Gene Simmons: 'I'm Thinking About Buying the Rock Hall'

artist: Gene Simmons date: 07/18/2014 category: music news
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Gene Simmons: 'I'm Thinking About Buying the Rock Hall'
KISS bassist Gene Simmons recently discussed the still-current matter of Rock Hall, suggesting an interesting idea - to buy it.

Asked by theĀ Tampa Tribune on how he'd change the system, Gene casually replied, "Well, I was thinking of buying the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

Prompted to further elaborate, the bassist suggested a string of changes he'd incorporate if becoming the new Rock Hall head honcho. "The first thing I would do is move the bodies buried in the wrong place. I would bury them in the right place," he explained.

"I would put Run DMC, who I believe are very good, and the rest of hip-hop into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame. I would take Madonna and Donna Summer, who was a dear friend, and put them in the Disco or Dance Hall of Fame. I would put Deep Purple in the Hall. The fact that Blondie got in before Humble Pie is crazy," Simmons added.

During the rest of the chat, the musician touched on quite a few interesting matters, ranging from original KISS reunion to the internet's impact to Lady Gaga.

The interviewer didn't even get to finish the Frehley/Criss reunion question as Gene jumped in with "Not a chance. We've already danced that dance three different times. No way will we reunite. It wouldn't be fair to Tommy and Eric. It wouldn't be right."

Switching to the matter of internet, Gene noted that a generation ago, "journalism was in a healthier state. The Internet has made journalism more cold," agreeing that the same could be said about music.

Finally, Simmons expressed hope for Lady Gaga to switch to full-on rockin' mode. "[Rock star] disappeared like the dinosaur. I would love it if Gaga, who was the only real rock star two-years ago, would rock out," he said.

"It would take King Kong-size balls if she came out with her next album and made a stripped down rock record with no tapes, no Vegas dancers and just go and kick disco in the nuts. Get the tapes and the male strippers off the stage. They're not musicians."
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