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By John-John Williams IV and The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2013
Kiss rocker Gene Simmons and actress/model wife Shannon Tweed caused quite a stir at Preakness 2013 when the two stopped by the Christine A. Moore Millinery tent in the corporate village of Pimlico Race Track. Dozens of onlookers watched and snapped photos as the two combed through Moore's collection of colorful creations. After Tweed tried on a number of hats from the New York-based designer, she settled on the Thrill hat, a wide-brim sheer pink hat topped with a long feather. The hat cost a pretty penny: $900.
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By John-John Williams IV and The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2013
Kiss rocker Gene Simmons and actress/model wife Shannon Tweed caused quite a stir at Preakness 2013 when the two stopped by the Christine A. Moore Millinery tent in the corporate village of Pimlico Race Track. Dozens of onlookers watched and snapped photos as the two combed through Moore's collection of colorful creations. After Tweed tried on a number of hats from the New York-based designer, she settled on the Thrill hat, a wide-brim sheer pink hat topped with a long feather. The hat cost a pretty penny: $900.
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By JOSH FRIEDMAN and JOSH FRIEDMAN,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 15, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- As the tongue-wagging singer for the rock band KISS, Gene Simmons likes to brag about turning a band into a brand. Behind the garish makeup, Simmons, 56, was the driving force behind a blitzkrieg of KISS-branded products, from lunch pails to caskets. The band's heyday is long gone, but Simmons says he's far from finished. The Beverly Hills-based impresario is starring in two reality TV shows, developing a magazine, running his own music label and launching an entertainment-themed pay-TV show that will feature uncensored music videos and celebrity interviews.
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By [VERNE GAY] | January 3, 2008
Different in name and approach, The Celebrity Apprentice is both a whole new game and the whole old game as well. Obvious difference? Well (duh), celebrities! A boatload of 'em vying for Donald Trump's love and affection. Most important, the winner will deliver a $250,000 check to a charity of choice. There's a little bit of back-to-basics here, too (aside from its return to the Big Apple). Celebrities, for example, won't be constructing elaborate marketing plans to sell H3X Hummers, but elaborate marketing plans to sell hot dogs and the like.
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By Nara Schoenberg and Nara Schoenberg,Chicago Tribune | August 25, 2005
This has been a heady year for the Jews of rock 'n' roll. After three fans announced their intention to launch a Web site called the Jewish Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the already well-established Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland sued for trademark infringement. Suddenly, a bevy of world-class lawyers was fighting over ... the right to tell the stories of Gene Simmons, Michael Bolton and four-fifths of the J. Geils Band. Then, a few weeks ago, the legal clouds lifted sufficiently to allow the three fans -- New Yorker writer Jeffrey Goldberg, Washington Post reporter David Segal and radio executive Allen Goldberg (no relation to Jeffrey)
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By [VERNE GAY] | January 3, 2008
Different in name and approach, The Celebrity Apprentice is both a whole new game and the whole old game as well. Obvious difference? Well (duh), celebrities! A boatload of 'em vying for Donald Trump's love and affection. Most important, the winner will deliver a $250,000 check to a charity of choice. There's a little bit of back-to-basics here, too (aside from its return to the Big Apple). Celebrities, for example, won't be constructing elaborate marketing plans to sell H3X Hummers, but elaborate marketing plans to sell hot dogs and the like.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 19, 1994
It was a phone call Dean Dinning would not soon forget."I was just sitting around my house when I got a call from our manager," recalls Dinning, bassist with the band Toad the Wet Sprocket. "He said, 'I just got off the phone with Gene Simmons from Kiss. And he is a Toad fan.'"I couldn't believe it. [Simmons] really liked 'Walk on the Ocean' and he bought 'Fear' and liked the whole album. He wanted us to be on the Kiss tribute album, and he was waiting for me to call him back. Out of the blue one day. It was unbelievable.
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October 6, 1996
We all know what to expect at a KISS concert. There will be smoke and confetti, flash pots and fireworks. Paul Stanley, his trademark black star painted over his right eye, will be standing center stage, as Ace Frehley struts across the stage in his silver platform boots. Peter Criss will come out from behind the drums to sing "Beth," and Gene Simmons will soar above the stage, spitting blood like some oversized Kabuki demon.As always, general KISSteria will ensue.Ever since it was announced that all four original members would once again be donning face paint and hitting the road, the KISS army has been on the march again.
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By Eric R. Danton and Eric R. Danton,HARTFORD COURANT | August 7, 2003
NEW YORK - "Welcome to Kiss World," Paul Stanley says, standing in his suite at the Plaza Hotel. It's a surreal world whose primary inhabitants - the four members of Kiss - wear makeup, play driving hard-rock music and put on bombastic live shows in front of fervent fans who know every note of every song. It's also a carefully constructed world, where each move is designed to advance one primary goal: augmenting the already impressive mythology of Kiss. Stanley towers above everyone else in the hotel suite - 6-inch platform boots will do that - and he's bedecked in full Kiss regalia: white greasepaint, bright red lipstick, black star painted around his right eye and a skin-tight stage costume that reveals the singer and guitarist's hairy chest.
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By Jim Sullivan and Jim Sullivan,BOSTON GLOBE | June 2, 1996
"Tattoos are the big hair of the '90s -- Wake up!"-- Graffiti scrawled on a men's-room stall at a Boston club"That is so cool," says Cher, when told of this bit of mid-'90s pop-cultural wisdom. And she should know. Cher is Ms. Original Rose Tattoo.Cher has six tattoos, including, as she puts it, "a garden on my butt."She got her first one in 1972."My mother was appalled. Everybody was appalled. And that suited me just fine. Now everybody has tattoos. I bet Dole has got a tattoo someplace," she says, referring to Bob Dole, the presidential candidate.
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By JOSH FRIEDMAN and JOSH FRIEDMAN,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 15, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- As the tongue-wagging singer for the rock band KISS, Gene Simmons likes to brag about turning a band into a brand. Behind the garish makeup, Simmons, 56, was the driving force behind a blitzkrieg of KISS-branded products, from lunch pails to caskets. The band's heyday is long gone, but Simmons says he's far from finished. The Beverly Hills-based impresario is starring in two reality TV shows, developing a magazine, running his own music label and launching an entertainment-themed pay-TV show that will feature uncensored music videos and celebrity interviews.
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By Nara Schoenberg and Nara Schoenberg,Chicago Tribune | August 25, 2005
This has been a heady year for the Jews of rock 'n' roll. After three fans announced their intention to launch a Web site called the Jewish Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the already well-established Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland sued for trademark infringement. Suddenly, a bevy of world-class lawyers was fighting over ... the right to tell the stories of Gene Simmons, Michael Bolton and four-fifths of the J. Geils Band. Then, a few weeks ago, the legal clouds lifted sufficiently to allow the three fans -- New Yorker writer Jeffrey Goldberg, Washington Post reporter David Segal and radio executive Allen Goldberg (no relation to Jeffrey)
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By Eric R. Danton and Eric R. Danton,HARTFORD COURANT | August 7, 2003
NEW YORK - "Welcome to Kiss World," Paul Stanley says, standing in his suite at the Plaza Hotel. It's a surreal world whose primary inhabitants - the four members of Kiss - wear makeup, play driving hard-rock music and put on bombastic live shows in front of fervent fans who know every note of every song. It's also a carefully constructed world, where each move is designed to advance one primary goal: augmenting the already impressive mythology of Kiss. Stanley towers above everyone else in the hotel suite - 6-inch platform boots will do that - and he's bedecked in full Kiss regalia: white greasepaint, bright red lipstick, black star painted around his right eye and a skin-tight stage costume that reveals the singer and guitarist's hairy chest.
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October 6, 1996
We all know what to expect at a KISS concert. There will be smoke and confetti, flash pots and fireworks. Paul Stanley, his trademark black star painted over his right eye, will be standing center stage, as Ace Frehley struts across the stage in his silver platform boots. Peter Criss will come out from behind the drums to sing "Beth," and Gene Simmons will soar above the stage, spitting blood like some oversized Kabuki demon.As always, general KISSteria will ensue.Ever since it was announced that all four original members would once again be donning face paint and hitting the road, the KISS army has been on the march again.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 19, 1994
It was a phone call Dean Dinning would not soon forget."I was just sitting around my house when I got a call from our manager," recalls Dinning, bassist with the band Toad the Wet Sprocket. "He said, 'I just got off the phone with Gene Simmons from Kiss. And he is a Toad fan.'"I couldn't believe it. [Simmons] really liked 'Walk on the Ocean' and he bought 'Fear' and liked the whole album. He wanted us to be on the Kiss tribute album, and he was waiting for me to call him back. Out of the blue one day. It was unbelievable.
SPORTS
May 25, 2002
On deck The Mets are on a 13-game road trip that will complete a stretch of 23 of 29 games away from Shea Stadium. He said it "My poor mom can't stand KISS, and she can't stand wrestling." Dale Torborg, Rockies strength coach (and son of the manager) aka wrestler The Demon, who dresses like rocker Gene Simmons of KISS
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May 23, 2011
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