Kiss wife Shannon Tweed’s war on groupies
Shannon Tweed has declared war on Kiss groupies after realising how bad their behaviour could be once she’d seen them in action on her own TV show.
She stars in Gene Simmons Family Jewels with her husband and their two kids. But it wasn’t until she’d seen the more extreme Kiss fans in action that she decided to take action of her own.
Tweed tells Noisecreep: “Believe me, you can’t make this shit up. These girls are out of their minds. Basically it’s a power game – these are bitches from hell.
“I never noticed it much before our TV show. You know, you’re living your life and you just don’t notice as much. But when the reality show kicked in, looking at so much of the footage, I started seeing things that were not so cool.
“You think most of what you hear is just bravado – but then you see it on tape and it is very real and something has to give.
“The difference, for me, between a fan and a stalker, is that one of them buys your albums, and goes to the shows, and buys the merchandise. That’s the fan. The other one dresses up like a hooker and goes to the shows, doesn’t buy anything, tries to sneak backstage and steal your boyfriend. So we’ve got a problem. This is where we cross paths.”
Tweed is taking affirmative action as she tries to persuade Simmons to settle into a slightly less adventurous way of behaving while Kiss are on the road. She explains: “I’m trying to encourage him that he can still take pictures with fans – and even groupies – without grabbing them or doing other things.
“There’s a happy medium between not taking any pictures at all and taking care of your fans and then being stupid.”
She’s also collaborated with daughter Sophie and sister Tracy on a mobile game app called Shannon Tweed’s Attack of the Groupies, where players use various weapons to keep marauding females from getting backstage.
“it’s my way of taking care of business that I know goes on,” she says. “They know who they are. And they’ve had this coming for a while. The characters were my ideas, and Sophie’s, and they are true to form. As far as choice of weapons, we kept it PG this time so kids can play with it, but I’d like to do a more hardcore version of the whole thing down the line.”