SCHENECTADY, ââNY (NEWS10) – Students from Schalmont High School have the opportunity to chat one-on-one with KISS frontman Gene Simmons. The conversation takes place as part of choir director Bob Renzi’s rock history class.
The virtual meeting was held with the help of Gabe Unser, a senior, who researched the musician on his website.
While the class was told that Mr. Simmons could only spend 30 minutes with them, he ended up talking much longer.
âA lot of people think that because he’s a rock and roll musician, he’s involved in drugs and alcohol, he doesn’t drink and he doesn’t do drugs. It was a beautiful message to send to the children. He also told them not to hang out with people who are going to drag you down and steal your dreams, âRenzi said.
In their conversation, share stories, tips and take the time to answer questions.
When asked by a student if he could possibly get autographs, or at least for his teacher as a retirement gift, Mr. Simmons quickly agreed to send each person an autograph.
He ended the meeting by telling the students that they could do anything if they took the time and encouraged them not to be afraid of failure.
âIf Gabe hadn’t contacted me, we wouldn’t have met. It touched my heart because I was a teacher, âMr. Simmons said.
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