Gene Simmons, lead singer of 1970s rock band Kiss, has found his way back to Israel.
Born in Haifa as Chaim Witz, Simmons grew up “dirt poor,” selling fruit he collected off of cactuses. His mother, a Holocaust survivor, moved the family to the United States when Simmons was only eight. Despite calling Israel his home, Simmons said he has never returned to his homeland until now.
Simmons is in Israel filming a segment for his reality TV show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, which follows his life with his common-law wife Shannon Tweed and their two kids.
While in Israel, 61-year-old Simmons has spoken out against other artists and performers such as Elvis Costello, The Pixies and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd who have refused to perform in Israel, calling them fools.
This is not the first time Simmons has voiced his support of Israel. During the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Simmons made headlines when he sent a televised message in both English and Hebrew to an Israeli soldier who was wounded while fighting, calling the soldier a hero.
For Simmons, “coming back to Israel is a homecoming,” and insisted that his busy schedule is the only reason that he has not come back sooner.
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