Kiss And Tell: Gene Simmons On His New Book
The hardback book gives the low-down on the bassist from his childhood in Israel and New York, life with Cher, managing Liza Minelli, Kiss from their formation and through nearly 30 years of rock ‘n’ roll excess.
“I figured that it’s long enough in the life of Kiss and there’s a notion that when the children grow up they should learn the truth about their parents, that all was not perfect in paradise,” Simmons told the Hammer.
Criss and Ace’s well-known predilection for drug abuse and self destruction is catalogued in detail, along with Frehley’s even less attractive side.
“Ace was definitely a racist, most extreme,” insists Gene. “Everybody likes to throw around jokes, but Ace has a real preoccupation with Nazi paraphernalia and I don’t mean like Lemmy does. I’ve seen videos where Ace is running around with his friend dressed in Nazi uniforms going ‘Kill the Jews, kill the niggers’. I don’t know whether it’s him talking or the alcohol and the substances. But there’s something there.”
Frehley’s anti-Semitism is further catalogued in the book. After an accident whereby he shot himself with an Uzi 9mm machine gun by firing it at close range and being hit in the chest by shrapnel, Gene said that Ace told him whilst he was lying in hospital, “Well, if you Jews knew how to build a machine gun this would never have happened.”
These revelations would seem to burn any bridges for any future original line-up Kiss reunions, though Gene retorts: “I don’t know about that. Peter probably won’t read it because Peter doesn’t read. In all the time I knew him I never saw him read a book. And I called Ace up to tell him that I was writing the book, and what was going to be in it, and in typical Ace style he just said, ‘Ah, whatever’.”
Kiss And Make-Up is released thru Century on 7th February.