The Rock Legend That Gene Simmons Admitted He Could Never Be Like
Every artist has someone they look up to in terms of technical virtuosity of an instrument, vocal abilities, songwriting genius, or anything related to their musical skills. Most of them do not hesitate to publicly show their admiration for their biggest inspirations that made them love music even more. Some artists are lucky enough to meet their heroes and even collaborate with them. So, they grab a chance to live one of their dream-come-true moments.
Many music lovers are very eager to learn about their favorite artists’ biggest inspirations since it gives a clue about the influences that impact their music. KISS legend Gene Simmons once revealed one of his greatest songwriting heroes, which will excite the band’s fans and maybe even surprise them since the bassist admitted he would never be like him.
Gene Simmons Envied Bob Dylan As A Songwriter
Many appreciate Bob Dylan for the quality of depth and diversity in his lyrics. In addition to his songwriting, Dylan’s applauded melodies support the lyrics and take his songs to a higher level. Dylan is one of the most prolific songwriters in the music industry who has never stopped writing good songs. The legendary singer is a phenomenal influence on a generation of many prominent rock musicians, including John Lennon, Tom Petty, and David Bowie.
In an interview in the 1993 issue of Kerrang!, Gene Simmons couldn’t hide his admiration for Bob Dylan’s songwriting genius and said many of his lyrics left him speechless. Thus, they made him think he could never be in the same class as Dylan in songwriting quality. The bassist recalled Dylan’s fascinating lyrics in his well-known songs, ‘The Times They Are A-Changin” and ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and described them as lifetime achievements.
Lucky for him, Gene Simmons collaborated with Bob Dylan while making the KISS’ 1992 ‘Revenge’ album. The bassist co-wrote the song, ‘Waiting for the Morning Light,’ with Dylan. The song, originally titled ‘Laughing When I Want to Cry Undoubtedly,’ was initially intended to be a part of the ‘Revenge’ album, but the band rejected it at the time. Then, it found a place for itself in Simmons’ second solo album, ‘Asshole,’ released in 2004. Undoubtedly, it became an unforgettable experience for Simmons to join his forces with one of his biggest inspirations.
You can listen to the song Simmons and Dylan co-wrote below.