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What is the meaning of life according to Gene Simmons

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What is the meaning of life according to Gene Simmons

Born in Haifa, Israel in 1949, Chaim Witz moved with his parents to the United States at the age of eight and a little more than a decade later changed his name to Gene Simmons and helped Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley to form Kiss. In the following decades, they would become one of the most influential Hard Rock bands of all time and would sell an estimated amount of more than 100 million records worldwide.


He certainly had a unique life since he was a little kid and had the chance to have many experiences that not many people can have in their lives. So he has an interesting point of view on things is and once he revealed what is the meaning of life in his opinion.

What is the meaning of life according to Gene Simmons

In an interview with Classic Rock in 2016, the Kiss bassist, singer and songwriter was asked what was the meaning of life. But he actually said that he doesn’t care much about that but that is to try to enjoy life and not hurt no one.

“Oh, I don’t give a shit. It doesn’t matter what we think it is. All we know is we’re here and then we’re not. Or, in more poetic terms, we’re all just passing through.”

“So if we live in Western culture, where we have a say in how we lead our lives, we may as well have a great time. Try not to hurt anybody and enjoy life. That’s about it, actually. We’re lucky to have a choice in our lives,” Gene Simmons said.

During the same conversation he was also asked what was his biggest regret. He explained that he actually envies people who are greater than he was able to be. People who speak more languages that he can or inventors, for example.

About the thing in life he was most proud of, he chose himself. Because according to him, he came from nothing and couldn’t speak a word in English. But obviously, became a really successful Rock star a few decades later.

Alongside Paul Stanley, Simmons kept Kiss alive for 50 years until they decided to end the band in 2023. They released 20 studio albums, the final one being “Monster” in 2012. Now that the group is over, Simmons is focused on his solo career.

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