Gene will be hosting a 4 part series on Rock starting this Wednesday (10th) at 10PM on Radio 2. It will be available to listen to live online or via On Demand afterwards over at the BBC Radio2 page.
"Gene Simmons, founding member of Kiss and all-round rock music expert, kicks off a new four-part series on his specialist subject where he’ll spin his favourite tunes by the likes of AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper.
Since emerging from New York’s glam rock scene in 1974, Kiss went on to sell millions of albums and pack stadium tours worldwide. The rock quartet became famous for their flamboyant stage costumes, make-up, show pyrotechnics and a hard rock sound. In this series, Gene shares with listeners his passion for classic rock – a sound he credits the UK with creating.
Gene explains: ‘When I was a kid and I turned on the radio, sure we had American r ‘n’ b and we had the American versions of rock ‘n’ roll, but it wasn’t until I heard The Beatles and then The Stones and then Led Zeppelin, and on and on and on, that I fell in love deeply with this thing we call rock. America created rock ‘n’ roll, but it was the UK that gave the world rock – classic rock. Guitars, amplifiers turned up to 11 – yes glorious 11. Louder is better. Bigger is better. Your girlfriend has been lying to you all these years – size does matter!’
Some of the music he’s selected is by bands that inspired Kiss, but most is by groups he discovered or invited to tour with his band such as Rush, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick and Van Halen. He also plays tracks by artists he’s produced over the years such as Wendy O. Williams, as well as covers of Kiss songs performed by Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder and, surprisingly, country superstar Garth Brooks.
Later in the series, he tells stories of unlikely collaborations with iconic music figures such as Bob Dylan (whom he wrote a song with) and Lou Reed who worked with Kiss on a concept album, Music From The Elder.
Gene adds: ‘I’m flattered that BBC Radio 2 has given me the chance to play the music that I love dearly, that I continue to play over and over again, that I introduce young people to…music [that] continues to attract new ears generation after generation which is why it’s classic – classic rock.’
Presenter/Gene Simmons, Producer/Mike Hanson for the BBC"