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The bassist of US rock band Kiss Gene Simmons performs on stage during the Hellfest Heavy Music Festival on June 22, 2013 in Clisson, western France. AFP PHOTO JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD        (Photo credit should read JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images) The bassist of US rock band Kiss Gene Simmons performs on stage during the Hellfest Heavy Music Festival on June 22, 2013 in Clisson, western France. AFP PHOTO JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD (Photo credit should read JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images)  

10 RIGHT-WING rockers [SLIDESHOW]

Normally, “conservative” wouldn’t be the first word you’d use to describe Gene Simmons, but life is full of surprises.

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  • Johnny Ramone, in an interview with the Washington Times: “I remember in 1979 doing an interview for Creem magazine with [famed rock and roll scribe, now deceased] Lester Bangs and telling him that Ronald Reagan will be the next president. He was really mad that I liked Reagan, who was the greatest president of my lifetime. So I turned it around on him and asked to see his commie card. In fact, ever after that, I would ask him for his card. I think he had one, really.” (wikimedia commons)
  • Billy Zoom, of the X, in an interview with Mark Prindle: "I am not a Republican; I am a Conservative. The Republican party is a political party, and I think all politicians are basically full of crap. However, I lean towards Conservative values because basically what I want is a government that provides national defense so that we are free to do what we want within our borders, and that keeps criminals off the streets so we're free to do what we want in our homes, and that provides a fire department to help fight a fire if my house is burning down. And basically other than that I kinda want 'em to stay out of my life. I'm a big fan of things like freedom and liberty, and I see those as being Conservative values, and I see Liberals as wanting to have bigger government that sticks their nose in everybody's business and takes away our freedoms." (wikimedia commons)
  • Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry told Noisecreep that "I’m a Republican, but I’m a Republican from the old school. I was taught that you get what you put into it. You can be anything you want to be if you work hard enough at it, and you can earn your place. That’s the old way." (wikimedia commons)
  • Kid Rock sang "Born Free" at a Romney rally, and at a later concert was joined onstage by Paul Ryan. (wikimedia commons)
  • In an Esquire interview, Meat Loaf claims to have been banned from two TV shows because USA Today has him listed as a Republican. (Wikimedia commons)
  • The Beach Boys' members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston are both longtime Republicans. During the most recent presidential election, Johnston told a group of fans that if Obama wins, "You're f***ed." (wikimedia commons)
  • Ted Nugent, the Motor City Madman, is now a National Rifle Association board member and conservative columnist. He has also accepted the role of co-chairman and treasurer in former Texas State Rep. Sid Miller's campaign for agriculture commissioner. (wikimedia commons)
  • Moe Tucker of the Velvet Underground has said that "I'm furious about the way we're being led toward socialism. I'm furious about the incredible waste of money, when things that we really need and are important get dropped, because there's no money left." (wikimedia commons)
  • Joe Escalante of the Vandals is a conservative Catholic who contributes to the center-right website Ricochet. (wikimedia commons)
  • Gene Simmons endorsed Mitt Romney for the 2012 election. He also believes that America is a business and should be run as such. (Photo credit should read JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images)