Interview: June 5

Not really sure why Interview has gone with a satellite interview this week....

Not really sure why Interview has gone with a satellite interview this week.

If it was absolutely necessary to speak to Gene Simmons then somebody should have gotten on a plane. Sounds like this is just to plug an upcoming tour?

Thankfully no studio audience was required to attend this record, otherwise we would be dragged back to the days of The Don Lane Show and Midday (many may wish we were…).

One of the last true rock stars, Gene Simmons’ reputation precedes him.

Co-founder, bass player and vocalist of KISS, Simmons is known as much for his womanising and chauvinistic ways as he is for The Demon, his blood and fire-spitting onstage persona. He’s also the relentless salesman behind the band’s 45 years of extraordinary merchandising – the KISS brand has been plastered on everything from condoms to coffins, earning hundreds of millions of dollars.

Via satellite from Los Angeles and through a pair of sunglasses (as he says, “The sun never sets on planet cool”) Gene admits to the fear of heights that makes KISS live stunts difficult, discusses his desire for a personal connection to his fans and reveals what the KISS empire has that Disney doesn’t.

Ahead of Gene’s upcoming solo tour of Australia, Andrew burrows into his relationships with women and his attitudes towards them. This, after all, is a man who has bragged about sleeping with almost 5000 women, and has been obnoxious to women interviewers, including one respected Australian rock critic. In a stunning confession, the 68 year-old rocker looks back at the person he was, explaining his behaviour (“I was an arrogant, sexist pig”) and setting a challenge to other men to not act as he did.

This is Gene as you’ve never seen him before.

8:45pm Tuesday on Seven.

4 Responses

  1. I’m watching this episode now. I understand that there is no audience there, but I don’t know why they had to insert canned laughter there for the “funny answers”. Is a little off-putting.

  2. Actually David, satellite interviews were already passe by the time Midday started. I recorded every episode of Midday with Ray Martin during 1987 and almost the only satellite interviews were those with the Hollywood and Royal correspondent. Kerry Packer stumped up the cash to fly guests in, or else fly their reporters to the US or wherever. Even in the final years of the Don Lane Show guests were invariably flown in. Seven’s publicity shot in your story also has an olde worlde look about it with the wooden stand propping up the monitor. At least it wasn’t a CRT monitor.

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