05/16/2011 08:47 am ET Updated Jul 16, 2011

Gene Simmons: We're 'Tortured By Tech'

Legendary Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has been featured in Guitar Hero and had run-ins with hackers--but he can't always figure out how to get his gadgets to work for him.

"All of us are tortured by tech," he told the Huffington Post. "I still cant get my flashing light on my video machine from the 1800s to stop flashing. I have one of the old ones that played videotape. I cannot turn it off."

Simmons, is the spokesperson for the real time social media translation platform Ortsbo, and acknowledges that technology has changed some things about how he lives his life.

"I hardly talk to my daughter unless I'm texting and chatting," he said. "We're too busy to do voicemail and shmoicemail and all that stuff."

But despite all that and some of the headaches of tech, Simmons says he appreciates the conveniences of a wired life.

"You know, I drive a truck, and I can get in and start that thing right away and it tells me when it's out of gas and when I want to go somewhere I know exactly: the GPS and the shmeePS and the IRA and all that," he said. "What's great about it is modern cars are automatic. When I was growing up they were stick shift, you wanted to hang yourself. Isn't it great to be able to get in your car and press your foot to go forward?"