KISS’ Gene Simmons will release his new book “27: The Legend And Mythology Of The 27 Club” on October 2, via Power House Books. You can pre-order that HERE.
Here’s an official description:
The summer of 1969 was a momentous one in modern history. It was a season punctuated with change. Apollo 11 landed on the moon, thousands of young fans flocked to rock ‘n’ roll festivals like Woodstock and the controversial Altamont Freeway concert, the Manson Family cult were on a high-profile killing spree, and the first uprisings that would become the Stonewall Riots began. It was an electric summer of violent endings, new beginnings, and social unrest.
It was also the summer that a myth was born–beginning with the tragic, untimely death of Rolling Stones founder, Brian Jones. The world soon lost two more huge music stars: Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Not only did losing these three beacons of music culture seem to signal the end of a musical era, it also felt like a foreboding sign; they had all died at exactly the same age. All three had lost their lives at the pinnacle of their creative output, and all three were exactly 27 years old.
People have speculated that there could be a dastardly lineage, from the poisoning of blues pioneer Robert Johnson in 1938, through these icons of the 60s, and more recently to rebel chanteuse Amy Winehouse’s death from alcohol poisoning in 2011. Could it be a twisted fate that the world’s very best creative souls come to early, often violent, deaths at just 27 years old? Over time, this idea began to be known as, “the 27 club,” and it has persisted in the public imagination.
In 27: The Legend & Mythology Of The 27 Club, rock ‘n’ roll icon Gene Simmons takes a deep dive into the life stories of these legendary figures, without giving credence to the romanticized idea that being in the “club” is somehow a perverse privilege. Simmons wills us to acknowledge the extraordinary lives, not the sensational deaths, of the musicians and artists who left an indelible mark on the world.
During Gene Simmons’ July 15 set at the Masters Of Rock festival in Vizovice, Czech Republic, he was joined onstage by Doro for a performance of KISS’ “War Machine.” You can see some fan-filmed footage of that below:
Back in December 2017 a woman, who was said to be a “longtime on-air personality for a local rock station,” filed suit against Gene Simmons (KISS), due to sexual battery, gender violence, battery, gender discrimination, etc. Now, Billboard are reporting that Simmons and the plaintiff told Los Angeles County Supreme Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy that they had reached a settlement. The terms of the agreement have not been made available and both sides still need to file an official request for dismissal. This news comes after Simmons previously said it was dismissed back in April.
Back in December a woman, who was said to be a “longtime on-air personality for a local rock station,” filed suit against Gene Simmons (KISS), due to sexual battery, gender violence, battery, gender discrimination, etc. Now, Simmons claims that lawsuit has since been dismissed. He told Australia’s News Corp the following about that: “It’s already dismissed with prejudice. We’re going after that person. When I was growing up and somebody said something bad about you, you would be able to sue back for slander.” He also added: “There’s presumption of innocence, and I don’t go into the night softly. I’ve had a long 45-year career. Anybody wants to start something, you picked the wrong guy.”
Original KISS drummer Peter Criss reunited with his former bandmate Gene Simmons during Simmons’ Vault Experience Event in New York City. You can see footage of that below:
Invictus Md Strategies Corp. has apparently recruited KISS’ Gene Simmons as their chief evangelist officer. He will essentially be helping the company with public awareness and branding strategies for recreational marijuana, which is anticipated to be legal in Canada this year. His role will include providing marketing counsel, serving as a media spokesperson, making public appearances, participating in annual meetings, etc.
Dan Kriznic, chairman and CEO of Invictus, commented:
“Gene Simmons is a branding and merchandising genius, who not only created one of the most iconic bands of all time, but has spent decades building successful brands internationally in various industries. Gene will lead marketing initiatives that will help spread the positive messages that dwell at the heart of Invictus in accordance with the strict regulations of Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), the Food and Drugs Act (FDA) and the Narcotic Control Regulations (NCR).”
“Values and family are very important to me, and when I first connected with Dan at Invictus, I understood immediately that we enjoyed a shared passion for these key life foundations. Instead of launching straight into business, we talked about the things that matter the most.”
You can find more info about Invictus HERE.
KISS’ Gene Simmons will release his new book “27: The Legend And Mythology Of The 27 Club” on August 14, via Power House Books. You can pre-order that HERE.
Here’s an official description:
“Beginning in the summer of 1969, a slew of major rock stars all died in quick succession: Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison, all hugely influential musicians of their time, passed away, under tragic circumstances, and at exactly 27 years old.
This is how the rumour of the “27 club”—the idea that there is something fateful, myth-worthy, or even cursed about turning 27—began. Since then, the morbid pantheon has continued to grow, now including art prodigy Basquiat (d. 1988), legendary Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain (d. 1994), and nu-Blues heroine, Amy Winehouse (d. 2011), among other unforgettable figures. Becoming a member is a perverse privilege, but the cost of entry is dangerously high.
In 27, rock legend Gene Simmons of KISS fame, a man with over 10 million album sales and many-a-story to his name, will serve as our guide to the enigmatic 27 club, examining sex, drugs, and rock’ n’ roll from the inside, and answering our enduring questions… Why do we find ourselves obsessed with the untimely deaths of the famous and the infamous? Is the 27 club just a compelling urban legend? What does age 27 really mean for our most beautiful and damned?”