The new drummer was Paul Charles Caravello, who went by the stage name of Eric Carr, and played for Kiss from 1980 until his death in 1991.
The band hosted its own fan conventions in 1995, and fan feedback about the original Kiss members reunion influenced the highly successful 1996–1997 Alive Worldwide reunion tour. Since then, the original line-up has once again dissolved, with Tommy Thayer replacing Ace Frehley on lead guitar and Eric Singer (who performed with Kiss from 1991 through 1996) replacing Peter Criss on drums.
It blew me away that these four boys [from] the middle of nowhere could make that music." Simmons became involved with his first band, Lynx, then renamed The Missing Links, when he was a teenager.
Eventually, he disbanded the band to form The Long Island Sounds, the name being a pun on Long Island Sound.
At age eight, he immigrated to the United States with his mother and settled in New York City.
During this time, Criss and Simmons also appeared on an unreleased album by Captain Sanity together with members from Criss' previous band Chelsea.because our power, our lifeblood, our very reason for existence is our fans. Simmons is a science fiction and comic book fan and published several science fiction fanzines, among them Id, Cosmos (which eventually merged with Stilletto to become Cosmos-Stilletto and then Faun), Tinderbox, Sci-Fi Showcase, Mantis and Adventure.He also contributed to other fanzines, among them Be ABohema and Sirruish.A significant influence on Simmons was The Beatles."There is no way I'd be doing what I do now if it wasn't for The Beatles.In addition to playing bass, Simmons is known for his large tongue and on stage is known for his demonic figure by spitting fire and vomiting stage blood. Most people only think about America in terms of rock & roll, movies and television.During an interview in 1999, Simmons was asked about the source and significance of Kiss' stage makeup and personas: I've always been a fan of Americana, and Americana has always been about imagery, often above content. Kiss is very all-American, in the sense that our constituency has never had anything in common with critics ...In 1983, when the fame of Kiss was waning, the members took off their trademark make-up and enjoyed a resurgence in popularity that continued into the 1990s.At this time, Peter Criss, the original drummer, was voted out of the band, and a replacement was sought to fill his vacancy., born August 25, 1949), known professionally as Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, author and television personality.Also known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the bassist and co-lead singer of Kiss, the rock band he co-founded with lead singer and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley in the early 1970s.