341 Brand New Gene Simmons Full Interview with Record Collector Magazine
By Michael Brandvold
Episode 341, July 9, 2019. This week’s edition of Three Sides Of The Coin features an interview with The Demon himself, Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons, in conversation with British rock writer (Record Collector magazine) and musician (with UK metalheads Black Sheets Of Rain) Rich Davenport. Simmons discusses what Kiss have in store for fans once the current End Of The Road tour concludes, revealing that the band have unreleased material ready to roll in the vaults, and plans for other projects including a movie and “…all kinds of stuff that makes purists furious.” Says Davenport: “I was offered the chance to interview Gene for Record Collector magazine (www.recordcollectormag.com) as the band hit Europe for a series of shows, and as a fan of the band since I was 12 years old, I aimed to ask questions that would appeal to long-serving members of the Kiss Army. Gene was cordial and candid about such topics as the band’s reasons for making this tour their last, the possibility of an all-new line-up carrying on the Kiss name, his relationship with former guitarist Ace Frehley since Ace got sober, the origins of the bands vast range of collectible merchandise, the early days of Casablanca Records, and the different ways in which Kiss is perceived by audiences in different countries around the world. I had a lot more material from Gene than it was possible to include in the feature I wrote, so I contacted the guys at Three Sides Of The Coin, and on this week’s show, they’re airing the full-length audio version, giving you the unexpurgated Thoughts Of Chairman Simmons, on everything from Stevie Wonder to Scooby Doo.” An abridged version of the interview appears in the current edition of Record Collector, along with a guide to the top ten Kiss collectables, compiled by Ingo Floren, author of The Official Price Guide To Kiss Collectibles, and is available from www.recordcollectormag.com Forget the haters, we won! Listen to Three Sides of the Coin Radio at www.ThreeSidesoftheCoinRadio.com Every Sunday at 8pm PT Three Sides of the Coin brings you two hours of KISS radio! Three Sides of the Coin Radio is on the Monsters of Rock channel on the Dash Radio Network. Press requests please contact Michael Brandvold at www.MichaelBrandvold.com Since launching in 2012 Three Sides of the Coin has been viewed or listened to over 5,000,000 times. Three Sides of the Coin has been joined by special guests including former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, Eddie Trunk, WWE Superstar and lead singer of Fozzy Chris Jericho, Angel lead guitarist Punky Meadows, Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook, Vinnie Vincent Invasion and Slaughter lead singer Mark Slaughter, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, comedian Craig Gass, KISS’ former business manager Chris Lendt, the Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack, Frank Munoz associate producer for Ace Frehley's Anomaly album, award winning songwriter Adam Mitchell, Ed Kanon (Peter Criss' drum tech), Kevin Valentine (drummer on KISS' Psycho Circus album). Three Sides of the Coin was picked (October 2013) as a 'What's Hot' podcast by Apple's iTunes. In the early '90s, Michael Brandvold launched the fifth ever website on the Internet devoted to KISS, KISS Otaku. He built, launched and maintained Kissonline.com (KISS' official web presence). He now owns Michael Brandvold Marketing, providing marketing services and digital strategy to musicians. Tommy Sommers spent 15 years on the record show circuit collecting, trading and selling memorabilia / Kiss merchandise. He is now a successful residential Real Estate agent in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area. Tommy has also produced a KISS song For The Oddfathers and is the owner of Rock Steady Digital Photography. Mark Cicchini, is a world renown KISS collector. KISS have used parts of Mark’s vast KISS collection for audio, video & print materials including their book NOTHIN TO LOSE, CD re release of the LOVE GUN album & the VH1 Ultimate Album KISS ALIVE! special as well as many other KISS projects. His wife also makes a mean meatloaf!!! It's only our opinion... it's neither right nor wrong. Three Sides of the Coin Radio: www.ThreeSidesoftheCoinRadio.com Facebook: facebook.com/threesidesofthecoin Twitter: twitter.com/threesidescoin Spotify: spotify.threesidesofthecoin.com YouTube: youtube.threesidesofthecoin.com iHeartRadio: iheartradio.threesidesofthecoin.com Spreaker: spreaker.threesidesofthecoin.com iTunes: itunes.threesidesofthecoin.com TuneIn: tunein.threesidesofthecoin.com Stitcher Radio: stitcher.threesidesofthecoin.com SoundCloud: @michaelbrandvoldmarketing Web: threesidesofthecoin.com Merchandise: shop.threesidesofthecoin.com Three Sides Of The Coin is unofficial & unsanctioned and has no affiliation with the band KISS.