Never afraid to express his opinion, KISS bassist Gene Simmons scolded illegal downloaders as the main reason for the music's decline.
Sharing a firm stance in the new Metal Hammer issue, Gene said, "I still think [downloading] is a crime. The sad part is that the fans are the ones who are killing the thing they love: great music."
Working up a tantrum, Simmons continued, "For f--k's sake, you're not giving the next great band a chance. How much have we lost through illegal downloading? It's certainly millions. I don't think it's tens of millions, but it's certainly millions. But so much of what we do with the licensing and the merchandising and all that ... we do alright!"
Gene had the rock community pretty stirred up last year, calling Nirvana's Kurt Cobain unworthy of a rock icon title, pointing out multiple times that rock music had become a "pale shadow of itself" ever since 1983. "There won't be another Beatles or another Prince or another KISS because there isn't that support system, there's no record companies 'cause kids have decided they can download and fileshare and bypass paying the artists what they rightfully should be getting," he told Team Rock radio back in October.
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