Despite the premiere of a new season of Gene Simmons Family Jewels , the renowned musician Gene Simmons has another success on the way. He recently had an interview with the Wags & Elliott of Ohio's radio station QFM96 to discuss the hugely anticipated new album from his legendary band, KISS. According to the bassist/vocalist of the rock group, the upcoming CD is the first in more than a decade. "[It's the] first studio album in 11 years. And you can't force those things -- either it's in your blood and it's happening," Gene Simmons said. "This is, I have to say... this might be the best new record we've done since 'Destroyer'," he continued. "In fact, it has a similar sound -- 'Rock And Roll Over'-meets-'Love Gun' kind of a record. That's coming out in September/October, and then we're gonna be doing a 60-city American tour." Last April, it was announced that KISS would be heading to both the U.S. and Canada. What's more, the fans would be the ones to choose where exactly the band's bus would stop for a concert. This made it the one of this year's most awaited events, as it allows the audiences to demand where the performances will take place. KISS teamed up with the web site "Eventful," in order to enable fans to vote for the route the band would take for the show. Gene Simmons and the rest of the group will be going all around North America, having just wrapped up their gigs around the South of the country. Their concluded tour was practically a sold-out event, as KISS went across the continent to further enliven their enthusiastic viewers. They went from the Hipodroma la Rinconada in Caracas, Venezuela to the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Some of the hits they decided to perform included their singles "Rock and Roll All Nite", "Detroit Rock City", "God Gave Rock & Roll to You" and "Shout It Out Loud." The success of KISS seems to mirror the accomplishment of its vocalist, as Gene Simmons Family Jewels just returned with a 15-episode season. Catch the musician as he navigates real life every Sunday at 10pm on A&E . Source Here
Legendary KISS bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons will once again let viewers take a peek into his "non-traditional" family as his hit reality series Gene Simmons Family Jewels premiere with a special one-hour episode on Sunday 10pm on A&E . The 15-episode season kicks off with the sweet sixteen party of his daughter Sophie Tweed-Simmons. However, the celebration does not go as planned when a seemingly innocuous case of sibling rivalry spirals out of control. Blame it on 21-year-old Nick, who wanted to turn the low-key party into something party, and he's bent on pulling on dad's heartstrings and sense of theatrics to make it happen. All these, of course, to the dismay of Sophie, who's more often than not painfully shy. After the Gene Simmons Family Jewels opener, the rest of the season features Gene's appearance on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader and his stint on a Japanese monster flick. Meanwhile, wife Shannon also has some appearances of her own, with a role in a roller derby exploitation film. Nick is also set to get his own apartment, while Sophie will fend off ill-intentioned teenage boys. All the while, the Simmons family is out to prove that they're indeed the most "non-traditional, traditional" family in America. Born in 1949 in Israel, Gene Simmons is the only child of his German Nazi Concentration Camp survivor mother. He co-founded KISS in the early 1970s. Most recently, he appeared on the finale of the Fox hit American Idol , where he performed Rock and Roll All Nite and Detroit Rock City. Gene Simmons Family Jewels debuted on August 7, 2006. Catch the premiere of Gene Simmons Family Jewels' fourth season on Sunday 10pm on A&E. Source Here
Gene Simmons' held his "Ladies of the Night" book signing at at Borders Books in Westwood, Ca on July 8, 2008. I was suprised to hear that Gene Simmons has released his new book "Ladies of the Night" which was featured on his reality television show, "Gene Simmons' Family Jewels." The funny thing is that on last season of "Gene's Family Jewels," conducting research for his new book got Gene a free ride to a Las Vegas police department...To find out why and for photos visit and tell me what you think of Gene's reality television show and the arrest.
A&E Re-ups for Season III of GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS Orders 24 New Episodes By JOHN DEMPSEY, JOSEF ADALIAN A&E has said yes to a third season of "Gene Simmons: Family Jewels," upping its order to 24 half-hours from last season's 20. The decision was an easy one: "Jewels" is A&E's second highest rated series ever in adults 18-49 and 25-54, behind only "Dog the Bounty Hunter." "Jewels" did even better in the second season than the first, leaping by 15% in total viewers to a 1.5 million average and climbing by 11% in adults 18-49 and by 8% in 25-54. A&E's relationship with Simmons started with a one-shot "Biography" hour of the rock legend and KISS frontman. That "Biography" episode scored so well in the Nielsens that A&E negotiated with Simmons and the exec producer Leslie Greif to create a 13-episode weekly half-hour series that would delve into Simmons' life with his common-law partner Shannon Tweed and their teenage son and daughter. Unlike the stars of MTV's "The Osbournes," the model for reality shows built around a dysfunctional rock performer and his family, Simmons and his household "are highly functional, intelligent and witty," said Rob Sharenow, senior VP of nonfiction and alternative programming for A&E and a co-exec producer of "Jewels." "They're in constant motion, and Gene is always working on dozens of projects. It's more like a scripted series than a reality show." While reruns of "CSI Miami" and "The Sopranos" are harvesting lots of viewers for A&E, "Jewels" is one of the weekly firstrun series, along with "Dog the Bounty Hunter," "The First 48," "Intervention" and "Criss Angel: Mindfreak," that have propelled A&E into the ranks of the 10 highest-rated cable networks. During the first quarter, A&E shot up by 54% in total viewers and by more than 40% in the three key adult demos (18-49, 25-54 and 18-34).
"Gene Simmons Family Jewels" was honored by the 29th annual Telly Awards with a bronze award. Founded in 1978, The Telly is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" was chosen from more than 14,000 entries from around the world.