If there’s one thing Gene Simmons knows how to do, it’s hype whatever he’s trying to sell. This morning in Minneapolis, the Kiss co-founder turned into Shill Master No. 1 along with three of his fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers – including ex-bandmate Ace Frehley – on behalf of the Twin Cities-based charity Matter.ngo, for whom he is helming a charity concert tonightat CHS Field in St. Paul.
“We’re here for a much important thing, and it ain’t about me,” Simmons said as he sat down for a short press conference with Frehley, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen and former Eagle Don Felder at the offices at KQRS 92.5 FM.
The four rock vets had just finished an hour-long interview on air with KQ morning show king Tom Barnard, where Simmons mentioned Matter.ngo about 150 times and repeatedly tried to get a poor young woman who works for Barnard to say into the microphone, “It’s so biiiiiig.”
The biggest aspect of Wednesday morning’s activities was the mere fact that Simmons and Frehley were there together, probably their first joint public appearance since Kiss’ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2014 — where the feuding between the original members was still simmering enough that they didn’t perform together. Frehley and Simmons have also traded many barbed words in the press in the 16 years since Frehley (the band’s original guitarist) quit the band, including interviews each did with the Star Tribune in that time.
Simmons, however, said I was “delusional” to ask about their…Read More