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Posts Tagged ‘Paul Stanley’

Forty Years Later, Gene Simmons Still Has No Love for Music Critics

KISSalbumCoverIf you’re not familiar with the radio.com interview series “Not Fade Away,” be sure to check it out. At critical anniversary junctures, the column revisits enduring music albums. This week, on the occasion of KISS’s 1974 debut album turning 40, reporter Brian Ives spoke with Gene Simmons.

All sorts of things are happening these days at the KISS end. AMC-TV is planning a reality series about the LA Kiss, an Anaheim arena football team co-owned by Simmons and Paul Stanley; at Barclays Center in April, the band will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and their allure had a certain Washington Post columnist recently delighted to have been mistaken for Simmons on Twitter.

Simmons also continues to actively stick out his tongue. Here’s what he had to say about the music critics who failed to get the KISS message:

“We completely ignored critics, they meant nothing to us. I buried them in my backyard, they’re fertilizer for my greenery! They’re the guys who never got laid in school who have pus-filled pimples who still live in their mother’s basement. They’re not even journalists! It’s a completely unnecessary life form. If critics cease to be, nothing changes.”

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Metta World Peace, Meet the Star Brothers

Everyone else seems to have adjusted as if nothing is out of the ordinary. But for FishbowlLA, watching Sunday’s Lakers-Heat game and hearing color commentators talk about Metta World Peace‘s fierce effort on both ends of the floor still sounds decidedly weird.

It also got us thinking about who else in LA might be able to challenge Ron Artest in the epic, positive name-change category. The answer to that question turned out to be pretty easy. Four years ago, Kris Kancler (pictured), a substance abuse counselor and life coach, legally changed his name to Super Star so as to better connect with his teenage audience. His twin brother also followed suit – same day, same Santa Monica courtroom – swapping out Marc for Rock Star.

“The funniest reactions I still get today are when I pay for dinners with my credit card,” Super Star tells FishbowlLA. “The waiter-waitress always comes back with the question, ‘Um, very funny, is this for real?’ Then I have to go into the story of the name change, the celebrity tie-in to the Rockstar Superstar Project, and so on.”

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Pop Culture Gridlock at LA Auto Show

At the New York Times “Wheels” blog (a.k.a. The Nuts and Bolts of Whatever Moves You), contributor Tori Tellem has a fun rundown of the VIP party events that surrounded the November 17th-18th press preview days for the Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s not entirely A-list caliber stuff, but it’s still the kind of celeb smorgasbord that few other American cities can rival.

At the Lotus end of the show floor, the unholy trifecta of Sharon Stone, Billy Baldwin and KISS member Paul Stanley helped unveil sparkling new automotive offerings. Sorry to say, but if this were a movie, it would go straight to VOD. Other celebrations were a little more high-brow.

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