According to the Toronto Sun, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was at press tour yesterday (July 13) to promote "Gene Simmons: Family Jewels", which premieres Aug. 7 at 10 p.m. on A&E. "The Osbournes"-like reality series shows Simmons the doting dad at home with his beautiful Newfoundland-born Playboy Playmate Shannen Tweed. The pair have been "happily unmarried" for 23 years and have two kids Nick, 17, and Sophie, 14.
Stiletto-heeled Tweed describes herself as more of a "soccer mom" these days. As for being the world's most tolerant partner, don't believe everything that Simmons says, she said. "If those things were true he'd be missing a limb."
After the session, Simmons was asked point blank if he was really the legendary swordsman he always claimed to be.
"I want everybody to believe in their heart that I mount any female within a thousand yards," he said. "You've got to be afraid of the boogeyman. I want to be the boogeyman. I don't want to be the next door neighbor."
Simmons, who claims never to have touched booze or drugs, says he did watch his old tour pal Ozzy shuffle and slur through "The Osbournes". The lesson? "Don't do drugs," he said. "If you have any doubts, watch that show."