KISS’ Gene Simmons previously filed a trademark application for a version of the iconic “devil horns” symbol in “entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist” as well as “personal appearances by a musical artist,” but he ended up abandoning his application after facing backlash and the fact that he even admitted taking the symbol from Spider-Man. Now, in a new interview with Windsor Star, he said he didn’t regret a thing:
“I regret nothing. Wake up every morning and let your conscience be your guide. Did you know I own the money bag logo? The dollar sign with the bag of money. I own all kinds of things. I own ‘motion pictures’ as a trademark. Anyone who thinks that’s silly — the silliest thing I’ve ever done is wear more makeup and higher heels than your mommy. People said, ‘You can’t do that.’ Actually, bitch — I can. I can do anything I want to do.”
It was previously reported that KISS’ Gene Simmons had apparently filed a trademark application for a version of the iconic “devil horns” symbol in “entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist” as well as “personal appearances by a musical artist.” Now it appears he has actually abandoned his application. This shouldn’t be too surprising considering all the backlash Simmons has faced, and the fact that he even admitted taking the symbol from Spider-Man.
It was previously reported that KISS’ Gene Simmons had apparently filed a trademark application for the iconic “devil horns” symbol in “entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist” as well as “personal appearances by a musical artist.” Now, Classic Rock Magazine have since shared an excerpt of an older interview from issue 196 in which Simmons admitted taking the symbol from Spider-Man.
Simmons said the following:
“We laid down the templates. When you see bands rocking out in sync, that’s us. When you see bands putting up that two-fingered devil horn salute, that started with Kiss.”
“Mine came from Spider-Man doing his hand signal, as a homage to him. If you see me in photos, I’m sticking out my thumb. That’s the sign in sign language which means ‘I love you.’”
He also said the following when asked about whether or not he thought Ronnie James Dio came up with “devil horns”:
“Well, I’ve heard Ronnie say that to my face and I said, ‘God bless you.’ I mean him no ill will, but I think he’s wrong.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, KISS’ Gene Simmons has apparently filed a trademark application for the iconic “devil horns” symbol in “entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist” as well as “personal appearances by a musical artist.” However, it is necessary to point out that he is trying to trademark it with an extended thumb, differentiating it from the symbol popularized by Ronnie James Dio. Simmons claims he first used the symbol on November 14, 1974.
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KISS have cancelled their Manchester, UK show, following the terrorist attack that took place during an Ariana Grande concert in the city. The band commented:
“Following the tragic events in Manchester and the temporary closure of the Manchester Arena the scheduled concert of KISS’ KISSWORLDTour on the 30 May 2017 has been cancelled.
“We are heartbroken by the atrocity committed against the innocent victims of Manchester. We sadly will not be able to play Manchester Arena on the 30th May. We have always looked forward to these shows and our local fans, but in light of recent events a cancelled rock show seems of such little consequence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected and all the people of Manchester at this difficult time. We are with you and you are in our prayers.
Refunds for the 30 May Manchester Arena concert will be granted to all ticketholders at the point of purchase”
Today (February 18) is the 43rd anniversary of KISS’ debut album, and fans often wonder if the original four members who recorded this effort and many other albums, will ever reunite. Sadly, it appears that frontman Paul Stanley isn’t too into the idea. In recent interview with Billboard the vocalist/guitsrist said he has “no thoughts of re-visiting the past.”
Here’s what Stanley had to say:
“No. And that’s not coming from any place of animosity. I sang on Ace’s most recent album and did a video with him. I have the connection and the reconnection and to celebrate the good things we’ve done together is terrific. The band as it is—I’ve played with Eric Singer for I think 25 years and Tommy’s [Thayer] been in the band probably 15 years at this point. I have no thoughts of re-visiting the past. With that said I am happy to enhance or do whatever i can for anyone who has helped put me where I am, but that doesn’t include getting hitched again to somebody I unhitched from.”