KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has told syndicated newspaper columnist Marilyn Beck that it could be two years before KISS plays to the public again, but that doesn't mean he's going anywhere. "We've been touring for 32 years. It's a time for all of us to take some time off, maybe two years," he claims. "Paul Stanley is doing a solo record, and I think he's going to want to go do some solo dates, and I want to do a lot of other stuff, too," adds Gene. Simmons certainly has plenty on his plate already. "We're starting a cable network and a boxing venture, getting involved in Indy car racing, Warner Brothers is starting work on the 'KISS Babies' cartoon show, and the KISS Broadway musical is commencing production."
Simmons' most recent venture has him turning some of England's most disciplined 13-year-old boarding school students into a band worthy of opening up for MOTÖRHEAD. "Even though the students could play two or three instruments, like cellos and oboes, and could read and write music, I had to teach them that everything they knew meant nothing in rock n' roll," explains Simmons of the VH1 series "Gene Simmons' Rock School", premiering Friday (August 19). "Almost without exception, popular music is made up of people who are pretty much unqualified to do anything except ask you if you want fries with that. None of us read or write music; we just sort of get by. The really great musicians are playing at Holiday Inns doing cover versions."