We all gotta make a buck -even future-megastars! Before the whole music thing panned out, some of the biggest rock ‘n’ rollers, divas and rappers held down regular 9-5 shifts just like you and me. But some of these early gigs weren’t so regular after all. From digging graves to working in psych wards, shoveling goodness-knows-what at a slaughterhouse, handling fish and breaking codes for the Army, these folks definitely earned their keep!
KISS mastermind Gene Simmons is not only a founding member of one of the most successful rock bands of all-time, but he’s also the star of Gene Simmons Family Jewels, a reality TV show on A&E that has been on the air since 2006. Starring alongside him on that program is Sophie Tweed Simmons, his daughter with longtime ladyfriend (and now wife!) Shannon Tweed. It’s unclear whether Sophie’s recent excursion to the sandy beaches of Maui was for a future episode of Family Jewels, but either way, cameras materialized while she was playing in the surf with her friends.
Attention KISS fans! Your hard-rocking, face-painted heroes are unleashing their 20th studio album, Monster, this fall, and they need you to help unveil its cover art. Cut up like a puzzle, the legendary rockers are leaking one piece of the Monster cover at a time, scavenger hunt style so that fans can be a part of the big reveal. Mashable has one, as does NoiseCreep. We’ve got piece number four to share, and check that Gene Simmons tongue! We do believe this an important one.
Clicking on the piece below will redirect you to the band’s official Facebook page, where you’ll collect all seven pieces to — voila! — build a full picture. The hunt for Monster is on!
UPDATE: Our friends over at the O Music Awards got their hands on another piece of the KISS puzzle, too! Check out it, KISS Army.
“Metal dudes are people, too!” you shout, and we hear ya, we honestly do. But here’s the thing — we like to live under the fantasy, however inaccurate, that metal dudes just do totally awesome metal stuff all the time. We want to believe that metal dudes go around biting the heads off bats, smashing guitars, sticking it to the man and headbanging ALL THE TIME. The same way we like to believe that pop stars all eat, sleep and go to the gym in their elaborate costumes, rappers freestyle battle each other in the street and country singers all know how to lasso like cowboys.
Obviously, the illusions we live under (yes, we’re twisted, we know, but being twisted is like, SO metal), are unrealistic, and we have to admit we get a perverted sense of pleasure when the wall does come down. So if you want to see what metal dudes are doing when they’re not being metal, and just being sort of, well, regular, click through to our gallery below! Beware: there are images of James Hetfield WEARING A KNITTED SCARF! Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor READING BOOKS! Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine HANGING OUT WITH A GEORGE W. BUSH IMPERSONATOR! If this is all just too much for you and all you want is to see metal guys being, like, totally metal, then check out National Metal Day on VH1 Classic, airing all day today!
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