Rock Legend and media mogul, Gene Simmons will mentor and jam with campers along with fellow rock star friends at Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp offering an opportunity of a lifetime at its Las Vegas studios. The camp will also feature Tommy Thayer (KISS), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Dave Ellefson (Megadeth). Together alongside Simmons, they will help musicians of all levels form bands, learn or perfect their knowledge of an instrument, write and record a song. The four-day camp will culminate with a live performance at House of Blues at theMandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas March 27-30, 2014. This March marks Simmons’ return to Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp for the first time since his October 2012.
“Mentoring adult and young rockers at the fantasy camp has always been an amazingly rewarding experience for me,” said Simmons. “I enjoy teaching and handing over lessons I’ve learned from the business to musicians and upcoming talent”
Space for Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp is extremely limited. To sign-up or for more information, please visit www.rockcamp.com, or call 888-762-2263.
Rockers Kiss are going family-friendly – they are teaming up with TV bosses for a new Hello Kitty children’s series.
The band first collaborated with the makers of the fictional cat character in 2010 to launch a range of products, including toys and electronics, entitled KISS x Hello Kitty – and now the partnership is moving to the small screen.
Executives at cable network The Hub have optioned the rights to a new series, which has the working title of Kiss Hello Kitty, and singer Gene Simmons is thrilled about the venture.
He says, “The Hub Network is the perfect home for the TV show, Kiss Hello Kitty. We are incredibly excited about this opportunity and want to make all our millions of fans worldwide proud of a show they can watch with the whole family.”
Bandmate Paul Stanley adds, “Knowing and viewing The Hub as I do daily with my three children, it is the perfect home for us to bring the KISS Hello Kitty juggernaut to yet another generation. I’m excited to develop this project with The Hub as it ensures it will have family appeal while keeping its brash and nurturing individuation.”
The TV show, which Simmons is slated to executive produce, will reportedly feature four of the characters living their rock ‘n’ roll dreams.
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons insists he wasn’t endorsing Mitt Romney when he made supportive comments about him on Tuesday.
Asked on Fox News who his pick was for president, Simmons said, “Strictly speaking on the economy and in my humble opinion, Mitt Romney.”
Simmons also said he regretted supporting Barack Obama in 2008, and believed Romney was a stronger candidate than Obama.
But on Friday, Simmons tweeted, “I HAVE NOT ENDORSED MITT ROMNEY FOR PRES” with a link to comments on his website.
“I was quoted on Fox as saying I prefer Gov Romney only as far as fiscal economic areas are concerned. And I stand by that comment,” he wrote. “But I have not endorsed either Gov Romney or Pres Obama….The next election is coming up and for some reason, both the left and right of the political spectrum are curious who I will vote for. I have no idea why anyone would be interested in who I would vote for…or for that matter who anyone else would vote for. I HAVE NOT MADE UP MY MIND.”
Simmons did predict that Romney would be the Republican nominee, writing, “Mr. Santorum is unelectable in my estimation. Mr. Gingrich comes with some baggage that won’t work for the women of America. Mr. Paul has some interesting ideas that seem appealing on the surface, but other ideas strike me as far too idealistic and not very pragmatic.”
Simmons wrote that he would make up his mind privately before the general election.
After 28 years together, Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed have tied the knot. The couple, who have two children, exchanged vows in an outdoor ceremony at The Beverly Hills Hotel Saturday evening. Daughter Sophie, 19, served as maid of honor and sang Etta James’ “At Last” for the first dance while son Nick served as best man.
Guests numbered over 400 and included Hugh Hefner and Bill Maher as well as KISS band members Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. The wedding was taped for a special episode of the family’s A&E reality show, Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels.
Simmons, 62, and Tweed, 54, were engaged in July after working through numerous problems in their relationship. “It is time for me to grow up. I’m 62. I’ve been doing a lot of wacky stuff for an awfully long time…and there’s nobody I’ve ever said ‘I love you’ to,” Simmons recently told Entertainment Tonight.