Ok, I was planning on saving this blog until the new season of Gene Simmons Family Jewels started, but I can't wait.
If you haven't seen the show, it airs on A&E on Monday nights. (I think it's very postmodern that a show about the KISS frontman is on A&E!)
As you can assume, the show focuses on Gene Simmons and his life with former Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed, and their two (very normal) kids. In fact, the whole family is oddly normal. The kids are disciplined. Shannon does the house chores. Gene pays the bills and complains about the noise when his son rehearses with his rock band! The only catch is that Gene and Shannon are not married. He doesn't believe in marriage because that would force fidelity, but the pair have been together for more than two decades.
The series started with slow ratings, and quickly grew to one of the network's highest rated shows. More than a typical reality series about a famous family, the series is really an experiment in modern American life. Gene Simmons is classic rock legend, glammed to the hilt. This is the same man who swears to have slept with more than four thousand women, but refuses to drink or do drugs. He says America needs moral values. Insert your own comments here.
As a sidebar, Season 1 of Gene Simmons Family Jewels is out on store shelves. Gene likes his money, and he'll market anything with the KISS logo including a casket that helps you rock into the afterlife.
Just this morning, the bands official website, www.kissonline.com, launched a campaign for a new KISS Visa card.
What fans really want is a new KISS album. Oh well.