Rock legend shares an ideal final 24 hours
Kiss' Gene Simmons on stage at MEN Arena

How would you spend your last day on Earth? GENE SIMMONS from KISS would gorge on Jaffa Cakes.

Where would you like to wake up?
This is not an answer that makes people in other countries happy and it always sounds a little self-serving…quite honestly? The United States Of America. People are always proud of where they’re from. I’m not from America, I’m telling you as an immigrant, that’s where I wanna be.

Who would you like to wake up next to?

What would there be left to achieve on your last day?
Fascinating question. I’ve achieved everything I’ve wanted to. Let me see… I guess in all seriousness, make at least one person’s life happier than it was before.

Who do you have at your final dinner?
God, because I have a LOT of questions. If we’re all your children what’s all this misery - cancer, AIDS... How dare you do that to your children. I wouldn’t be heaping praise or anything like that. I was given a brain to think so I’d be asking lots of questions. The first one being, ‘Who do you think you are, God?’

What are you going to eat?
Cake. Let them eat cake. And if you’re going to eat crap it’s gotta be full, chocolate covered, jam crap. You know the stuff I love when I’m in England is this thing called Jaffa Cakes. I like the jam thing. I could eat truckloads of that.

What would you do that evening?
I would watch myself on Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels. Season five of which is playing now in the world.

What would be your biggest regret?
In my life I have no regrets. I have nothing to complain about.

How are you going to die?
Go to sleep. Everybody wants that I guess.

What would your final words be?
Thank you and good night.’

What song would be played at your funeral?
Rock And Roll All Nite’ by KISS.

What would you have written on your gravestone?
Thank you and good night.’ When you’re done you’re done. Shakespeare was right, the world’s a stage and we’re all just players and when it’s done…thank you.

Which dead star would meet you at the pearly gates of Heaven?
Well, I’m reminded of a story… There’s a knock on God’s front door, which magically opens and God says, “Who are you and what do you believe in?” “I’m Ghandi and I believe in world peace”. God says, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know the story, you’re okay. Come over here and you can stand on my left.” Another knock on the door, the door magically opens, God says, “Who are you and what do you believe in?” “I’m Mother Theresa and I believe that the poor of the world…” “Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know the story, you’re okay. You can stand on my right.” Knock at the door, God says, “Who are you and what do you believe in?” And I say, “I’m Gene Simmons and I believe you’re sitting in my seat.”

If you were resurrected the next day, who or what would you be resurrected as?
Gene Simmons.

Describe your vision of Heaven?
Well, you want your friends and family I suppose. And being the male of the species, of course all the girls should look like they’re from Baywatch. And lots of cake.

Interview by Anna Wilson
Photo by Danny Payne

‘Sonic Boom’ by KISS is out now on Roadrunner Records.

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