Gene Simmons might have a big ego but he doesn’t care if he’s remembered as he told England’s Daily Mail, “I don’t want anyone mourning my death, and when I’m gone, why should I care how I’m remembered? When I die, I want my family and friends to celebrate my life with the party to end all parties and go, ‘Whoopee!’”
In response to several other questions check out the rest of the interview below:
When did you last feel happy? “I wake up happy every day. I’ve never had a bad day in my life. Probably because my mother barely survived the concentration camps of Nazi Germany – as a result, whenever I have a bad hair day, I kick myself and say: ‘What the [heck] are you complaining about?’”
What has been your biggest achievement? “My band, KISS. Not only have we sold 100 million records, but I have my very own Gene Simmons postage stamp. When I go to Las Vegas, I go to the KISS golf course, then there’s the KISS limo service. However, seeing my two children being born was a wake-up call that life didn’t just revolve around me.”
And your biggest disappointment? “The fact that half the band I started out with in KISS [Ace Frehley and Peter Criss] are not part of it any more to enjoy the fruits of their labor. And all because of the cliché of clichés: drugs and alcohol. But not everyone has the DNA to run a marathon: some people are just shooting stars.”
Who would be your dream dinner date? “Jesus. I’d have a lot of questions for him – and we could talk about philosophy and a host of other issues. But if I think he is who he is, we’d both have a good laugh. Would he turn out to be a KISS fan? Oh, sure!
What do you dislike most about your appearance? “I’ve never been fond of my ears – I always thought they were a little too large.”
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? “I may have bedded the female of the species a fair few times over the years – but it was always consensual, and if a girl ever showed up after a concert drunk or high on drugs, I’d ask her to leave. I’ve got no illegitimate children running around or anything like that.”