The latest issue of Goldmine magazine features KISS’ Gene Simmons as their cover story. The publication has shared a few of the highlights online, they are as follows:

He doesn’t need friends:

Gene Simmons: Even today as I sit here, other than Paul (Stanley), and we only get together when we do stuff for the band… How do I say this without sounding inhuman? I don’t have friends. Yeah, if friends means, ‘Gee, I don’t know what I’m going to do this afternoon. Hey, you want to come over and hang out?’ I’m more interested in what I want to do, and I don’t want to pretend that I’m interested in what you want to do because I am not.

On the afterlife:

Gene Simmons: I’m OK if there’s a heaven and a God. I’m OK with it. I’m also OK if there’s nothing.

I lean towards nothing. My question is, if we get an afterlife, do mosquitoes? Maybe my mother’s sort of wise statement about every day above ground is a good day, and that’s it.

He is a certain kind of hoarder

Gene Simmons: Did you ever see the TV show Hoarders, where these sad people just find it impossible to throw away anything, so literally their homes are filled from floor to ceiling with God knows what? If they go to McDonald’s to eat, they leave the sandwich with the wrapper and everything else is left in the living room and it piles up. So I’m sort of a Gene Simmons hoarder. I’m surprised I’ve thrown away the toilet paper I wiped my ass with because I kept everything. And over time, like many things, the value of things you thought were unimportant goes up. 

In other recent KISS news, the band have added a second week to their KISS Kruise XI, sailing between October 24th-29th, from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico. They are also celebrating the 40th anniversary of the, Creatures Of The Night album, by releasing a super deluxe edition of the recording. Read further details, about this special package, by going here.

12 Responses

  1. Well, with an attitude like that, no wonder why he has no friends, even if it’s self imposed.

    Obviously, as intelligent as Simmons can be, admitting publicly that you are a class A narcissist, reveals a significant lapse in judgement. It would be one thing if he was being flippant, but I suspect that is not the case.

  2. Well, this is certainly going to get a LOT of comments.

    I’m no psychotherapist, but I don’t think it takes a genius to see how obvious it is that Gene has serious fears of abandonment – his family perished in the Holocaust, his father abandoned the family, he was left alone while his mom worked, he came to a new country not speaking the language, he couldn’t commit to one woman until he was in his 60s, etc., etc. I think it goes a long way to explain his “god complex,” his obsession with money and material things, his constant self-promotion, and his difficulty in understanding even the basic concept of “friends.” It’s actually very sad, but I give him credit for being honest.

    1. I agree, that sounds correct. While I am not a Psychotherapist, I took enough psychology classes in University, that I should have either double majored, or minored, in it.

      I also wonder, because mama Simmons was a single working mother, if she overcompensated by doting on him? That would also lead to a feeling of superiority. Additionally, becoming famous, between his band, and acting, with endless adoration, only adds to the narcissist pie.

      I guess he could be credited with admitting his shortcomings, but his delivery (again, it’s hard to read tone in written word), came across as arrogant and cold. Admitting that you have little concern for other’s lives, and only care about yourself, and the subject of self, is not flattering, at all, and also has a mild odor of sociopathy.

  3. Love em’ Leave em’ love em’ leave em’ yeah.

    I have a psych degree, even if he wanted friends, he’d have very few. He’s not big on commitment, it took him a very long time to marry Shannon.

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