The public demise of Gene Simmons

Here at HiFi Central we often turn away from gossipy trash regarding the music industry, but recent developments with Gene Simmons have been all the buzz around the water cooler. 

For years Gene Simmons has been the poster boy of living the Rock and Roll sex lifestyle to excess; with a claim of sleeping with more than 5,000 women (I think this puts in him in second place since Julius “Dr. J” Irving who claimed to have been with 10,000 women; while porn dork extrodinaire Ron “The Hedgehog” Jeremy takes third place with a claim of only 3,000) apparently has caught up with him and his partner of 28 years, soft-core, b-rated, self-proclaimed successful movie actress Shannon Tweed.  Ms. Tweed made a public spectacle of her displeasure of his continued practice of enjoying women of ill repute on the nationally broadcast Joy Behar Show this week.  It was in my opinion, probably the most uncomfortable interview of all time.

As I watched in disbelief all I could think was “Wow, this is Gene Simmons getting busted on national television and the guy just keeps his composure the whole time”, it’s beyond me how this guy doesn’t snap and punch Tweed in the face.

Sadly, the display between Simmons and Tweed is just a classic example of how the Rock and Roll lifestyle eventually can turn ugly and contribute to a disfunctional relationship. Whether sex, drugs, booze or all three mixed together clearly reflect the inevitability towards self-destructive behavior in the entertainment industry.  The strange thing about Simmons is that he’s always had the “too cool for school” type attitude, and his business sense building the KISS empire I’m sure has contributed to his feeling of doing as he pleases, when he pleases, (and with throngs of women throwing themselves at him after nearly 40 years in music) with whom he pleases.  Being damn near 70, I’m sure young little 20-somethings are difficult for him to turn down, and clearly he has not taken that path.

Regardless, it’s sad and pathetic to see this rock god wittled down to what appears to be a sleezy old man who doesn’t seem to acknowledge that his personal behaviors have severly impacted his spouse to a the point of no return.  To add insult to injury, having it spewed on national television is just so degrading, but America’s thirst for reality entertainment doesn’t make this a bizarre event as it would have a decade ago.   

I’ve provided a link to the interview and it’s worth watching, but again, get ready to squirm at both the uneasy climate between the two.  I’m not sure what is more uneasy, Gene’s composure while Tweed’s clear disdain for his behavior clearly is on display for the world to see, or his one liners that fall flat and just add fuel to Tweeds burning rage.

Check it out by clicking here.  Let us know if  you think Tweed is being too hard on a guy she clearly knew prior lived the rock and roll lifestyle to excess when she met  him and therefore should have accepted it no matter what, right?  Well, whether a stunt by Simmon’s and Tweed to self-premote their vile reality show at the beginning of a new season or true disfunctional puke about their cheezy-corny-plastic surgery-lame relationship it’s troubling.


5 Responses to “The public demise of Gene Simmons”

  1. June 19, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Everything I have ever heard about Simmons leads me to believe that he is a lowlife. His interview with Terry Gross on Fresh air, in which he propostions her on the air just to make her uncomfortable is egocentric and narcissistic. All this from soneone who is not talented. Kiss was a poor man’s Alice Cooper, and I could never figure out why anyone would want to own one of their records. If anyone deserves to squirm it’s Simmons.

    • 2 jacobull
      June 20, 2011 at 11:23 PM

      I’ve always considered him the goofball slickster of the band; like David Lee Roth, utterly annoying to everyone he comes in contact with (although it must be said that he defined a kick-ass band) Simmons clearly has no regard for anyone other than himself and his bank account. His shameless and repulsive KISS products are the laughing stock of the music world, c’mon, a KISS Coffin???? KISS really isn’t that great of a band in my opinion either; their make-up and goofy costumes were the rage of the 70’s since they were pioneers in that kind of thing at the time, today they are a novelty band that people feel cool to like, even though their music is mediocre at best. The only good song to come out of that camp was “Detroit Rock City” otherwise it often gets a giant YAWN from me, smeh!
      Perhaps Simmons is finally having his overwhelming arrogance catch up with him.

  2. 3 ericstraus
    June 21, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    I hate to be the voice of logic here, but do you think it’s just coincidence that this happened right before the new season of their reality show starts? This was a bullshit publicity stunt to get people to tune in to their show. Come on, Tweed knows all about Gene’s past – she would have left him years ago if she was bothered by it. It’s a joke. And they got you.

    • 4 jacobull
      June 21, 2011 at 10:58 PM

      Ok, ok, they got me to a degree. But, in the back of my head I did think it was brilliant (although Simmon’s retarded arrogance on display once again) marketing for their stupid reality show. Regardless, it does show how cheezy Simmons and his ego remain to be, no?

      • 5 ericstraus
        June 21, 2011 at 11:42 PM

        All I know is how friendly he was to me when I bumped into him in a Santa Monica restaurant bathroom. I was washing my hands and he was heading to the door. “What’s up, Gene?” I said. “Hey, nice to see you,” he said back, smiling slightly. Then I passed him and Shannon sitting at the bar when I went back to my table, and I gave Shannon a smile and she smiled back. It was cool.

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