The Demon. Happy Birthday, Chaim Witz, a.k.a Gene Simmons.
Come on...how many times did YOU listen to the DESTROYER album as a kid? Still worth a listen, but thank God the Clash arrived shortly thereafter to save my fledgling musical soul.
Here's a story from the yet to be extinguished brain cells. This agency I worked for a billion years ago? We once had a minor league baseball team as a client and they asked some of the creative team to come up the most insane promotional night they could think of...turned out the winner was KISS TRIBUTE NIGHT. Friggin' smoked! Baseball players in Kiss make-up, Kiss tribute band, fireworks, Kiss face-painting for the kids, you get the picture. We even rented one of Gene Simmons' outfits for the ads and had the art director, Dan Stoner (seriously...that's his name) do the model shot as The Demon, tongue and all. A total motorhead Dan had this insane mane of black hair. Last I heard Dan founded or was art directing or something for this cool little magazine...
Christ. Dan Stoner. Haven't thought of him in years. Good times, good times.
UPDATE: Oh yeah. And happy birthday wishes to Jeff Tweedy and Elvis Costello too.
KIERAN SHEA’s fiction has appeared in dozens of venues including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thuglit, Dogmatika, Word Riot, Plots with Guns, Beat to a Pulp, Crimefactory, and Needle: A Magazine of Noir ...as well as in some beefy-looking anthologies most of which will make you question the tether of his shiny, red balloon. To his self-deprecating astonishment he's also been nominated for the Story South’s Million Writers Award twice without sending the judges so much as a thank you note. He co-edited the satiric transgressive fiction collection D*CKED: DARK FICTION INSPIRED BY DICK CHENEY and his debut novel KOKO TAKES A HOLIDAY is out now from Titan Books. Kieran divides his time between 38°58′22.6″N- 76°30′4.17″W and 39.2775° N, 74.5750° W.