Gene Simmons appeared on the NBC Today show this morning (Dec 11) to publicize his autobiography "Kiss and Make Up." I was amazed how big he is. He could make two of Matt Lauer who interviewed him. His head is so big, I mean that BOTH literally and figuratively. He was his usual max-macho self saying how much he feels the insitution of marriage is just too binding and constricting. He bragged about how active he still is with women and claims once you stop you are not a man anymore. I didn't know his mother was a survivor of the German concentration camps. He immigrated to the U.S. from Israel when he was just eight. The band that influenced him to go into music was the Beatles. He admits it wasn't for the Beatles' music but their lifestyle. They inspired him to want to create a band that was a "brand" (his word) as much as a band. he resented the idea of a traditional band which was all about a front man with a mic, while the other musicians were just back up players. He wanted every member of the band to be equally important to its fans. For myself I can't stand Simmons, but his fans probably would find his book very interesting. And though I don't like his personality and attitude one bit, I give him every credit for having had a dream and made it come true. He transformed music for many and Kiss has a cult following of fans who keep the legend alive and well. Also just as the Beatles influenced Simmons, many, many musicians have confessed to have been influenced by Kiss. Again, I'm sure Simmons fans will find the book an interesting read.