In the latest issue Goldmine (Oct-Nov 2022), KISS icon Gene Simmons talks about life, death and new business ventures outside the band.
Here are just a few things Simmons emphasized in an in-depth interview with Ken Sharp :
He doesn't need friends
Gene Simmons: Even today as I sit here, other than Paul (Stanley), and we only get together when we do stuff for 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'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 am not.
On the afterlife
GS: I’m OK if there’s a heaven and a God. I’m OK with it. I’m also OK if there’s nothing.
I lean towards nothing. My question is, if we get an afterlife, do mosquitoes? Maybe my mother’s sort of wise statement about every day above ground is a good day, and that’s it.
What he wished he knew when he was younger that would have made life easier
GS: That it didn’t matter what I thought I knew, and it didn’t matter what I knew. You still have to wade through the jungle by yourself. All the knowledge in the world, or no knowledge at all, doesn’t prepare you for life because there’s no one journey, there’s no one road.
Read the entire interview (and more KISS coverage!) by getting The Oct-Nov 2022 issue of Goldmine with Gene Simmons on the cover at select newsstands and the Goldmine shop.