom hit stores in October of 2009. The group is currently on tour.
Simmons has been romantically linked to Liza Minnelli, Cher and Diana Ross, but has been living with actress and former Playboy playmate Shannon Tweed since the mid-1980s. The couple has two children: a son, Nick, and a daughter, Sophie. The family made the leap to reality television in 2006 on the A&E television network with the show Gene Simmons Family Jewels. Each episode featured a different family adventure, from both Tweed and Simmons getting cosmetic surgery together, to Gene managing Nick's band. The show just completed its sixth season, featuring the wedding of Simmons and Tweed which took place on October 1, 2011, in Beverly Hills, California.
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