Rock god Gene Simmons

Kiss bassist Gene Simmons says getting on stage makes him feel like an ''Olympian god''

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This article is from 2010.

Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons feels like an "Olympian god".

The Kiss bass player and singer said the feeling he gets onstage is better than that felt by the most powerful people in the world, including religious figures and politicians.

He said: "The most important thing is getting up on stage. It's electric church, there's no experience like it. Popes, presidents, prime ministers, even kings - none of them get to feel like I do. Only maybe Olympian gods would."

The 'Rock 'N' Roll All Nite' singer also told how the band's fanbase is very broad and he is constantly surprises by the people who reveal themselves as fans.

He added: "The strangest people grew up on Kiss - Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe.

"We snuck into the Grammys one time, and Luther Vandross was like, 'Oh my God, it's Kiss!' "

The 60-year-old rocker also explained his life philosophy, which was influenced by his mother, who experienced life as a Jew under the Nazi regime.

He said: "My mother, at 14, was in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. And saw her whole family incinerated in the ovens. Her philosophy has always been: every day above ground is a good day. Life is a gift, not a birthright. Don't waste it."

KISS

A big old tour from the monochrome-made up rock guys, fronted by Gene Simmons. The quartet have sold over 80 million albums worldwide since the band formed in New York in 1973 and were named by VH1 in their top ten list of the ‘100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock’.

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Sun 28 May

£51.20–£62.40 / 0871 945 6000

Manchester Arena

Tue 30 May

£50.40–£61.60 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Wed 31 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

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