Santana: 'Simmons Is No Musician'

Latin rocker CARLOS SANTANA has slammed outrageous KISS frontman GENE SIMMONS by questioning his musical ability and branding him "Las Vegas entertainment".

The SMOOTH hitmaker is appalled by the standard of Simmons' music and insists the rocker hides his lack of skill behind layers of gothic clothing and black make-up.

Santana says, "He's not a musician, he's an entertainer. A musician is (JOHN) COLTRANE, BOB MARLEY. Kiss is Las Vegas entertainment, so he wouldn't know what music is anyway. That's why he wears all that stuff.

"A musician doesn't need the mask and the mascara so there's a difference between an entertainer and a musician."


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Tammie Hardwick

Hmmmm....and yet millions of fans buy Mr Simmons band's cds and the merchandise AND go to the concerts...and call themselves and army...and as the old adage goes...the customer is ALWAYS right!

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Carlos Santana needs to get real! Gene Simmons is a class act! I think Mr. Santana is jealous of Mr.Simmons. Who would want to watch Carlos Santana's Rock School? Why the need to bad mouth Gene Simmons? How many Gold albums does Mr. Santana have anyway? I think about 25 or more less than KISS. KISS has millions of fans worldwide. Hundreds of KISS tribute bands. KISS Rocks!
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Hey Carlos stick to you lame, boring and outdated 60's guitar riffs that you've been playing over and over again because YOU are not musically inclined to create something fresh. Put a filter between your brain and your mouth because judging from your comments there is none.
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Carlos Santana needs to get with the program.......he me be a very good musician and has a world wide fan base, but he should be more "compassionate" about whathe says about other musicians.He "preaches" love - togetherness - brotherhood and all kinds of other stuff. I guess it's all BULLs**t !!! KISS thinks of their fans FIRST (they played in my hometown of Laredo, Texas - Pock the Nation Tour) yet Carloscancelled because of "slow" ticket sales !!! Blow it out your ASS Carlos Santana, your GREED is showing !!!
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Carlos Santana must realize that he is badmouthing somebody who is the owner of more Gold & Platinum Records than himself. KISS is the #1 Gold Record Champion of the USA. Carlos Santana currently tours Wineries (approximatly 60 people in the audience) and does concerts for inmates. KISS on the other hand had the #1 Tour in 1996, 1997, 1998. KISS had a Higly succesful Tour in 2003 & 2004.Last but not least Carlos......Why don't you listen to records like "Carnival of Souls" or "The Elder" then you wil come to the realisation that your comments are not very intelligent.Many great bands like Lenny Kravits, Guns & Roses, Metallica, Garth Brooks site Gene (KISS) as THE reason that they all picked up a guitar and started playing.THEY DON'T SITE YOU AS A REASON YOU IGNORANT....!Gene is, besides a great entertainer, a great musician! You are just a musician, and that's why you are relegated to play clubs and wineries.As a rocker it is simply not in fashion to admit that you are a good musician.......! GET IT NOW?????
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I wonder if this guy, whoever carlos santana is, realizes just who Gene Simmons is? Do you think he's speaking of the actress Jean simmons? But she to my knowledge doesn't dress gothic....but neither does Gene. I believe this carlos guy needs to go make a record and write it off of his taxes at tax time and leave people that have sold records alone. I don't know maybe it's because Gene Simmons is Jewish and this carlos guy could be just Prejudice against minorities.
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.....and, Gene doesn't need no LSD trip to write or play music, Mr. Carlos "Bozo" Santana!!
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No wonder no one likes musicians....I doubt Gene would argu though. problem is Carlos Santana doesn't know what music is. To him it's endless bluesy riff jams, to which the public collectively yawns at all the time. I'm still pissed at Santana anyway. When I went to the Wango Tango Fest in LA 4 years ago, he did over an hour set of that annoying jamming, which, trust me, no one seemed to enjoy. Because of his playing over his time, the show ran too long, and KISS was forced to cut their set to 4 songs from seven.I guess it's obvious who the tru a**hole is!!Erik
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Furthermore- nobody ever said Gene SImmons was a Bad antertainer
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So where did these alleged comments come from anyway?I really have my doubts about commenting on some unattributed comments when I can't see the original context for myself. It does sound out of character for somebody like Santana to be that negative.To suggest that the validity of the comments can be gauged by the number of planinum albums is such a complete logical howler that I am surprised the contributor was prepared to advertise his lack of intellect by making it.Finally the most amusing point for all of you who rush to Gene Simmons defence is that his response statement more or less reads guilty as charged.Well thats my bit of pot stirring for the day. Full marks for any rebuttal that is both civil and to the point.
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