GENE SIMMONS' 'My Dad The Rock Star' Cartoon To Bow In September

Bill Brioux of the Toronto Sun reports that KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is "the dude behind 'My Dad The Rock Star', one of several fall gems unveiled yesterday (August 12) in Toronto at a press conference for various Alliance Atlantis networks.

" 'My Dad The Rock Star', featuring a platform-wearing, clown-faced guitar slasher named Rock Zilla (basically Simmons in full KISS mode), bows Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. Canadian actor Lawrence Bayne ('Black Robe'), not Simmons, voices Zilla, with grizzled Don Francks ('Nikita') typecast as roadie Skunk. Kathy Laskey ('Blue Murder') is mom to Zilla's son Willy (Joanne Vannicola).

"Simmons has two kids of his own — 'that I know of, anyway' — and they, especially son Nick, gave him this idea. 'What happens when the new kid in school has a dad who stands seven feet tall, shoots fire out his ass and has a talking codpiece?' explained Simmons via satellite from New York.

"But how does this aging rock rascal wind up in 'toon town? The shameless self promoter waved around a KISS credit card and spoke of book and toy spinoffs, including KISS Beanie babies. There are also KISS comic books, coffins and condoms. 'Pardon me for shilling,' he said after declaring KISS the 'No. 1 band in history.' " Read more.

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