Gene Simmons Reveals The Surprising Amount Of Money You Need To Live Comfortably

Recently, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss joined the Morning X for an interview about their ‘End of the Road World Tour,’ which started back in 2019. During the chat, the topic shifted to the Rolling Stones and their long-lasting career. The host asked if the band was just in it for the money after years in the music scene, to which the KISS bassist said:

“I don’t buy the money issue. Once you get enough money that buys you the comforts of life, the rest is – I mean, the difference between 10 million and 100 million is just sort of conceptual because when you have enough money, you can buy anything you want. So, let’s just call it for what it is.”

Referring to their time in the industry, he went on:

“The Stones have always been one of our favorite bands. They are absolutely living proof that any rule can be broken. You know, when I was growing up, Peter and I both had this thing. It was a phrase, ‘Don’t trust anybody over 30.’ That’s what we heard. It’s like, ‘They don’t know. We’re the only ones that know.'”

Then, Simmons mentioned how KISS was about ‘breaking the rules’ and talked about their works in different genres:

“People talk about heavy metal. Well, we don’t always sing about dragons and elves and evil and good. We’ve done ballads and symphony orchestras and stuff like that. So, even before there was such a thing as metal, KISS was around.”

To explain his point, he added:

“The idea being that you should never be tied into a genre and simply just do what you want to do. That way, you’re always around because when thrash dies, or punk dies, or metal dies, or rap dies, all the bands that align themselves with a certain genre of music will be dead. RIP. See you! [I] wouldn’t wanna be you. KISS has always marched to the beat of its own heart, basically.”

Despite following its heart, the band didn’t always end up with projects they loved. KISS members referred to their 1998 album ‘Psycho Circus’ as a ‘disappointment’ or ‘fiasco’ from time to time because, according to the bassist, coming after the original lineup’s reunion, it ‘didn’t sound like KISS.’

Looking back on that time, Simmons told Rolling Stone in 2009:

“We tried to do a KISS album, and it was an ill-fated attempt because there was no real band. For a band to make a great album, it has to share a common purpose, and we didn’t have it. “

After the album’s release, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss left the band again. KISS went on its way with Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, who continue to be in the lineup for the upcoming farewell tour.