GENE SIMMONS Banned From BORDERS BOOKSTORES

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons told Cindy Adams of The New York Post that he's been banned from making appearances at Borders bookstores to sign copies of his new book, "Sex Money Kiss". Borders says it's because the events at his past appearances were all too wild, raunchy and vulgar. "[Is it] my fault women come in and lift their tops or stick their butts in my face for me to autograph? " Gene, 54, asked. "The book's 'Sex, Money, Kiss' not 'The New Testament'. The title I really wanted was, 'Women Are From Mars, Men Have Penises'," Simmons explained. "See, bookstores are quiet places. The first word you learn there is 'Ssshhh.' They're not equipped for a party atmosphere. My fans aren't swinging from chandeliers, but they're enthusiastic and often in cleavage. And I give them my all. I take photos with them, don't take bathroom breaks, and I stay for hours until the very last person."

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