News KISS Singer Simmons Cameos in Detroit Metal City Film
posted on 2008-04-14 06:25 EDT
Gene Simmons, the co-founder and lead vocalist of the Kiss rock band, revealed on his website that he shot a cameo for Toshio Li's live-action film adaptation of Kiminori Wakasugi's Detroit Metal City manga. According to the website's April 10 entry, Simmons played the "Demon God of Rock and Roll." Not coincidentally, his real-life onstage persona is nicknamed "The Demon." His band's signature white-and-black face corpse paint and "Detroit Rock City" song inspired the look and name of the fictional Detroit Metal City band in Wakasugi's rock parody manga.
Simmons flew to Japan the morning after his band's March 22 show in New Zealand for his shoot. The film will open in Japan in August, and a camera crew for the Gene Simmons Family Jewels reality television series shot behind-the-scenes footage that will air in the future. In the movie, Ken'ichi Matsuyama (Death Note, NANA, Sexy Voice and Robo) stars as Sōichi, a struggling pop singer who finally becomes a hit when he reluctantly leads a metal rock band under the stage name "Johannes Krauser II."