Gene Simmons Sings Praises Of X Japan's Yoshiki

10/06/2016
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(Classic Rock) KISS bassist Gene Simmons says X Japan leader Yoshiki is "braver" than he is onstage. A longtime music hero of Yoshiki's, Simmons features in the iconic Japanese band's documentary We Are X - which charts their rocky rise to fame through death, lineup changes and breaking cultural barriers at home and abroad.

Simmons tells Rolling Stone: "He's braver than I am. He has no problem showing his passion and crying and pain. I admire that. He doesn't care that people are looking and judging him.

"My background is full of pain. My mother was in a Nazi concentration camp and our whole family was killed off. Then early on, your father leaves, and all you've got is your mother, and I was an only child. Then you come to a new country and I can't speak English."

He adds: "For me Kiss was the armour, and your family was the band. And even that original band broke up. You can't rely on anything. At the end of the day, all you have is yourself.

"I'm not brave like him. He goes up onstage and it's like gestalt therapy, like primal scream with Dr Janov. Shrinks still want you to do that. They want you to talk about the pain to get it out.

"When you see Yoshiki onstage, purging himself, crying and rolling around on the floor, that ain't showbiz. That's real." Read more here.

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