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Winnipeg Gives Gene Simmons Key to the City

KISS bassist Gene Simmons was given the key to the City of Winnipeg Wednesday during a ceremony at City Hall.


St. Vital councillor Gord Steeves presented Simmons with the honour on behalf of Mayor Sam Katz, who is in Israel on business this week.

Simmons is in town to speak tonight at the Centennial Concert Hall as part of his Rich and Famous Tour.

The key to the city is often given to celebrities and athletes who visit Winnipeg. Some previous recipients have included Milt Stegall, Sir Bob Geldof, Jon Montgomery and Henry Winkler.

Simmons, the son of a Holocaust survivor, received the honour for “his life and career overcoming challenges and creating success in business and family by remaining true to his roots and values,” according to a statement from the mayor’s office.

Season six of Simmons’ reality TV show “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” premiered Tuesday night on A&E.

Simmons’ longtime Canadian girlfriend Shannon Tweed ,who also attended the afternoon ceremony, recently walked off during an interview with the rocker on CNN’s “The Joy Behar Show.” Rumours have been swirling that the couple of 28 years are splitting up, but is likely a PR stunt to promote the new season of their show. The full interview is scheduled to air tonight at 9 p.m. CT. video

  • jp

    His value of an all-encompassing greed?

  • WpgCameraMan

    He goes to so many cities, every podunk Mayor wants to get under the lights with him. So in a way, I feel sorry for Gene, these presentations and prep talks must be a grind after a while. Bet he’s got a keychain to rival a janitor.

    His squeeze still has it though, I’ve admired her from afar as long as I can remember. Did she speak or is she a prop on his arm?

    Chris, it looked like you were a TMZ camera at the beginning… the crush of the Pap.


    Definitely a ‘pap crush.’ Fans and media all trying to get the shot.

  • Sean T.

    I’m not sure what’s more embarrassing, the fact that the Mayor thought this was a good idea, or the throng of media present that considered this “news”.

  • Will Williamson

    A fine example to the youth.

  • mariabryan

    The thing of it is, Shannon was cool with it for all of this time. As Kathy Lee stated, she knew what she was getting into at the time. She’s raised his kids and spent the money hoping when he got older he’d slow down. A big misconception women make is thinking a man is gonna change! NOT! She should have invested her money in a degree ’cause she’s gonna need a job now.

  • Will Williamson

    I hope Lindsay Lohan visits Winnipeg so the Mayor can give her the key to the city.