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Gene Simmons, Kiss founding member, sits down with the "Squawk Box" crew for a wide-ranging interview on his business investments, the upcoming Kiss tour and his take on unrest in the Middle East. » Subscribe to CNBC: http://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC About CNBC: From 'Wall Street' to 'Main Street' to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak peeks of your favorite shows, exclusive video and more. Connect with CNBC News Online Get the latest news: http://www.cnbc.com/ Find CNBC News on Facebook: http://cnb.cx/LikeCNBC Follow CNBC News on Twitter: http://cnb.cx/FollowCNBC Follow CNBC News on Google+: http://cnb.cx/PlusCNBC Follow CNBC News on Instagram: http://cnb.cx/InstagramCNBC Kiss Frontman Gene Simmons On Pot, Touring And The Middle East | CNBC
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Cool Breeze (2 days ago)
that wig might be some sort of exotic endangered marsupial. PETA needs to launch an investigation!
emily hays (4 days ago)
That so true.
Vibration Psy (22 days ago)
This man is a genious.
Debra Wolf (1 month ago)
He's a good dad.
rav (1 month ago)
Does money drain all persons of courtesy?
Nemanja Pavlovic (1 month ago)
It was so important to say the frontman of kiss and founding member
Supertron5000 (1 month ago)
And it wasn't even accurate to call him the frontman.
Ed Muniz (2 months ago)
Rene Alexis Penaloza Munoz (2 months ago)
The interviewer got lost for words, what an amateur!
Blue Matrix (2 months ago)
that hair is a rubber
Felipe Freire (1 month ago)
Looks like a dead Coyote...
William Landreth (2 months ago)
I might love music and hate Kiss but I do understand his "Alice Cooper"-type logic that produced such a show. I do believe he now regrets his decision to not produce Art for Zion but instead victimize his followers but then again it was a "pretty smart" choice. I'd so much rather be Ozzy than Gene or Alice though.....what did they really like and love and why didn't they pursue these activities for money instead of something they "didn't do" and so then they are "free" to prey on the fans that they assert are "nowhere"....Not sure how such a "non-participant capitalist" can be considered a "Zionist pig" but I guess he's not an active Palestinian. Why not? You know Starbucks has pulled out of Israel lately....
Kzoo Detector (2 months ago)
This guy is so lame with his stale jokes.
Barry Fohn (2 months ago)
Kiss was a total BS band that had ABSOLUTELY NO TALENT OF ANY KIND. When I was younger I couldn't believe that these clowns actually were popular AT ALL. I thought that it was kind of fitting that these idiots wore stupid make- up and costumes because all clowns were costumes.
Magneto Rex (2 months ago)
he’s the Trump of rock and roll
circum79eer (2 months ago)
The rockstar version of Donald Trump
DMG118 (2 months ago)
Paul Stanley is the frontman of KISS - Gene is the bass player.
The Spirit World (2 months ago)
is gene gonna sell adrenochrome too?
Philip Defibaugh (3 months ago)
First Gene says that he is against marriage and many years later is married, then he preached about the dangers of drugs including weed, but now has a new view on weed, what is the next thing he will change his mind about? Lol
Orgasmatron 93 (3 months ago)
Guy is such a tool but still love em
Justin Gower (3 months ago)
Loves to make a duck face doesnt he?
Per Christmansson (3 months ago)
saying ; see what I did there, -seams to be a Jewish thing only? Sounds stupid Gene, please stop!
Fred Pearson (3 months ago)
Hard to believe he watches CNBC--only channel orse than them is MSNBC.
JC thomas (3 months ago)
Yeah, great job at informing the masses really :)
shortsleave (3 months ago)
He can now legally make money off pot so SUDDENLY it's a good thing. Creep.
J W (3 months ago)
He hypocrisy about drugs is astounding. He would call all pot user's loser's before he could earn a easy buck. But, if he can make a buck so be it, " I'm all in to make a buck even, if I happen to be a Hypocrite"
Christopher Smith (3 months ago)
Stop saying Gene is the front man. Paul Stanley is the front man and always has been.
5150 Logan (3 months ago)
Glad to see him finally educate himself on the benefits of cannabis. We need more people like him who have a platform to speak out on the subject.
jay blair (3 months ago)
now just greedy about pot
jay blair (3 months ago)
Michelle Rajca-Frost (3 months ago)
The Donald Trump of rock & roll.. What a money hungry person he is.
Vice Squad (3 months ago)
How many concert goers, innocent people and school children are shot and murdered each year in America? How many US citizens live in extreme poverty, have inadequate healthcare and struggle to keep a roof over their heads? And Gene, you want to teach future generations to chant that America is a good idea?.
Nigward (3 months ago)
Vice Squad Gene came from a poor family from Israel, While his own mother was a holocaust survivor. And they couldn’t afford food too place on their tables, And we’re living with friends, Gene work at being a rockstar for years, And became one off the richest man, something he couldn’t do, If he was living in a communistic country.
James Cunningham (3 months ago)
D B (3 months ago)
Is that Darth Vader
Jarrold Bates (3 months ago)
Geezus, didn't any of you dorks notice the big breasted, blue eyed red head at the end! OMG! 😍
Joe GI (3 months ago)
lmfao watch this show to get the latest news lol, are you serious Gene
Dogernut (3 months ago)
he scared me when i was a kid... :P
shawn the farmer (3 months ago)
gene is just a typical rockstar, madly in love with himself.
James Nestler (4 months ago)
Gene : 'drugs are bad....wait, I can make money off them? Drugs are good'.
bobowrath sovine (4 months ago)
Due to his 2 children he has matured and gave up much of his egomanioism
gkarjala (4 months ago)
Gene's great but, sorry buddy, that Vatican Wall is Older than you. Talk about Baby and bathwater.
Norman Goodwin (4 months ago)
I'm looking for a video where he's not wearing dark glasses. Finally he woke up about cannibus. How could he not see that years ago !!
Frank Esposito (4 months ago)
I love the Pope too....but their is a Walk around the Vatican... so they can see who is comming and going.....So America has to see that too! yet we can put people there......to Greet instead of a Wall!
Frank Esposito (4 months ago)
Love ya man!
Frank Esposito (4 months ago)
The KISS COFIN was the Best!
Todd Bedusek (4 months ago)
Hes talking about cannabis without the thc to help with epilepsy .. I get sick from pot bc I'm allergic to thc
Eric Rife (4 months ago)
He needs to go into the wig business.
Randy Rhoads (4 months ago)
He needs a better wig.
Rebekah Brown (4 months ago)
Gene you're the best man for endorsing a product that is going to do nothing but heal 😊
Christian Nilsen (5 months ago)
Gene Simmons, a.k.a "The Demon": I love the Pope he's a fantastic person
Christian Nilsen (5 months ago)
3:43 u tell 'em Gene!
37rod37 (5 months ago)
mastermind (5 months ago)
absolutely love that darth vader hair cut
michael hembree (5 months ago)
Pot is good for medicine that does what a pill doesn't do..gene thinks he knows everything ..
AjaxForever (5 months ago)
Horrific person
1doodaloniat (5 months ago)
Suddenly I love Gene Simmons. Genius.
Percy's (6 months ago)
The Kiss front man is Paul not Gene!!!!!!
Anita Taylor (6 months ago)
Is it sunny in there?! Whats with the shades?
lucifer lavey (6 months ago)
what's the name of that one good Kiss song?
Brenda Snider (6 months ago)
I.m so iffy about Gene I love KISS and the Demon but why can't he be a rockstar and the millions he made and just be happy but no he has to give his opinon on just about everything !
Peter Lukach (6 months ago)
Yo he ain't the front man, Paul is wtf.
Calebe Priester (6 months ago)
Evil stuff right here! Man, they will all burn!!
Phorbs (6 months ago)
Chad Thundercock?
Scott Fabian (6 months ago)
This greedy Jew has 350 million dollars and he still wants more. For crying out loud, how much money do you need? This guy claims he has never gotten high. I just don't believe it. How can you take a guy who wears a dead poodle on his head seriously?
Compete ToDefeat (6 months ago)
The only thing that clown has an "emotional attachment" to is money.
Paulangelaist !!!! (6 months ago)
Sell out i think not.. spreading truth in world filled with propaganda.. thats rock and roll
Dean Winchester (2 months ago)
Yeah he doesnt sell out. What with being vocal on anti marriage and then getting married.... What with being anti drugs but then learning you can make money... What with being anti alcohol then making your own kiss beer.... Shall i continue?
robclemenza (6 months ago)
he reminds me of trump
Christian Fischer (6 months ago)
"Both sides need to sit down and have a cup of coffee" Except no one wants to have coffee with a fundamentalist theocracy like Israel that is now running the worlds biggest death camp known as Gaza.
Dave Smith (6 months ago)
Surely he can afford a better wig when out hawking his cheap tat?
kevykev38 (6 months ago)
He was my hero at one time. Until he started talking, I lost respect for him. But I still reflect on the first 8 albums (the only albums that really matter to me). Gene and Paul should have never started talking . Made them both ugly
the GLOSSA channel (6 months ago)
The interviewer seems un-prepared.
Lori Reichert-Dover (7 months ago)
Kiss Army forever
Dee Rock (7 months ago)
Chaim Witz should stick to selling his soul. He is a brilliant business man and I'm glad he woke up on pot. *I'm a KISS fan
Robert T Bird (7 months ago)
Gene Simmons would sell his soul if he could, just to make money!!
Jon Anthony (7 months ago)
Robert T Bird already has
jay dean (7 months ago)
He's not the frontman of Kiss
WinRARChickenDinRAR (7 months ago)
He doesn't think Kissikola would be more marketable?
Dean Winchester (2 months ago)
Probably too close to crisscoula, and we all know its about gene....
Andy Cravis (7 months ago)
Gene is the best
ScareCro (7 months ago)
Gene's son said, Dad, I need $40, Gene says, $30? What do you need $20 for? Ok son, here's $10.
Simmons 😝 and his son were walking down the street and they saw a naked woman walking towards them . Gene Simmons 😝 said hey son " I'D LEND HER 1 "
Felipe Freire (1 month ago)
+Rodovan Ra Wrong, the correct is "My son stole $60"😀
Rodovan Ra (2 months ago)
More like Dad I want $40, Gene says what why $30 ? What do you need $10 for ? Son you owe me $50, Police help my own son stole 50 from my wallet !
oiyabastard (2 months ago)
What's the number one shortest book ever written? Jewish business ethics
Jacob Boone (3 months ago)
+strtngfrsh facts.
Melissa Tucker (7 months ago)
Gene Simmons Is Totally A Awesome Guy ...
Wulfman91 (7 months ago)
Thats a very interesting hat hes wearing!
Brad B (7 months ago)
wuts with that mop? jeezus h cryst
Richard Shapiro (7 months ago)
what a horrible interviewer. gene is hilarious, terrible and awesome in turns every second. lots of "fourth wall" comments, as if he has been binge watching deadpool 2.
raul serrano (7 months ago)
I didn't know they made steel wool wigs
Garegh62 (7 months ago)
Who is the old lady on the left with the jowls and really bad wig?
kenny play (7 months ago)
he is, well, smart
gkarjala (7 months ago)
Say what you will, this guy rocks. Offstage even.
ALLMUTANTER (7 months ago)
You know Gene inadvertently got a hold of one of Ace's brownies back in the day after a good romp backstage, he just won't admit it!
Marky Marco (7 months ago)
he speaks "off course"
Allen Tomas (7 months ago)
Cold Gin, yeah, you never got drunk.
Scott Silagyi (2 months ago)
Thanks, that makes sense. Gean is really high strung.
Dean Winchester (2 months ago)
Yeah, but hes happy to sing itand make money off it. Also happy to be anti alcohol but sell his own brand of beer too, go figure...
strtngfrsh (7 months ago)
Ace wrote Cold Gin not Gene.
Batty Ghøst (7 months ago)
So hes all for weed? Pretty sure he just wanted to make his own to just make $$$$.... hes just a freaking sellout person.... back then he was good look up to 80s to 90s metal scene sorta.
rthomas2471 (7 months ago)
I appreciate his pro-cannabis views but, what a complete tool.
Mark Miller (7 months ago)
Tom c (7 months ago)
What a jerk! The Donald Trump of rock and roll.
Patience Yagmin (7 months ago)
I like gene but it's rude to ware shades in the room . it's like a hat you need to remove it when you are present in a place or someone place
James Jordan (7 months ago)
Hice wig Gene!
SuperBike Racer (7 months ago)
The arrogance is mind numbing!
James Raposo (7 months ago)
paul little (7 months ago)
Just lost so much respect that I️ didint wanna loose.... come on man... get over yourself!!!
starry nite (7 months ago)
he never smoked cmon man
responsibleparty (7 months ago)
Nice hat.
GameOfInches (7 months ago)
wait WTF Gene Simmons have never been high or drunk in his life ??
Robert Hamilton (7 months ago)
Worst bass player ever.
Tonybassist123 (7 months ago)
Robert Hamilton it’s the equivalent of generic trap beats