Gene Simmons Wife Says KISS Gave Trump Kiss Off

12/22/2016 6:50 AM PST

Gene Simmons and KISS turned down Donald Trump's invite to perform on Inauguration Day ... so says Gene's famous wife.

Poor Gene couldn't get a word in edgewise Wednesday night as he, wife Shannon Tweed and daughter Sophie left Catch in WeHo.  

It's pretty clear ... Gene has warm feelings for Trump but there's a hard family divide, because Shannon and Sophie go nuts just hearing the Prez-elect's name.

Now, here's the mystery. Gene says KISS will be touring in Europe next month, so if the band did decline the invite it could have simply been a matter of scheduling. But Shannon is selling a different story.