In a recent interview with New York’s Q104.3 radio station, Gene Simmons discussed TO KISSis new A&E documentary “Biography: KISStory”, which premieres with a two-night event on June 27 and 28 from 9 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. ET. When asked if there were any “revelations in this film that will shock us”, Uncomfortable answered (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “In a very real way, when Catholics have some sort of personal confessional, they go and say, ‘Father, please forgive me for I have sinned.’ Never mind that he might have his own very young skeletons in his closet. See what I just did there?
“It’s a documentary on warts and everything,” he continued. “This is the story of an American dream, of four crazy New York streets who decided to form the group they have never seen on stage. No restrictions, no rules, nothing. Wear more makeup and higher heels than ever and just a prisoner-free approach. But also, because you respect and love the fans, you have to be honest; you got to tell the stories, the warts and everything. And we don’t put any effort into how some of our guys have succumbed to the cliché of clichés – drugs, alcohol, dysfunction, arguing over stupid stuff.
“I’m no different, by the way. Even though I’ve never been high or drunk in my life – literally – or smoked on cigarettes, that’s why at 71 I can hold my hand in front of my face [and] it does not work [shake], because I never used the trick. As a personal choice and as a tribute to my mother, who survived Nazi Germany when she was just 14, I know without her here I would have turned to the dark side.
“So the documentary is really doing us a favor instead of a disservice, which is to say we have to be honest… Before the game is over, you have to be honest with the fans you love and respect, and thank you for making our life possible, ” Simmons added. “You too – without your listeners, you wouldn’t be here. We are just working here. We owe them everything – the least is the truth. And that’s what the documentary does. It’s going to upset some fans, but it happens in families too, when mom sits the kids up and says, “Okay kids, your dad is a drunkard. He’s a loser. He loses his job because he doesn’t love himself enough to be straight, and he doesn’t love family enough. ‘ You have to tell the truth. Tough love is the best way to be with your loved ones – by the way, and also with the people you hate. Just tell the truth – good, bad, or whatever. “
Directed by DJ Viola, “Biography: KISStory” tells the story of the group’s five decades as founders Stanley and Simmons reflect on their historical career. Current members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer as well as the guests Dave Grohl (NIRVANA, FOO FIGHTERS), Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), director Doc McGhee, music producer Bob Ezrin (ALICE COOPER, FLOYD ROSE) and more tell the crazy story of the world’s most famous and influential band.
“Biography: KISStory” is a Leslie Greif production, produced for A&E network through Critical content and Big dream entertainment with Leslie Greif and Jenny Daly as executive producers and DJ Viola acting as director. Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E network. A + E networks owns the worldwide distribution rights for “Biography: KISStory”.
To promote the documentary, TO KISS took the stage on June 11 for a special performance in 2021 Tribeca Festival At New York. For the very first time, the group performed at the festival right after the screening of the first part of “Biography: KISStory”. The two-part documentary event was part of the festival’s 2021 television lineup.
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