Gene Simmons: 'Young People Have Stupid Ideas Because They're Young, Who's 20 And Playing Stadiums?'

"We're idiots - myself included," KISS frontman adds.

Gene Simmons: 'Young People Have Stupid Ideas Because They're Young, Who's 20 And Playing Stadiums?'
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KISS bassist Gene Simmons recently discussed the "Never trust anybody over 30" stance he had when he was young, admitting he was an "idiot."

Chatting with mLive, Gene noted that many young people come up with not-too-bright ideas simply because they're young and hot-headed.

"A lot of young people have stupid ideas," the bassist kicked off. "And a lot of young people have stupid ideas because they are young; it's called the folly of youth. We think we know it all; we actually don't. We're idiots - myself included.

"And I remembered as a kid 'Never trust anybody over 30.' Well, guess what? The coolest people are. The people that play stadiums around the world are not only over 30, but they're over 60. Will you still love me when I’m 64? F--k, I'm going to be 65, Jagger is 71, McCartney is 72. They're playing stadiums!

"Who's 20 years old playing a stadium? Nobody! So all those silly ideas as kids are based on how far we could see. And life is actually much bigger than we think it is," he concluded.

Oddly enough, the music domain isn't the only area known for such statements. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was once quoted saying "If you're over 30, you're a slow old man." He turned 30 this May.

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    cyclonus
    He's probably said more stupid things over 30 than he did as a youth
    jamie_hough
    OR... is it because the majority of us are under 30 and are just too stupid to realise how right he is? No, no not at all.
    twiggy3634
    Yea because the only people playing stadiums are himself, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney. He's so right...
    MSmifffy
    Jake Bugg
    metallideth88
    On a stupid note, I think Beiber and One direction are all below 30 and probably have played stadiums. What has this world come to.
    UncleBluck
    He talking about musicians that play rock.....
    kiwiug
    That's called marketing. Why it's not a very strong argument since Kiss got famous mostly for their stage show, not their music as well, it's incomparable with how the hype machine works these days. There's a lot of ghost writing at work too.
    seance
    Also, both Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger have been playing stadiums since they were basically 20.
    Fir3Fli3
    Not a stadium, but headlining a major festival may be even more of an achievement in my eyes. Arctic Monkeys.
    svelle
    Was thinking this, exactly this. Have to say, you're not cool, not with 20 not with 60 you're just a douche.
    Phazon
    I honestly tried... but I just can't get into Artic Monkeys. They're not bad. I just don't see what's all that different about them compared to many other rock bands.
    Rensa
    Why does rock band have to special in order to enjoy them, led zeppelin isn't anything special anymore, lots of bands sound like them, still people listen to them.
    Jmoarguitar
    I think AM have an incredibly unique sound, though I'm not the biggest fan. Can't say I'm upset when they come on though, they are a kickass band
    IglooBird
    Muse sold out two nights in a row at Wembley Stadium for HAARP when Matt Bellamy was 29. I guess that doesn't count though...?
    coffinpilot
    Amazing ..... cosmetic surgery has mad that bothole between his nose and chin look like a mouth .....
    GodzillaRAWRRR
    Musical talent and intelligence are 2 different things Gene...
    blackone666
    Errrrhm, I hate to say this...but One direction and such? GAH!
    AlexGreat123
    They didn't get there organically though. I think that's what Gene is getting on about. It's easy to get to play stadiums when someone is holding your hand
    Everlong729
    Ok, I'm gonna be that guy: Nirvana
    JuggaloShow
    And pretty much every band in the pop-punk explosion of the early 2000's.
    JelloCrust
    BABYMETAL. Also, no shit most 20-somethings aren't playing stadiums; they probably just started.
    UncleBluck
    pop has nothing to do with punk and conversely ...the same goes....don't understand why you youngsters cant get that through your heads.....
    Magnumopus7001
    It's hard to understand what he's saying though cuzz his hair is very distracting. It looks like a weave.
    Floyd Phoenix
    Also, the first ever real stadium gig was headlined by a world-famous band whose youngest member was 22 at the time... Hmm...
    PuckMugger
    You must be a fool, if you think any member of One Direction has anything to do with the creative direction. They are like robots being told what to do, they only supply the performing talent...if that's what you want to call it.
    Way Cool JR.
    "A lot of young people have stupid ideas," "And a lot of young people have stupid ideas because they are young; it's called the folly of youth. We think we know it all; we actually don't. We're idiots" This is actually 100% true, anyone around 25 may not realize it now but when you get older you will understand exactly what Gene is saying. 30 does seem to be around the age you start really using your head.
    Abacus11
    Simmons is right about "the folly of youth" but he's blissfully unaware of just how stupid he's become as he's gotten older. He is NOT a good example of "wisdom with age".
    jekylhyde
    So, he didn't like old people when he was young and now he when he's "old", he doesn't like young people... that's just normal.
    Fonkee
    "We're idiots - myself included." See Gene... I can finally agree on something you said!
    aries0490
    He's just sore that he can never go back to his prime. Your good days are done Gene and there are younger artists. No one has to be 20 and playing stadiums to prove anything. We do it in our own time, our generation, you shut your face.
    unknownking
    There are always going to be a few exceptions to any rule. For the most part, Gene is correct on this one. Think on it for just a second...most bands have to pay their dues for 10 years or so before getting anywhere near that big. And since most start shortly after they turn 21 years old (most bars and places that serve alcohol won't let you play there unless you are 21+), that would put them over 30 by the time they get that big. One Direction, Bieber, and others like them are all packaged up goods and fed to the public. They didn't really pay their dues in any real way. Disney type bullish*t.