KISS bassist, Gene Simmons has said that fans “loved it” when his fire breathing stunt went wrong during the band’s first concert. You can check that out below.
During a clip from their two part documentary “Biography: KISSstory which aired for the first time yesterday (June 27), Simmons talked about how their first manager Bill Aucoin helped produce the image that would catapult KISS to stardom. This includes a fire breathing stunt going wrong.
See the trailer here.
“Bill Aucoin said, ‘You guys are doing a song called ‘Firehouse’ – one of you guys has to spit fire”, Simmons said. “Literally the very first show we did, My hair went up like a f*****g matchstick. And the fans loved it”.
Following the premiere of this documentary, KISS performed a five song set New York’s Tribeca Film Festival earlier this month.
“Never gonna be seen without make up”
“Bill was also the guy who came up with the idea, ‘You’re never gonna be seen without makeup”, Simmons’ bandmate Paul Stanley said.
“Marilyn Monroe, she never took a photo where she looked frumpy without her makeup”, Simmons added. “Whenever you saw her, she was Marilyn Monroe 24 hours a day. That’s what you guys should be doing”.
He continued, “It’s crazy when you think about it – there was nothing out there like us”.
Simmons also explained in another interview, that the documentary was a chance to “come clean” to fans before they retire from touring.
“We owe them everything – least of all is the truth”, Simmons claimed.
“It’s gonna upset some fans; but it happens in families too, when mom sits the kids down and says, ‘Okay, kids, your father’s a drunk. He’s a loser. He’s losing his job because he doesn’t love himself enough to get straight, and he doesn’t love the family enough.’ You’ve got to tell the truth”.
“Tough love is the best way to be with your loved ones – by the way, and also with people you hate. Just tell the truth: good, bad or otherwise”.
Last week, KISS also launched their own brand of gin. More on that story here.