Monday, November 4, 2013

Gene Simmons' Smithsonian Museum Award Presentation

During the KISS KRUISE III, KISS Navy members John and Jamie Downs presented Gene with a plaque commemorating the Smithsonian Musuem's acceptance of a Gene Simmons Axe bass into their collection.

The Smithsonian Museum's statement reads, in part: "The bass will now be cared for in our permanent collections... We happy to include the Axe bass as it relates to the impact Mr. Simmons and his band KISS have had on American culture, especially in the creation of a unique and iconic brand that has been embraced by fans worldwide."

The story of Mr. Simmons' American experience deserves to be preserved. An immigrant and son of a holocaust survivor, he used creative vision and entrepreneurial acumen to make a significant impact for our nation's popular culture, becoming an iconic figure in American music and entertainment."