Gene Simmons rushes to cash in on rock videogames

Fri Nov 7, 2008 10:34pm EST

Kiss lead singer Gene Simmons speaks to the media before his grand marshalling duties at the Edmonton Indy Grand Prix July 26, 2008. REUTERS/Dan Riedlhuber

Kiss lead singer Gene Simmons speaks to the media before his grand marshalling duties at the Edmonton Indy Grand Prix July 26, 2008.

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DENVER (Billboard) - Amid the flood of third-party instrument peripherals emerging for the new "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band" music simulation games, God forbid if Gene Simmons would miss an opportunity to get his brand on.

The entrepreneurial Kiss bassist and reality TV star has created a replica of the bass he uses while touring, which is compatible with all PlayStation versions of both games. The Gene Simmons AXE Guitar is, yes, shaped like a battle axe, and includes Simmons' superimposed autograph as well as his betongued likeness in full makeup.

It has a wireless range of up to 30 feet, two sets of fret buttons, and whammy and strum bars. It should be available November 15 from Hip Street (www.hipstreetonline.com) for $80.

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