Rock legend and media mogul Gene Simmons co-founder and lead singer of KISS, will perform the US national anthem at the NFL International Series game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday September 29.
Simmons will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to kickoff of the seventh NFL regular-season game to be played in the United Kingdom. He previously performed it at the Oakland Raiders’ home game against the San Diego Chargers in 2012.
Simmons, who co-founded Kiss four decades ago, said: “I’m excited to be touching down in London to sing our US National Anthem at the Vikings-Steelers game. I always love playing a role in these types of high-action, fast-paced games, not to mention returning to the UK and performing in front of some the best fans in the world!’’
Kiss have sold more than 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and continue to sell out stadia around the globe. In 2012, they released their 20th studio album, “Monster”, which made the top three of the Billboard charts within its first week. Simmons is well-known to UK television viewers for his eight series of “Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels”, as well as the two series-long “Gene Simmons’ Rock School”, which aired on Channel 4.
Simmons was also recently announced as the co-owner of the LA Kiss, which will begin play in the Arena Football League in 2014.
“We are very excited to have Gene playing such an important role in our game,” said Alistair Kirkwood, managing director of NFLUK. “He is one of the most recognisable personalities in the world and has an incredible track record in the music business. We are proud to have him involved and I know the fans will get a real kick out of it.”
The Steelers-Vikings game will kick off at 6:00 p.m. UK time (1:00 p.m. ET) and will be aired live in the UK on Channel 4, Sky Sports and Absolute Radio 90s and in the US on CBS.
The NFL will stage its second International Series game of 2013 on Sunday, October 27, when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the San Francisco 49ers.