KISS' Gene Simmons attends fundraiser in Twin Cities


After a raucous performance at the Target Center Sunday night, Gene Simmons of KISS stayed in Minnesota an extra day to help out a local charity, KSTP reports.

The station says Simmons attended a fundraiser Monday night in St. Paul for the St. Louis Park-based nonprofit organization Matter.

Matter is a faith-inspired organization that donates food and medical supplies around the world. Among the places Matter donates medical supplies to is a center for abused children in Canada that Simmons' daughter is associated with.

The Vancouver Sun says the center, Sophie’s Place, is named after Sophie Tweed-Simmons – who also attended the fundraiser at The Lexington in St. Paul Monday.

"I just feel like all kids should have the opportunities I had growing up, and if we can help give that to them, then I think we're insuring our future," Sophie Tweed-Simmons told KSTP.

Her famous father stressed the importance of charity work, saying, "We've been very fortunate America has given us everything we could ever dream about, and you've got to give back."

Simmons had plenty of reasons to be happy at the fundraiser. The Pioneer Press gave KISS – who co-headlined Sunday night's concert with fellow classic rockers Def Leppard – a positive review, saying the group thrilled audience members young and old.

Decked out with his fellow bandmates in KISS' trademark makeup and costumes, Simmons, 64, also reportedly spit fake blood and breathed fire during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group's set.

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