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- Posted on Jul 9th 2007 11:00AM by Steve Baltin
10. Gene Simmons on the death of rock stardom:
"No, there's not a single rock star left. All the rock stars and the biggest ticket sellers in the world are from days gone by. There's not a new band in the world that even comes close. Paris Hilton is a bigger rock star than anybody ... she just doesn't play guitar.
9 ... on his type of woman:
"I don't want to read a book with a girl, I'm sorry. It's not politically correct, but I really don't. I want her to be sexy, I want her to buy stiletto heels, and I want makeup and perfume."
8. ... on originality:
"Creativity is highly overrated. If I want to succeed and I want to open a restaurant, I'm going to go where the most popular restaurant is and rip it off."
7. ... on the crisis in the Middle East:
"I want those people stopped now. I want regime change and I want regime change all over the world, even if it means breaking international law."
6. ... on the "drugs" part of "sex & drugs & rock & roll":
"Getting high was considered the lowest of the low. And then, of course, Hollywood made it socially acceptable. And rock stars, of course, who were qualified to do nothing except shine your shoes, took it even further and made it into a kind of lifestyle."
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5. ... on how Americans don't know how good they have it:
"When people come as an immigrant -- [as I did] myself -- we're shocked at how pampered and spoiled everybody is, which is really to say you live in the land of milk and honey and you don't realize that the rest of the world isn't a nice place."
4. ... on why rappers are more rock & roll than rock & rollers:
"So if the white boys ... all want to look like Kurt Cobain, then the public goes to rap stars, who sing about getting laid all the time. None of them sing about getting married, 'cause the male of the species doesn't want to."
3. ... on his disdain for anti-war protesters:
"What we did to our veterans of Vietnam was just the lowest form, and America should be ashamed of itself -- and every crackhead who tried to burn the flag, I wish I could get them in my sights in front of a baseball bat."
2. ... on why it doesn't make sense for Jews to be pacifists
"You can take a humanistic point of view: You don't have the right to take a human life. That's fine, but then you can't complain when your whole family is wiped out at Auschwitz. And my family almost was. And for Jews, especially in America, to be pacifists is astonishing.
1. ... on his own greatness:
"While all the rock stars, the few that are remaining, they're in bands, I'm the only brand, baby. No matter how big Mick Jagger or U2 is, there are no Rolling Stones or U2 comic books or Visa cards."