KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons had harsh words for Carlos Santana during a Thursday morning (June 11) interview on FOX5 News: Live In Las Vegas.
When asked about plans for an upcoming KISS album, Simmons talked of plans for a new tour and, out of nowhere, took a swipe at Hard Rock headliner Santana.
"It's time for us to go out and show the little boys how the big boys do it," the 59-year-old said. "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," Simmons said. (Watch video footage of Simmons slamming Santana at FOX5 News.)
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Santana said he was appalled by the standard of Simmons' music and insisted the rocker was hiding his lack of skill behind layers of gothic clothing and black makeup.
Santana said, "He's not a musician, he's an entertainer. A musician is (John) Coltrane, Bob Marley. KISS is Las Vegas entertainment, so he wouldn't know what music is anyway. That's why he wears all that stuff.
"A musician doesn't need the mask and the mascara so there's a difference between an entertainer and a musician."
Writing on his official web site in response to Santana's comments, Simmons said in an October 2005 posting, "Carlos Santana is cool. His assessment? I have no problem with it. That's why they make menus in restaurants. Not everyone likes the same meal. I wish him well."