Gene Simmons has poked fun at Jon Bon Jovi when it comes to running a football team. Jon was once the owner of the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football team, and Simmons, along with Paul Stanley, now own the L.A. KISS.

Asked if he called Jon for advice, Simmons says, "No. We [KISS] do things decidedly differently to Bon Jovi. We succeed." But Simmons was slightly joking, adding, "Listen, I love Jon and what he has done is great, but this is not about celebrity endorsement. I’ve actually been hitting the phone and doing corporate sales."

Asked if he would be disappointed if the team did not win a championship, Simmons says, "It’s not about trophies. Some of the teams that win the least make the most [money]... Life is about money. Even God passes the hat around... Money’s a good thing, not the root of all evil. A lack of money is worse. With a hundred-million dollars in the bank why would I need to hold up a Seven-Eleven?"

Simmons and KISS start a run of four Japanese shows on Saturday.

In other KISS news, they have been added to Alice Cooper's annual Christmas Pudding benefit on December 7th in Phoenix. Also on the bill are Rob Zombie and Motley Crue singer Vince Neil with former Seinfeld and Family Feud star John O'Hurley as the master of ceremonies. Proceeds from show go to Cooper's Solid Rock Teen Center.