A family man, a bassist, musician, singer, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, actor, television personality, publisher and an accomplished author. All of these describe just a few of Gene Simmons’ talents, and with all, the KISS man gained huge success.
Simmons of US rock group Kiss Performs live on stage, for a one-off Independence Day show as a fundraiser for the Help for Heroes charity, at The Kentish Town Forum on July 4, 2012 in London, England (All Photos by Gettyimages)
So how did it happen? How did an immigrant kid from Israel, that came to America without even speaking proper english, did the impossible? Simmons will give you a lot of answers, and he also wrote great books on the subject. But there are two steps that make Simmons the big man that he is.
Dave Grohl presents musicians Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS the ASCAP Founders Award at the 32nd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on April 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California
One - Ever since he was a kid, Simmons acted out on every idea he had, and he worked for it - hard. And today also, if Simmons feels he has a good idea, he will not let go. Some ideas will work better than others, but he will always give everything his got to his work.
Nick Simmons, Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed Friars Club Roast expected The Honors Jack Black at New York Hilton and Towers on April 5, 2013 in New York City
Two - Simmons gives back. A lot of times Simmons commented on his success, telling everyone that you are not worth it and that it means nothing - If you don’t give back. And so, Simmons gives massive amounts of his time and money for good cause. He sponsors more than 1500 (!) children in Africa. Taking care of their basic living needs and education.
Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Paul Stanley of KISS perform During Their opening show for the Australian leg of Their 40th anniversary world tour at Perth Arena on October 3, 2015 in Perth, Australia
Shannon Tweed-Simmons, Gene Simmons and Sophie Tweed-Simmons expects the Women of Influence Awards at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on June 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California
“I do this because children are our future. The next great mind or humanitarian could come from Africa”, Simmons said once, “Because children are our responsibility, I urge you to do something. Pick up the phone and call ChildFund, or another charity organization and find out what you can do. You will make all the difference to a child far, far away — whose dreams are every bit as important as your child's dreams."
Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer and Gene Simmons of KISS pose backstage at Fashion Rocks 2014 presented by Three Lions Entertainment at the Barclays Center of Brooklyn on September 9, 2014 in New York City
Simmons also donates to AIDS foundations, US troops and to many more causes. Today (August 25), we wish Simmons A happy 67 Birthday, And we look back on some of his Highlights in Pictures from recent years. Thank you for everything Sir, Don’t ever Stop.