The beef between the KISS frontman and rapper was sparked by comments Gene made suggesting hip hop stars shouldn’t be considered for inclusion in the institution.
At N.w.a.’s induction ceremony on Friday (08Apr16) Cube slammed the rocker for his comments, saying rock and roll was a “spirit” rather than a particular musical style or genre.
After being called out, Gene stood by the comments, writing on Twitter, “let me know when Jimi Hendrix gets into the Hip Hop Hall Of Fame,” causing the hip hop star to issue a social media response citing black musicians as the inventors of rock music.
“Who stole the soul? Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Chubby Checkers help invent Rock n Roll. We invent it. Y’all (white rock musicians) reprint it,” he wrote.
Ice Cube, real name O’Shea Jackson, then posted lines from his Hall of Fame induction speech including its conclusion, “Rock & roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and in life. That is rock & roll, and that is us”.
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons has responded to comments made by NWA at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame
The hip-hop group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame on Friday night (April 8) alongside Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller and songwriter/producer Bert Berns at a ceremony in at the Barclay’s Centre in Brooklyn, New York.
NWA member MC Ren used the opportunity to hit back at Simmons, who criticised rap as a genre recently.
Simmons had told Rolling Stone: “I am looking forward to the death of rap. I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I’m concerned, is by definition lyric and melody… or just melody.”
He added: “Rap will die. Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy.”
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For over a decade, Kiss‘ Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer have both worn makeup associated with the band’s founding guitarist and drummer, respectively. Although the move has sparked some controversy among Kiss fans, singer-bassist Gene Simmons tells Rolling Stone it doesn’t bother him.
“Why wouldn’t we use the classic makeup?” he says. “We own it.”
The subject came up during an interview regarding the 40th anniversary of Kiss’ Destroyer album, when Simmons bemoaned founding guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss’ acrimonious departures from the group within its first decade.
“The saddest thing of all is here we are, top of Mt. Olympus with all this cool stuff happening, really enjoying ourselves, the fans are thrilled, and nobody ever holds up a sign, ‘Where’s Ace and Peter?'” he says. “Anybody that’s in a band goes, ‘Oh, they can’t exist without me.’ They are sadly mistaken. Whether you’re AC/DC or Van Halen or anybody, they can actually not only exist without you. Even if you’re the lead singer, they can actually get twice as big.
See what an actual MINT condition KISS Phono Record Player looks like in this video review of the eBay auction ending Sunday night on April 3, 2016. Features the original box, box end protectors, original warranty card still attached to player and a power cord that has never been unravelled – as complete as can be! Just unbelievable.
Ace Frehley recently announced his all-star covers LP Origins Vol. 1, featuring his former Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Lita Ford and more. Ahead of the album’s April 15th release date, Frehley has unveiled another Origins cut: a ferocious version of Thin Lizzy’s “Emerald” featuring Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Frehley said he and Slash played “Emerald” live together 15 times in order to get the performance right. “It took me three days to pick the best takes, and I think it came out great.” Frehley said.
Origins Vol. 1 also features covers like the Rolling Stones’ “Street Fighting Man,” Led Zeppelin’s “Bringing it Back Home,” Cream’s “White Room,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Spanish Castle Magic,” the Kinks’ “‘Til the End of the Day,” Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride” and even three tracks by Frehley’s former group Kiss. On a cover of Free’s “Fire and Water,” Frehley reunites with Kiss’ Paul Stanley for the first time on a studio recording since Kiss’ classic lineup reunited for 1998’s Psycho Circus.
“I’m really thrilled with the whole thing,” Frehley told Rolling Stone of the album. “I’m excited about it, and probably somewhere down the road there’ll be a second volume.”
During an interview with the “Karlson & McKenzie” show on Boston’s WZLX 100.7 FM radio station, former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was asked about the possibility of the band one day carrying on without any original members, including main songwriter Paul Stanley.
“That’s the most ridiculous statement I’ve ever heard [Stanley and KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons] make,” Ace said (hear audio below). “I think the only reason they make those statements at this juncture is to try to validate the fact that they have two other guys in the band that aren’t the original members. So they’re trying to rationalize to the fans, ‘Well, you know, we replaced Peter [Criss, original KISS drummer] and we replaced Ace, and eventually we’re gonna replace ourselves. That’s like [THE ROLLING STONES singer] Mick Jagger saying, ‘Yeah, after me and Keith [Richards, THE ROLLINGS STONES guitarist] die, THE STONES will continue on with two other guys.’ I mean, it’s a joke.”
It was back in 2005 that KISS manager manager Doc McGhee first told the New York Times that the group had “been toying with the idea of recruiting an entire band to… don the band’s famous makeup.” McGhee said, “KISS is more like Doritos or Pepsi, as far as a brand name is concerned. They’re more characters than the individual person. I think (new members) have a legitimate chance to carry the franchise.”
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was interviewed on “The Boris & Robyn Show” on WPDH 101.5 FM in Poughkeepsie, New York. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
Asked why KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons ended up not appearing on Frehley‘s upcoming “Origins Vol. 1” collection of covers, Ace said: “Well, I tried calling Gene a couple of times and I got his answering machine. So I shot him a few different texts. I even went as far as to get ahold of Doc McGhee [KISS‘s manager] and tell Doc to let Gene know I wanted to get ahold of him. And I guess either he didn’t get the message or he was just too busy. So I said, ‘Well, let me reach to Paul [Stanley, KISS frontman].’ I had Paul‘s cell phone [number] in my phone. I gave him a buzz, and he picked up immediately. And from the outset, he thought it was a great idea and would be a lot of fun. It took a while to choose which song we wanted to do. We were originally thinking about DEREK AND THE DOMINOS‘ [version of Jimi Hendrix‘s] ‘Little Wing’, then we were kicking around maybe ‘My Generation’ [by THE WHO]. But towards the end of the elimination process, I came up with the idea for [FREE‘s] ‘Fire And Water’, and he loved it.”