Have you heard that KISS and Motley Crue are touring together? Good news for sure, especially if you're the sort of person that never got that whole Seattle grunge thing and wonders why nobody really wants to rock anymore, but apparently bad news for all those fake pop stars out there whom KISS and the Crue will surely destroy with the Realness of their joint tour. In particular, there is one Top 40 icon that KISS frontman Gene Simmons has in his crosshairs—Barbadian pop star Rihanna. Or, as Gene likes to call her...
We're sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them...No karaoke singers allowed. No fake bullsh-t. Leave that to Rihanna-Schimianna and everybody else whose name ends with an 'A.'"
Ouch, ouch, double ouch. Bad enough that Gene has to use that super-hurtful epiphet for Ms. Fenty...but everybody else whose name ends with an 'A'? (Bad news for Tyga, Sia, David Guetta, A-ha, Glorianna and Baltimora—and downright career-ending news for Rita Ora.) Anyway, Tommy Lee of Motley Crue agrees with most of Gene's sentiments, though he at least stopped short of throwing 1/26 of our alphabet under the bus:
No disrespect to Rihanna, she's a great singer, but we're in a slump for some shit that has some personality and appeal beyond a bunch of pop stuff that's floating around out ther...I'm glad he said that actually because I don't think i can bear watching another f***ing award show that is just a little bit better than 'American Idol.' It's f***ing pathetic to watch people go out and f***ing karaoke with a bunch of lights and video.
Well, far be it from us to point out the obvious, but we think "a bunch of lights and video" may have had a tiny bit to do with the live success of KISS and the Crue as well. If you gave KISS fans the choice between the band lip synching a couple of songs and still doing the thing where Gene spits up blood and breathes fire or doing neither, which do you think they would choose? How about Crue fans and Tommy's drum set spinning upside down? Do you think that if your respective fans had a chance to really analyze the finer musical points of "Love Gun" and "Kickstart My Heart," they would have more respect for you guys as bands? Oh na na na na come on.