Gene Simmons (album) cover

Gene Simmons is a 1978 solo album from the bassist and vocalist of American hard rock band Kiss. It was one of four solo albums released by the members of Kiss on September 18, 1978. The other albums were released by Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss. The album reached #22 on the US Billboard album chart, making it the highest placing of all the four "Kiss" solos of 1978. It was certified platinum on October 2, 1978, having sold 1,000,000 copies.[1] Although he is the bass player in KISS, on his solo album he played mainly electric and acoustic guitars, leaving the bass duties to Neil Jason.

The album features guest appearances from several well known performers, including Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Bob Seger, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, and Cher. Though an unknown at the time, backing vocalist Katey Sagal would go on to a successful television career, starring the long-running Married with Children.

Simmons re-recorded "See You In Your Dreams" because he reportedly wasn't happy with the way it was recorded on Rock and Roll Over

RIAA: Platinum

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Radioactive" Simmons 3:50
2. "Burning Up with Fever" Simmons 4:19
3. "See You Tonite" Simmons 2:30
4. "Tunnel of Love" Simmons 3:49
5. "True Confessions" Simmons 3:30
6. "Living in Sin" Simmons, Delaney, Howard Marks 3:50
7. "Always Near You/Nowhere to Hide" Simmons 4:12
8. "Man of 1,000 Faces" Simmons 3:16
9. "Mr. Make Believe" Simmons 4:00
10. "See You in Your Dreams" Simmons 2:48
11. "When You Wish upon a Star" Washington

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  • Gene Simmons - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Vocals, Co-Producer
  • Neil Jason - Bass
  • Elliot Randall - Guitar
  • Allen Schwartzberg - Drums
  • Sean Delaney - Percussion, Co-Producer
  • Ron Frangipane - Symphonic Arrangements & Conductor of Members of the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras
  • BACKGROUND VOCALS - Gordon Grody, Diva Gray, Kate Sagal, Franny Eisenberg, Carolyn Ray, Sean Delaney
  • Eric Troyer - Piano and Vocals on "Radioactive" & "Living in Sin"
  • Steve Lacey - Guitar on "Radioactive"
  • John Shane Howell - Classical Guitar, segue between "Radioactive" & "Burning Up With Fever"
  • Richard Gerstein - Piano on "True Confessions" & "Always Near You/Nowhere to Hide"
  • Joe Perry - Guitar on "Radioactive" & "Tunnel of Love"
  • Bob Seger - Background Vocals on "Radioactive" & "Living in Sin"
  • Rick Nielsen - Guitar on "See You In Your Dreams"
  • Helen Reddy - Background vocals on "True Confessions"
  • Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter - Guitar on "Burning Up With Fever", "See You Tonite", "Tunnel of Love" & "Mr. Make Believe"
  • Donna Summer - Background vocals on "Burning Up With Fever"
  • Janis Ian - Background vocals on the "Prelude to Radioactive"
  • Cher - Spoken word phone call on "Living In Sin"
  • Mitch Weissman & Joe Pecorino (Beatlemania) - Background vocals on "Mr. Make Believe", "See You Tonite" & "Always Near You/Nowhere to Hide"
  • Michael Des Barres - Background vocals on "See You in Your Dreams"
  • Ritchie Ranno - Guitar on "Tunnel of Love"
  • The Citrus College Singers - "True Confessions" & "Always Near You/Nowhere to Hide"