Gene Simmons Talks Rock Hall and Compares KISS Bandmates to Cancer

10/17/2013
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(Radio.com) When we recently sat down with KISS frontman Gene Simmons, the topic of conversation at hand was the band's new oral history, Nothin' To Lose. As is often the case with Simmons, the conversation veered toward an array of colorful topics, as you can see in the video interview.

In Nothin' To Lose, he says that Paul Stanley ripped off his idea for the classic "Detroit Rock City." He says,"I wrote a song called 'Too Young,' which begat a song called 'Acrobat.' Our producer Richie Wise cut it down, it was a seven-minute song. Paul heard it, and took it and went out and wrote 'Detroit Rock City.'" He goes on to tell Radio.com that Paul also took his ideas for "Psycho Circus" and "Black Diamond."

Finally, there's the matter of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honor that has eluded the band. While Simmons has long said that he doesn't care about the award, when asked if he would perform with ex-bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss if inducted, it's clear he's given it some thought.

"No! How many chances in life to do you get? Both of those guys had three chances to be in the band. Three times they f***ed it up. They were every bit as important as we were at the formation of the band," he says, though he later adds that they have the right to attend the ceremony.

"When you have a cancer in your system, its best to cut it out as fast as you can," he explains. "It used to be part of your body, it turned into cancer. You gotta cut it out. I believe that both Ace and Peter are happier now. They belong home, and doing autograph shows in clubs. They're happier." Read more and watch the video here.

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