If you've seen the new THE X FACTOR promo then you know that we have a legendary rock star in our midst on Wednesday's show. Gene Simmons, known as "The Demon" bass player in the rock band KISS, shows up at the auditions with his daughter, Sophie Tweed-Simmons, who tried out for Season 2 at the San Francisco auditions.
How did the fairer Simmons do? Well, you'll have to tune in on Wednesday at 8/7c on FOX to find out. What we can tell you about Sophie is that she's 20-years-old, her mother is former Playmate/actress/model Shannon Tweed, and she won viewers over with her sweetness on Gene Simmons: Family Jewels, which charmed viewers for seven wild seasons on A&E.
But, for now, we're here to tell you a little more about dear ol' dad and why he is truly one of the most notorious figures in rock and roll. Here are some fun facts on Mr. Gene Simmons:
1. He Gets Tongue Tied: He has the longest tongue in rock and roll (rumored to be 7-inches long!) and he was known to spit blood from his mouth and breath fire into the air 15-feet high during the band's outrageous concerts.2. He's a Lover, Not a Fighter: According to Gene himself, he has slept with over 4,800 women. That is not a typo - that's truly four thousand and eight hundred women. However, one woman stole his heart a few decades ago. He's been with Shannon Tweed for 29 years - yes twenty-nine years! - and the two finally tied the knot in October 2011.3. He's a Hit-Maker: Love him or hate him, the man deserves some props as he helped KISS sell over 100 million albums worldwide and the band even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Need to catch up on KISS? Download these: "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Detroit Rock City," "Love Gun," "Beth," "Calling Dr. Love," "I Was Made For Lovin' You," and "Tears Are Falling."4. He Loves TV: Aside from the aforementioned Gene Simmons: Family Jewels, his TV credits include the cartoon My Dad the Rock Star, Mr. Romance, and Rock School. He's also appeared on such reality shows as The Celebrity Apprentice (Donald Trump fired him in week three), Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Answer: yes. He's hella smart!), and even Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.5. He's a Good Jewish Boy: Born Chaim Weitz in Israel and raised in Queens, New York, the seemingly bad boy rocker says, "I have never been high or drunk in my life." We kinda believe him. He also once considered being a rabbi.
So, that, my friends, is Gene Simmons. Tune in WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY at 8/7c on FOX for the final two audition episodes of the season.