Gene Simmons Slams President Obama’s Israel Policy.

Posted: May 24, 2011 in barack, bush, debate, documentary, election, Israel, news, obama, president, sarah, speech, youtube

Born in Israel under the name Chaim Witz, Gene Simmons relocated to Brooklyn at the age of 9 with his mother, a Hungarian immigrant and the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust. Once in the States his name was changed to the more American-sounding Gene Klein, and he struggled to advance his understanding of English through watching television and reading comics. During his school years, he developed an interest in horror and science fiction, for a while even publishing his own comics fanzine; but the Beatles phenomenon inspired a stronger urge to become a musician, and in 1967 he secured a second hand guitar from his mother to realize his ambitions. Participation in a series of different bands followed, amongst which were The Missing Links and The Long Island Sounds. After high school Simmons enrolled in college and began working towards a degree in education, performing at night as a member of Bullfrog Bheer and later in the folk duo Coffee. A period was spent as a teacher in Spanish Harlem and then as a personal assistant for the editor of Vogue, but by this time he had met Paul Stanley and, after a series of unsuccessful attempts, the two founded Kiss in 1973. It was at this point that he adopted the name Gene Simmons.

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  1. Bunny B. says:

    Gene Simmons is a man whose music takes second place to the money he makes playing it. In other words, if you don’t have the money to pay for it, you ain’t gonna hear it. Artistry, if he has any, takes second — no, wait — third place to money. Money is most important; investment of his money is second most important; artistry comes in third. I would pay more attention to my grandmother’s opinion on Obama’s stand on Israel than Gene Simmons’ opinion on anything. My grandmother is in her 90s and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

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