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?”
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley joined his former bandmate Gene Simmons once again at Simmons’ Vault Experience Event at Walter Grace Vintage Guitars in Miami, FL. You can see footage of the two performing and having a good time below. If you don’t want to watch the Q&A, skip to about the 41-minute mark to see their performance.
According to the New York Daily News, The Friars Club have cancelled its roast of KISS’ Gene Simmons. This news comes after a Daily Telegraph reporter said she had to walk out of an interview with Simmons in the ’90s, due to him making her feel uncomfortable. It also follows the recent sexual battery suit against Simmons and his lifetime ban from Fox News.
An unidentified woman, who is said to be a “longtime on-air personality for a local rock station,” has filed suit against Gene Simmons (KISS), due to sexual battery, gender violence, battery, gender discrimination, etc. The suit was filed in the Superior Court of California on December 15, following “unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances” toward the victim during a November 1 interview with Simmons and Paul Stanley at the Rock & Brews restaurant.
The woman says Simmons took her hand and “forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee.” She also says that he “forcibly flicked/struck” her throat, “reached toward [her] buttocks and touched it” while posing for a promotional photo, and tried turning questions into “sexual innuendos.”
The woman’s lawyer Willie W. Williams told The San Bernardino Sun the following:
“My client is embarrassed and humiliated by the incident with Mr. Simmons. She filed suit because she wanted to make a strong statement that this behavior is unacceptable and she wants to see an end to this type of behavior.”
Simmons has since denied the allegations:
I intend to defend myself against any alleged charges you may have been reading about in the media.
For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way.
I am conferring with my lawyers with the aim of vigorously countering these allegations.
And I look forward to my day in court where the evidence will prove my innocence.”
You can read the full suit HERE.
Gene Simmons has apparently received a lifetime ban from the Fox News headquarters in Manhattan following an extremely odd visit. The KISS legend was there to promote his book “On Power,” when he decided to behave in an inappropriate manner.
The Daily Beast reports that it all started when he had a guest spot on “Fox & Friends.” During the appearance he crashed the weather report, before returning to the couch to offer his thoughts on Harvey Weintstein. He said the following:
“The lunatics have taken over the insane asylum when respected business entities such as yourself ask guys that like to stick their tongues out what I think of Harvey Weinstein. Okay, I’m a powerful and attractive man, and what I’m about to say is deadly serious. Men are jackasses. From the time we’re young we have testosterone. I’m not validating it or defending it.”
He then went to the 14th floor where he was supposed to be interviewed about “On Power.” While up there, he invaded a staff meeting and yelled “Hey chicks, sue me” while opening up his shirt, to expose his stomach and chest. After that, he started telling Michael Jackson pedophile jokes, and hit two staffers in the head with his book to test their intelligence based off sound.
Kevin Lord, a human resources executive at Fox, eventually heard what happened, and decided to implement the ban.
Simmons’ publicist has since delivered a statement to Metal Injection:
“I have appeared frequently over the years on various Fox News and Fox Business programs and have a tremendous amount of respect for the talented women and men who work there. While I believe that what is being reported is highly exaggerated and misleading, I am sincerely sorry that I unintentionally offended members of the Fox team during my visit.”
On November 11, a live event was held in in Providence, Rhode Island for Gene Simmons (KISS) who was receiving the key to the city from East Providence City Councilman Brian Faria. During the show, Anal Cunt’s Josh Martin apparently kept heckling Simmons, who then wanted the lights on so that he could identify him. Simmons then went to confront Martin, before security got involved. Simmons returned to the stage shortly after.