Gene Simmons admits he simply doesn’t have friends. During a long chat with Goldmine, he touched upon his “lone wolf” persona, explaining,”I kept reading about what friends do. They hang out with each other. They call each other, ‘Hey, I need a favor.’ I never had any of that.”

He went on to admit, “Even today, as I sit here, other than Paul (Stanley), and we only get together when we do stuff with the band. How do I say this without sounding inhuman? I don’t have friends. Yeah, if friends means, ‘Gee, I don’t know what I’m going to do this afternoon. Hey, you want to come over and hang out?’ I don’t hang out. I’ve never hung out. I’m more interested in what I want to do, and I don’t want to pretend that I’m interested in what you want to do because I’m not.”

As Kiss winds down its career, Gene Simmons stands by his and Paul Stanley’s decision to pack it in they way they are: “Considering we started in ’73 and we’re in the year 2022 now and probably by 2024 we’ll be done. That’s enough. 50 years is enough for anybody. And also out of respect and love for the fans, you want to get off the stage while the getting is good; It’s ‘quit while you’re on top.’ Of course, everything comes to an end at some point, and you’re lucky and blessed if that last lap around the track is your victory lap.”

Simmons went on to say, “You celebrate the past. But of course, that thing is going to be over at some point in your life. You’ve got to leave home. You’ve got to leave mom and dad and go off on your own and start that next chapter. And by the way, at some point, life itself is going to be over.”

Kiss kicks off its latest string of North American dates tonight (September 21st) at West Palm Beach’s IThink Financial Amphitheatre.


  • Set for release on November 18th is Kiss“Creatures Of The Night – 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition.” The 103-track collection features 75 previously unreleased tracks from the original 1982 album’s sessions and shows.
  • The set features a newly remastered original album with two discs featuring 34 demos, rarities & outtakes including unreleased gems like “Deadly Weapon (Penny Lane Demo),” “Not For The Innocent (Demo)” and “Betrayed (Outtake).”
  • Discs Four and Five highlight 26 soundboard live recordings from the Creatures ’82/’83 Tour and seven  rare tour sound effects, all recorded and archived by the Creatures tour sound engineer Harry Witz.
  • The Blu-ray Audio disc showcases a first-ever Atmos and 5.1 surround mix plus the high-resolution newly remastered 1982 stereo mix of the original album.

CHECK IT OUT: “War Machine” live in 2014 from Kiss Rocks Vegas: