Happy Birthday to Gene Simmons today! Born August 25th, 1949 Chaim Witz became one of the iconic performers that formed the band, KISS. For those of us that are mathematically challenged that means Simmons is 67 years old today. While most 67 year old men are out playing golf on their birthday, Simmons and his bandmates are ON TOUR right now on the "Freedom To Rock Tour".
When KISS released their first, self titled album in 1974 it met with some success, reaching the US Billboard Top 200 peaking at 87 (and 82 in Canada). The album was certified Gold in the US and Canada but that was far from the last bit of success for the band. In the forty-two years since the release of that album, the band has released a total of twenty studio albums, seven live albums, thirteen compilation albums, eight boxed sets, sixty singles, four solo albums, and three instant live albums. That is fifty-five total albums (including the boxed sets) which is incredible.
August 20th, 2016 I saw Simmons and KISS at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Illinois and it didn't look like Simmons was 66 (now 67) years old. There will be a review of the performance forthcoming so stay tuned for that. Simmons was incredible, he performed at a level that I remember when I saw my first KISS concert in the '80's.
Happy Birthday Gene!!!
Check out KISS and The Dead Daisies on their 2016 Freedom To Rock Tour, for dates when they may be at a venue near you, click HERE.