Simmons takes a few shots from cowboys on ice
By Rory MacLean, The StarPhoenix
November 13, 2010 8:39 AM
Shannon Tweed and Gene Simmons attend a Blades game Friday
Photograph by: Richard Marjan, The StarPhoenix, The StarPhoenix
It was a truly odd scene.
Shannon Tweed, wife of glam rocker Gene Simmons, kicked off a homecoming trip to Saskatoon Friday with a puck-dropping ceremony at a Saskatoon Blades hockey game.
Tweed grew up in Saskatoon, graduating from Mount Royal Collegiate before beginning a career in modelling. She has been with Simmons since the mid-1980s, "happily unmarried," as Simmons often emphasizes.
The two are in Saskatoon for the weekend filming for their reality TV show Family Jewels, which follows the day-to-day lives of the couple and their children, Nick and Sophia.
Television cameras swarmed around the couple as they entered the arena, while fans snapped shots of them watching the game. When the camera crew took a break to swig some beer, Simmons obliged some fans with a few autographs.
Tweed said the trip provides an opportunity to explore her roots on the show, to see her family and the places she grew up.
On Friday, they visited Tweed's high school, connected with some former classmates and visited the gas station where Tweed used to work.
Tweed said the main goal of the trip, however, was to make a fool of Simmons.
"I'm trying really hard to embarrass Gene. That's always what I set out to do and I think today I succeeded."
Simmons donned goalie gear during an intermission, everything except the skates, and faced fans in a head-to-head shootout. He hammed it up for the crowd while waiting to get on the ice, taunting the players from behind the glass before he tripped and fell back into the lap of an audience member.
Six men dressed in jeans, plaid and cowboy hats, including Asquith-born bullrider Aaron Roy, each took a turn trying to score on Simmons.
It was mystifying, seeing an aging rock star stiffly approaching the goal as cowboys on ice skates took warm up shots -- a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll.
Roy narrowly missed his shot, and in the end Simmons managed to stop all but two of the shots, although it seemed like the cowboys may have been going easy on the 61-year-old KISS bass player.
He told reporters the goaltending was "cool," but the gear was a lot to handle.
"It was a complete loss of all bodily functions," he said, demonstrating by waddling from side to side. "
Fans interested in catching a glimpse of the star couple can find them at Prairieland Park today at a roller derby match, which starts at 7 p.m.
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