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KISS Rocker Gene Simmons Disses Rihanna

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This is NOT the kind of kiss we like to see!

KISS and Mötley Crue announced their 40 date tour, called The Tour (creative, right?) and rocker Gene Simmons had some not too kind words for Rihanna.

As reported earlier, Gene had beef with Madonna and her half-time show, now it's RiRi's turn.

Simmons claims that he's tired of "non-real bands" and said the following about today's top 40:

We're sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them.

No fake bullshit. Leave that to the Rihanna, Shmianna and anyone who ends their name with an 'A.

Not cool Gene! Everyone has a right to their opinion but to target some specifically?! That's a real low blow!

Tommy Lee echoed his sentiments but took a higher road.

No disrespect to Rihanna, she's a great singer, but we're in a slump for some shit that has some personality and appeal beyond a bunch of pop stuff that's floating around out there.

I'm glad he said that actually because I don't think i can bear watching another f***ing award show that is just a little bit better than 'American Idol.' It's f***ing pathetic to watch people go out and f***ing karaoke with a bunch of lights and video. It's all completely watered down.

Everyone's got beef! Where's the lettuce positivity???!!!!

Music should be loved by all, especially by other musicians!

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65 comments to “KISS Rocker Gene Simmons Disses Rihanna”

  1. 1

    didn't hohanna used to be black?? the pic from the yahoo story you copied, shows her to be whiter than michael jackson.

  2. 2

    there is NOTHING TO BE positive about this X-black woman. she and all the rest of todays "pop" music performers. they are ALL SHIT

  3. 3

    THANK god someone finally said something. People just sing with their music in the background/lip sync. It's pathetic. If you can't sing live, why the fuck do you have a record deal?

  4. 4

    They're right now. Most of what's on radio now is shit.

  5. 5

    I don't even dislike Rihanna or anything, but he is spot on

  6. 6

    Okay, I agree with what they're saying but then I look at who it's coming from. Kiss and Mötley Crue are hardly better when it comes to innovation…I consider their stuff generic pop as well. Will there be another Jim Morrison or The Doors? That's what we need (imo).

  7. 7

    He is so right. Where is the social commentary that used to make music revolutionary? It has been replaced by vulgarity and inanity. Sad.

  8. 8

    Was his comment rude? Maybe. Was it accurate? Definitely.

  9. 9

    The last time Rihanna was a black woman was the morning after Chris Brown bashed her face in…..

  10. 10

    I completely agree with the old guys….if you got a good a$$ and don't mind shaking it you to can get a record deal. Not alot of live talent anymore

  11. 11

    I agree with him. Rihanna is a joke. That person ios lost in life. With all her stupid tats, and abusive bf's.

  12. 12

    funny to hear this coming from gene simmons. to each their own but kiss had to be one of the worst so called "rock" bands ever. some of the corniest songs ever. they were always more about the makeup and theatrics than about good singing and songwriting. once they took off their makeup nobody really gave a shit. and tommy, talk about a bunch of lights and video. i guess to you "personality" means being suspended in air twirling around on a drum kit. wow how cool.

  13. 13

    They are both correct — it would be nice to see a REAL BAND that actually play instruments. Sick of all this pop crap. It bores me.

  14. 14


  15. ONAma says – reply to this


    PREACH! She has nerv calling herself an artist

  16. 16

    I totally agree with Gene! Most singers now use tapes in concerts, I would rather you sing some off notes than to lip synch. there is not a lot of talent out there anymore. Whitney had her problems but that girl could sing!

  17. 17

    SO TRUE!!!!

  18. 18

    It's the fucking truth. Music is shit. You promote the shit. Feed people shit long enough they begin to like it and ask for more. Kids today have no idea, for the most part, that they're listening to complete garbage. And Gene wasn't picking on her specifically, he was using her as an example. Rhianna has a decent voice when filtered thru 18 processors, but who knows otherwise. But all this shit is incredibly …. fantasmically … a bunch of shit.

  19. 19

    Oops I meant to say Jim Morrison or *John Lennon (got a little redundant). They were true icons of their time unlike Gene Simmons. He only is in his OWN mind. And if he's going to pass judgement, well right back at you. Kiss' music is sh*tty mediocrity, nothing more. It's not all about whether you can play an instrument…you have to do it WELL!

  20. 20

    I never thought I'd have anything in common with both Gene Simmons and Tommy Lee. It feels kinda creepy and oh-so-right at the same time.

  21. 21

    On the money. It's sad. The real music industry is broken into different genres and fan bases now.. popular music is not what it once was but if people really search for great music, it's out there. Folk, blues etc. music festivals all over the world are hosting awesome bands all the time, I teach music and perform music for a living and I try to show my students as much of what is actually out there as possible.. it's too bad that the radio is no longer doing that for that masses…

  22. 22

    Gene is right, I have nothing against Rihanna, I like some of her music, but that isn't a real band. A real band has people who know how to play their own instruments and don't have a backup track. I feel that you are only getting upset because you are close to Rihanna, which is understandable but just don't have a biased opinion and blast someone because they made fun of your friend.

  23. 23

    agreed. it's like, if you can't sing live and you don't write your own music why the hell do you have a record deal?

  24. 24

    Perez you are so right. To target people specifically would be so wrong. I know Lindsay Lohan, Amy Winehouse, Misha Barton, Carrie Prejean, etc would agree.

  25. 25

    the noise that passes for music these days reflects the corporate culture that has killed creativity. folks young and old, still listen to the old classics from many years ago. listening to a commercial is more pleasant than the current dreck the corporations pump out.
    feel bad that the younger generations have missed out on real music.

  26. naira says – reply to this


    he might be right but this generation is shit not the singers, the people listening and talking about them like they were important…so i've decided to name all with the A's at the end of their names: Gaga, Ciara, Madonna, Christina A, Selena, Shakira, Miranda, Jana, Monica, Christina Millian, Teyanna Taylor, Rita Ora, Azaelia Banks, Fantasia, Lana Del Rey, Tamia, Azalea iggy

  27. 27

    Re: StMarie – It's kind of hard for you to be able to defend that statement, since KISS has been around for 40 years, has had 28 gold albums, has sold more than 100 million albums world wide, they continue to earn profits in the millions from the sale of KISS merchandise and fill stadiums to full capacity whenever they tour. So no, not a legend in his own mind … they are living legends, whether you like their music or not.

  28. 28

    'Sad but True'! I would say to single her out isn't quite fair, but in all actuality, I would like to see one of those artists who recently won an American Music Award this year or a Grammy, to actually sing their own songs and play their own instruments live, or on their own record for that matter. The evolution of technology has boosted us into and clip and paste and auto-tuned recording process. These "artists" don't and can't even write their own music. Look at the credentials. Most can't. Taylor Swift is probably the most legitimate pop artist right now, the girl write most of her music, sings it and plays a twelve string. If you wanna get hipster, the ever so popular "black keys"….pat is the worst drummer I've ever seen, todays music talent is baseless, it's a popularity contest. An "artist" is more than looks an a catchy tune. The artists everyone calls shit, play their own music, write their own music, and sing their own music…live and in the studio. We are all brainwashed. However, music is like fashion, ever changing, and the old usually inspires the new, and every once in a while the old bands return from the past and become accepted again. Its just a phase! there's light at the end of the tunnel!!! :) …there is a bright side!

  29. 29

    Re: naira – Kinda ironic that your name ends with an "a" too, huh.

  30. 30

    notice how they both trashed females

    i'd like to see them trash some hardcore "gangsta rappers" in the press

    not gonna happen, cuz we all know they'd both
    get their waaaaaaaaaaaay over the hill asses shot up by said "rappers"


  31. 31

    Re: Meggie246524 – Uh yeah, look at how much Justin Beiber pulls in and he's only been around for so many years. lol $$ does not equal quality.

  32. 32


  33. 33

    If I listen to the radio, it's only classic rock. None of this Katy Perry, Gaga, Rihanna shit that the gays and teens have made popular. Top 40 today means nothing.

  34. 34

    I agree

  35. tmboc says – reply to this


    Gene is totally right! Whether you like Kiss or not, they wrote and sang their own songs, never lip sinking!! What happened to great bands and singers??? Do you think Carole King or Heart lip sank?

  36. @v@ says – reply to this


    Totally team Gene on the karaoke with dancers crack…and it really wasn't aimed specifically at Rihanna but the whole instant pop music scene. Rock rules, sorry.

  37. 37

    They're right. You're just mad because you can't be mean like that any more, hahahaha.

  38. 38

    I stopped keeping up with pop trends about 10 years ago. A lot of today's music is just a bunch of noise pollution and nothing on the charts really excites me. Everyone is starting to sound the same these days, and rock and roll and R&B (true R&B, and not the rap/hip-hop stuff that's called R&B) as genres are practically dead. There is good music out there, but it's not being played on the radio.

  39. 39

    Gene Simmons is KING! Music today sux

  40. 40


  41. Jai says – reply to this


    He is so disgusting.

  42. 42

    They are right. But I don't know just how much Gene can talk. Kiss may have played live, but none of them were particularly great musicians. Motley Crew was ok. Plus Kiss had a huge gimmick with all their stage costuming, and makeup, etc. Kiss was a very long way off from the realness of rock and roll and excellent musicianship that was, say, Led Zeppelin or Queen.

  43. 43

    Bitches on here hating on a queen. Haters always come out in droves if you're doing something right. The fact that they are targeting a successful, modern female pop star shows how irrelevant they are. It their biggest comp is a pop star, shows how shitty they must think their own music is. Not to mention both Gene Simmons and Tommy Lee look like they died three times over.

  44. 44

    Really? So I'm assuming they meant that Lady Gaga uses "karaoke"? She ends her name in "A". But they're wrong, she doesn't. She never lip syncs, she sings live every time. And she's GOOD at it, too. Guess she's so good they thought it was fake. Idiots.

  45. 45

    I don't even have the energy to outline why Perez's comments at the end of this post are so stupid. It hurts my brain that someone with a bachelor's degree (from NYU, no less) can suffer from a such a lack of critical thinking skills….at age 34! All musicians should like all music? Really? By the way, Perez, does the week of June 8th through June 14th, 2010 ring a bell to you? It should because it's the week you had public multiple orgasms over your hatred for Christina Aguilera and her album, Bionic, on a daily basis. FUCK, you are lame.

  46. 46

    "Music should be loved by all, especially by other musicians!"
    But what if the music really does suck? (It does)

  47. 47

    And you know, the first poster is correct. Rihanna used to be a black woman. I don't know what happened to her but she's much much whiter now. Is she bleaching? Does she have the same disease the Michael Jackson did? Why doesn't anyone question this?

  48. 48

    yes i do think before computer sound everything was alot realer …i was climbing up a very large hill singing shandyyyyyyyy this night will last us foreverrrrr those songs stuc with ur for life not like the squeaky screechy crap . katy rhianna and now madonna back on the old band wagon ..

  49. k.cee says – reply to this


    I 100% agree with Gene and Tommy Lee!! These are true artists who write and compose their own music, and tell things like it is. They don't stand for B.S. pop. Good on them! We need more of these organic musicians who are actual musicians and play instruments, and perform rock and roll with their souls.

  50. 50

    Hes Right! Rhianna is disgusting, I see why Chris beat her ass…She deserved it. She cant sing worth a shit and todays music is fucking joke. Well said Gene!

  51. 51

    rihannahs voice is shit. face facts bitches

  52. oblio says – reply to this


    I am not a huge fan of KISS of Motley Crue but I have seen both in concert several times and both bands put on one hell of a show.

  53. @v@ says – reply to this


    Pop = cherry fruit roll-up
    Crue = cherries jubilee

  54. @v@ says – reply to this


    Pop = soy burger
    Crue = flame grilled filet burger

  55. @v@ says – reply to this


    pop = tang
    Kiss = fresh squeezed oj

  56. @v@ says – reply to this


    pop = virtual sex
    Kiss = actual sex

  57. 57

    I really like knowing that there are still people out there who, not only refuse to let this crap be shoved down our throats, but have enough integrity to speak up about it.
    This shit has to end and I'm talking about other media, too: tv, movies, games, books, etc.
    When did we stop being afraid to think for ourselves?

  58. 58

    So what if KISS or Motley Crue used theatrics or weren't good musicians…that's not what either of them or talking about. Gene is referring to all these artists who get up there and "sing" along to backup tapes and use tons of dancers to distract from their lack of raw talent. Tommy is more tired of the cookie cutter competition shows out there producing these stars of the moment. KISS may have been terrible musicians compared to some of their peers ( I guess that's a matter of opinion), but at least they played live. I happen to like Rihanna, but there's a lot of sameness out there to which Gene is referring, and it would be nice to have more people like Florence Welch and other actually talented real singers and musicians getting some of that attention too.

  59. 59

    You know what? Gene Simmons can "Kiss" Rihanna's ass. For him to constantly be insulting other artistes just shows what an egotistical idiot he is. I have no respect for him. He is a spoilt brat that's just angry because the WORLD doesn't play his records nor buy his CDs like they used to- yes he tours and sells out stadiums, but that's just one aspect of the business- and by the way- Rihanna does that too- with ease… and Kiss is NOT on Madonna's level as a touring act- so moving along- Rihanna is DOMINATING the WORLD of music. He is also jealous of Madonna because unlike him and his band of CLOWNS Madonna is still able to release albums and debut at number one and is as relevant today as she was when she first started unlike Kiss whose music sounds DATED and STALE. There are rock bands in Barbados who sound LIGHT YEARS BETTER THAN KISS namely Kite and Threads of Scarlett… so Gene… keep wearing that face paint because without it you don't mean shit- that's your gimmick… wear your drag queen outfits and haul out your tongue… but other than that your music sucks… leave Rihanna alone- she IS what's up right now.

  60. 60

    You're a musician to sing. Not to lip sing. I cannot stand when an artist lip syncs, its an insult to everyone who is watching. I feel Gene is correct in his statement, but he shouldn't have just targeted one individual person who does this.

  61. 61

    Wow what you said disturbed me….she deserved to get beat up? Re: Pantera

  62. 62

    Re: AnishaOVO – Wow! You created an ID and logged into Perez just to respond to a stupid post but a sh*t stirrer? You're both phonies created by this web-site.

  63. 63

    LULZ who cares what these ugly, old dudes have to say?

  64. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: selinaaaa – The people in the full stadiums every time they tour. See Crue or Kiss live and get back to me.
    Dare ya.

  65. 65

    Re: Ronitime
    Okay, Rihanna's reps..it pays to do a little research before you spew such bullshit. Gene & Kiss have been in the game a lot longer than Rihanna and have seen these kind of trends come and go. He's a little more than entitled to his opinion. Jealous of Madonna? For what? Their last album debuted at #2 on Billboard back in 2009 without the aid of a hit single or bunch of promotion. How is that not relevant? If you want to talk about dated, talk about the tacky, stale disco crap Madonna is trying to peddle off as re-invention.