Gene Simmons hosted the
annual Weldbend /IPD Breakfast at The Bellagio in Las Vegas on September 15, 2011. For over 60 years, Weldbend has produced carbon
steel fittings and flanges and their annual breakfast is held during the ASA
Convention (American Supply Association Convention). Gene Simmons founded Kiss
almost 40 years ago....the event was appropriately coined, 'The Two Biggest names in Heavy Metal'.
Simmons arrived and to get things going he shared a short film about his
favorite subject, Gene Simmons. He then spoke to the crowd about the importance
of American ingenuity and that we need to stay in front producing quality
products. He praised the Coulas family who are behind the Weldbend Brand and
used them as an example of a great
American Company producing quality products and standing behind them.
Simmons took questions from the audience and gave out signed coffee mugs. He
was asked what his major influences were for his music and he went on to say he
is more influenced by people like Albert Einstein or Warren Buffet than other
musicians but most of all, he looks for his inspiration from his mother.
Simmons also spoke about his upcoming marriage to longtime partner Shannon
Tweed and how they will record
the wedding for his television A&E show, 'Gene Simmons: Family Jewels"
and he noted..."Never leave an opportunity untouched". Simmons also shared
with the crowd the story of how he invented the 'Sign Of The Horns' Rock and
Roll Hand gesture and he sourced it to the necessity to tuck his bass guitar pic
in his hand when waiving to the crowd. He said everyone in the crowd was
gesturing back to him with their fingers tucked and it was really an accident
that took on a life of it's own.......the hand gesture along with the extended
tongue out has become a universal rock and roll sign around the world.
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