KISS bassist Gene Simmons is known as an outspoken and opinionated guy, and he lived up to that reputation the other night, after he was TMZ'ed outside of Boa in West Hollywood. Asked his opinion of the recently-announced news that Madonna would be performing at next year's Super Bowl halftime show, Simmons sarcastically responded, "I love all karaoke singers, I like all the girl singers who get up and sing with tapes... Shame on you."

Simmons does have a point. There is something sad about lip-synching. And while she may be preferable to The Black Eyed Peas, Madonna probably isn't the first name that comes to mind when making a list of ideal Super Bowl performers. (Although "The Wave" might be considered a dynamic form of voguing.) I don't know what the fifty-three-year-old prolific children's author has in store, but it would be nice if she did keep it real.

Simmons did say, "By the way, Madonna's terrific," but then offered a suggestion for the "fakers": "Hold up a sign that says seventy percent of what you hear is fake, it's a tape, I'm a karaoke singer, say it." And when asked if the Queen of Pop was a "good fit" for the Super Bowl, Simmons replied:

"I don't think it's appropriate but that doesn't matter. If you're gonna get up, do it real. Do a real band, or tell everyone it's a tape. I hate tapes."

If Simmons is annoyed by that, his annoyance will probably be compounded by the news that KISS has been snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet again, although an institution that chooses Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five over the likes of Rush and Cheap Trick can't have a ton of credibility. I just don't see Cheap Trick ever making the Rap Hall of Fame, although I hear Bun E. Carlos does an amazing human beatbox, much better than Jimmy Fallon's.

Commentarium (15 Comments)

Dec 07 11 - 4:15pm

Given the context of his remarks, I agree with him.

Dec 07 11 - 4:34pm

You're saying Rush are better than Grandmaster Flash? The fuck?!

Dec 07 11 - 5:56pm
Hu Jintao.

I know, I vomited all over my keyboard. That might just be the drugs though.

Dec 07 11 - 4:49pm

How soon he's forgotten that Kiss's highly praised live album's crowd cheers were all taped and edited to make them sound awesome.

Dec 07 11 - 5:00pm


Dec 08 11 - 1:01pm

Kiss sucks. Alright? I know half of their "army" are people that saw them in their adolescence and were somehow imprinted forever, but people that actively enjoy Kiss baffle the shit out of me. Gene Simmons is as bad a singer as he is a bassist and a person, Ace plays guitar like he's missing fingers, Paul is a walking STD and mugging jackass, and the less I say about Peter Criss, the better. I wish nothing but bad things on them.

Dec 07 11 - 4:57pm
Wait Five Minutes

Who is and isn't in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame is a matter of shame that lies on the head of Jann Wenner.

Dec 07 11 - 5:58pm

Had the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame not already totally destroyed its credibility by including the likes of Abba, adding Kiss sure would.

Dec 07 11 - 7:53pm
fuck yeah

gene simmons is a fucking legend.

Dec 07 11 - 8:09pm

How about a KISS reunion for the superbowl halftime show,I think their Kiss dolls would sell a lot better if they got the gig.BTW I think both KISS and Rush should definitely be in the rock and Roll hall of fame.

Dec 07 11 - 9:09pm

Kiss...Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Then it's a fake!!!!

Dec 07 11 - 9:23pm

i have an issue with the stealth racism shown by the writer here. the rock hall has long reached beyond the rock genre to also honor performers in blues, soul and other pop styles. considering grandmaster flash's pioneering efforts influenced pop beyond just rap, the induction of his furious five was very merited. there was noting pioneering about either rush or cheap trick, whose product was admirable but very derivative.

Dec 07 11 - 10:05pm

I fucking hate Rush but I will say that the kind of jams they were kicking out back when they were still relevant were fairly innovative. I mean, what, it was them, King Crimson, Yes, a handful of others, doing the whole prog-rock thing. Which I fucking hate. HATE. But you have to give them at least a little credit for essentially founding the genre. Even if the genre does suck. A lot. God I fucking hate prog-rock. Fuck Rush, seriously.

Dec 07 11 - 11:00pm
The Dream Police

I'll get Wenner one day, like a thief in the night.