Published Nov 14, 2007Okay, so it's a slow news morning, but Gene Simmons has always been good for a soundbite or 20. Always upfront about the importance of making money and his unabashed strategy towards merchandising quite likely the wealthiest band ever with KISS, it comes with some interest to read what a man with such dollar signs in his eyes would make of the latest move by Radiohead to release an album for a "pay-what-you-like" price. Well, to someone it is.
In an interview with Billboard.biz, the KISS bassist/co-front-man and star of A&E's Gene Simmons Family Jewels was asked what he felt about the new business model imagined by Radiohead and Trent Reznor, to which Simmons replies, "That doesn't count. You can't pick on one person as an exception. And that's not a business model that works. I open a store and say, 'Come on in and pay whatever you want.' Are you on fucking crack? Do you really believe that's a business model that works?" Oh Gene, judging by the recent reports stating most owners of Radiohead's In Rainbows downloaded it for free, well, you might actually have a point.
Click here to read the rest of the interview, which lists off all of his current business plans, including Ladies of the Night, his "personal and historical overview" of prostitution. Classy.