Family Jewels: Gene Simmons Heads to Canada to Open Edmonton Indy
Family Jewels: Gene Simmons Heads to Canada to Open Edmonton Indy
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Direct from filming another episode of his reality series, Family Jewels, Gene Simmons few straight from Hollywood to Edmonton in Canada Friday via private jet to usher the Rexall Edmonton Indy, a round of the IndyCar Series held at a temporary circuit set up at the city.

Simmons arrived in time to attend a party hosted by the new owner of Edmonton Oilers.  After which, of course, he resumed his official duties as the grand marshal of the Rexall Edmonton Indy, a job that he has held since 2005.

"It's more than a sport. It's a culture," the former KISS member clarified.

He then proceeded to deliver the mandatory mantra, ‘Start your engines!'

While in the media center on the venue, Simmons did not waste time in plugging Family Jewels, as well as KISS' 35th anniversary tour, which resumes on August 4th at the foot of Mount Rushmore.

Simmons noted that "our drivers are like rock stars," and that Edmonton was the first city they played outside of New York way back in 1974, their very first tour launch.

"Something like 93 years ago, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the physical land which is the Citadel of Speed baby, is the place where anything that had an engine, actually tested its mettle. Heavy metal if you will. Legend goes that a family bought the land and turned it into the speedway," Simmons added.

After calling himself “a horrible driver” who “can drive about 50 miles per hour in the grandma lane,” Simmons pointed out rather blasphemously that the popularity of the race attracts “nearly twice as many people [than those] who come to hear the Pope deliver Easter mass at the Vatican.”

Fans can catch more of Gene Simmons interesting brand of humor along with the rest of his family on Gene Simmons Family Jewels on A&E.

-Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Edmonton Journal
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