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Gene Simmons says 'karaoke singer' Madonna inappropriate for Super Bowl


The legendary tongue of KISS rocker Gene Simmons just took on a more barbed tone, thanks to critical remarks he made about upcoming Super Bowl XLVI halftime performer Madonna, who is now officially set to entertain the football-loving crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 5. "I don't think it's appropriate," he told TMZ about the NFL's choice of the Material Girl for the game.

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TMZ grabbed the "Rock And Roll All Nite" bassist as he was leaving Hollywood establishment Boa and asked him to elaborate on Madge's upcoming Super Bowl performance.

"I love all karaoke singers," he said, with his lengthy tongue firmly planted in cheek. "I like all the girls who get up and sing with tapes."

The site's interviewer asked 62-year-old Simmons if he caught Scotty McCreery's recent lip-synced flubbing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Gene said it was "a bad thing," then brought things back around to Madonna again.

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"You gotta have some integrity," he said. "I don't care what your music is. Have some integrity. Be real. Or, full disclosure before the fact: hold up a sign and say, '70 percent of what you hear is fake. It's a tape. I'm a karaoke singer'."

Finally, at the tail end of the interview, Gene said, "By the way, Madonna's terrific." Surely that makes it all better, eh, Madge fans?

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Dec 16, 2011 3:29PM
Funny how when the truth is told the people freak out! Tell it like it is Gene.... Although I do not put madonna up with the rest of the "fakes" out there as she has tons of Talent. Gene is many modern performers today are just that " performers", they are created in the studio and dont posess the skill to do it live... Saying that its hard to sing and run around  a stage?? How IGNORANT! Tons do it, ( Garth Brooks anyone) fans of real musicians do not care if the vocals are perfect, in fact we prefer to hear the musician do their thing , mistakes and all. Who wants to see an act play a CD and lip sync? ANYONE? I think not. So why do you defend the behavior?Have some GUTS people and stand up for Real MUSIC in whatever form it comes in. back in the 80's bands that did this got run out of the business.. remember Mili Vanilli? Now days they get supported!  What a Sad state.
Dec 16, 2011 4:14AM
By the way Gene- it's nearly impossible for a singer to do all of that dancing and moving and sing that a Madonna does and not be out of breath. Of course you don't understand that being that rock musicians just stand flat footed the whole 90 minutes of performance.
Dec 16, 2011 4:11AM
What's with calling her Madge ? I didn't know who the hell the writer was talking about. What an idiot writer.
Dec 15, 2011 11:36PM

I liked it when music was just that, music.  I don't see that in most of today's stuff. 

I listen to Kiss and paid money to own the albums.  She is fake and phony, (IMO).  She isn't British but acts like she is.  Gene is the real deal and if you don't like it--TOUGH SH*T.  People call him greedy, but he has made millions from his ability and wits.  A savvy business man that is always looking to expand and invest that makes more money to provide a good life for his Family.  What is wrong with that?  Gene is a Patriotic American and shows it by his active roles of shows, visits and donations to aid the people that serve and protect this nation on a daily basis.  He also resides in the USA not a foreign country.

Besides all of that, he loves and respects his Mother Smile...I will be doing something else while Madonna is doing her act. 

Dec 15, 2011 1:10PM

He has obviously never seen Madonna perform live.  Not a "karaoke singer" in the least bit!!


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