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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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Rebekah Brown (3 days ago)
Gene you're the best man for endorsing a product that is going to do nothing but heal 😊
Christian Nilsen (4 days ago)
Gene Simmons, a.k.a "The Demon": I love the Pope he's a fantastic person
Christian Nilsen (4 days ago)
3:43 u tell 'em Gene!
37rod37 (9 days ago)
mastermind (14 days ago)
absolutely love that darth vader hair cut
michael hembree (24 days ago)
Pot is good for medicine that does what a pill doesn't do..gene thinks he knows everything ..
AjaxForever (28 days ago)
Horrific person
1doodaloniat (30 days ago)
Suddenly I love Gene Simmons. Genius.
barry (1 month ago)
The Kiss front man is Paul not Gene!!!!!!
Anita Taylor (1 month ago)
Is it sunny in there?! Whats with the shades?
lucifer lavey (2 months ago)
what's the name of that one good Kiss song?
Brenda Snider (2 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 (2 months ago)
Yo he ain't the front man, Paul is wtf.
Calebe Priester (2 months ago)
Evil stuff right here! Man, they will all burn!!
Phorbs (2 months ago)
Chad Thundercock?
Scott Fabian (2 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 (2 months ago)
The only thing that clown has an "emotional attachment" to is money.
Paulangelaist !!!! (2 months ago)
Sell out i think not.. spreading truth in world filled with propaganda.. thats rock and roll
robclemenza (2 months ago)
he reminds me of trump
Christian Fischer (2 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 (2 months ago)
Surely he can afford a better wig when out hawking his cheap tat?
kevykev38 (2 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 (2 months ago)
The interviewer seems un-prepared.
Lori Reichert-Dover (2 months ago)
Kiss Army forever
Dee Rock (2 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 (2 months ago)
Gene Simmons would sell his soul if he could, just to make money!!
Jon Anthony (2 months ago)
Robert T Bird already has
jay dean (2 months ago)
He's not the frontman of Kiss
WinRARChickenDinRAR (2 months ago)
He doesn't think Kissikola would be more marketable?
Andy Cravis (2 months ago)
Gene is the best
ScareCro (2 months ago)
Gene's son said, Dad, I need $40, Gene says, $30? What do you need $20 for? Ok son, here's $10.
strtngfrsh (2 months ago)
That's why Nick asked for $40 he only wanted $10
Melissa Tucker (2 months ago)
Gene Simmons Is Totally A Awesome Guy ...
Wulfman91 (2 months ago)
Thats a very interesting hat hes wearing!
Brad B (2 months ago)
wuts with that mop? jeezus h cryst
Richard Shapiro (2 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 (2 months ago)
I didn't know they made steel wool wigs
Garegh62 (2 months ago)
Who is the old lady on the left with the jowls and really bad wig?
kenny play (2 months ago)
he is, well, smart
gkarjala (2 months ago)
Say what you will, this guy rocks. Offstage even.
ALLMUTANTER (2 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 (2 months ago)
he speaks "off course"
Allen Tomas (2 months ago)
Cold Gin, yeah, you never got drunk.
strtngfrsh (2 months ago)
Ace wrote Cold Gin not Gene.
Aussiesteveification (2 months ago)
I like kiss , but this guy is full of himself lol 😂
Batty Ghøst (2 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 (2 months ago)
I appreciate his pro-cannabis views but, what a complete tool.
Mark Miller (2 months ago)
Tom c (2 months ago)
What a jerk! The Donald Trump of rock and roll.
Patience Yagmin (2 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 (2 months ago)
Hice wig Gene!
SuperBike Racer (2 months ago)
The arrogance is mind numbing!
James Raposo (2 months ago)
paul little (2 months ago)
Just lost so much respect that I️ didint wanna loose.... come on man... get over yourself!!!
starry nite 540 (2 months ago)
he never smoked cmon man
responsibleparty (2 months ago)
Nice hat.
GameOfInches (2 months ago)
wait WTF Gene Simmons have never been high or drunk in his life ??
Robert Hamilton (2 months ago)
Worst bass player ever.
Tonybassist123 (2 months ago)
Robert Hamilton it’s the equivalent of generic trap beats
bellmeisterful (2 months ago)
Teach your kids to say God Bless America?! What do you think we are? Old school dumb people? Were smarter now, than those before us. Were progressive and we know better.
bellmeisterful (2 months ago)
strtngfrsh I was being sarcastic.
strtngfrsh (2 months ago)
If you think each generation gets smarter you're hallucinating.
The Hermit (2 months ago)
Oh I can pretty much guess what this guy thinks about pot: that it 'makes him paranoid' (because it makes him remember what an evil pos and horrible musician he is).
JohnG2007 (2 months ago)
As a former fan of Kiss in their heyday (1970s), it is sad to see my former idol transformed into a capitalistic schmuck who also supports the apartheid in Israel.
Nate Hudson (2 months ago)
God I hate everything about Gene Simmons. He's an skunk of the first order
The Diecast DareDevil Show (2 months ago)
gosh Gene, you really are a "true" sell out
Matthew Flynn (2 months ago)
He's what other sell outs strive to be.
Tonybassist123 (2 months ago)
The Diecast DareDevil Show Yeet
Prismatic Z (2 months ago)
This is a complete waste of time.
sudicalwig (2 months ago)
"See what I did there"...... Please stop saying this Gene. It's really getting old..
AlabasterSmudge (2 months ago)
Gene is a great man.
ALI FERNANDEZ (2 months ago)
what's up with the SOS pad hair
Jeff Watson (2 months ago)
tim m (2 months ago)
"See what i did there?" If you have to point out funny... it's not very funny.
Edward R Rooney (2 months ago)
He and Trump are cut from the same cloth.
830Audio (2 months ago)
Oh chaim...
Geerladenlad (2 months ago)
Gene Simmons is not kiss's frontman. Paul Stanley is.
tttarms1970 (2 months ago)
Millionaire and still walks around with that coarse rug on his head
Tonybassist123 (2 months ago)
tttarms1970 lmao
Donna Milligan (2 months ago)
Sorry Roseanne should have never been on tv. I watched her show and she is not funny she is disgustingly filthy mouth. I'm still waiting to laugh
Donna Milligan (2 months ago)
💘 u gene. U may be perfect but u must repent and be born again abaptized and saved. Ur one of a kind. In real proud. Of all ur accomplishments. U didn't smoke and this and that so goon to do something for ur soul I mean it don't wait. So many die in their sin u must come to know Jesus. Like bible says. Not like the world tells. So u will know that u know u have eternal life in heaven with god and u can truly be a testament and a light to ur family and ur band
Herman Helmich (2 months ago)
Great stand up!
Marco Benaglia (2 months ago)
He is such a clown. Pour guy. 🤪
midwayer godman (2 months ago)
Gene Simmons crap personality is a discredit to everything he has ever done, does and will ever do. I’m deleting all my kiss tunes now! See what I did there?
Tonybassist123 (2 months ago)
midwayer godman gottem
Bob Suydam (2 months ago)
No talent, stupid hair.
Tim Stuart (2 months ago)
E Kap (2 months ago)
Far from a zoinist! To the shallow minded sheeple out there...just because someone was born inisreal dies not mean they are zionist. He does not even practice the jewish religion. He was simply born there. Wake up sheeple and research before you open your mouth.
Destructo CiD (2 months ago)
Not one joke landed, see what I did there. Ugh.
Scarlet Daze (2 months ago)
We can say all the nasty things about Gene but I must say he’s had more money, fame, girls than any of us.
kev catnip (2 months ago)
Watch out for him knocking at your door soon....if you have a thousand dollars to spare ,,,,
strtngfrsh (2 months ago)
He didn't have to visit a Brothel, they came to him. As far as Kiss tracks I can sing by heart, all of them that were studio recorded and some demos.
kev catnip (2 months ago)
Anyone can visit a brothel ,,,, Where is the Kiss track that you can sing by heart ? Apart from the poodle rock sellout crazy nights?
Brian Murphy (2 months ago)
Hey Gino- Steven Segal just called. He said he wants his Hair Hat back.
Eddie C (2 months ago)
Front man?
Tonybassist123 (2 months ago)
Eddie C I thought he was the bassist?
D & R Z (2 months ago)
I wonder if they are aware of the congressional pharmacy.
James Frank (2 months ago)
Gene Simmons for President !🇺🇸
pepsi cola (27 minutes ago)
Thank you for agreeing with me!!!gene Simmons for 2020!!!!!!!!
channel For Gammers (2 months ago)
all hail Holy Gene!
777jones (2 months ago)
One of the worst, massively indulged people
Dylan Talks (2 months ago)
I'm not a fan of tentacles *Gene Simmons hates hentai**
Ozzy Ozburn (2 months ago)
He lied, he got high on hash, albeit accidentally, in Detroit back 1974/75 and even talked about it. Why he says otherwise I don't know. Possibly ego trip.
Sean Stevens (2 months ago)
I read that in one of the Kiss autobiographies he said" I thought my head shrank so I had to shout to be heard" He ate brownies
70brine (2 months ago)
I smoke weed myself, but this d bag saying he’s all for it now because he can make $. Gene has always been a big hypocrite though on many fronts.
saxonsteve (2 months ago)
Christian Fischer Greed invites Greed!
Christian Fischer (2 months ago)
Business is business and Simmons isn't running a charity.
saxonsteve (2 months ago)
He is all about himself and the Greenbacks!!!
70brine (2 months ago)
Genes a smart guy. I can’t deny that. He “learned” all this when he realized what a burgeoning business weed is and more importantly how much $ he can make.
da324 (2 months ago)
E Kap Yea, he just learned it. Wake up indeed!
Beater Barsky (2 months ago)
It’s all hype and glory for old helmet head..
Robert Mcgee (2 months ago)
Trump is the first president with balls!
tttarms1970 (2 months ago)
Robert Mcgee leave him alone he's still crying and hugging his hilary blowup doll...
Robert Mcgee (2 months ago)
Crazy Cajun and Obama’s were in yours?
Crazy Cajun (2 months ago)
And Putin's balls in his mouth, too!
divisionmonarchy (2 months ago)
Robert Mcgee yeah, Netanyahu’s balls in his mouth.
Ana Lucia Da Silva Vasconcelos (2 months ago)
Gene sound like Kevin spacey
Alan (2 months ago)
What a joke of a has-been. Looks like my grandmother.
Kevin Macnaughton (2 months ago)
Alan. easy. Easy now ..thats your grandma!
Edward Hernandez (2 months ago)
I cringed when he flashed the horns, as if he's one of us. Gene, just flip the bird in front of the camera and stop promising the free handouts, this would be less offensive. really I will never smoke a Gene blunt.
Hello There (2 months ago)
He doesn't flash the horns. He puts his thumb out just like he did back in the 1970's. It's a different hand gesture.
rod powers (2 months ago)
Edward Hernandez I agree with you brother!
HonkAtMyMonkey (2 months ago)
Thanks uncle Jerky...........
motorman xxx (2 months ago)
Everyone BOYCOTT his products !
Todd Mastrianna (27 days ago)
why? Anything wrong with what he does? Hurting anyone?
Thanis Akron (2 months ago)
Kyle Coffey (2 months ago)
motorman xxx lol not your choice what he does. Hes successful. Lmao idiots
motorman xxx (2 months ago)
Because I feel for the right price and circumstance Gene would flip flop on any issue , let's just hope that his misunderstanding or being uneducated on a subject cause us , the kiss fans any misfortune to possibly miss out on great music with others he's played with and talked trash about them , what's next kiss bongs and pot leaf t- shirts ? The woken Gene .
Logan Ramey (2 months ago)
motorman xxx Why?
Merican Headbanger (2 months ago)
Man Rosanne should of called him an ape ! He is definitely a poo slinger
MichaelHansenFUN (2 months ago)
I love this but still marijuana regulation just like Alcohol
William Hall (2 months ago)
walking talking colostomy bag.
Styx Fan (2 months ago)
Love him or hate him he is a marketing genius.
strtngfrsh (2 months ago)
Iwasthewalrus.......As long as Gene doesn't try to create a dominate race and take over the world I think he'll be ok and your point is kind of goofy.
Iwasthewalrus (2 months ago)
Styx Fan Hitler was a marketing genius and look how that turned out.
Tonybassist123 (2 months ago)
He’s the og marketing troll
Adrian Lee (2 months ago)
Styx Fan 💰💰💰💰💰💰💰 💰💰💰 There, now I'm a target for a Chim Weiss lawsuit.
Nx Doyle (2 months ago)
Back in the day, Simmons' KISS persona, the demon, involved outlandish hair, make-up and stage costumes. It's a bit sad that he had more credibility while in silly make up and outfits. Today, for all his self-absorption and claims to intellectual greatness, he really does cut a quite risible figure with the steel wool faux-black hair.
Brian Murphy (2 months ago)
Nx Doyle Dude- that is a Steven Segal style hair hat. The worst Rug in show business. How can anyone take this guy serious...