Gene Simmons (KISS) Once Said He Got The “Devil Horns” 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.”

KISS’ Gene Simmons Seeks To Trademark Iconic “Devil Horns” Symbol

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.

KISS Cancel Manchester, UK Show Following Recent Terror Attack

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”

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Paul Stanley On Hypothetical Original KISS Reunion: “I Have No Thoughts Of Revisiting The Past”

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.”

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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.”

KISS Add More Dates To May European/UK Tour

KISS have announced more May European/UK shows. Check out the updated schedule below.

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Tour Dates:

05/01 Olympiski – Moscow, Russia
05/04 Hartwell Arena – Helsinki, Finland
05/06 Tele2 Arena – Stockholm, Sweden
05/07 Spektrum – Oslo, Norway
O5/09 Forum Horsens – Horsens, Denmark
05/10 Scandinavium – Gothenburg, Sweden
05/12 Westfallenhalle – Dortmund, Germany
05/13 Schleyerhalle – Stuttgart, Germany
05/15 Pala Alpitour – Torino, Italy
05/16 Unipol Arena – Bologna, Italy
05/18 Olympiahalle – Munich, Germany
05/20 BVV – Brno, Czech Republic
05/21 Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria
05/23 Festhalle – Frankfurt, Germany
05/24 Ahoy – Rotterdam, Holland
05/27 SSE Hydro – Glasgow, UK
05/28 Barclaycard Arena – Birmingham, UK
05/30 Manchester Arena – Manchester, UK
05/31 O2 Arena – London, UK

KISS Announce May 2017 European Dates

KISS have announced some May European shows. Check out the dates below:

05/01 Olympiski – Moscow, Russia
05/04 Hartwell Arena – Helsinki, Finland
05/06 Tele2 Arena – Stockholm, Sweden
05/07 Spektrum – Oslo, Norway
05/10 Scandinavium – Gothenburg, Sweden
05/12 Westfallenhalle – Dortmund, Germany
05/13 Schleyerhalle – Stuttgart, Germany
05/18 Olympiahalle – Munich, Germany
05/21 Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria
05/23 Festhalle – Frankfurt, Germany
05/24 Ahoy – Rotterdam, Holland

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