BORDERS Manager: 'GENE SIMMONS Was The Most Gracious Celebrity Ever To Visit Store'

The Tennessean reports that "KISS tongue-man Gene Simmons' book signing [in Nashville] was completely different from what you might think.

"Yes, lots of people showed up at Borders on West End Avenue. In fact, more than 800 came for autographs of his book, 'Sex Money Kiss', and all sorts of other things, including dolls, lunchboxes and children's pajamas. In fact, 800 is nearly double the number of folks at Gene's signings in other cities. It may be the highest number of folks to ever come out for a single book signing in Nashville.

"There was no loud music, no profanity, no exposed mommy parts, no lewd, crude or rude behavior of any kind.

"Gene was downright charming. He kissed babies, he talked to autograph seekers' friends on their cell phones, he laughed, he joked, he wordlessly held one woman for two minutes while she sobbed uncontrollably.

"In fact, the only thing folks were supposed to get autographed was his book, but Gene got on live TV at 10 Tuesday night and told folks he'd sign anything the rest of the night.

"He signed and talked and joked with fans for almost five hours.

'' 'He was by far the most gracious celebrity ever to come to the store,' manager Juan Jimenez said. 'We were amazed.' "


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