PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — When an American icon talks, you listen.

The rock bass guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, and lead vocalist of Kiss Gene Simmons, joined the 94WIP Mike & Ike Show on Friday morning to discuss a variety of topics and to promote his charity, which sends doctors all over the world to perform surgeries to underprivileged kids.

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Simmons, of course, addressed the Ray Rice situation.

“We’re all in the peanut gallery,” Simmons said on Friday. “None of us know the specifics expect what we saw on TV. And if the NFL knew about it, whether it is the commissioner or anybody else, they’re held accountable. But the saddest part of all is that, and look I’m not involved, we’re just watching it on TV so we really don’t know all the details, but it’s sad that [Ray] Rice’s wife or fiance isn’t copping to the fact that she was abused. More than abused, knocked out, the physical stuff. That guy needs, well my opinion is, if he was in jail for a day and became somebody’s girlfriend maybe he’d knew what abuse is life, but that’s another story. I’m against physical violence of anybody. You raise your hand to somebody you should he held accountable, not just in the legal system. It’s unsportsmanlike.”

Listen: Gene Simmons on the 94WIP Mike & Ike Show

As a co-owner of the Arena football team the LA Kiss, Simmons was asked if he would ever want to own an NFL team.

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“It’s not appealing and I’ll tell you why, because the politics there are so much and mired in nonsense,” Simmons told Michael Barkann and Ike Reese on the 94WIP Mike & Ike Show. “I think elevators should be padded, don’t you?”


Bonus photo: Ike Reese wore his Kiss jacket on Friday!

(Photo credit: Michael Barkann/WIP)

(Photo credit: Michael Barkann/WIP)


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