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Postby harleyyy » Fri Feb 24, 2006 7:41 pm

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Postby sabbathbassist » Wed Mar 29, 2006 9:07 pm

Ok, I'll jump in the shallow end! I have to say that if it wasn't for Kiss, I wouldn't be a musician today. My first album was Dressed To Kill for Christmas '75 (I was 11) and my first concert was Kiss/Judas Priest in '79. If you listen carefully to the first 6 studio albums, there's some nice little bass licks in there. When I practice at home, I still pop in Alive! and play along with the entire CD. If you ever saw Kiss live in the 70s, you know that Gene has a very unique distorted bass sound that was perfect for his demon persona. I have to credit Gene with making the bass his own and doing something different with it. Behind that flicking, blood-licking, fire-spitting tongue is a savvy man who knew (and did) what it took to get Kiss to the top.
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agreed

Postby ~lightwaveryder~ » Wed Dec 27, 2006 9:11 am

agreed sabbathbassist.

if it wasnt for Gene..i would be in prison or dead by now.(from not being a bass player)

i have never hid/covered up the fact that i stole my act from gene......


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Postby harleyyy » Wed Dec 27, 2006 9:15 am

All I can say is, we dig having the likes of you or Gene around here [smilie=food-smiley-004.gif]
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Postby oogie boogie » Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:48 pm

harleyyy wrote:All I can say is, we dig having the likes of you or Gene around here [smilie=food-smiley-004.gif]


Definately!!

Say Harleyy, what's the chances of possibly doing an interview or a Q&A session with Gene? I've read some of his interviews and the guy has to be the most straight-shooting, no-bullshit cat I've seen, or maybe tied with Anthony Jackson.
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Postby EricH » Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:16 am

The funny thing about Gene is that he really doesn't ever play up just how capable he truly is on the bass. In fact, he also plays guitar and piano. So it cracks me up whenever I hear naysayers saying he doesn't really know how to play. I have learned a lot from him over the years, and KISS was the whole reason I got into music to begin with. [smilie=cheeky-smiley-025.gif]
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Re: Gene Simmons

Postby fourstringgirl » Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:28 am

Gene is often overlooked in his bass playing skills. At the end of the day it seems that his bass playing is perceived as an afterthought. Very nice licks throughout his career. I do have to say, however, that I harbor a little resentment toward Gene from a comment he made back in the 80s about female musicians. Said that we dont have balls enough to rock. What??? Never forgot that statement. No, sir, I do not own a set, but rest assured - I can rock your face off. [smilie=music-smiley-005.gif]

Guilty pleasure? I have Gene Simmons Family Jewels set up for series record on my DVR. His son is hilarious!
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Postby Floyd Eye » Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:44 am

sabbathbassist wrote:Ok, I'll jump in the shallow end! I have to say that if it wasn't for Kiss, I wouldn't be a musician today. My first album was Dressed To Kill for Christmas '75 (I was 11) and my first concert was Kiss/Judas Priest in '79. If you listen carefully to the first 6 studio albums, there's some nice little bass licks in there. When I practice at home, I still pop in Alive! and play along with the entire CD. If you ever saw Kiss live in the 70s, you know that Gene has a very unique distorted bass sound that was perfect for his demon persona. I have to credit Gene with making the bass his own and doing something different with it. Behind that flicking, blood-licking, fire-spitting tongue is a savvy man who knew (and did) what it took to get Kiss to the top.



Similar situation here. First concert was Kiss/John Cougar October 2nd 1979 ( Dynasty tour). First bass was a cheap Kay that kinda looked like a Grabber, which I bought when I was 9. Unmasked was/is the end of Kiss as far as I'm concerned. Everything before Dynasty was totally killer. Some say Gene is not a good bass player, but I would argue that he wrote some very tasty lines to go along with the very good songs he wrote. Songs like 100,000 Years, Got to Choose, etc.

If it wasn't for Gene, I would probably have been a guitard like all the other kids I grew up with.
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