KISS have been embroiled in their share of litigation over the years, but the band apparently had no interest in suing fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Fame act Bruce Springsteen. According to KISS singer-bassist Gene Simmons, the reason was simple.
First, a little background: In 2009, Springsteen released the album Working on a Dream, which contains the song “Outlaw Pete.” The track bears some striking similarities to KISS’ classic hit “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” off their 1979 album Dynasty. In fact, one YouTube user spliced together the two songs to highlight the musical resemblance.
In a new feature in The Guardian, Simmons explains, “Kiss have sued lots of people and won. But some people we don’t sue. We didn’t sue Bruce Springsteen for “Outlaw Pete.” How do we decide who to sue and who not to? We like Springsteen. We don’t sue.”
In the same wide-ranging feature, Simmons also discusses his stance on drugs and alcohol. “I’ve never got high or got drunk in my life,” he says. “I don’t like the taste of alcohol. I don’t like cigarettes. I don’t like drugs. On the day science tells me all of the above will make my schmekel bigger or I’ll get smarter or make more money, I’m right at the head of the line. But it doesn’t do that.”
Simmons also reveals such nuggets as “I’m proud of still having my own hair” and “I’m my own biggest fan,” along with offering his thoughts on death, capitalism and more.
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