Gene Simmons Disses Axl Rose, Compares Him To Kardashians


KISS’ Gene Simmons dissed Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose in a new interview with Goldmine.

“You have to figure out that the person next to you isn’t you. So sometimes you don’t’ understand why I might have a different appetite than him. I make no excuses for having a record company and now a film company. Our first film was just finished and it stars Anne Heche, Wesley Snipes; it’s a good movie and I’ll be doling lots of them. I wanted to act and produce records and have a record company because I’m unapologetically insatiable. If I have an appetite for something I want it! But it is true, as other things take more time you don’t’ do your other stuff in KISS as well. So we do have a better relationship today because you live and you learn.

You understand that despite it all we both share a great work ethic, we show up on time and do the work and we never ‘Axl Rose’ our way out of anything. I think the same way a ‘Kardashian’ became a 72-day long time reference, I think Axl deserves that thing that could become a verb, ‘Don’t Axl your way out of this thing.’ I think that’s appropriate.”

  • cmtea32f

    I don’t understand. Axl is recognized as one of the best singers ever. He (with others) wrote songs that KISS (I love KISS) wouldn’t be able to do even close. Now GNR are playing around the world and DELIVERING (I have seen the concert in LA and already bought tickets to Miami). When AC/DC announced him on vocals, everybody doubted. Well, he did pretty well and people had to shut their mouth. And maybe Axl is making more money in a month than Gene in a year.

    • Blogvader

      I think it’s fair to call Axl a lazy and incompetent musician after he spent, what, almost two decades writing GnR’s worst record.

      • Micah Carey

        Perhaps we can talk about the current times. He’s fronting two different bands, finish a tour with one band after having to replace a vocalist in another. How the hell is he “lazy”? “Incompetent” ? I suppose you have a five octave range?

  • PC escapee

    His remark reeks of jealousy. G n R is far more successful/popular internationally than Kiss can ever be.

  • Allison Auld

    Work ethic?? Axl Rose fronted two huge bands in 2016, sounding great and moving all around the stage and doing his snake dance. He’s currently on a world tour with Guns, doing 2.5 hour shows. He’s focused, singing great – he doesn’t even drink while on tour! Yeah, he used to come on late but he doesn’t do that anymore. I don’t even know why I am defending him. He doesn’t need defending. His current accomplishments speak for themselves. To “Axl Rose” something should mean to overcome your worst nature and to do something great!

    • Allison Auld

      And I think KISS is still mad because Paul Stanley wanted to produce “Appetite for Destruction” and nobody wanted him (except Steven.) Talk about a missed opportunity!

  • Ken opalus

    I agree with him totally . G and R are a poor man’s Aerosmith . I liked KISS back in their hey day , but haven’t paid a dime on them since the 1996 reunion tour .

    I always considered G and R to be a joke band trying to recapture 70’s . As far as Axel Rose as a singer , he’s terrible ! Most rock singers can’t sing , but they have strong speaking voices . Axel sounds like a old man in a wheelchair . I can’t stand him or that band .

    • Andalib Azfar

      You have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • Charity Schaeffer

    there are far better singers in rock and roll than axl rose like Robert Plant, Rob Halford,Ozzy Osbourne, Freddie Mercury, Ronnie James Dio, Bon Scott, and Brian Johnson. I agree with Gene all the way. Axl thinks he is better then everyone.I heard him when he was singing for AC/DC he totally butchered the songs and if AC/DC does another tour with Axl as the singer i will NOT buy the album because Axl sucks and he is a punk Vince Neill wanted to kick his ass and he ran from him!!

  • Blogvader

    He also has his own mental instability to contend with.

  • Neenah Rose Lanmer

    Gene can suck it! Get In The Ring Gene!

  • David Scott

    …i dont understand the point gene is trying to make…none of what he said here seems to make any sense ..thats all… ps what is “this comment is waiting to be approved by alternative nation”…that is wimpy as heck…get with free speech,or dont expect to be taken seriously or to have any real impact on anything…-peace…

  • Micah Carey

    Axl! Not fucking “axle” WTF???

  • Kay

    Axl trumps gene Simmons in net worth easy.

    KISS gets very low annual
    Radio play. GNR gets a healthy annual radio reps.

    GNR has raised more money with their limited number of albums then all of KISS’s.

    KISS is no comparison. Axles been on tour for nearly 10 years now.

    KISS’s last big thing was a reality show where they owned the worst arena football team in arena football.

    Gene Simmons and KISS are not relevant….DIO probably sits a few spots higher than KISS net worth.