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Kiss’ Gene Simmons on “Ladies of the Night”


simmons.jpgIt’s probably hard to believe — and is also pretty funny – that Gene Simmons, the front man for rock band Kiss (the one with the long tongue who spits blood and fire) has become an author. But it’s easier to fathom when you hear what the book is about: the history of prostitution. 

 Simmons, 58, talked up his “coffee table” book, titled “Ladies of the Night,” on Thursday on the U.S. chat program “The Early Show” on CBS, calling the world’s oldest profession a delicious subject that should not be taboo. But he was quick to note that he was not one to hire the ladies of the night — or day, for that matter. 

“My problem with that is they expect me to pay them. They’re supposed to pay me,” Simmons joked, in response to a question from “Early Show” co-anchor Harry Smith.

simmons21.jpgKiss, of course, is a top-selling rock band that dates back to the 1970s. They dressed in stacked boots, tight costumes and makeup of various characters. They were huge stars in their heyday with the typical female groupies. Simmons wrote the 1977 Kiss song “Plaster Caster,” which basically talks about a guy and his girlfriend, who is making a plaster mold shaped like her boyfriend’s penis. His longtime companion is former Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed. They have a U.S. reality TV show with their kids called “Gene Simmons Family Jewels.”