What Gene Simmons Thinks About Being Poor And Being Rich
Gene Simmons is a talented rock musician who rose to prominence with his remarkable musical efforts in KISS as the band’s bassist and co-lead singer. He co-founded the band with Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss back in 1973. With their attention-grabbing live performances and unique stage looks, they quickly rose to fame in the music scene.
Although the musician is now a well-known figure in rock music, he went through many struggles in the past. His parents were holocaust survivors, and they struggled with poverty. Moreover, Simmons’ father left his family when he was very young, and he had to work along with his mother to make a living. The musician even picked up wild fruits and sold them on roadsides to financially support his family.
Currently, KISS’s bassist enjoys phenomenal success and has an estimated net worth of $400 million. So, his successful career in the band overshadowed his past struggles. However, those rough times caused Simmons to have a big ego, and rising from the bottom to the top has resulted in him being succumbed to fame. As it appears, the musician is also among those who have something to say about being poor and rich.
Gene Simmons Thinks The Poor Should Complain And The Rich Should Shut Up
Although Gene Simmons was among the poor during his childhood years, he is now one of the richest rock stars in the industry. From selling fruits on the roadside to becoming a rock star with an impressive fortune of $400 million, KISS bassist is no doubt a success story.
In 2016, the musician gave an interview to Classic Rock Magazine, in which he talked about the good and bad sides of being Gene Simmons. He again let his big ego speak and said that there are no downs to being Gene Simmons. Moreover, the bassist questioned what is so bad about being rich and famous. Simmons then argued that only the unfortunate poor should have complaints while claiming that the ultra-rich people’s problems are meaningless.
Gene Simmons told Classic Rock Magazine that:
“Without sounding too cocky – although I’ve certainly been accused of that all my life – there is no negative to being Gene Simmons. You have to look at it relatively: it’s either this or flipping burgers. What’s the English equivalent, frying chips?
What’s so bad about being rich and famous? I don’t understand what all the angst is all about. The only people who should have complaints are the unfortunate poor on the planet. But when you hear the ultra-rich saying: ‘Oh, it’s so lonely at the top,’ what a load of shit. If you can’t deal with fame, don’t be famous. I have nothing to complain about.”
Moreover, Gene Simmons also made some controversial remarks about the poor in another interview. He said that he is among the 1 percent who pay 80% of all taxes while 50% of the U.S. population pays no taxes. He then advised poor people to try to be nice to the rich as there would be chaos without the 1 percent.
According to Inquisitr, Gene Simmons said in an interview that:
“I have been part of the 1% for the past 30 years. It’s fantastic! The 1% pays 80% of all taxes. 50% of the population of the U.S. pays no taxes. The 1% provides all the jobs for everybody else. If the 1% didn’t exist, there would be chaos, and the American economy would drop dead. Try being nice to rich people. I don’t remember the last poor person who gave me a job.”
It appears that Gene Simmons has forgotten his past struggles now that he is a millionaire. On the other hand, it is an indisputable fact that it takes a lot for someone like Simmons to become a worldwide-known rock star.