Rock singer Gene Simmons is getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and he couldn’t be more upset about it. The lead singer of the legendary rock band KISS is angry at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for more than one reason and one of them has to do with Black artists being involved.
In a recent interview with Radio.com, Simmons discussed his distaste for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s induction of artists who aren’t considered ‘rock,’ especially the black artists like Run-DMC and Grandmaster Flash. Gene Simmons said, ““A long time ago it was diluted. It’s really back room politics, like Boss Tweed. A few people decide what’s in and what’s not. And the masses just scratch their heads. You’ve got Grandmaster Flash in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Run-D.M.C. in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You’re killing me! That doesn’t mean those aren’t good artists. But they don’t play guitar. They sample and they talk.”
After belittling the art of Hip-Hop, Simmons went on to call out black pop artists like Donna Summer. He said she doesn’t deserve the honor of being in the Hall of Fame either.
“But if you asked Donna [Summer], ‘What kind of artist are you?’ do you think she would say ‘rock?’ If you asked Madonna, ‘What kind of artist are you?’ do you think she would say, ‘Oh, rock!’ So what they hell are they doing in the Hall of Fame? They can run their organization any way they’d like, but it ain’t rock! It just isn’t! If you don’t play guitar and you don’t write your own songs, you don’t belong there.”
Gene Simmons unloaded his opinion about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame because he and his band KISS are being inducted on April 10th at the Barclays Center. However, the two original members–Gene Simons and Paul Stanley–are refusing to perform because only the original four members are being inducted and not the two replacement members who have been apart of the group for a almost as long as the original ones.
Am I the only one who finds humor in Gene Simmons saying black artists shouldn’t be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame when, in fact, black people started the genre of rock in the first place?
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