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Gene Simmons In New Rock Band Reality Competition Show

09/16/2014
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(Radio.com) Over the years, Gene Simmons has given the thumbs-down to a number of rock bands who have rubbed him the wrong way (he has, occasionally, given a thumbs-up as well: he was an early supporter of Van Halen, famously producing one of their early demos).

And on his latest reality-competition show, bands will compete to curry the favor of the KISS bassist. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Simmons will head to MIPCOM next month to launch Coliseum, where contestants form rock bands, who will be coached by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer before performing in front of an audience. (MIPCOM, by the way, is annual conference in Cannes, France, focusing on cross-format entertainment content.)

Simmons, as the Rock Caesar, will ultimately decide with a thumb up or down who goes forward in the competition (perhaps influenced by Donald Trump's infamous "You're fired" tagline on Celebrity Apprentice, on which Simmons himself was a contestant).

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