Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda of rap-rock outfit Linkin Park sat down for an exclusive interview with our sister station KROQ‘s DJ Nicole Alvarez, with Bennington sharing an eyebrow-raising story about the first time he met Gene Simmons of KISS.
“So the first time I met Gene Simmons, I was like ‘Whoa, that’s Gene Simmons. He’s like, right here,’” Bennington explained. “So I went over and introduced myself. He grabs me by the shoulders, and he says, ‘You are a powerful and talented young man.’ He’s staring at me in my eyes and says, ‘If we were in prison, I would make love to you.’ I was like, ‘Oh.’”
“Shannon was in the background like, ‘He would. He will make love to you,’” laughed Shinoda, in reference to Shannon Tweed, Simmons’ longtime partner who finally tied the knot with the blood-spitting rocker in October of 2011.
KISS will be touring the world in support of their latest album, Monster, in 2013.
-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local