Gene Simmons Trashes Madonna’s Super Bowl Gig
Gene Simmons is definitely a man that has no problem speaking his mind. The 62-year-old blood-spitting, fire-breathing, bassist of KISS was interviewed coming out of L.A. establishment “Boa” and asked what he thought about Madonna being announced as the half-time show for Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5th,
“I don’t think it’s appropriate,”
When asked to elaborate on his distaste for Madonna, Simmons did not hold back any punches,
“I love all karaoke singers. I like all the girls who get up and sing with tapes.”
“You gotta have some integrity. I don’t care what your music is. Have some integrity. Be real. Or, full disclosure before the fact: hold up a sign and say, ’70 percent of what you hear is fake. It’s a tape. I’m a karaoke singer’.”
Though Madonna has never been busted lip syncing to the degree of Milli Vanilli, Ashlee Simpson, or Scotty McCreery, it is well known that singers with highly elaborate stage productions like to rely on playing pre-recorded songs to avoid musical miscues and off key vocals while dancing.
Though I agree with Simmons on this, maybe he’s not the best person to be judging here. KISS’s album “Alive” was billed as a double live album and was the first major hit of the group. However, there was a lot of post-production editing done to add to the sound of the crowd and fix off key vocals.
What do you think? Is Madonna a poor choice for Super Bowl entertainment? Also, should singers who use recorded music and vocals during a live performance admit to it to the audience?