Although Rihanna may be one of the biggest pop stars, KISS bassist Gene Simmons isn’t all that impressed. While at a press conference yesterday (March 20th) to announce the band’s upcoming summer tour with Motley Crue, Simmons made sure to emphasize that the shows will feature live and authentic music, much unlike a specific chart-topper — Rihanna.
“We’re sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them,” Simmons said, according to Billboard. “No karaoke singers allowed. No fake bullsh-t. Leave that to Rihanna-Schimianna and everybody else whose name ends with an ‘A.'”
Motley Crue’s drummer Tommy Lee also echoed Simmons’ sentiments.
“No disrespect to Rihanna, she’s a great singer, but we’re in a slump for some sh-t that has some personality and appeal beyond a bunch of pop stuff that’s floating around out there,” he said.
“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 better than ‘American Idol,'” he continued. “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.”
A representative for Rihanna was unavailable to respond to these comments.