KISS’ Gene Simmons Recalls His Desperate Situation When He Was Poor

KISS bassist Gene Simmons joined an interview with Breaking And Entering and opened up about the years he was not making enough money. Simmons stated that there wasn’t anyone who offered to help him during those times and shared a piece of important advice with everyone.

When he was a little child in Israel, Simmons had to live under extremely harsh conditions and struggled with poverty. A few years later, the famous bassist and his mother immigrated to America, but starting a new life in a foreign country wasn’t easy. While Florence Klein made many sacrifices to care for her son, the musician also supported them economically by working at other jobs, such as being an assistant and instructor.

Gene Simmons achieved mainstream success shortly after founding KISS with Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley, and thus, he didn’t have to develop other projects to gain money. However, economic leisure didn’t stop him. The bassist focused on business ventures such as the LA KISS arena football team, Simmons Records, the Cool Springs financial services firm, Rock & Brews restaurant chain, and cryptocurrency, among countless others.

As one of the wealthiest rock stars in the world, Simmons stressed the importance of being grateful and remaining humble despite fame and money. The musician reminded everyone that nobody came to help him when he was trying to survive with $1,25 an hour. Thus, considering Simmons’ inspiring life story, young people can achieve their dreams by working hard and staying humble.

Simmons stated in his interview that:

You have to be grateful. You can’t be full of yourself even when you have everything that has been given to us, mostly free. When I was poor, making a living off $1,25 an hour, nobody came up to me and said, ‘You liked those sneakers, here, I’ll send you a dozen, or you like that car. Here.’ There was nobody.”

He continued by saying:

“Be humble to the extent that I can be. But always understand that without the fans, that goes for you too, the people out there, you and I, can be substituted by the next person. Always be humble. Understand that we just work here.”

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