Gene Simmons Says Fans To Blame For Music's Downfall

04-18-2017
.
KISS

KISS star Gene Simmons has never been one to bite his famous tongue and he continued that tradition in a recent interview where placed the blame for the downfall of the music business squarely on fans.

Simmons made an appearance on the Thunder Underground podcast and was asked his opinion of online streaming music services like Spotify. He responded, "Good luck to 'em. I am not a supporter. I do believe in free market economy - supply and demand and all that kind of stuff - and I support Taylor Swift and Metallica and anybody else who doesn't wanna play the game; The Beatles didn't wanna play the game for a long time."

He went on to explain that he is "a rich bastard" and it doesn't affect him but says that it is hurting up and coming bands. Gene explains, "Imagine you're a new band and you have your passion and your music and you really love it, you can't do it. There's nothing else. They can't show up live, because they don't know who you are, so somehow you've gotta get the music out there. But if you wanna earn a living, you can't get the music out there.

"So you're living in your mother's basement, you have to have a dayjob and the kids get your music for free. 'I'm just promoting my live shows.' It doesn't work. And the people that killed all the new bands are the fans themselves. It wasn't corporate America, it wasn't aliens from space. The people that killed the music they love are the people who love the music."

advertisement

KISS Music, DVDs, Books and more

KISS T-shirts and Posters

More KISS News

Share this article
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on Reddit email this article


Related Stories


KISS Stars Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley Reunite On Stage

KISS' Gene Simmons Offers Fans Special Personal Delivery

Original KISS Members Reuniting For Hurricane Benefit

Gene Simmons Reacts To Cow That Looks Like Him

Ozzy, Megadeth, KISS, Stone Sour Lead Festival Lineup

Ace Frehley Addresses KISS Reunion Speculation

Ace Frehley Details New Collaboration With Gene Simmons

KISS Stars Ace Frehley And Gene Simmons Collaborate On New Songs

KISS Star Peter Criss Retires From Touring After Final U.S. Show

KISS Frontman Paul Stanley Reflects On Unmasked Days


More Stories for KISS

KISS Music


advertisement



Follow Us:

Contact Us - Privacy - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2017 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.