KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently spoke with Classic Rock Magazine. An excerpt from the interview is available below:
CRM: You obviously don’t care that people think of you as a greedy bastard.
Simmons: “No, I think that’s good. Listen, I work for everything I’ve got. I started off as a very poor kid. I want to get paid. People that tell you: ‘I don’t want a lot of money, all I need is enough to get by’ are liars. Anything those people have left over, send it to me.”
CRM: Isn’t it all about proportion, though? Some would consider your attitude indecent.
Simmons: “Proportion to whom? When I was a child a dollar was a lot of money, but as you grow up it means less. I don’t do bling. What you do with money isn’t important. You can give it to charity or shove it up your asshole. But while you are alive your job is to continue to make more money and keep on feeding the economy. Life is about money. Even God passes the hat around. That’s a typical English journalist question. Money’s a good thing, not the root of all evil. A lack of money is worse. With a hundred million dollars in the bank why would I need to hold up a Seven-Eleven?”
CRM: There are rumours of a KISS doing a spring tour of the UK in 2014.
Simmons: “That’s true. And as an avowed Anglophile I can’t wait. But the UK is a very strange place; it really is like the Hobbit world, a magical kingdom. The Europeans call you European but the English don’t. You’re a very small island surrounded by water. You didn’t invent rock’n’roll or blues or jazz, but you strange little people with your strange foods and odd colloquialisms created the music that rules the world – THE BEATLES, the ROLLING STONES, THE WHO, LED ZEPPELIN ad infinitum – and you continue to do so.”
Go to this location for the complete interview.
On October 11th, Simmons answered questions live with Dorothy Lucey Mending Kids International, featuring a very special appearance by 6-year-old Victor from Kenya. Check out the 45 minute clip here.
Catch KISS in concert at the following shows:
19 – Makuhari Messe Arena – Tokyo, Japan
21 – Osaka Castle Hall – Osaka, Japan
23 – Budokan – Tokyo, Japan
24 – Budokan – Tokyo, Japan
8 – Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary, AB