Gene Simmons of Kiss Says Hip-Hop Those Artists Should
Gene Simmons made his name in the world of rock as a founding member of the KISS band, and the group is finally being honored by the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. However, Simmons and another band member are upset that Hip-Hop acts Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash and Public Enemy got in before them.
Simmons spoke with Radio.com last week and lashed out at the inclusion of disco great Donna Summer, a person he considered a close associate.
“A long time ago it was diluted. It’s really back room politics, like Boss Tweed. A few people decide what’s in and what’s not. And the masses just scratch their heads. You’ve got Grandmaster Flash in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Run-D.M.C. in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You’re killing me! That doesn’t mean those aren’t good artists. But they don’t play guitar. They sample and they talk. Not even sing!”
Simmons, who says that Summer was his neighbor for many years and that he was fond of her questioned the Hall’s induction of the singer. Simmons said that artists such as Summer and Madonna, if asked, probably wouldn’t consider themselves rock.
He finally said, “They can run their organization any way they’d like, but it ain’t rock! It just isn’t! If you don’t play guitar and you don’t write your own songs, you don’t belong there.”
Source/Image: Hip-Hop Wired.com