Simmons has a tough guy persona, but every tough guy used to be a vulnerable child once, and so was Simmons. When Gene was a kid, he used to watch Disney movies, and for some reason, his childhood hero ended up being Jiminy Cricket.
Simmons had said that when he heard Jiminy Cricket talking about how fairy tales can come true, it made him believe in himself in a way he hasn’t before. Gene even said that hearing this sentence changed his life. Later in life, he covered the song “When You Wish Upon A Star” as a tribute to his favorite character.
Interviewers Must Obey Simmons
You'd think that someone who is used to performing with a full face of makeup and in crazy costumes would be at least a little bit forgiving when it comes to what people who interview him choose to wear. That isn't the case with Gene.
Simmons has rules one must follow if they want to get the chance to interview him. Wearing a shirt that symbolized your love for a band that isn't Kiss is a big no-no. While Simmons was interviewing in South America, he came across an interviewer who was wearing an Iron Maiden shirt. Simmons told him to take it off!
Alice Cooper's Kiss
Have you ever wondered who was responsible for Kiss's unique look? The surprising answer is -- Alice Copper. When Kiss started experimenting with their makeup looks, they knew they wanted something that would set them apart from any other band.
At first, they were inspired by the New York Dolls' makeup look, but when they tried it on, they thought they looked a little bit like old drag queens. It wasn't what they were trying to achieve. Luckily for them, Alice Copper met with them and inspired them to try the look they are now famous for.
Gene's Long Tongue
Gene's tongue is long. Like, really, really long. So long that, in fact, it has sparked rumors about how it came to be so long and about how long it actually is. Some people say that his tongue isn't real but that it is a cow's tongue that was somehow surgically attached to his. Spooky.
Others claim that his tongue is longer than the longest tongue known to men. The record is just about four inches long, but many fans swear that Gene's tongue is actually seven inches long. What do you think?
An Extremely Loud Kiss
Rock bands have always been loud, and they have always been known to break the rules. So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Kiss's concerts can get really loud. But, one concert they had was actually louder than a chainsaw.
When the band performed at a festival in 2009, they decide to push the limit and play at 136 dBs. The festival's limit was 90 dB, but, as the true rock stars they are, they didn't really care. So, next time you go to a Kiss concert, make sure to bring earplugs. If Kiss turns up to 150 dB, they might actually rupture your eardrum.