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Gene Simmons says music can save a child's life
By KRISTI EATON, Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Kiss frontman Gene Simmons made a surprise appearance at a Sioux Falls benefit concert Saturday, where he spoke of music's power to positively shape children's lives.

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Simmons's appearance came on the final day of a week of concerts to benefit the music academy for Sioux Falls Boys & Girls Clubs members.

"This is about kids. We've had our chance. We've got to give them a chance. Anything that gets them off the street is a good thing," Simmons said.

Music, Simmons said, is self-empowering.

"It doesn't matter if you become a star. If you don't believe in yourself and get up on stage, everybody is watching. You can feel the power ... and it helps you get through life, especially when you're impressionable."

He said getting involved in music — whether it's learning to play an instrument or sing karaoke — improves social skills, too.

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil was also at Saturday's show, and he, too, expounded on the positive benefits of music.

"Say you finish your first song, it could be 'Mary Had a Little Lamb,' it doesn't matter, but at least it's something you've played," Neil said. "And I think for kids, they could go into a whole other direction because they accomplished something."

Neil said he was 10 when he first started taking guitar lessons.

"I was terrible," he said laughing. "That's why I'm not a guitarist. I went into the other direction."


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Mar 31, 2013 5:34PM

he's right. i had musical and art talent and my mom refuse to let me take lessons until i was 15 and my

Pop bought me my first guitar. then i bought drums. then a bass. i played them all and had a great time

and still play. i've always drawn but just recently posted my artwork online and even sold some and

have received many great comments about my artwork! i wish i would've done this earlier. it's never

too late! music and art is a great tool for kids especially if they aren't the smartest or jockest or most

popular in school. it gives them confidence and a drive to be creative and get frustrations out!

Mar 31, 2013 4:47PM

What could Gene or Kiss possibly know what is good for kids? They have been pushing Glitter Rock and anti-Christian lyrics and lifestyles for 40 years. 

critics believed KISS was an acronym for Knights In

Satan's Service) The group Kiss leaped on stage as rock'n roll demons — puking blood, breathing fire and screaming — "God of rock'n roll, we'll steal your virgin soul." In their song "God of Thunder", they command young people to kneel before Satan: "I'm lord of the wasteland, a modern day man of steel, I gather darkness to please me and I COMMAND YOU TO KNEEL Before, The God of thunder, the god of rock'n roll, I'LL STEAL YOUR VIRGIN SOUL!"

Mar 31, 2013 12:27PM

Gene, probably.

My kids used to ask me - Dad, how come Kiss's stage logo has two letters "S" exactly like those Nazi SS forces had. And, as the history tells us they did not exactly like your kin. Now, that everyone knows that you are a jew (no bad connotation at all), the question is - how did your relatives condone that? 

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