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Gene-Simmons400 KISS star Gene Simmons says he’s proud to be among the One Percent of the world’s richest people – and insists everyone else owes him a debt of gratitude.

The bassist believes the world would descend into “chaos” if it wasn’t for him and fellow millionaires.

Simmons tells, “The one percent pays 80 percent of all taxes. 50 percent of the population of the US pays no taxes. The one percent provides all the jobs for everybody else. If the one percent didn’t exist there would be chaos and the economy would drop dead.”

He adds, “Try being nice to rich people. I don’t remember the last poor person who gave me a job.”

Describing his 30 years of extreme financial security as “fantastic” he continues: “You know how I spell ‘shameless?’ P-r-o-u-d.”

He explains, “People often confuse my pride and self-confidence with arrogance. I’m like an animal in the jungle that pisses on the ground and doesn’t ask permission. That’s full disclosure before the facts – others hold their opinions to themselves and never say who they are. You will always know who I am. You don’t have to like it.”

KISS recently announced, KISS Rocks Vegas residency, starting November 5th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The band is currently on tour with Def Leppard.

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    1. What did he say that was factually incorrect, Charles? The top 1% of wage earners in the US DO pay the VAST majority of the taxes in this country. Almost 50% of the population DO NOT pay federal income taxes. And I have never been hired by a poor person for any job I have had in my career (I am 49 years old, and have had alot of jobs). You may not like what he said, but that doesn’t make him stupid. He has earned every dollar he has, and he doesn’t owe anybody anything. As far as I am concerned, that makes him someone to admire, not someone to ridicule.

      1. Keith,

        There are a few things you may need to know about for the 1% and certain people (not all). First those of the 1% do overall pay more taxes than that of lower income people even if it were a flat tax. However, the 1% does not have to worry about putting food on the table or live paycheck by paycheck. Also the 1% has the luxury of tax loopholes which they can invest which poor or middle class do not have the option so many of them pay less percentage wise than middle class or poor counterparts (I have no clue what Gene’s financial portfolio has but don’t be surprised if he used tax loopholes). Regardless, even if the 1% have to pay half to 3/4 of their earnings for taxes, they don’t have to worry about struggling to pay their bills. Poor and middle class people do.

        To Gene’s credit he did earn his money and it was all KISS related whether it is recordings, songwriting credits, concert tickets and merchandise (which in this case what KISS has done was unprecedented) as opposed to other 1 percenters who earned their money through inheritance (like Gene’s children). While Gene should be happy he made these earnings and set for life, he came across as arrogant and disrespectful to the fans that not only contributed to his fortune but condescending towards them. Any smart businessman knows fans need to be appreciated not spit in their faces if they want continued income. So it is no surprise to see this mostly negative reaction.

        1. ” Any smart businessman knows fans need to be appreciated not spit in their faces if they want continued income. So it is no surprise to see this mostly negative reaction.”….
          ….B I N G O…….Joe in The Cuse

    2. Say what you will about Simmons; he’s a world class asshole and I particularly hate what he and Stanley have done to the KISS name, making a mockery of what was once one of the most respected bands in the history of rock ‘n roll. I, too, wish he would just go away.


      Simmons is not stupid in any way, shape and/or form. He’s a very intelligent guy and his rep, his image is very important to him. That being said, he will say NOTHING unless he knows he’s right about what he’s talking about, as that’s kind of thing, besides all the bloodletting and tongue action; he KNOWS what he’s talking about.

      Sounds to me that you’re one of those sheep who can’t think for yourself and instead, bleat out the “official” dogmatic drivel that spews forth from the Democrat Party like so much oral diarrhea. But hey, keep it up. You’re doing the world a great favor in helping prove that the Jackass is the PERFECT mascot for said Democrat Party. Or even the Republican Party for that matter. They both suck syphilletic ass and as far as I’m concerned, a completely different party is needed to get this country back on it’s feet after the eight years that Chairman MAObama pretty much destroyed everything the country has worked and stood for, for the past 200+ years. I didn’t like Bush either, but at least he didn’t blatantly shit on his own country like YOUR All Shining & Beloved Leader, Chairman MAObama is, has and will continue to do until he’s either impeached (like that will ever happen) or leaves office, which for me couldn’t happen sooner.

      Fuck MAObama, Fuck Bush, Fuck D.C. and fuck YOU, Chuck.

    1. And you know this because YOU ACTUALLY HAVE IRREFUTABLE PROOF, or, more like Chucky up top, you’re just another Democrat Party sheep who bleats out whatever it is they tell you to?

      I don’t like the guy either, but for REAL reasons, not because it’s “hip” and “fashionable” (ya, but to only those in S.F.) to say things like “Bush is a real asshole”.

      Say, let’s try this: “I once read a post from somebody named Dwayne. He’s a real asshole.”

      So how would I know that you’re an asshole based on one, two sentence post? I don’t. I don’t know you, nor you me. I have no idea about anything having to do with your life, hence I have no idea if you’re an asshole or not. My guess is the latter, and for me to suggest the former makes ME the asshole for have zero facts to back up my claim.

      As Bobby Plant once said: “Thank you all very much. God Bless. Good Night! \m/ \m/

  1. Hahahahaha, lot’s of denial in this thread, to be sure.

    What exactly did he say that was so wrong? “Be yourself”?? “Be proud of who you are”?? The numbers on taxing paying are accurate (google it, if you’re a nonbeliever), but if anyone else said this stuff they’d be praised.

    And regardless, that doesn’t give anyone license to be an anti-Semite. Why his religion is an issue here is beyond me, and speaks way more of the poster than Gene Simmons. Maybe he’s a millionaire and you’re posting on a local DJ’s website because he’s NOT a hater and a bigot.

    1. Hi Bill,

      Can you please point me in the direction of the racist comment? I just combed through this thread, and it possible, I missed it. I am EXTREMELY sensitive to those types of statements and must emphasize that it will not be tolerated here.

      Thank you in advance of your cooperation,
      Dana from πŸ™‚

  2. yes, what is not true what Gene said? I thank the Good Lord above everyday for rich people, as they hire people like me. The vast majority of people that are “rich” earned it, they did not steal it nor inherit it. It is people that don’t work, or do NOT WANT to work, that criticize the people that are rich. Am I rich? Not by American standards, but I do OK, and I busted my tail to get there after 40 years in the labor market, and I don’t begrudge people that are rich. God bless ’em. The cold truth is that the world was civilized by the point of the sword, and in today’s vocabulary, the point of the sword is money.

    1. BobbyD,

      Thank you for naming the individual. I will remove the post right now. If I let it through, I am ashamed of myself. As I stated before, I am the last person to tolerate bigotry and ignorance. My apologies.

      Dana from πŸ™‚

      1. You can’t catch everyone Dana….no need to be ashamed of yourself but the poster posting it should be more than ashamed of himself….Joe in The Cuse

      2. I had to reply to you dana,
        please don’t be ashamed , joe in the cuse was right. Also, you have a lot of comments to sort through when the post is kiss related-

  3. The federal tax system is a joke the way it is. Sorry but the 99% DO NOT HAVE LOOP HOLES & RED TAPE THAT ALLOWS THEM TO RECOUP ALL THIER MONEY THEY PAY IN.
    Check out the facts on Social Security taxes and how the wealthy escape that after a certain amount is paid in.
    If our American tax system was based more on luxury/sales taxes and there were no LOOP HOLES for anyone than a guy like this could spout half truths all he wants.
    Who sent all the decent paying middle income jobs overseas? Yeah the wealthy 1%. We don’t make shit in this country anymore and it’s not the uber poor who controlled those doings.
    I’m quite sure that most of the products Gene sells are made overseas by some chinese laborer getting paid $10 a day if LUCKY and than Gene turns around and marks up the product for a fat 90%.
    IT’S ALL GREED and there is no doubt that Gene is one GREEDY SOB, like him or not.
    I could careless about people that are uber wealthy, it just tends to grind on me when they say it’s all the poor peoples fault and we should all be happy that they live while they rub our faces in the mud as they step on us, meanwhile talkin humanity out of the side of their mouth.
    The true American Dream went out the window in the late 1950’s. The term middle class American is such a sham it’s beyond ridiculous. Working class poor is the term that should be used.
    No doubt America is still one of the best places in the world to live, but the chest pounding isn’t all it’s cracked up to be because there’s some really other nice countries to live in this world besides the good ol US of A. Just sayin, not hatin’. Whoa…..deep exhale.

    1. there seems to be a huge disconnect in Gene Simmons thinking between the right thing to say and the wrong thing to say when it comes to the ridiculous answers he gives to media questions- I would love to know what he considers poor??? anything under a million a year …….? when it comes to questions about ace and peter he and Paul should just say… {next question please. } OR…… THEY COULD SAY… ace and peter had their problems, but we all built something special together, and at one point they were as close as family, and I truly love them as brothers, and wish them nothing but success in everything they do – wouldn’t that be refreshing….

    1. Fudge Man,

      I don’t know how I possibly let these through. Can you please point me in the direction of the Anti-Semitic comments? As I stated before, I am VERY SENSITIVE to those types of comments. Perhaps, they weren’t blatant and had “undertones” that I failed to catch. I appreciate all your help.

      Dana from πŸ™‚

      1. I think the ones I saw May have been removed. When I first saw the comments I didn’t respond. I came back after I cooled down a bit so maybe the post I saw has been taken down? Either way good job Dana keep up the good work and don’t let nazis get to you.

        1. Thanks Mr. Fudge Man,

          I really appreciate your lovely words. BTW, I am not sure if you name is euphemism for something naughty, but I am HUGE fan of the real candy fudge. Hot fudge sundaes are the best.

          Dana from πŸ™‚

      2. Also “nick” posted a comment referring to genes show “family jewels” as “family JEWLS”. See what he did there? Seems to me like losers throughout history who accomplish nothing always have to blame the jews because they have a miserable existence. Really sick and tired of it especially on a music site where everyone should feel welcome.

        1. Thank you so much,

          I will look for that post and promptly remove it. BTW, You sound like a wonderful person. Sadly, this is a rarity nowadays.

          D πŸ™‚

          1. Thanks Dana! Unfortunately, with the Israel conflict anti semitic posts are seemingly at an all time high in my opinion. I personally think it’s rude and not welcome on a post about a musician. Just boggles my mind how ignorant people can be in 2014! Probably unemployed people in moms basement. Those are usually the people making these anti semitic remarks!

  4. Man I’m telling you Paul and Gene really have in my opinion distanced themselves from their bread and butter core fans this last year with statements like this and the RRHOF sherade. Treating Ace and Peter like trash also has been a joke. I’m at the point I just wish these guys would go away. Funny you never hear Peter and Ace act or talk this way. They are far from poor but don’t make these stupid statements.

  5. I am sad to say no longer a Kiss fan.

    Gene is a greedy self absorbed loser my opinion as a former Green Beret that served his country for 11 years and has buddies buried. Well, without any more spittle I will see if this 3rd post gets past the “Free Press” Oh wait we Americans gave up our freedoms.

    1. Rudy,

      You get a free pass when the post is free of racist euphemisms, okay?

      Thank you so much for your service. I adore veterans and have donated to many charities over the years. However, racist comments and bigotry will not be tolerated on this site. So, if you feel that your past comments have been censored, I am sorry, but that is our policy.

      Dana from πŸ™‚

  6. Gene has been known throughout his illustrious career to be an enormous jackass. As far as I know, 70% of the US economy is consumer driven which definitely means that the upper 1% are not creating all of the jobs within the US. It would actually point towards us lowly “poor people” as job creators for the most part. I don’t owe my job to Gene Simmons in any part. And given the statements set forth by the self righteous Mr. Simmons, I would rather support the bands that deserve the attention. KISS isn’t really a band anymore, but really a travelling nostalgia act which is not entirely horrible, but there are a lot of great metal bands out there that deserve support which don’t make squat while KISS rakes in cash.
    We should take more pride in ourselves as Americans. We didn’t worship the wealthy in the 18th century (1700’s) during the Revolution, they did nothing for us but work us into the dirt right through the Industrial Revolution. If the American people stopped buying consumer goods where would the so-called 1% benefactors be?! I’m sorry Gene has certainly lost what little respect I had for him. I’ve purchased all of the KISS merch I’ll ever need most of which I purchased when I was 14 circa 1979. Thanks for nothing Gene. You’re fans made you who you are asshole, but I’m sure you could care less as we owe you our jobs. Drop dead. Metal Up! Support the bands that respect their fans.

  7. Let’s see,… I work in an ER as an EMT so you better be nice to me or if you ever come into my hospital I’ll take better care of you (and my job was provided by the state, not by Gene Simmons or the other 1%)
    – Be nice to the fast food worker or else he/she will spit in your food, job provided by a non 1% franchiser
    – Be nice to the trash man, or else he’ll throw damage your receptacle(s), job provided by local gov’t
    – Be nice to the police or they’ll give you a ticket instead of a warning, fed/state jobs
    – Be nice to your house contractor or else they’ll perform less than quality workmanship, typically self entrepreneurs, not 1%’ers.

    I think you get the point.
    Sounds like someone is just being a whiney bitch. Because he/they didn’t provide me or the majority of my peers with their jobs. And everyone deserves to be treated nicely unless they first treat you poorly.
    But be nice to the rockstar or else he and his 3 buddies will no longer create good music for the distributors to sell? Or maybe if we’re not nice to the privileged rockstars they won’t provide jobs for the 20 or so road crew so they can set up and break down the sound equipment for a 15 minute performance for all their “fans” at a globally recognized venue event celebrating their former “achievements”?
    Huh, what’s that? did someone say “PUSSY”?, No it sounded more like “FUCKFACE”!

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