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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by elleneff » Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:41 am

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Obviously investors are making some money, though, or they wouldn't keep investing in band-related items. I think things like the Koffeehouse and Mini-Gold were projects initiated by fans. Other things like LA KISS, Rock & Brews, etc. might have come through Epic Rights.

I don't understand Gene's speaking engagements. Why would any organization pay him $100k to speak? If it's a corporate gig, I get it. They have money to blow. If they are public events with ticket sales, like the ones in Canada are, there's no way they can make their money back.

I think the Vault made money for Rhino. I don't believe for a minute they made 5,000 units to start. I think they produce them as needed, maybe in batches of 250 or so, or maybe they did 1,000 for the tour. I can't imagine they cost more than $100-150 to produce (all inclusive of the CDs, booklet, etc.). At $2,500, even if they have expenses of $500 per unit (including manufacturing, shipping, travel, etc.), that's a $2,000 profit margin - 50% to Gene, 50% to Rhino. For every 500 sold, they're each netting $500k. Imagine how many CDs of another artist Rhino has to sell at $14.99 to net $500k.
Well. I recall Keith Valcourt saying that they hoped to break even this year, this was before the planned post Kiss shows Vaults were scrapped and they hoped to sell another 1000 this year and then they had broken even. They were at around 1500 units sold. another 1000 as Keith indicated brought that to 2.5k units sold which was the break even. The events were pulled for Im sure many reasons. Post event insurance, Paul displeased at him doing it as a Kiss show, Rhino just going, its no longer worth it, Id be very interested to know via Keith where that Vault project is at, if its at anywhere.
Now I seriously doubt given genes Modus that he did anything other than give the tapes to Rhino to recover, clean and master.
It was a PR excercise for Gene.

and yes, if the business model is simply to lease/lend his name "GENE SIMMONS (OF KISS)" and image to any curious licencees who , for whatever reason want a Simmons association, for an upfront fee and a media push at launch then sure.
Its no different to, say, Van Damme hired to sell Coors light, or Jennifer Aniston selling shampoo. Its a PR gig as a paid shill. Thats not acute business acumen, thats a hited gig.

Now on the topic of endorsement/ association, I get Aniston selling shampoo, she has lovely hair, I get Clooney selling Nespresso, I get Mr Bean selling Snickers, I get Leno and Seinfeld selling Acura etc.

What I dont get is an endorser selling cannibis produsts and thinking, hey what about anti drug stiff Gene Simmons when clearly Snoop Dogg is the man
I dont get an endorser selling cola wanting a Simmons moneybags name on it. (warning, may only be bought by select middle aged white men who will buy it to collect and convince it isnt giving them diabetes)

I mean, This is a man who only wanted their final studio album called Monster simply so he could try to cajole them into an energy drink association.


He should be selling Fibre Thick. Or Simmons steaks (Gene buys and rears the cows from Israel, imports to USA , pops a flag on them, then bores the cows to an ethical death with his typical interviews and soundbytes) , Simmons hankerchiefs, Simmons blazers (look like you just stepped out of the 80s)
Selling stuff he actually uses and needs to a demographic that needs that crap.
I can imagine the Monster execs discussing this,
Exec One: So guys, Gene has approached us for an endoresement and cash deal if we partner. Now the logo is very close to ours and on the face , its an easy partner. Should we green light it? should we pay them?

Exec two: So , what are we really saying? If you are tired, jaded and past it, like Kiss, have a Monster energy DRINK TO ROCK AND ROLL ALL NIGHT? This isnt an optics excercise we really need guys, we need new vibrant young, not old, heritage acts trying to sell a new album no one wants. Pass.

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by DJ Sterling Golden » Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:43 am

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No concern about quality of products.
No concern about what/who his name is attached to as long as he profits.
Endless bragging, exaggerations, and outright lies to further his own pursuits.

Much of his alleged success is due to a gullible fanbase, not acumen or savvy.

He's Trump with (almost impossibly) worse hair.
Facts: you simply cannot talk power moves, life goals and achievements with those who don't share the same ambition as you. Cos to them, it sounds like bragging.

No one can ever accuse Gene of not being open and honest about who he is and what he thinks. Does he always succeed at every opportunity? Nah. Most entrepreneurs fail more than they succeed and you'll always have people to the left ready to troll that shit. The times he has succeeded, tho? KISS, Family Jewels etc? You remember those successes. And again like most entrepreneurs, those wins aren't as numerous as the L's. But those wins made their mark.

As for his "gullible fanbase": you know anything about stan culture? You can say that of every band or artist that generates enormous support.

Honestly your description of Gene Simmons would be much more appropriate for Jay-Z.
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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by andreww1962 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:50 am

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Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:43 am
No one can ever accuse Gene of not being open and honest about who he is and what he thinks. Does he always succeed at every opportunity? Nah. Most entrepreneurs fail more than they succeed and you'll always have people to the left ready to troll that shit. The times he has succeeded, tho? You remember those successes. And again like most entrepreneurs, those wins aren't as numerous as the L's. But those wins made their mark.
Sorry, you want to fill me in on one of those successes? I honestly can't think of any, that is unless you are talking about pimping out the KISS logo?

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by nibbler1982 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:52 am

andreww1962 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:28 am
nibbler1982 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:20 am


Which of HIS business ventures is he an abject failure in?

When looking at the endeavors we’re privy to Gene hasn’t abjectly failed at anything. The only thing he did was collect money hand over fist.

If the people that gained Gene’s endorsement failed that’s no skin off of Gene’s apple.

It’s perfect business. How much smarter can you be?

If only I could be so fortunate.
LA KISS
IRL Marketing partnership
Moneybag clothing
Simmons records

I could go on but you get the picture. As I said before, Gene has one achievement, KISS. He has licensed the shit out of that brand, but quite frankly I don't doubt that what he has made doing that is reflected in revenue lost by the band from fans that just got sick of KISS toys, bubble gum cards, condoms and caskets.
You’re proving my point man.

Three of those companies you mentioned Gene didn’t invest a dime. They were just attaching his name to it just like all the rest.

As for LA KISS? It’s just more shit to get the KISS name out there.
For whatever “stake” they had in the team (if any) I’m sure the press and the television show more than paid for itself.

It’s like getting paid for your own advertising.

Brilliant.

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by DJ Sterling Golden » Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:53 am

andreww1962 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:50 am

Sorry, you want to fill me in on one of those successes? I honestly can't think of any, that is unless you are talking about pimping out the KISS logo?
One? You've got Gene Simmons Family Jewels. Seven seasons, one of the longer running reality shows in American TV history. Far better tenure than first foreseen.

Anyway there ya go.

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by DJ Sterling Golden » Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:57 am

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You’re proving my point man.

Three of those companies you mentioned Gene didn’t invest a dime. They were just attaching his name to it just like all the rest.

As for LA KISS? It’s just more shit to get the KISS name out there.
For whatever “stake” they had in the team (if any) I’m sure the press and the television show more than paid for itself.

It’s like getting paid for your own advertising.

Brilliant.
Imagine this, tho: you are able to get paid simply cos of who you are. Repeatedly, even if you have taken the L numerous times.

No wonder Forbes gave Gene a lifetime achievement award. You can't hate on that kind of ability to make money.

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by andreww1962 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:59 am

nibbler1982 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:52 am
andreww1962 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:28 am
nibbler1982 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:20 am


Which of HIS business ventures is he an abject failure in?

When looking at the endeavors we’re privy to Gene hasn’t abjectly failed at anything. The only thing he did was collect money hand over fist.

If the people that gained Gene’s endorsement failed that’s no skin off of Gene’s apple.

It’s perfect business. How much smarter can you be?

If only I could be so fortunate.
LA KISS
IRL Marketing partnership
Moneybag clothing
Simmons records

I could go on but you get the picture. As I said before, Gene has one achievement, KISS. He has licensed the shit out of that brand, but quite frankly I don't doubt that what he has made doing that is reflected in revenue lost by the band from fans that just got sick of KISS toys, bubble gum cards, condoms and caskets.
You’re proving my point man.

Three of those companies you mentioned Gene didn’t invest a dime. They were just attaching his name to it just like all the rest.

As for LA KISS? It’s just more shit to get the KISS name out there.
For whatever “stake” they had in the team (if any) I’m sure the press and the television show more than paid for itself.

It’s like getting paid for your own advertising.

Brilliant.
Maybe so, but if the PR you want out there is that everything you touch turns to shit, Gene is your man. In a way he's just slightly less of a scammer than Vinnie. Lets go in to business together, you put up the money and take all the risk, we'll both get rich. Ya right Gene.

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by nibbler1982 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:01 am

andreww1962 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:59 am
nibbler1982 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:52 am
andreww1962 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:28 am
nibbler1982 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:20 am


Which of HIS business ventures is he an abject failure in?

When looking at the endeavors we’re privy to Gene hasn’t abjectly failed at anything. The only thing he did was collect money hand over fist.

If the people that gained Gene’s endorsement failed that’s no skin off of Gene’s apple.

It’s perfect business. How much smarter can you be?

If only I could be so fortunate.
LA KISS
IRL Marketing partnership
Moneybag clothing
Simmons records

I could go on but you get the picture. As I said before, Gene has one achievement, KISS. He has licensed the shit out of that brand, but quite frankly I don't doubt that what he has made doing that is reflected in revenue lost by the band from fans that just got sick of KISS toys, bubble gum cards, condoms and caskets.
You’re proving my point man.

Three of those companies you mentioned Gene didn’t invest a dime. They were just attaching his name to it just like all the rest.

As for LA KISS? It’s just more shit to get the KISS name out there.
For whatever “stake” they had in the team (if any) I’m sure the press and the television show more than paid for itself.

It’s like getting paid for your own advertising.

Brilliant.
Maybe so, but if the PR you want out there is that everything you touch turns to shit, Gene is your man. In a way he's just slightly less of a scammer than Vinnie. Lets go in to business together, you put up the money and take all the risk, we'll both get rich. Ya right Gene.
The scenario sounds ABSOLUTELY SPLENDID for one of the two parties involved.

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by DJ Sterling Golden » Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:17 am

andreww1962 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:59 am

Maybe so, but if the PR you want out there is that everything you touch turns to shit, Gene is your man. In a way he's just slightly less of a scammer than Vinnie. Lets go in to business together, you put up the money and take all the risk, we'll both get rich. Ya right Gene.
"Scammer"? Disagree. He's literally stated in print he rarely if ever invests his own paper into ventures. Has put his terms right there out in the open. That isn't a scammer. That's shockingly blunt, but that isn't scamming. If someone agrees to his terms? That's on them. Not Gene.

Truth is, it was Gene's direct hands on approach to dealing with his customers - and I was that 17 year old customer in 1994 (even tho I wasn't home for the goddamn call) - that inspired me to take on entrepreneurship myself later in life. Say what you will about the guy but if you can inspire others with your approach, man I'd say you're doing some shit right. Dude took the time to reach out himself. Not send some low paid intern to respond to me. That's real G shit.

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by Crown Royal » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:03 pm

battra wrote:
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Hopefully the six in the Chicagoland area are still going strong
SIX? Seriously?

Are you counting the one in Suburban STL as one of those six?
Sorry, I was being facetious. Gene said in an interview a while ago that six new R&B's were going up around Chicago 'soon'

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by 13marcello » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:27 pm

The truth is never good enough for Gene Simmons.
Crown Royal wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:03 pm
battra wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:56 am
Crown Royal wrote:
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Hopefully the six in the Chicagoland area are still going strong
SIX? Seriously?

Are you counting the one in Suburban STL as one of those six?
Sorry, I was being facetious. Gene said in an interview a while ago that six new R&B's were going up around Chicago 'soon'

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by andreww1962 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:29 pm

DJ Sterling Golden wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:17 am
andreww1962 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:59 am

Maybe so, but if the PR you want out there is that everything you touch turns to shit, Gene is your man. In a way he's just slightly less of a scammer than Vinnie. Lets go in to business together, you put up the money and take all the risk, we'll both get rich. Ya right Gene.
"Scammer"? Disagree. He's literally stated in print he rarely if ever invests his own paper into ventures. Has put his terms right there out in the open. That isn't a scammer. That's shockingly blunt, but that isn't scamming. If someone agrees to his terms? That's on them. Not Gene.

Truth is, it was Gene's direct hands on approach to dealing with his customers - and I was that 17 year old customer in 1994 (even tho I wasn't home for the goddamn call) - that inspired me to take on entrepreneurship myself later in life. Say what you will about the guy but if you can inspire others with your approach, man I'd say you're doing some shit right. Dude took the time to reach out himself. Not send some low paid intern to respond to me. That's real G shit.
True, but he's got the track record of a lame horse and he's out there promoting himself as a marketing genius. Bottom line, somebody is loosing money, if it aint Gene its somebody else. He obviously talks a big game but rarely delivers.

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by andreww1962 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:31 pm

DJ Sterling Golden wrote:
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Truth is, it was Gene's direct hands on approach to dealing with his customers - and I was that 17 year old customer in 1994 (even tho I wasn't home for the goddamn call) - that inspired me to take on entrepreneurship myself later in life. Say what you will about the guy but if you can inspire others with your approach, man I'd say you're doing some shit right. Dude took the time to reach out himself. Not send some low paid intern to respond to me. That's real G shit.
Maybe he should go in to customer service then, at least he's good at that.

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Re: Rock & Brews

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nibbler1982 wrote:
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Which of HIS business ventures is he an abject failure in?

When looking at the endeavors we’re privy to Gene hasn’t abjectly failed at anything. The only thing he did was collect money hand over fist.

If the people that gained Gene’s endorsement failed that’s no skin off of Gene’s apple.

It’s perfect business. How much smarter can you be?

If only I could be so fortunate.
Tongue Magazine

Simmons Records

There's nothing wrong with what Gene does.

But it doesn't make him a smart businessman.

That's all.

No more, no less.

If I could get that gig, you better believe I'd take it.

I'd slap my face on tampons if someone would pay for it. :)

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by battra » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:25 pm

Crown Royal wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:03 pm
battra wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:56 am
Crown Royal wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:47 pm
Hopefully the six in the Chicagoland area are still going strong
SIX? Seriously?

Are you counting the one in Suburban STL as one of those six?
Sorry, I was being facetious. Gene said in an interview a while ago that six new R&B's were going up around Chicago 'soon'
Nothing would surprise me anymore.

And if we ever do get that super train...STL will just be another suburb of Chicago...lol.

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by nibbler1982 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:33 pm

battra wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:16 pm
nibbler1982 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:20 am
Which of HIS business ventures is he an abject failure in?

When looking at the endeavors we’re privy to Gene hasn’t abjectly failed at anything. The only thing he did was collect money hand over fist.

If the people that gained Gene’s endorsement failed that’s no skin off of Gene’s apple.

It’s perfect business. How much smarter can you be?

If only I could be so fortunate.
Tongue Magazine

Simmons Records

There's nothing wrong with what Gene does.

But it doesn't make him a smart businessman.

That's all.

No more, no less.

If I could get that gig, you better believe I'd take it.

I'd slap my face on tampons if someone would pay for it. :)
With Tongue he was just a figurehead like all the others. The mag was created by publishers Sterling/Macfadden and Allen Tuller. They just slapped Gene’s name on it. It was an attempt to capitalize on all the other men’s magazines of the time.

With Simmons Records it’s virtually the same. Gene would attach his name to a band and then shop them to real labels like RCA and BMG.

In both cases no risk and all reward.

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nibbler1982 wrote:
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With Tongue he was just a figurehead like all the others. The mag was created by publishers Sterling/Macfadden and Allen Tuller. They just slapped Gene’s name on it. It was an attempt to capitalize on all the other men’s magazines of the time.

With Simmons Records it’s virtually the same. Gene would attach his name to a band and then shop them to real labels like RCA and BMG.

In both cases no risk and all reward.
Weird but cool thing about issue 2 of Tongue Magazine is I have since become well acquainted with two of the interview guests: Traci Bingham (longtime New Englander) and cover woman Carrie Stevens. She was a guest twice on the Sterlingtology Live morning show and we had brunch when she revisited Boston last year. Wonderful lady.

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Post by nibbler1982 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:59 pm

DJ Sterling Golden wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:49 pm
nibbler1982 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:33 pm

With Tongue he was just a figurehead like all the others. The mag was created by publishers Sterling/Macfadden and Allen Tuller. They just slapped Gene’s name on it. It was an attempt to capitalize on all the other men’s magazines of the time.

With Simmons Records it’s virtually the same. Gene would attach his name to a band and then shop them to real labels like RCA and BMG.

In both cases no risk and all reward.
Weird but cool thing about issue 2 of Tongue Magazine is I have since become well acquainted with two of the interview guests: Traci Bingham (longtime New Englander) and cover woman Carrie Stevens. She was a guest twice on the Sterlingtology Live morning show and we had brunch when she revisited Boston last year. Wonderful lady.
Sounds like a brunch I’d like to be part of. Speaking of which...

Out here in Long Island there’s a place called the Millridge Inn. It’s brunch is outta control. It’s got EVERYTHING. But I really wouldn’t know. I dine exclusively on the unlimited lobster tails, crab legs, jumbo shrimp, and prime rib. My record is 19 lobster tails. :D

$65.95 with unlimited mimosas, bellinis, and bloody Mary’s.

Good times.

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Post by Bruce » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:26 pm

Be careful, nibbler, that you don't get Mercury poisoning from all that seafood!

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Post by Bruce » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:32 pm

What about parasites, though? Sushi is chock full of those too! Worms of every sort ...

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Post by nibbler1982 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:42 pm

Bruce wrote:
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Be careful, nibbler, that you don't get Mercury poisoning from all that seafood!
Funny you say that. After my last trip to Mardi Gras the clique was calling me “The Thermometer”. For a week I must’ve had seafood morning, noon, and night.

No exaggeration...I was eating mudbugs a hundred at a time. :D

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Post by Bruce » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:46 pm

Ha! The Thermometer. Well ... at least you're informed of the risk.

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What about parasites, though? Sushi is chock full of those too! Worms of every sort ...
Speaking of parasites...another one of my favorite eateries might be closing down. Rumor on the street is Tracks of Penn Station might get forced out upon the upcoming renovation to that region.

It’s my favorite raw bar of all time. Shame.
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Post by WinnieWincent » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:57 pm

With no mention of them on the website on the "about us" section I take it they were bought out. A shame as this seemed to have been the most sensible investment they've made.

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With no mention of them on the website on the "about us" section I take it they were bought out. A shame as this seemed to have been the most sensible investment they've made.
They are still mentioned here as founders. Pretty sure the boys still have involvement.

https://www.rockandbrews.com/about-us/our-history/

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Re: Rock & Brews

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nibbler1982 wrote:
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Sounds like a brunch I’d like to be part of. Speaking of which...

Out here in Long Island there’s a place called the Millridge Inn. It’s brunch is outta control. It’s got EVERYTHING. But I really wouldn’t know. I dine exclusively on the unlimited lobster tails, crab legs, jumbo shrimp, and prime rib. My record is 19 lobster tails. :D

$65.95 with unlimited mimosas, bellinis, and bloody Mary’s.

Good times.
It was a very cool meetup fr. Carrie, her son, my friends Kapila x Liv and myself all shared hang time for the day while she was here for a weekend.

I'll have to check out Milridge Inn next time I'm in that area fa sho.

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Re: Rock & Brews

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Sounds like a brunch I’d like to be part of. Speaking of which...

Out here in Long Island there’s a place called the Millridge Inn. It’s brunch is outta control. It’s got EVERYTHING. But I really wouldn’t know. I dine exclusively on the unlimited lobster tails, crab legs, jumbo shrimp, and prime rib. My record is 19 lobster tails. :D

$65.95 with unlimited mimosas, bellinis, and bloody Mary’s.

Good times.
It was a very cool meetup fr. Carrie, her son, my friends Kapila x Liv and myself all shared hang time for the day while she was here for a weekend.

I'll have to check out Milridge Inn next time I'm in that area fa sho.


Sounds like it was a good time.

As far as Millridge?

It’s on Sunday’s only and I’d make a reservation W-A-Y in advance if plan on attending.

You won’t be let down.

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Re: Rock & Brews

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I don't understand Gene's speaking engagements.
From interviews I've seen in the past, even Gene doesn't understand them. He just knows there are businesses willing to pay him to talk.

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Re: Rock & Brews

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Sounds like it was a good time.

As far as Millridge?

It’s on Sunday’s only and I’d make a reservation W-A-Y in advance if plan on attending.

You won’t be let down.
I look forward to it!

Btw if you ever find yourself in New England, the brunch spot we were at was 730 Tavern, Kitchen x Patio. Today they are sponsors of The Sterling Perspective podcast. :) Definitely check 'em out, best brunch in Cambridge, MA and I'd say that even if they weren't sponsors.

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by nibbler1982 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:25 pm

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Sounds like it was a good time.

As far as Millridge?

It’s on Sunday’s only and I’d make a reservation W-A-Y in advance if plan on attending.

You won’t be let down.
I look forward to it!

Btw if you ever find yourself in New England, the brunch spot we were at was 730 Tavern, Kitchen x Patio. Today they are sponsors of The Sterling Perspective podcast. :) Definitely check 'em out, best brunch in Cambridge, MA and I'd say that even if they weren't sponsors.
Brah...I live for food. Eating is by far my favorite way to spend time on this big blue marble.

Thanks for the heads up. Next time I’m in town I’ll definitely check it out.

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Post by andreww1962 » Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:00 am

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Sorry, you want to fill me in on one of those successes? I honestly can't think of any, that is unless you are talking about pimping out the KISS logo?
One? You've got Gene Simmons Family Jewels. Seven seasons, one of the longer running reality shows in American TV history. Far better tenure than first foreseen.

Anyway there ya go.
I'll concede Family Jewels was semi successful, If having a hit show on the Discovery channel is what you call successful. But that show really isn't a business venture. It was successful simply because it featured the band and plot lines surrounding the band fairly regularly. I know for a fact, that was the only reason I tuned in, to get a glimpse into the behind the scenes world of KISS. The show was successful because KISS fans tuned in, not because it was good, but because they wanted to see KISS. I'd all but Guarantee that if the show did not show any footage of Gene in makeup, the show wouldn't have lasted a season.

But I'll give you that one, show me one more.

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by andreww1962 » Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:07 am

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Which of HIS business ventures is he an abject failure in?

When looking at the endeavors we’re privy to Gene hasn’t abjectly failed at anything. The only thing he did was collect money hand over fist.

If the people that gained Gene’s endorsement failed that’s no skin off of Gene’s apple.

It’s perfect business. How much smarter can you be?

If only I could be so fortunate.
Tongue Magazine

Simmons Records

There's nothing wrong with what Gene does.

But it doesn't make him a smart businessman.

That's all.

No more, no less.

If I could get that gig, you better believe I'd take it.

I'd slap my face on tampons if someone would pay for it. :)
The only reason Gene can do what he does is because of the band. I suppose you can give him some credit for that, but even that wouldn't have happened without the vision of Aucoin, Delany and Bogart. Gene is like a guy that won the lottery giving advice on how to get rich.

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Re: Rock & Brews

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I'll concede Family Jewels was semi successful, If having a hit show on the Discovery channel is what you call successful. But that show really isn't a business venture. It was successful simply because it featured the band and plot lines surrounding the band fairly regularly. I know for a fact, that was the only reason I tuned in, to get a glimpse into the behind the scenes world of KISS. The show was successful because KISS fans tuned in, not because it was good, but because they wanted to see KISS. I'd all but Guarantee that if the show did not show any footage of Gene in makeup, the show wouldn't have lasted a season.

But I'll give you that one, show me one more.
The show was on A&E, and later had reruns on AXS. Today the near-complete series (a few shows are missing) is available on A&E on Demand.

Honestly he's successful at simply being Gene Simmons. Anyone who can attract businesses who willingly front all costs on a venture, simply cos of who he is, that's pretty successful imo. Sure more ventures fail than others but that's par for the course. Still, if you've got people and entities who want to pay for your services regardless of those failures? Man that's hard to call a fail overall.

But tbh the one thing in life I'd say Gene was more successful at than even portraying a Demon (I know this is a bit outside but bear with me)? Being a good son. I've said that about Gene forever. He was all about his mother.

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by battra » Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:56 am

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With Tongue he was just a figurehead like all the others. The mag was created by publishers Sterling/Macfadden and Allen Tuller. They just slapped Gene’s name on it. It was an attempt to capitalize on all the other men’s magazines of the time.

With Simmons Records it’s virtually the same. Gene would attach his name to a band and then shop them to real labels like RCA and BMG.

In both cases no risk and all reward.
So, he's a spokesman?

You consider spokes models to be businessmen?

When Ed McMahon did the spokesmodel segment on star search for some reason it wasn't covered by Forbes.

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by nibbler1982 » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:02 am

battra wrote:
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With Tongue he was just a figurehead like all the others. The mag was created by publishers Sterling/Macfadden and Allen Tuller. They just slapped Gene’s name on it. It was an attempt to capitalize on all the other men’s magazines of the time.

With Simmons Records it’s virtually the same. Gene would attach his name to a band and then shop them to real labels like RCA and BMG.

In both cases no risk and all reward.
So, he's a spokesman?

You consider spokes models to be businessmen?

When Ed McMahon did the spokesmodel segment on star search for some reason it wasn't covered by Forbes.
He wasn’t making the numbers and doing the volume Gene does.

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by SureKnowSomething » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:08 am

metaldad wrote:
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Winning...



Yeah...let’s have a restaurant endorsed by a fat, blood spitting musician - people will flock to eat there...
That wasn't very nice. And the one near me does very well and the food is delicious. It's always busy. And.... whatever. Alice Cooper has a restaurant too. A republican, Christian who sings about necrophilia and gets his head cut off on a nightly basis, oh and his restaurant is filled with golf memorabilia. And it does good business too. I bet you eat at Toby Keith's restaurant.
Does he really? Good business?
Because Cooperstown in Phoenix closed it doors after 18 years in 2017.



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Well it Was good business for 18 years😀
WELL, I had a good read through reviews and articles Just out of curiousity. It did good solid business for about 10 years. The area was vibrant during that period. There was a LOT ofn investment, Fox at the time has set up an animation studio via Don Bluth so there was a big influx of artistic and film talent to the area. It struggled for the last 8 or so. Clearly had minimal investment and coasted into decline. A cross section of reviews said the menu was tired, the place dusty and dirty and just very very tired.
I know when it first opened Alice had Dave Mustaine and Randy Johnson as investors
Maybe after they were no longer involved Alice didn’t want to foot the bill alone and let it ride until closing
I visited Cooperstown at the beginning of 2017, I was in Phoenix over Xmas 2016 and NYE 2017. The restaurant was empty for lunch. Nothing appeared to be in disrepair and the food was good. It was just down the road from Talking Stick Arena. I was told it still did good business on game days. But, there really wasn't much else to drive business to that location. And, how far are people willing to drive for sportsbar food? Their signature dish was a giant hotdog. So, not exactly The Capital Grille.

I was disappointed to see it closed.

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by elleneff » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:14 am

Oh to that, he was most certainly a loving caring son.

and his 2 children are wonderful (IMO) as a family man, finally realising that is everything and Shannon is his rock who is responsible for giving him that stability.

Re the tenacity of Rock N Brews going forward, the principals association seems to have decreased (obviously the tour reduces availability) but that coupled with the closures , even if licencees, certainly suggests the viability of it as a brand. I mean what do they offer or do differently to TGIF or Hard Rock or any themed restaurant?

and as far as I can see, theres nothing that seperates it. Its as generic an eatery as one can get.

Let me put it this way, Theres a sort of Kiss brand on this resteraunt. Beyond a curiosity by Kiss fans , is there anything to sustain it?

While I certainly think downplaying the kiss links in terms of branded optics in the venues, so it can appeal across the board is a shrewd move. After all, not everyone likes Kiss and may not think the association is a place where they would like to go unless it stands on its own.

I mean, Cooperstown couldnt sustain in his own home town and was dying in its last 8 years.

Cabo hit a few issues but that was down to Sammy and his investors pulling the licence due to the way it was run. But Cabo, wisely is based on a lifestyle beach bum brand not just Sammy or Van Hagar.

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Re: Rock & Brews

Post by DJ Sterling Golden » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:43 am

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Oh to that, he was most certainly a loving caring son.

and his 2 children are wonderful (IMO) as a family man, finally realising that is everything and Shannon is his rock who is responsible for giving him that stability.
I'll say this, and Gene would co sign: the Demon is damn lucky to have someone like Shannon as his wife. She went along with Gene keeping up appearances for all those years, red carpets with paid models etc, until finally, after nearly 30 years. she had to step in. Put a ring on it, be a man, or it's a wrap. Gene was forced fo confront himself and his flaws. He did the right thing and finally married Shannon. "Happily unmarried" no more. I applaud Gene for finally coming to terms and owning his shit. Funny thing? In some ways Nick and Sophie grew up faster than their dad did!

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