Gene Simmons responds to Trent Reznor: “Once you’re a self confessed heroin addict… you don’t look at life the way the rest of us do”

on August 06, 2009, 9:05am

Speaking of his decision to end Nine Inch Nails in a recent interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Trent Reznor noted his desire to avoid becoming a gimmick, or as he explained, Kiss’ Gene Simmons.

“Now when I’m offstage, I’m not same guy onstage but it’s driven by the same place,” Reznor said. “I’d never want to be Gene Simmons, an old man who puts on makeup to entertain kids, like a clown going to work… In my paranoia, I fear that if I don’t stop this, it could become that. Because it’s nice to get a paycheck, and now the only way to get a paycheck is to play live, so it’s all those things swirling around in my head.”

When asked about Reznor’s comments in a Q&A section on his official website (via TwentyFourBit), Mean Gene responded in the only way a television reality star by day, makeup wearing frontman of an over-the-hill rock band could.

No worries. Trent grew up on KISS and cut his teeth on our toons. When he was recording Downward Spiral, he had two action figures on his mix console – Jesus and Gene Simmons.

Once you’re a self confessed heroin addict, who used the stuff for years, you don’t look at life the way the rest of us do…I’m told.

We all wish him well.

If only Celebrity Deathmatch were still alive and kickin’…

I guess it’s safe to say Gene won’t be in attendance for any of Nine Inch Nail’s upcoming farewell shows.

Nine Inch Nails 2009 N. American Tour Dates:
08/07 – Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic
08/08 – Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic
08/10 – Singapore @ Fort Canning Park
08/12 – Taipei, TW @ Nan-Kang 101
08/15 – Seoul, KR @ ETP Festival
08/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
08/23 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
08/25 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *
08/26 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 ^
08/28 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom ^
08/29 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom ^
08/30 – Toronto, ON @ Virgin Festival Ontario
09/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium ^
09/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater ^
09/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre #
09/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex #

* = w/ The Horrors
^ = w/ Mew
# = w/ HEALTH

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January 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Even if you hate KISS, you have to admit you know a lot about them, and you can name all the members…Nobody wants a lunchbox with Trent Reznors picture on it.  If I’ve heard of you or your band, you’re a sellout, so now we’re talking about who can be the biggest sellout.  KISS is the king of the sellouts and admit it freely, and provide a thousand ways for you to make them money.   It’s the music business, business meaning money, Trent doesn’t perform for free or spend money making records hoping he just breaks even.  Every performer is a gimmick.  The Beatles mop tops to Lady Gaga.  So pull your heads out of your asses, and don’t put too much stock in anything a performer says, they’re just selling tickets…


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