Skip to comments.Happy Birthday Gene Simmons
Posted on 08/25/2012 5:28:07 AM PDT by lowbridge
Gene Simmons (born Chaim Weitz Hebrew: חיים ויץ; August 25, 1949) is an American rock bassist, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur and actor. Known by his stage personna "The Demon," he is the bassist/co-vocalist of Kiss, a hard rock band he co-founded in the early 1970s. With Kiss, Simmons has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
During the 2006 Lebanon War between Israel and Lebanon, Simmons sent a televised message of support (in both English and Hebrew) to an Israeli soldier seriously wounded in fighting in Lebanon, calling him his "hero." 
In 2010, Simmons said he regretted voting for Barack Obama and criticized the 2009 health care reforms. 
Following Obama's 2011 Mideast speech, in which the President called on Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate a settlement "based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps,"  Simmons told CNBC that Obama was gravely misguided. "If you have never been to the moon, you can't issue policy about the moon. For the president to be sitting in Washington D.C. and saying, 'Go back to your '67 borders in Israel' how about you live there and try to defend an indefensible border nine miles wide?" Simmons also accused the United Nations of being "the most pathetic body on the face of the earth." 
During his visit to Israel in 2011, he stated that the artists refusing to perform in Israel for political reasons are "stupid," In an April 2012 interview, Simmons endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for President, stating as well that "America should be in business and it should be run by a businessman." 
Gene references having been sexual with over 5,000 women. I gave a feeling whatever the real number is, it is closer to 5 than it is to 5,000.
Hey...me and Gene share the same birthday! He has 8 years on me.
“I gave a feeling whatever the real number is, it is closer to 5 than it is to 5,000.”
...he was in one of the hottest rock bands of the 70’s. His tougue is a yard long and he waggled it at the audience. There were hundreds of “groupies” waiting after every show. It was 5,000.
Same day as my ex-husband, just 4 years earlier.
Happy Birthday, Gene.
The perils of Wikipedia. His birth name is Chaim Witz, and his birthplace is Israel.
He did not speak English when he came to the US as a child.
Isn’t this guy just another Jewess princess from NYC? Do you like my nails?
He said once in an interview that she was the ‘love of his life.’
What the heck are you talking about? He’s hardly effeminate.
So sad that he had to settle for Shannon Tweed.
I’m waiting for the outrage that he’s hooked up (and bragged relentlessly about it) with thousands of women and has 2 children with a woman who is not his wife. I thought Conservatives were aaaaaaallllllllll about family values.
He’s disgusting, regardless of his politics. Absolutely disgusting to look at, and absolutely disgusting, morally.
Shannon Tweed said the first time she saw his penor it looked "battle scarred"-her actual words.
Then I’m wrong. I just figured it was part of his act.
Gene has been with Shannon for 28 years!!! (they actually married in 2011 btw). 28 years with the same woman and by all accounts they are soul mates. What is better?- being conservative and living with a woman for 25+ years as soulmates or being a conservative and having gone through 3-4 divorces?
There is a couple in my hometown that has lived together for 30+ years, 4 kids and they are true soulmates. They do more for their local church than anyone...I don't think God really cases in these cases.
Today is my birthday, too! Have a great day!
Simmons should run for gov of CA...couldn’t be worse than the govenator.
He’s a big supporter of the troops, good father and entrepreneur...
Took too long to marry the mother of his kids, though...
But then, Ahnold had a prob like that too.
You’re right: they did get mariried last year. Makes no difference. FReepers complain all the time about couples who have kids out of wedlock. That was my point. Where’s the outrage?
It’s very well-known that he has cheated on Shannon over the years. So, 28 years together only means Shannon is an idiot for putting up with it.
Again, I was pointing out the general lack of moral outrage by posters. Just because you agree with someone’s politics shouldn’t mean they get a pass for crappy morals when others don’t.
Gene Simmons does have an unusually long tongue, but he comes by it naturally, not due to surgery or getting a tongue transplant from a human or animal.
In any event, this did result in an amusing illustration when he was dating Cher. It showed her wearing an elaborate metal crown she had used as part of a stage costume, with him standing behind her, his tongue weaving in and out of her crown like a snake.