Matt Waldman’s RSP Story Time: Adam Dorn’s Bet with Gene Simmons

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Matt Waldman kicks off RSP Storytime, a short podcast devoted to true stories. This week, Adam Dorn shares how he won a bet with Gene Simmons of KISS.

Friday is my one day off from football. It’s a day I devote to music lessons, reading, movies, and other mediums of value. In addition to sharing my Reads, Listens, and Views (a feature I’m bringing back to the site this year), I’m also collecting true stories from friends and colleagues.

If you’re interested in being a part of this, feel free to email me at and we’ll consider recording it.

RSP Storytime kicks off with one of my favorite stories that I heard last year. It comes from composer, Adam Dorn.

You’ve probably heard Adam’s work as the composer for documentaries such as Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic,  Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, and Enemies: The President, Justice & The FBI. He’s also written and performed music for Six Feet Under, The Bourne Supremacy, The Devil Wears Prada, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

The son of renowned jazz and R&B producer Joel Dorn, Adam is a lifelong Eagles fan who reached out to me last year after hearing about my penchant for drawing parallels to football and improvisational music and deciding we were going to become great friends.

Adam and I share a love for Funk, R&B, and Jazz. Adam’s longtime friendship with Marcus Miller began as a student-mentor relationship. If you don’t know Marcus Miller, he’s a renowned performer and producer who is also one of the kings of the electric bass.

I share these things about Adam because I want to set the stage for the story. Imagine Adam as a 17-year-old bassist with a full-blown Philly wise-ass mentality in the late 1980s learning his craft from Miller when he runs into KISS bassist, Gene Simmons while working as a grunt in a recording studio.

Now imagine Simmons dismissing Adam’s musical hero and their conversation degenerating into a bet that takes them into the streets of New York and leads to the ultimate comeuppance.


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