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Gene Simmons vs. Carlos Santana – Nastiest Rock Feuds

Gene Simmons / Carlos Santana
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It seems like it took a while for Carlos Santana‘s anti-Kiss statements to tick off the band’s resident demon, Gene Simmons. But once he fired back, he did so in typically unrestrained fashion.

Back in 2005, Santana said of Simmons, “He’s not a musician, he’s an entertainer. Kiss is Las Vegas entertainment, so he wouldn’t know what music is anyway. That’s why he wears all that stuff.” At first, the Kiss bassist took the insult in stride (“Not everyone likes the same meal”), but four years later he suddenly struck back: “I’m sick and tired of these bands like Carlos Santana looking at his shoes and thinking that’s a rock concert. Get off the stage.”

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