KISS’s Gene Simmons finds out that William Shatner is very good at finding the “raw nerve” of his guests, even if they don’t realize that they have one.
In a clip featuring an episode of Shatner’s Raw Nerve seen earlier this year, at first Simmons claims that he doesn’t “have any raw nerves to touch,” but he soon found out that that wasn’t the case.
“If you listen to the interview,” Simmons added, “I abide by my mother’s philosophy which is any day above ground is a good day.”
But a memory of his mother’s response to a government official hit a raw nerve. “I need for you to raise your right hand,” the official told his Hungarian-born mother, a survivor of the Holocaust, who was going to swear that she would not try to overthrow the government of her newly-adopted country. “And my mother, bless her, went like this,” said Simmons, making a Nazi salute, “because she didn’t know what he meant. He said, ‘You will never have to…,'” and with this Simmons paused, overcome with emotion, before continuing with his story. “‘You will never have to do that ever again.'”