This Saturday, Dodger Stadium is being transformed into an full-fledged hockey stadium for the first ever NHL outdoor game in Los Angeles at the Stadium Series game featuring the LA Kings taking on the Anaheim Ducks.
Taking part in the festivities of this anticipated outdoor game is recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees KISS, who will give a mini-concert during the first intermission of the game. This morning the one and only Gene Simmons joined us live on air to talk about performing at LA’s first outdoor hockey game, plus share his abundance of music knowledge, sentiments about being inducted to the Rock Hall and much more.
KISS is just one of the big-name talents performing at the Stadium Series game this weekend along with Jordin Sparks and Five For Fighting. The band will rock the stadium after the first period of the game, and Gene assures it will be a show to remember.
“How exciting is that going to be?” said Gene. “Dodger Stadium. Outdoors. Southern California right here in Los Angeles, you’re going to see great champions going at each other on blades on ice, but…we’ll be able to shake the heavens. KISS in full bombast, we’ll have more firepower than most third world countries.”
Not only does KISS have the honor of being the first band to play at LA’s outdoor hockey game, but the band also holds another title at Dodger Stadium of being the first band to put on a 3D concert on the field in 2000.
It’s these kind of record-breaking achievements that had made KISS one of the most celebrated rock bands in history. Now, Gene and his bandmates will forever be immortalized in music history after being named one of this year’s inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“We have nothing to complain about. We respectfully didn’t wait around to find out when and where and how. We are the most blessed guys in the world,” said Gene on being inducted to the Rock Hall. “It’s a nice kind of thing, so we’ll be celebrating with a 40th anniversary world KISS tour…it’s very exciting.”
It’s hard to believe KISS has been around for 40 years now, and we had to wonder if Gene and the rest of the band gets tired of putting on shows in full costume and makeup after all these years.
“We actually love it,” he said. “It’s a source of pride. It’s war paint more than makeup, because there’s a ritual, it takes about two hours. I wear more makeup and high heels than Lisa [Stanley] does.”
Over the years, there’s one other question that the members of KISS get asked over and over again, and that is, does KISS stand for anything?
“No, no. It stands for the same thing you do quietly when nobody’s looking with Lisa every morning,” he cracked to Gary Bryan.
Not only is Gene a talented musician, but he’s an incredibly resourceful businessman (and “very good-looking” in his words) in his spare time. Gene co-owns several companies including a restaurant chain Rock And Brews, Cool Springs Life loans, and his newest venture the LA KISS arena football league, which kicks off its season in March.
On the charitable side, Gene has a very big heart when it comes to deserving causes. Gene recently auctioned off his beefed-up Ford F100 truck for $450,000 to raise money to build a children’s hospital in Saskatchewan, Canada.
“It is worth reminding ourselves…that America is most charitable country that has ever existed,” said Gene. “This is proved positive when there’s a cause, in this case it was making sure that children in Saskatchewan – that’s a city of about a million people [that] did not have a children’s hospital. That’s inexcusable, so Ford donated a wonderful truck…and a kind-hearted person understood that there was a bigger idea besides just owning a car that the money was going to do some children good.”
You can catch Gene perform live with KISS at the Kings-Ducks Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium this Saturday, Jan. 25th at 7pm. For tickets and more information, click here.
Listen to our complete interview with Gene Simmons below.