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Critics 'are an unnecessary life form', says Gene Simmons

Music journalists have been heavily criticised by Gene Simmons of Kiss.
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Bass guitar player Gene Simmons has criticised music journalists who have put him down over the years.

The Kiss rocker described critics as an "unnecessary life form" that have inadvertently helped to boost the band's record sales.

Speaking to BBC News, Simmons said: "We own some very big houses that critics have bought us with their bad reviews."

He joked that each member of the band has a large cemetery at the back of their houses in which they bury music journalists.

The comments come shortly after the release of the new Kiss album Sonic Boom, which Simmons considers one of the best of their career.

He noted that the band consists simply of "four guys playing and writing their own songs" and not worrying about what is currently fashionable and in vogue.

Simmons added that a typical Kiss audience contains a wide variety of people, including teenagers and people in their 40s and 50s.

Sonic Boom is the 19th album in the Kiss catalogue and follows earlier successes such as Hotter Than Hell, Dressed To Kill and Love Gun.

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Posted on 15 Oct 2009 13:15 to category : Band / Celebrity News

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