Slideshow: KISS Rocker Gene Simmons in Chicagoland

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KISS Rocker Gene Simmons in a more conventional pose.

CHICAGO – Tongues were wagging as Gene Simmons, “The Demon” of the rock band KISS, made an appearance in Downers Grove, Ill., to greet fans and sign his new book “Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business”. The appearance was took place on October 28th, 2014, at the Tivoli Theater and was sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop of Napervillle, Ill.

Simmons was born in Israel, and moved to New York City when he was eight years old. He formed KISS with guitarist Paul Stanley in the early 1970s, recruiting Ace Frehley (lead guitar) and Peter Criss (drums). Adopting with make-up the band’s signature character look, Simmons played bass guitar and appeared as “The Demon.” Their live shows over the years have been legendary, and KISS has sold over 100 millions albums worldwide. In 2013, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Joe Arce of covered the Gene Simmons appearance, and captured these Exclusive Portraits of the elusive rocker. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

  1. GENE1: Gene Simmons and the tongue that sold 100 million albums.
  2. GENE2: KISS Rocker Gene Simmons in a more conventional pose.
  3. GENE3: Gene Simmons un-sunglassed!

“Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business,” by Gene Simmons, is available at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Illinois, or wherever books are sold. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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© 2014 Patrick McDonald,

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