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  • Gene Simmons on rock bands and the state of the record industry

    Normally I find Simmons to be a pretentious douch-bag that I rarely agree with.

    He's still a pretentious douch-bag here, but he hits the nail on the head for the most part in his assessment of things:

     

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    https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
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  • #2

    Excellent vid, thanks. Still digesting what I think of it.

     

     

     

     

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    • mstreck
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      Gene Simmons has always been a businessman. Not everyone likes him, but he is one sharp cookie.


  • #3
    People like money.



    Who knew.
    NO SIGNATURE FOR YOU!!

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    • #4
      He needs a better wig.
      NO SIGNATURE FOR YOU!!

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      • guido61
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        StratGuy22 wrote:
        He needs a better wig.

        That IS some sad-ass hair, for sure...


    • #5
      Interesting timing for him to say anything you give away will ( salty) you, and then follow that up immediately by saying rappers were the ones making money, when they've been giving away mixtapes for years and years.

      Certainly speaks no small degree of truth though.
      Free prog-related metal from Michigan.

      http://www.silentlapse.com

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      • #6

        He's right. He's always Sucked a$$ as a musician but he's a Marketing genius It's just that nobody wants to hear the truth.

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        • Kramerguy
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          Kiss wrote great songs in their early career.  He's a decent singer and can play bass pretty damn well.  I'm not in the Kiss Army, and I'm certainly no fanboy of theirs, but I always respected their success, and early on, it relied on good music as much as a good show.  

          Regarding the video- I pretty much second everything guido said.


      • #7
        Rock has no singular thing to rebel against, especially as it pertains to itself. That's definitely a problem.
        Free prog-related metal from Michigan.

        http://www.silentlapse.com

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        • guido61
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          SLScott86 wrote:
          Rock has no singular thing to rebel against, especially as it pertains to itself. That's definitely a problem.

          Good point.   Rock began largely as a rebellion against the older generation.  Hard to do that now that so many rockers are now reaching their 70s.....

           


      • #8

        Of course he hates anything that is not commercial. He has set his life up to be who he is/  He just can't relate to any other aesthetic as it makes no sense to him. If you don't agree with him, you're a liar. Typical. 

         

        Why would anyone want to chase the artistic aesthetic Allan Holdsworth does? In Gene's mind, he rationalizes any decision that relates to art as an opportunity to make money. And anyone who doesn't do that same thing is either fooling themselves or doing it wrong.

         

        Fook that.

         

        "Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work" - Gustave Flaubert

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        • guido61
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          3shiftgtr wrote:

          Why would anyone want to chase the artistic aesthetic Allan Holdsworth does? In Gene's mind, he rationalizes any decision that relates to art as an opportunity to make money. And anyone who doesn't do that same thing is either fooling themselves or doing it wrong.

           


          I don't know that I quite got a that from his comments.  He mostly seemed to be saying that if you're selling merchandise, then you're doing the same thing KISS is doing, albeit to a lesser degree, so pretending it's all just about the art is hypocritical.

          Then again, I really don't want to spend much time defending Simmons, because the guy IS a certifiable douchbag.


      • #9
        I don't think selling a t-shirt is the Kiss business, especially when it's not the primary revenue stream by choice. It's more of a necessity in this age.
        Free prog-related metal from Michigan.

        http://www.silentlapse.com

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        • mstreck
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          SLScott86 wrote:
          I don't think selling a t-shirt is the Kiss business, especially when it's not the primary revenue stream by choice. It's more of a necessity in this age.

          If anything, It's the Beatles business. From what I understand, they had merch out the wazoo...


      • #10
        Yes. How can I become right AND rich?
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        band websites:
        http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
        https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
        https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
        http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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        • 3shiftgtr
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          guido61 wrote:
          Yes. How can I become right AND rich?

          I dunno. Good question. Ask Oprah, maybe?

           



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