FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) _ Kiss rocker Gene Simmons appeared at a North Carolina Army base Monday to promote a new line of cosmetic fragrances.

Those buying Kiss Him cologne or Kiss Her perfume for $39 got an autograph or photo taken with Simmons, the flamboyant Kiss bass player famous for wearing black and white makeup and sticking out his long tongue.

``If people decide that a Kiss fragrance line makes sense,'' Simmons said, ``who's to argue with America?''

The line of people waiting to meet Simmons snaked out the door at the Fort Bragg post exchange where the fragrances are sold.

Kiss, one of the top heavy metal acts of the 1970s, also has a coffee shop in Myrtle Beach, S.C., that opened this year. Simmons and other members of the band launched the fragrance products Oct. 1.

During the appearance, Simmons also stepped onstage to join the 82nd Airborne Division's rock band, Riserburn, to help with a rendition of the Kiss anthem ``Shout It Out Loud.''