Gene Simmons: A Rock ‘N Roll Journey in the Shadow of the Holocaust

Gene & Flora in Ross Bergs eyes

One of the real characters in the “Kiss web world” is Ross Berg. He has always been very vocal online about his interest and admiration for Gene and Floras (Genes mother) life, and how the Holocaust and their life in Israel after the second world war has formed them as humans, when It comes to Flora to a degree I really didn’t totally understand myself. When Ross told us all that he would be publishing a book on his own I was really interested in how the result would come out. And maybe It would help me understanding his fascination for Flora. So how did It all turn out?

Ross Berg’s “A Rock ‘N Roll Journey in the Shadow of the Holocaust” is probably the strangest Kiss related book I have ever read. And I have read It three times now, and still are not sure what I think of the book. First of all. I like what Ross has tried to do with this book. The narrative way he writes the book could bring characters more to life. But It takes a really strong author to do something like that. I just don’t know how well I feel he has succeeded. Some parts of the book works really well but other parts doesn’t. More than one time the characters thoughts become to much fiction and a little to dramatic for my taste.

Another problem I have with the book is that I’m not really sure If Ross was the right person to write a book like this with his background. It is written with a very “Jewish American” point of view. And for me who has a very different point of view when It comes both religion and the state of Israel some of his conclusions in the book are a little hard difficult to agree with when Ross seems to write from a slightly religious perspective. I’m sure that Ross and Gene may have some of the same views, but It becomes a little to subjective for my taste. And Gene seems very little like a religious person.  So the characters probably become a little more what Ross want them to be than who they really are. Even if his facts are good and interesting to read. Continue reading

Gene Simmons interview 1992

Part I  – Fra ‘Kiss Army Norway Magazine’ #3 – 1996.

This is the ‘blast from the past pages’ where we take a look at things that have happen in the past. We would like to open this spot with a interview that was done for one of the biggest radio station in Norway, NRK P2. The interview was done at Lip Cafe, when Kiss visited Oslo the 11th of June 1992 on their promotion tour for Revenge. The interviews was sent on the radio the same mouth, but the Gene Simmons interview was mighty edited. As I were there together with Steinar Fjeld from NRK, I were lucky enough to take a part in a separate interview with Gene and Paul. Exclusively for the Kiss Army Norway members will I here give you for the very first time the hole unedited interview with Gene I hope you enjoy it!!

After shaking hands….This was how we started the interview with small talk…

Steinar Fjeld: As you see have I brought a sample of a fan.
Gene: Yeah…He’s Crazy…. Continue reading