Gene Simmons really is a genius. He has made some brilliant choices over the years. I'm not even going to pretend otherwise. But he is clearly an arrogant bastard. He manipulates everyone. I would probably have to kill him after five minutes.
In Summer Gene Simmons "discovered" Van Halen, subsequently produced their demo tape and took it to Kiss Manager Bill Aucoin. Simmons was told by Aucoin that "they had no chance of making it" and that he wouldn't sign them.