KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has posted the following message on his official web site: “Flew back yesterday from the St. Pete Honda Indy Race…and (…!!!…) the cover of the St Pete newspaper reported that the ‘real winner’ was THE CITY. Yes. The attendance was so huge, that the city was the real winner….check out the details at Indycar.com.”
“Landed at 6 pm and by 7:30 was at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood introducing a band which included the lead guitarist of an L.A. city official, who has been our terrific liaison with the city and His Honor, the Mayor [regarding] an upcoming gigantic announcement.
“By 9:30 got back to the house for an ESPN magazine interview/foto session with Indy team co-owner and Nuggets star, Carmelo Anthony [regarding] Melo and our Simmons Abramson Marketing venture and Indy.
“A good time was had by all. We finished about 12:30 a.m.
“I insisted on a cover story on ESPN magazine and to that end, contacted the editor DEMANDING it.
“You will only get the respect you demand.”