"If there's one thing we know, it's how to give people bang for buck," Simmons says. "Football has become prohibitive in the sense that you have to mortgage your house or sell your car to go to Super Bowls. What we're trying to do is make this successful and, at the same time, available for families."

As an additional carrot to lure fans to the arena, there will be Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley bobblehead nights. Season-ticket holders will get a free KISS concert at the end of the season. And after each game—win, lose or draw—the players will stick around for a meet-and-greet session with fans. But Simmons and Stanley know that, despite all their celebrity and showmanship, luring fans to the Honda Center ultimately boils down to winning. By hiring the reigning Coach of the Year, McMillen, formerly with the Chicago Rush, and signing Brennan, Simmons and Stanley believe the two men accurately depict what the LA KISS will stand for.

"Hearing our coach wax poetic about the nature of character is refreshing," Simmons says. "The first thing he started with is that 'You're the representative of our team. When you meet the people who kindly gave us this facility, you're our emissary. Be nice to people.'"

"The AFL is misunderstood," Stanley adds. "Some people don't even know the Arena Football League exists. Other people think it's a bunch of second-rate players. They're not. We want people to see this as a springboard. If they want to get to the NFL, bless 'em. If they want to wear the crown in the AFL, so be it. It's a pretty good place to warm up, and it's definitely not the bullpen."

*     *      *

As Simmons walks across the Santa Ana College campus, he sees two students gazing his way, so he waves and says hello. They seem confused and look at each other with a sense of disbelief. After an awkward pause, they continue on their way without responding.

"If I had the makeup on, they'd know who I was," he says with a chuckle, pointing to his face.

But something else seems to be on Simmons' mind as he excitedly divulges details about the reality show. He can't find his car keys. He stops talking about the LA KISS and pats himself in an attempt to find them. He thinks he left his keys on the field, but he isn't sure.

We approach the field, and Simmons realizes he's made a rookie mistake. In his mad dash to make the call time, Simmons left his keys dangling from the ignition of his Navigator; the engine is still running. He looks down and shakes his head, seemingly disbelieving his own actions.

"This is what happens when you have too many exciting things going on," he says as he motions a fake gun to his head. "It's funny: I can remember our roster, but I can't remember my car keys. Go figure."

 

 

 

 

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
All
 
My Voice Nation Help
13 comments
huntka33
huntka33

Kiss  proves that being ugly and wearing your Mothers clothes and make up have "nothing" to do with success.

huntka33
huntka33

Tebow will regret not taking You up on Your more than generous offer.

carmskiss
carmskiss

Gene & Paul forget about performing in Mexico on March 15th....stay safe in the USA and show up and support your team, LA KISS during their First ever Game!! See you in San Antonio!!

samanthadevenport
samanthadevenport

I love KISS and I love Gene Simmons. It has always amused me at how people's comments on various sites suddenly turn to abusive name calling and racism, whenever he says or does anything at all. 

Good on you, Gene - for making it big and continuing to make even more money to add to your already overflowing coffers. You know what it's like to be poor and had the balls to live your dream and make it a reality in a world full of judgmental tossers, who would only be doing the same in your shoes - if only they had the chance ...and guts.

dbo90275
dbo90275

Has anyone seen the pics of Gene without his wig?  He has a serious chrome dome. 

Fred Stoces
Fred Stoces

So they brought th "LA" kiss to Anaheim.. in Orange County? What is LA not big enough haha goddamn money grubbers, they stole the anaheim angels too!

serbialaw1
serbialaw1

I think it is a good fit. Say what you will about KISS's music, but they know how to market a product. Which is something Arena Ball sorely needs.

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

and I thought I was ugly!

crazyladyxoxo
crazyladyxoxo

I was wandering if the small town fan's are just as important to him as the big city fan


mannybanny
mannybanny

@huntka33  

maybe your Mom wore codpiece, spandex and chestless shirts - not mine...

;-)

Scott
Scott

You care because you read the article... and then commented.  If you didn't care one way or the other, you would have left it alone.  That's how it works.

jendall_714
jendall_714

@crazyladyxoxo Not sure if you know this but KISS once played in a High School auditorium because they heard about this Football Team who used to get fired up listening to KISS music before a game! This was in Cadillac Michigan.

 
Loading...