Update: Simmons has abandoned his attempt to trademark the gesture after a huge uproar from rock and metal fans.
Gene Simmons has got his name in the news again after making an attempt to trademark the signature “devil horns” known by many other names including the “rock on” symbol. Simmons has been claiming for years that the gesture originated from him despite Ronnie James Dio using the gesture years earlier. There is also a possibility that it had been used by people other than him as far back at the 1960s. Long before Kiss was ever formed. Unfortunately Gene Simmons has been a total fucker for decades but somehow he remains one of the most notable rock stars in the world thanks to his band KISS and his garbage reality show Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels. Here are 5 more reasons why Gene Simmons is a total dick.
1. He shits on people that aren’t as fortunate as he is.
Simmons has made many comments about the poor people of America. Simmons is worth 300 million dollars. So he’s done alright in life but he’s constantly complaining about having to pay taxes while poor people do whatever they can just to feed themselves. Most of his comments also display how completely uneducated his is on those matters claiming that the rich 1% of Americans pay 80% of the tax. You would think that Gene would have a little bit more sympathy for peoples struggles considering his mother was a holocaust survivor.
2. He’s the ultimate sell out.
Simmons has been known to do basically anything to make a buck. Thanks to their long lasting makeup gimmick KISS is a very profitable name that creates an enormous amount of merchandise. Most of it being complete garbage like KISS toilet paper. Simmons will stick the KISS name on anything if it means more money from the fans that supported him for more than 40 years. I have to give Simmons credit for recognizing how marketable KISS was back in the late 1970s but I think its gone way too far.
3. He claims Rock N’ Roll is dead.
Hip Hop and EDM music has emerged as some of the most popular music in the world right now and rock music has been put on the back burner. KISS has released 2 albums over the last 10 years and both of them performed below expectations. Then Simmons began to complain that rock n’ roll was dead because he wasn’t making the money off the music like bands have done traditionally. This started an uproar among many other musicians and caused him to lose the respect of bands that he inspired as kids. While rock music may not have the fan base that it had in its hey day its still very much alive. He was just upset because people were beginning to see through his inferior KISS garbage that was never really that good in the first place.
4. He called Prince’s death “pathetic”.
Prince’s death last year brought the whole world down for a few days. Unfortunately Simmons was unable to keep his mouth shut calling Prince’s drug related death “pathetic”. Simmons was fortunate enough to make it through a drug fueled era in the 1970s and 1980s without any addictions (apart from a probable sex addiction that he likes to brag about). He’s also ripped on people who struggle with mental illness basically telling them to “kill themselves”.
5. He refused to reunite the original KISS band for their Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame Induction.
Whether you think it was earned or not KISS was inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame a few years ago. However, it was only the members of the original lineup that were inducted. That lineup includes Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. The original band remained intact from their formation in 1973 until about 1980 when Criss left the band. Frehley would then leave in 1982. The band eventually reconciled in 1996 when a wave of KISS nostalgia returned and the lineup remained in tact until the early 2000s and both Criss and Frehley were out once again. KISS’ induction into the Rock Hall had all the fans excited that the band would reunite for the 2-3 songs that they would play during the ceremony. Unfortunately for them Simmons and Paul Stanley refused to play because the other two members of the current lineup Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer were not inducted as well. Both of which did nothing but wear Frehley and Criss’ face paint and play the same music that had been made famous thanks to the original members. Gene basically denied the fans the moment they wanted to see because of his own ego.
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