‘What I just saw in there was controlled chaos’ marvelled Gene Simmons, proclaimed God of Thunder and KISS frontman.
The American Rockstar, who is in the UK for KISS’s ‘End of the Road’ tour, met with MP Ian Paisley Jr of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on Wednesday 7th June for a tour of Westminster.
He said he was very grateful to Paisley, who is the MP for North Antrim, for helping the band land in the UK.
Paisley said that it was an honour to give Simmons the tour noting: ‘He’s got a genuine interest both in the history and the theology behind all this stuff’.
Simmons was fascinated during the deputy prime minister’s questioning, telling PA Media: ‘It was actually quite an amazing day. The history and the hallowed halls of democracy, it was very inspiring.’
He continued ‘It was a clash of wills but respectful, the right honourable so and so-it was fascinating’ after enjoying a half an hour spar between Labour’s Angela Rayner and Deputy PM Oliver Dowden.
The musician was aware of Mr Paisley’s father’s history as a 1950’s Ulster unionist and advocated for the restoration of power sharing in Northern Ireland.
Ian Paisley Senior formed a Northern Irish branch of the National Union of Protestants in 1949, then in the 1950’s general election, he campaigned on behalf of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) opposing the Irish Home Rule movement.
Simmons further said that he hoped ‘everything gets back in order in Northern Ireland and the people’s business should be done by their elected officials.’
Mr Paisley, who promoted Brexit and supports Northern Ireland’s place in the UK, described Simmons as a ‘real knowledgeable guy’ regarding the history of Parliament.
When asked how the invite came about, Simmons told BBC’S Good Morning Ulster: ‘One of our crew happened I guess to know or they discussed something, and I guess he was a big fan’.
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