March 21, 2012


KISS & Motley Crue: Rihanna Is "Fake," "Karaoke" Singer

Chelsea Lauren
Chelsea Lauren

Holy cow! KISS' Gene Simmons just REALLY got at Rihanna

At a press conference announcing the band's co-headlining tour with Mötley Crüe, Simmons said, "Both Motley and KISS are united in one crusade: We are sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes. What you're going to hear on stage is live music. All the bombs are real. All the music is real. The guys you see onstage playing their instruments are playing their instruments. No karaoke singers allowed. No fake bulls**t. Leave that to Rihanna-Schmianna...'"

Backstage after the press conference, Crüe drummer Tommy Lee supported Simmons, telling Billboard, "No disrespect to Rihanna. She's a great singer, but we're in a slump for some s**t that has some personality and appeal beyond a bunch of pop stuff that's floating around out there. I'm glad he said that actually because I don't think I can bear watching another f**king award show that is just a little bit better than 'American Idol.' It's f**king pathetic to watch people go out and f**king karaoke with a bunch of lights and video. It's all completely watered down." 

Simmons' comments were but one of many outrageous remarks at the press conference. Read our favorites below:

On tour surprises: "We're actually in the middle of giving scientists a chance to do a 3D version of Tommy's sex video," said Simmons. "You'll see that c**k coming right at your face."

On what to expect: "We're not going to be preaching about saving the whales," said KISS lead singer Paul Stanley. "We're not going to be talking about toxic sludge. We're up there to rock and roll. Everybody deserves a night off and that's what this is."

On the bands touring together: "It's a perfect match," said Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx. "Maybe a match made in hell for some people in America. But it's a perfect match."

On the cult of KISS: "KISS [have] turned into a tribal event," said Stanley. "What we're trying to do is [be] the largest secret society. It's like this big cult where if you look across and you see your neighbor or brother, it's like, 'Thumbs up, we're all in this together. It's like a rite of passage."

What do you think? Are these crusty old rockers jealous of Rihanna's current success? Or are they right?