September 5 [19:00 EDT] -- The litigation sprouting up around Kiss these days hasn't appeared to have dampened the spirits of Gene Simmons. The Kiss leader threw a birthday party at his favorite bowling alley last week complete with a cake featuring his image in full make-up with a gigantic tongue encircling an image of his long time lover, Playboy star-turned-actress Shannon Tweed. The party was also celebrating their 13th quasi-anniversary.
Oddly enough, the only current bandmate to attend the party was Paul Stanley although former mate Bruce Kulick showed up along with ex-Motely Crue singer John Corabi.
Just days before the celebration, TNT Records had launched a lawsuit against Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley for interference claiming the label had drummer Peter Criss under contract when the current KISS reunion got under way. Company head Tony Nicole claims the two bandleaders knew the label had Criss under contract but still induced him to breach that contract and rejoin
the band. Nicole indicates he last renewed his option on Criss in June of 1995. The group finalized reunion arrangements in January of 1996.
Also on the suit scene, as previously reported by MTV News, former guitarist Vinnie Vincent, who played with Kiss from 1982 to 1984, is suing Kiss for millions in (allegedly) owed royalties and other payments. He alleges that Kiss unsuccessfully tried to make him sign an "unconscionable contract," that cut his $2,000-a-week salary in half, and making him live in a hotel frequented by addicts and prostitutes." Vincent also wants assorted insults retracted.