Metal fans often make the “devil’s horns” hand gesture when their favorite song comes on the radio.
But one rocker believes he originated the . According to The Hollywood Reporter, KISS frontman Gene Simmons—a recent member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—has filed an application to trademark the act. In the application, Simmons notes the “devil’s horns” were first used in commerce on November 14, 1974.
So, at least in Simmons’ account of history, had you seen the band perform on its Hotter Than Hell Tour—which ran from October 1974 to February 1975, you might’ve witnessed the first-ever usage of the hand gesture.
Simmons might be in for an uphill battle, though; there are a number of other similar gestures that have been in use a lot longer. As THR notes, John Lennon appeared on the cover of a 1966 Beatles single making a similar hand gesture. There’s also the University of Texas at Austin’s “Hook ‘Em Horns” gesture. And of course, satanists may want to possess spiritual ownership.
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