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Gene Simmons Has Never Taken a Vacation

Gene Simmons Has Never Taken a Vacation


Gene Simmons has made headlines with the unveiling of his Gene Simmons Vault. Simmons has further made things interesting by agreeing to hand deliver a Vault to anyone willing to pay $2,000; the most expensive Gene Simmons Vault package includes the option of hosting Simmons at your home – alongside 25 other people – for two hours for $50,000.

Beyond his musical successes, Simmons is also one of the founders of the casual eatery Rock & Brews. Founded in 2012 along with KISS vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley, Rock & Brews now has 17 restaurants around the United States and Mexico. The music-friendly establishment also has a casino in the works. Aside from Rock & Brews, Simmons is rumored to have a line of beverages in the works.

On behalf of The Daily Meal, I had the pleasure of asking Simmons some food-related questions in-person at The London Hotel.

The Daily Meal: Where did the idea for Rock & Brews come from?
Gene Simmons:
The idea for Rock & Brews came from a gentleman named Dave Furano, who is the brother of Dell Furano. He has been our licensing and merchandising guy for various companies and eventually settling on Epic Rights. They do us, Barbra Streisand, AC/DC, merchandising. It was his brother who came from the same world who had an idea about an eatery that combines classic rock and roll. I will tell you we are only a few years old, but there are already two at Rock & Brews in LAX, two at Cabo, Hawaii and more spread across America. We even broke ground on Rock & Brews Casino Resort in Oklahoma and there are more coming.

That was my next question, about the casino…
Oh that’s coming. Not only that but our casino at the largest Indian casino resort, the San Manuel Tribe… We have the Rock & Brews Casino Resort within the San Manuel Casino resort, so it’s all going gangbusters.

And of course, if you are just tuning in late, find out all the latest and the greatest on the largest box set of all time. I mean this is badass, I am so proud of this and I’ve got to mention there are secret drawers where you press, it opens up and there are personal items that I put in there. These box sets are another animal all together. It doesn’t look like one, it doesn’t move like one. It’s much heavier, it’s much bigger, it’s just everything I have ever dreamed of so I am proud of it.

At Rock & Brews, do you have a favorite item on the menu?
Yeah, my downfall is sweets, unfortunately. I’ve got to watch my girlish figure, so I’m just eating protein, no carbs. But my favorite thing, they call them beignets or bread pudding.

The KISS Kruise is another one of your entrepreneurial efforts, and what surprises me about the KISS Kruise is that you've talked in your books about how you've never gone on a vacation. What do you do when you're on the ship asides from performing?
It's a good 12-hour day. We literally meet and greet every single one of those thousands of fans on the ship. We make sure every single fan on that cruise gets a photo. We make sure everyone of the fan gets some time with us and we do contests and other activities besides unplugged shows and concerts at night. I mean, they’re full days.

So do you just keep yourself busy with the work? Or do you actually take a vacation at times?
I’ve never done that, and on the cruise I do the Gene Simmons Master Class where I teach people who have never played an instrument or never written a song to both play and write their first song within hours.

What's the food situation like on the cruise?
The best, many restaurants, many choices. Chinese, Italian and you know whatever you like. There are gyms and sports centers where you can go shopping and gambling. I mean it's a floating city, really.

I have a question from a celebrity fan. Dave Hill mentioned that he saw advice from you when he was growing up: "be weird, don't worry about fitting in." At what point in your life did you realize that it was kind of cool to be…
Dave Hill from?

Dave Hill is a comedian who's also in the band Valley Lodge. They do the theme song to Last Week With John Oliver on HBO. So he heard that advice when he was growing up, which meant a lot to him. But I am curious as you're known as one of the most confident people there is and you believe in yourself. Where did that come from?
Well, when you have no choice, it's easier than when you are born in a lap of luxury, mom and dad always have food in the plate, you get allowances for doing nothing and all that, and you just have no sense of reality. Reality helps poor people. Go to bed hungry, you know if they are lucky if they've got a piece of bread… Even in America, 15 million children go to bed to hungry and anybody out of a job will tell you how delicious food tastes when you are starving. And I've been there, when we came to America my mother made $37.50 a week in a factory, and when I had a jelly roll, I knew what good was. Boy, I didn't worry about steak or filet mignon. Give me a donut or Ding Dongs.

It comes back to the sweets.
Well, listen to the language – "you are so sweet," "how sweet it is"… Nobody talks about what a steak you are.

That's a great point.
Of course, the language says everything.

Sounds like another book for you.
"Rich" is a good word. "How did your child do in school?" "Poorly." They say, "Oh, what a poor little kid." The language tells the value of the society, whether it's good or bad.

If you can't hop on the cruise, maybe you want to head down to Texas to meet the baby calf who looks just like Gene Simmons.


Gene Simmons gets kiss of death from notorious web forum

Never one to bite his tongue (sorry), the public face of Kiss, its bassist Gene Simmons, has become the latest target of assiduous online attackers, Anonymous.

Two of Simmons' official websites, SimmonsRecords.com and GeneSimmons.com, have been hit by the group of activists as an apparent reprisal for insisting that musicians should be far more aggressive in the pursuit of illicit filesharers. The Anonymous group, linked umbilically to influential online forum 4Chan, have forced several websites linked to copyright-protection bodies offline in recent weeks.

The offending comments were made by Simmons on a panel about building a successful entertainment brand. He said on Tuesday: "Make sure your brand is protected. Make sure there are no incursions. Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don't let anybody cross that line.

"The music industry was asleep at the wheel, and didn't have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material. And so now we're left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs. There's no industry."

Ouch. You can almost hear Anonymous wheeling around their (illegal) DDoS missiles. And, sure enough, little more than 24 hours later Simmons' online brand has been knocked off the internet.

Anonymous attack Gene Simmons

(Though we have to point out that Simmons has perhaps forgotten about the efforts made by Metallica, for example, which named 300,000 users of Napster back in 2000 and got them kicked off the system. Dr Dre did the same. Asleep at the wheel? Hardly. It's just the flipside of the benefit that being big brought - where the record companies could output something to lots of people at once. When they had to chase individuals, their problem became much bigger.)

As Slyck rightly points out, the loose-tongued rocker is the latest target of a group which counts the Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America, Copyright Alliance, Ministry of Sound, solicitors' firms DG Legal, ACS:Law and Gallant Macmillan among recent victims. The latter, interestingly, appears to have been too strong to knock offline.

There is, of course, an oft-overlooked voice in the music industry that Rich Huxley pointed out.

Huxley, as is most likely with other artists paving new forms of distribution, says: "There has never been a better time to be an enterprising musician," adding: "I am part of the music industries and I want representation."

His point: "There's no way to stop sharing and we shouldn't be striving to do so. That it takes place on the internet just means that in some ways it's track-able and identifiable.

"It's useless and impossible to enforce anti-sharing laws as it's always been the case that humankind finds another way. If sharing music online becomes illegal then people will revert to DVD/hard-drive sharing or find untraceable ways of continuing to to share. Maybe we'll swap CDs with our friends again? Maybe we'll borrow from libraries. To blame the internet is to blame the medium. To quote Steve Lawson 'It's like blaming Microsoft Excel for tax fraud'."


Gene Simmons gets kiss of death from notorious web forum

Never one to bite his tongue (sorry), the public face of Kiss, its bassist Gene Simmons, has become the latest target of assiduous online attackers, Anonymous.

Two of Simmons' official websites, SimmonsRecords.com and GeneSimmons.com, have been hit by the group of activists as an apparent reprisal for insisting that musicians should be far more aggressive in the pursuit of illicit filesharers. The Anonymous group, linked umbilically to influential online forum 4Chan, have forced several websites linked to copyright-protection bodies offline in recent weeks.

The offending comments were made by Simmons on a panel about building a successful entertainment brand. He said on Tuesday: "Make sure your brand is protected. Make sure there are no incursions. Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don't let anybody cross that line.

"The music industry was asleep at the wheel, and didn't have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material. And so now we're left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs. There's no industry."

Ouch. You can almost hear Anonymous wheeling around their (illegal) DDoS missiles. And, sure enough, little more than 24 hours later Simmons' online brand has been knocked off the internet.

Anonymous attack Gene Simmons

(Though we have to point out that Simmons has perhaps forgotten about the efforts made by Metallica, for example, which named 300,000 users of Napster back in 2000 and got them kicked off the system. Dr Dre did the same. Asleep at the wheel? Hardly. It's just the flipside of the benefit that being big brought - where the record companies could output something to lots of people at once. When they had to chase individuals, their problem became much bigger.)

As Slyck rightly points out, the loose-tongued rocker is the latest target of a group which counts the Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America, Copyright Alliance, Ministry of Sound, solicitors' firms DG Legal, ACS:Law and Gallant Macmillan among recent victims. The latter, interestingly, appears to have been too strong to knock offline.

There is, of course, an oft-overlooked voice in the music industry that Rich Huxley pointed out.

Huxley, as is most likely with other artists paving new forms of distribution, says: "There has never been a better time to be an enterprising musician," adding: "I am part of the music industries and I want representation."

His point: "There's no way to stop sharing and we shouldn't be striving to do so. That it takes place on the internet just means that in some ways it's track-able and identifiable.

"It's useless and impossible to enforce anti-sharing laws as it's always been the case that humankind finds another way. If sharing music online becomes illegal then people will revert to DVD/hard-drive sharing or find untraceable ways of continuing to to share. Maybe we'll swap CDs with our friends again? Maybe we'll borrow from libraries. To blame the internet is to blame the medium. To quote Steve Lawson 'It's like blaming Microsoft Excel for tax fraud'."


Gene Simmons gets kiss of death from notorious web forum

Never one to bite his tongue (sorry), the public face of Kiss, its bassist Gene Simmons, has become the latest target of assiduous online attackers, Anonymous.

Two of Simmons' official websites, SimmonsRecords.com and GeneSimmons.com, have been hit by the group of activists as an apparent reprisal for insisting that musicians should be far more aggressive in the pursuit of illicit filesharers. The Anonymous group, linked umbilically to influential online forum 4Chan, have forced several websites linked to copyright-protection bodies offline in recent weeks.

The offending comments were made by Simmons on a panel about building a successful entertainment brand. He said on Tuesday: "Make sure your brand is protected. Make sure there are no incursions. Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don't let anybody cross that line.

"The music industry was asleep at the wheel, and didn't have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material. And so now we're left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs. There's no industry."

Ouch. You can almost hear Anonymous wheeling around their (illegal) DDoS missiles. And, sure enough, little more than 24 hours later Simmons' online brand has been knocked off the internet.

Anonymous attack Gene Simmons

(Though we have to point out that Simmons has perhaps forgotten about the efforts made by Metallica, for example, which named 300,000 users of Napster back in 2000 and got them kicked off the system. Dr Dre did the same. Asleep at the wheel? Hardly. It's just the flipside of the benefit that being big brought - where the record companies could output something to lots of people at once. When they had to chase individuals, their problem became much bigger.)

As Slyck rightly points out, the loose-tongued rocker is the latest target of a group which counts the Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America, Copyright Alliance, Ministry of Sound, solicitors' firms DG Legal, ACS:Law and Gallant Macmillan among recent victims. The latter, interestingly, appears to have been too strong to knock offline.

There is, of course, an oft-overlooked voice in the music industry that Rich Huxley pointed out.

Huxley, as is most likely with other artists paving new forms of distribution, says: "There has never been a better time to be an enterprising musician," adding: "I am part of the music industries and I want representation."

His point: "There's no way to stop sharing and we shouldn't be striving to do so. That it takes place on the internet just means that in some ways it's track-able and identifiable.

"It's useless and impossible to enforce anti-sharing laws as it's always been the case that humankind finds another way. If sharing music online becomes illegal then people will revert to DVD/hard-drive sharing or find untraceable ways of continuing to to share. Maybe we'll swap CDs with our friends again? Maybe we'll borrow from libraries. To blame the internet is to blame the medium. To quote Steve Lawson 'It's like blaming Microsoft Excel for tax fraud'."


Gene Simmons gets kiss of death from notorious web forum

Never one to bite his tongue (sorry), the public face of Kiss, its bassist Gene Simmons, has become the latest target of assiduous online attackers, Anonymous.

Two of Simmons' official websites, SimmonsRecords.com and GeneSimmons.com, have been hit by the group of activists as an apparent reprisal for insisting that musicians should be far more aggressive in the pursuit of illicit filesharers. The Anonymous group, linked umbilically to influential online forum 4Chan, have forced several websites linked to copyright-protection bodies offline in recent weeks.

The offending comments were made by Simmons on a panel about building a successful entertainment brand. He said on Tuesday: "Make sure your brand is protected. Make sure there are no incursions. Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don't let anybody cross that line.

"The music industry was asleep at the wheel, and didn't have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material. And so now we're left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs. There's no industry."

Ouch. You can almost hear Anonymous wheeling around their (illegal) DDoS missiles. And, sure enough, little more than 24 hours later Simmons' online brand has been knocked off the internet.

Anonymous attack Gene Simmons

(Though we have to point out that Simmons has perhaps forgotten about the efforts made by Metallica, for example, which named 300,000 users of Napster back in 2000 and got them kicked off the system. Dr Dre did the same. Asleep at the wheel? Hardly. It's just the flipside of the benefit that being big brought - where the record companies could output something to lots of people at once. When they had to chase individuals, their problem became much bigger.)

As Slyck rightly points out, the loose-tongued rocker is the latest target of a group which counts the Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America, Copyright Alliance, Ministry of Sound, solicitors' firms DG Legal, ACS:Law and Gallant Macmillan among recent victims. The latter, interestingly, appears to have been too strong to knock offline.

There is, of course, an oft-overlooked voice in the music industry that Rich Huxley pointed out.

Huxley, as is most likely with other artists paving new forms of distribution, says: "There has never been a better time to be an enterprising musician," adding: "I am part of the music industries and I want representation."

His point: "There's no way to stop sharing and we shouldn't be striving to do so. That it takes place on the internet just means that in some ways it's track-able and identifiable.

"It's useless and impossible to enforce anti-sharing laws as it's always been the case that humankind finds another way. If sharing music online becomes illegal then people will revert to DVD/hard-drive sharing or find untraceable ways of continuing to to share. Maybe we'll swap CDs with our friends again? Maybe we'll borrow from libraries. To blame the internet is to blame the medium. To quote Steve Lawson 'It's like blaming Microsoft Excel for tax fraud'."


Gene Simmons gets kiss of death from notorious web forum

Never one to bite his tongue (sorry), the public face of Kiss, its bassist Gene Simmons, has become the latest target of assiduous online attackers, Anonymous.

Two of Simmons' official websites, SimmonsRecords.com and GeneSimmons.com, have been hit by the group of activists as an apparent reprisal for insisting that musicians should be far more aggressive in the pursuit of illicit filesharers. The Anonymous group, linked umbilically to influential online forum 4Chan, have forced several websites linked to copyright-protection bodies offline in recent weeks.

The offending comments were made by Simmons on a panel about building a successful entertainment brand. He said on Tuesday: "Make sure your brand is protected. Make sure there are no incursions. Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don't let anybody cross that line.

"The music industry was asleep at the wheel, and didn't have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material. And so now we're left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs. There's no industry."

Ouch. You can almost hear Anonymous wheeling around their (illegal) DDoS missiles. And, sure enough, little more than 24 hours later Simmons' online brand has been knocked off the internet.

Anonymous attack Gene Simmons

(Though we have to point out that Simmons has perhaps forgotten about the efforts made by Metallica, for example, which named 300,000 users of Napster back in 2000 and got them kicked off the system. Dr Dre did the same. Asleep at the wheel? Hardly. It's just the flipside of the benefit that being big brought - where the record companies could output something to lots of people at once. When they had to chase individuals, their problem became much bigger.)

As Slyck rightly points out, the loose-tongued rocker is the latest target of a group which counts the Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America, Copyright Alliance, Ministry of Sound, solicitors' firms DG Legal, ACS:Law and Gallant Macmillan among recent victims. The latter, interestingly, appears to have been too strong to knock offline.

There is, of course, an oft-overlooked voice in the music industry that Rich Huxley pointed out.

Huxley, as is most likely with other artists paving new forms of distribution, says: "There has never been a better time to be an enterprising musician," adding: "I am part of the music industries and I want representation."

His point: "There's no way to stop sharing and we shouldn't be striving to do so. That it takes place on the internet just means that in some ways it's track-able and identifiable.

"It's useless and impossible to enforce anti-sharing laws as it's always been the case that humankind finds another way. If sharing music online becomes illegal then people will revert to DVD/hard-drive sharing or find untraceable ways of continuing to to share. Maybe we'll swap CDs with our friends again? Maybe we'll borrow from libraries. To blame the internet is to blame the medium. To quote Steve Lawson 'It's like blaming Microsoft Excel for tax fraud'."


Gene Simmons gets kiss of death from notorious web forum

Never one to bite his tongue (sorry), the public face of Kiss, its bassist Gene Simmons, has become the latest target of assiduous online attackers, Anonymous.

Two of Simmons' official websites, SimmonsRecords.com and GeneSimmons.com, have been hit by the group of activists as an apparent reprisal for insisting that musicians should be far more aggressive in the pursuit of illicit filesharers. The Anonymous group, linked umbilically to influential online forum 4Chan, have forced several websites linked to copyright-protection bodies offline in recent weeks.

The offending comments were made by Simmons on a panel about building a successful entertainment brand. He said on Tuesday: "Make sure your brand is protected. Make sure there are no incursions. Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don't let anybody cross that line.

"The music industry was asleep at the wheel, and didn't have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material. And so now we're left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs. There's no industry."

Ouch. You can almost hear Anonymous wheeling around their (illegal) DDoS missiles. And, sure enough, little more than 24 hours later Simmons' online brand has been knocked off the internet.

Anonymous attack Gene Simmons

(Though we have to point out that Simmons has perhaps forgotten about the efforts made by Metallica, for example, which named 300,000 users of Napster back in 2000 and got them kicked off the system. Dr Dre did the same. Asleep at the wheel? Hardly. It's just the flipside of the benefit that being big brought - where the record companies could output something to lots of people at once. When they had to chase individuals, their problem became much bigger.)

As Slyck rightly points out, the loose-tongued rocker is the latest target of a group which counts the Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America, Copyright Alliance, Ministry of Sound, solicitors' firms DG Legal, ACS:Law and Gallant Macmillan among recent victims. The latter, interestingly, appears to have been too strong to knock offline.

There is, of course, an oft-overlooked voice in the music industry that Rich Huxley pointed out.

Huxley, as is most likely with other artists paving new forms of distribution, says: "There has never been a better time to be an enterprising musician," adding: "I am part of the music industries and I want representation."

His point: "There's no way to stop sharing and we shouldn't be striving to do so. That it takes place on the internet just means that in some ways it's track-able and identifiable.

"It's useless and impossible to enforce anti-sharing laws as it's always been the case that humankind finds another way. If sharing music online becomes illegal then people will revert to DVD/hard-drive sharing or find untraceable ways of continuing to to share. Maybe we'll swap CDs with our friends again? Maybe we'll borrow from libraries. To blame the internet is to blame the medium. To quote Steve Lawson 'It's like blaming Microsoft Excel for tax fraud'."


Gene Simmons gets kiss of death from notorious web forum

Never one to bite his tongue (sorry), the public face of Kiss, its bassist Gene Simmons, has become the latest target of assiduous online attackers, Anonymous.

Two of Simmons' official websites, SimmonsRecords.com and GeneSimmons.com, have been hit by the group of activists as an apparent reprisal for insisting that musicians should be far more aggressive in the pursuit of illicit filesharers. The Anonymous group, linked umbilically to influential online forum 4Chan, have forced several websites linked to copyright-protection bodies offline in recent weeks.

The offending comments were made by Simmons on a panel about building a successful entertainment brand. He said on Tuesday: "Make sure your brand is protected. Make sure there are no incursions. Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don't let anybody cross that line.

"The music industry was asleep at the wheel, and didn't have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material. And so now we're left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs. There's no industry."

Ouch. You can almost hear Anonymous wheeling around their (illegal) DDoS missiles. And, sure enough, little more than 24 hours later Simmons' online brand has been knocked off the internet.

Anonymous attack Gene Simmons

(Though we have to point out that Simmons has perhaps forgotten about the efforts made by Metallica, for example, which named 300,000 users of Napster back in 2000 and got them kicked off the system. Dr Dre did the same. Asleep at the wheel? Hardly. It's just the flipside of the benefit that being big brought - where the record companies could output something to lots of people at once. When they had to chase individuals, their problem became much bigger.)

As Slyck rightly points out, the loose-tongued rocker is the latest target of a group which counts the Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America, Copyright Alliance, Ministry of Sound, solicitors' firms DG Legal, ACS:Law and Gallant Macmillan among recent victims. The latter, interestingly, appears to have been too strong to knock offline.

There is, of course, an oft-overlooked voice in the music industry that Rich Huxley pointed out.

Huxley, as is most likely with other artists paving new forms of distribution, says: "There has never been a better time to be an enterprising musician," adding: "I am part of the music industries and I want representation."

His point: "There's no way to stop sharing and we shouldn't be striving to do so. That it takes place on the internet just means that in some ways it's track-able and identifiable.

"It's useless and impossible to enforce anti-sharing laws as it's always been the case that humankind finds another way. If sharing music online becomes illegal then people will revert to DVD/hard-drive sharing or find untraceable ways of continuing to to share. Maybe we'll swap CDs with our friends again? Maybe we'll borrow from libraries. To blame the internet is to blame the medium. To quote Steve Lawson 'It's like blaming Microsoft Excel for tax fraud'."


Gene Simmons gets kiss of death from notorious web forum

Never one to bite his tongue (sorry), the public face of Kiss, its bassist Gene Simmons, has become the latest target of assiduous online attackers, Anonymous.

Two of Simmons' official websites, SimmonsRecords.com and GeneSimmons.com, have been hit by the group of activists as an apparent reprisal for insisting that musicians should be far more aggressive in the pursuit of illicit filesharers. The Anonymous group, linked umbilically to influential online forum 4Chan, have forced several websites linked to copyright-protection bodies offline in recent weeks.

The offending comments were made by Simmons on a panel about building a successful entertainment brand. He said on Tuesday: "Make sure your brand is protected. Make sure there are no incursions. Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don't let anybody cross that line.

"The music industry was asleep at the wheel, and didn't have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material. And so now we're left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs. There's no industry."

Ouch. You can almost hear Anonymous wheeling around their (illegal) DDoS missiles. And, sure enough, little more than 24 hours later Simmons' online brand has been knocked off the internet.

Anonymous attack Gene Simmons

(Though we have to point out that Simmons has perhaps forgotten about the efforts made by Metallica, for example, which named 300,000 users of Napster back in 2000 and got them kicked off the system. Dr Dre did the same. Asleep at the wheel? Hardly. It's just the flipside of the benefit that being big brought - where the record companies could output something to lots of people at once. When they had to chase individuals, their problem became much bigger.)

As Slyck rightly points out, the loose-tongued rocker is the latest target of a group which counts the Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America, Copyright Alliance, Ministry of Sound, solicitors' firms DG Legal, ACS:Law and Gallant Macmillan among recent victims. The latter, interestingly, appears to have been too strong to knock offline.

There is, of course, an oft-overlooked voice in the music industry that Rich Huxley pointed out.

Huxley, as is most likely with other artists paving new forms of distribution, says: "There has never been a better time to be an enterprising musician," adding: "I am part of the music industries and I want representation."

His point: "There's no way to stop sharing and we shouldn't be striving to do so. That it takes place on the internet just means that in some ways it's track-able and identifiable.

"It's useless and impossible to enforce anti-sharing laws as it's always been the case that humankind finds another way. If sharing music online becomes illegal then people will revert to DVD/hard-drive sharing or find untraceable ways of continuing to to share. Maybe we'll swap CDs with our friends again? Maybe we'll borrow from libraries. To blame the internet is to blame the medium. To quote Steve Lawson 'It's like blaming Microsoft Excel for tax fraud'."


Gene Simmons gets kiss of death from notorious web forum

Never one to bite his tongue (sorry), the public face of Kiss, its bassist Gene Simmons, has become the latest target of assiduous online attackers, Anonymous.

Two of Simmons' official websites, SimmonsRecords.com and GeneSimmons.com, have been hit by the group of activists as an apparent reprisal for insisting that musicians should be far more aggressive in the pursuit of illicit filesharers. The Anonymous group, linked umbilically to influential online forum 4Chan, have forced several websites linked to copyright-protection bodies offline in recent weeks.

The offending comments were made by Simmons on a panel about building a successful entertainment brand. He said on Tuesday: "Make sure your brand is protected. Make sure there are no incursions. Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don't let anybody cross that line.

"The music industry was asleep at the wheel, and didn't have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material. And so now we're left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs. There's no industry."

Ouch. You can almost hear Anonymous wheeling around their (illegal) DDoS missiles. And, sure enough, little more than 24 hours later Simmons' online brand has been knocked off the internet.

Anonymous attack Gene Simmons

(Though we have to point out that Simmons has perhaps forgotten about the efforts made by Metallica, for example, which named 300,000 users of Napster back in 2000 and got them kicked off the system. Dr Dre did the same. Asleep at the wheel? Hardly. It's just the flipside of the benefit that being big brought - where the record companies could output something to lots of people at once. When they had to chase individuals, their problem became much bigger.)

As Slyck rightly points out, the loose-tongued rocker is the latest target of a group which counts the Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America, Copyright Alliance, Ministry of Sound, solicitors' firms DG Legal, ACS:Law and Gallant Macmillan among recent victims. The latter, interestingly, appears to have been too strong to knock offline.

There is, of course, an oft-overlooked voice in the music industry that Rich Huxley pointed out.

Huxley, as is most likely with other artists paving new forms of distribution, says: "There has never been a better time to be an enterprising musician," adding: "I am part of the music industries and I want representation."

His point: "There's no way to stop sharing and we shouldn't be striving to do so. That it takes place on the internet just means that in some ways it's track-able and identifiable.

"It's useless and impossible to enforce anti-sharing laws as it's always been the case that humankind finds another way. If sharing music online becomes illegal then people will revert to DVD/hard-drive sharing or find untraceable ways of continuing to to share. Maybe we'll swap CDs with our friends again? Maybe we'll borrow from libraries. To blame the internet is to blame the medium. To quote Steve Lawson 'It's like blaming Microsoft Excel for tax fraud'."


Gene Simmons gets kiss of death from notorious web forum

Never one to bite his tongue (sorry), the public face of Kiss, its bassist Gene Simmons, has become the latest target of assiduous online attackers, Anonymous.

Two of Simmons' official websites, SimmonsRecords.com and GeneSimmons.com, have been hit by the group of activists as an apparent reprisal for insisting that musicians should be far more aggressive in the pursuit of illicit filesharers. The Anonymous group, linked umbilically to influential online forum 4Chan, have forced several websites linked to copyright-protection bodies offline in recent weeks.

The offending comments were made by Simmons on a panel about building a successful entertainment brand. He said on Tuesday: "Make sure your brand is protected. Make sure there are no incursions. Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don't let anybody cross that line.

"The music industry was asleep at the wheel, and didn't have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material. And so now we're left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs. There's no industry."

Ouch. You can almost hear Anonymous wheeling around their (illegal) DDoS missiles. And, sure enough, little more than 24 hours later Simmons' online brand has been knocked off the internet.

Anonymous attack Gene Simmons

(Though we have to point out that Simmons has perhaps forgotten about the efforts made by Metallica, for example, which named 300,000 users of Napster back in 2000 and got them kicked off the system. Dr Dre did the same. Asleep at the wheel? Hardly. It's just the flipside of the benefit that being big brought - where the record companies could output something to lots of people at once. When they had to chase individuals, their problem became much bigger.)

As Slyck rightly points out, the loose-tongued rocker is the latest target of a group which counts the Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America, Copyright Alliance, Ministry of Sound, solicitors' firms DG Legal, ACS:Law and Gallant Macmillan among recent victims. The latter, interestingly, appears to have been too strong to knock offline.

There is, of course, an oft-overlooked voice in the music industry that Rich Huxley pointed out.

Huxley, as is most likely with other artists paving new forms of distribution, says: "There has never been a better time to be an enterprising musician," adding: "I am part of the music industries and I want representation."

His point: "There's no way to stop sharing and we shouldn't be striving to do so. That it takes place on the internet just means that in some ways it's track-able and identifiable.

"It's useless and impossible to enforce anti-sharing laws as it's always been the case that humankind finds another way. If sharing music online becomes illegal then people will revert to DVD/hard-drive sharing or find untraceable ways of continuing to to share. Maybe we'll swap CDs with our friends again? Maybe we'll borrow from libraries. To blame the internet is to blame the medium. To quote Steve Lawson 'It's like blaming Microsoft Excel for tax fraud'."


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