Gene Simmons Tells Adam Lambert to Shut Up

KISS co-founder, Gene Simmons, dropped by the FOX Philadelphia studios yesterday to talk about his A&E reality show, Family Jewels, but he also had a few thoughts and some advice for Idol runner up, Adam Lambert.

While Simmons said Adam is “great and has a lot of talent,” adding that “he’s got a future if he wants to sing in Queen or be on Broadway,” he doesn’t think he’s a true rock singer in the mold of Rolling Stone’s Mick Jagger.

He’s also had some advice for Adam, “Mostly he should shut up about his sexual preferences. We, America, the rest of the world, really don’t care,” he added, “I mean, if the story becomes ‘I prefer farm animals to,’ you know, who cares?”

Uh, that’s quite a leap there, Gene.

The ever modest Simmons had this to say about performing with Adam at the Idol finale, “How was it for him to perform with us, you mean?” he said. “That’s right, I see. Well, you just have to realize who the governor is and who the little puppy is.”

That’s right, KISS is so relevant to rock music, Gene is now relegated to appearing in some crappy A&E reality show with his family…

  • saga

    Hilarious! Gene is working hard on keeping himself, kiss and Adam in the spotlight. Can’t be too bad?

  • Ellie2

    Ah, Gene…ride those Adam coat tails as long as you can.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Well, I already commented in headlines, but I’ll do it again.

    Gene Simmons wrote a book about sleeping with thousands of women. Yet he wants Adam to shut up about his sexuality. :ponder_tb:

    Oh, and Gene, if only you had a voice akin to that of Freddie Mercury. There’s a reason that Queen was the closer of the show.

    I kind of wish they’d bring Gene into mentor. Heh.

  • colette

    blech — I need to take a shower after that….

  • Michelle

    Klassy!

  • SuzieQ

    Someone is a little bitter… Actually, I don’t think Adam said he wanted to go the way of hard rock like Kiss or say Nine Inch Nails…those were the judges who kept saying that.

    My view is that he wants to go the Pop route with a rock edge. He has so much range and can literally sing pretty much any genre.

  • mgk

    Gene needs to take his own advice and STFU! He’s so gross.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    Did he just take a swipe at Queen? That Freddie Mercury should not be considered a true rock singer?

    As for oversharing personal details, well, Gene should know. He’s the king of such things.

  • callitags

    Gene is a smart man. He knows that Adam is a media darling right now, and saying things like that about him will get Gene more press.

  • girlygirl

    KISS hasn’t been relevant for years…Gene Simmons is lucky that they got invited to do AI…makes audiences under the age of 40 realize they are still around!

  • Tess

    Really and truly…was Kiss ever relevant. Sure they have sold tons of albums (75 million give or take) but that is over 35 year period. Lets see where todays “rock” bands are 35 years from now.

    Personally, I remember Gene more because he had a relationship with Cher rather than as a Rock Star.

    Geesh…Adams coattails are getting pretty long and heavy.

  • KayGee

    I was a “kiss” fan via the radio, never would have thought to go to a concert (I am an R&B lover), we only listened to kiss because when I was coming up radio was still pretty racist, it was hard to find any mainstream R&B that wasn’t “Motown” on the airwaves.

    I said all that to say this, Gene Simmons grosses me out…I was so terribly offended by seeing his (and the others) tongue on the finale. His tongue and Adams tongue are used for 2 totally different reasons when performing (I had to say that part because Adam does show his tongue when singing).

    So for me, Gene Simmons can STFU and FADE into the warmed over universe…

  • selena

    Gene Simmons is dirty. yuck.

  • sleeptalker

    I’m really not familiar with that anchor, but she’s totally kissing Gene Simmons’ arse, no pun intended.

    I like how he takes the first opportunity he has to ramble on about himself. Also…if America *truthfully* didn’t care, I doubt Adam would have made the cover of Rolling Stone. Juuuuust saying.

  • unique28v

    Gene Simmons wrote a book about sleeping with thousands of women. Yet he wants Adam to shut up about his sexuality.

    Oh wow. Gene Simmons wrote a book on how many women he slept with?? lol I didn’t know that.

  • karenw

    I think Gene should spend less time blowing his own trumpet and more time in the hairdressers getting his hair sorted out … what’s that all about? .. is it animal, vegetable or mineral?

    Also, being in the UK I have no idea what the “Family Jewels” programme is about but from what I gather is he just jumping on “The Osbournes” bandwaggon?

    I doubt Adam’s losing much sleep over Gene’s comments …. it was blatantly obvious that he got a bigger kick out of sharing the stage with Queen, even if Gene doesn’t consider them a “proper rock band” …lol

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    LMAO go gene

  • will

    Farm animals??? Really Gene?

    Let’s see, Adam is supposed to stay in the closet (that’s really what he’s saying), while this fugly breeder gets to stuff his heterosexual lifestyle down our throats with his idiotic reality show? What a genius.

  • undercooked

    I wonder if they will invite Clay on next?

  • calimari

    Mostly he should shut up about his sexual preferences. We, America, the rest of the world, really donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t care.”

    Well, I guess considering how he’s been hounded by TMZ, speculated about by every media outlet, that America really didn’t care. We SHOULDN’T care, but obviously folks are following the story keenly.

    Agree: KISS has never been relevant beyond action figures when my nephew was little; Gene is gross; Adam will go into electronica pop, not rock. Don’t know why these old rockers are trying to draw a line around themselves to keep Adam out of their club. Even Kanye had nice things to say about Kris and it’s obvious Kris won’t be rapping anytime soon…

  • girlygirl

    I want to know how desperate all those women were to bang a rock star — ANY rock star — if they had sex with Gene Simmons…he totally grosses me out.

  • bambambam

    Gene Simmons wrote a book about sleeping with thousands of women. Yet he wants Adam to shut up about his sexuality.

    Precisely.

    I’m sick of insecure heterosexual men who judge and abuse gay people and straight women too. Gene Simmons is the last person in the world with standing to say what America is interested in sexually or otherwise.

  • RubySlippers

    Dick.

  • JustWatching

    It hasn’t been likely that Adam could “STFU” about his sexuality when it has been almost the first question out of every reporters mouth. lol

  • karenw

    I wonder if they will invite Clay on next?

    :lol_tb: … only if he’s into animals ..

    …as according to Gene people are interested in that kind of thing :rolleyes_tb:

  • suebrody

    Loved Queen, hated KISS. (And yes, I am old enough to have listened to both.) Brian May was so classy on the finale, and Gene Simmons was…sticking his tongue out. ICKY. Queen will always be relevant, IMO, like Bowie and Elton John. And KISS…will not.

  • ShabbyChic

    I agree with Gene. I don’t want to hear about Adam’s sexuality. I DON’T CARE!
    I also agree with him that Adam is not a rock star.

  • meme

    Gene Simmons scheeves me out too. I think Constantine M., and Gene could have possibly come from the same bad skanky seed. :shock_ee:

  • monacommish

    Jealous much?

  • hypertwink

    Geeshà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Adams coattails are getting pretty long and heavy.

    Yeah, and how many millions of albums have Adam sold? Please. Even if Gene Simmons is a has-been, he was a rockstar. Not some reality show contestant whose marketability is still untested.

  • karenw

    Loved Queen, hated KISS. (And yes, I am old enough to have listened to both.) Brian May was so classy on the finale, and Gene Simmons wasà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦sticking his tongue out. ICKY. Queen will always be relevant, IMO, like Bowie and Elton John. And KISSà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦will not.

    I feel the same way …. to me KISS are like cartoon characters, a gimick.

    … also the difference between KISS and the likes of Bowie and Elton is that the latter have devoloped over the years and moved with the times .. in both the music they play and the way they dress … KISS on the other hand are still dressing and performing just like they did in the 70′s … very dated.

  • will

    I agree with Gene. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t want to hear about Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sexuality. I DONà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢T CARE!

    Do you also think Kris should not talk about his wife? IT’S THE SAME THING!

  • suebrody

    Yeah, and how many millions of albums have Adam sold? Please. Even if Gene Simmons is a has-been, he was a rockstar. Not some reality show contestant whose marketability is still untested.

    Yep. Has been vs will be.

  • spring2009

    That made me feel really icky….yuck.
    How f’ing old is that guy anyway? NEVER liked KISS…

  • annie487

    gene should be the one to stfu

    adam didnt bring up his sexuality to begin with

    the media are the ones who keep on questioning until adam finally spill it all out

  • CathyMK

    Once again, Gene Simmons proves he is the hypocritical, egotistical slimeball that I’ve always known him to be. He can think he’s important all he wants- it doesn’t change the fact that his entire career is based on 2 hit songs that are 30 years old. The rest is shameless self-promotion. KISS is not much more than a one hit wonder.

  • ShabbyChic

    I don’t see Kris and his wife laying on a bed on the cover of RollingStone, Will. @@

  • hollyncali

    Gene Simmons makes a good point.

  • girlygirl

    I don’t think Adam’s sexuality should be the focus — it should be him as a musician. But Adam is a smart guy — he knew the media would keep speculating until he actually came out — and he used that to his advantage. Good for him. Now, hopefully, everyone can focus more on Adam’s music.

  • kijico3

    I

    think Gene should spend less time blowing his own trumpet and more time in the hairdressers getting his hair sorted out à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s that all about? .. is it animal, vegetable or mineral?

    :lol_tb:

  • http://absinthedreamers.blogspot.com/ Starrlight

    We all gotta cut Gene some slack. That last facelift pulled his head so tight he suffers a lack of blood flow to the brain. He obviously does not get that Adam wasn’t the one to start the sexuality discussion. Oh and didn’t Gene go on and on about the number of chicks he slept with?

  • http://myspace.com/pm68 Pam

    Gene is so full of himself.

  • xuziqueue

    You just have to wonder why simmons feels defensive enough to have to go on the record sounding like a jealous jerk.

  • will

    I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see Kris and his wife laying on a bed on the cover of RollingStone, Will. @@

    Huh? You would have a point if Adam was “laying on a bed” with Drake. He’s simply posing for a cover shot.

  • Ellie2

    I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see Kris and his wife laying on a bed on the cover of RollingStone,

    Adam wasn’t laying with anyone on the cover…unless you count the snake. And I’m sure if Kris and Katy had the chance to be on the cover of RS, they would jump at it.

  • Winks8

    Actually, I’m suuurrrreeee what Gene meant to say was “all you fucking reporters need to shut up about Adam’s sexuality, because America and everybody doesn’t care!!”

    When you think about it…. Adam has said very little. He’s chosen one venue with which to respond, and I’ll bet he would prefer he never has to speak about it again. (Probably will have to just because it’ll be one of the stock reporter questions… at least for awhile.)

    Karen, had to laugh at your comment (below). I live in the US and have no idea what the “Family Jewels” show is about, lol!!

    Also, being in the UK I have no idea what the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Family Jewelsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  programme is about but from what I gather is he just jumping on à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“The Osbournesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  bandwaggon?

  • Squirrely

    I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see Kris and his wife laying on a bed on the cover of RollingStone, Will. @@

    …and that stinks for Kris – Adam is hot- he didn’t make a big deal out of this the media did and he worked it to his advantage as any of these musicians would do if given the opportrunity.

  • LindaT

    Actually, Gene Simmons is a pretty smart guy. He’s promoting his reality show, so he wants to generate publicity. He makes some provocative comments about Adam and, bingo, he gets lots of attention. PR problem solved!

    And deep down inside, Gene is probably jealous because Adam is younger, prettier and a better singer. And, the girls probably like Adam a whole lot more, too. :)

  • ShabbyChic

    I didn’t bring Kris and his wife into it. I made a comment that I am tired of hearing about Adam’s sexuality, and you brought Kris and his wife in to the discussion. Kris and his wife don’t have a RollingStone cover and article revolving around their sexuality. This thread is not about Kris and his wife, so I am going to keep on topic according to MJ’s rules from here on out.

  • bluejeans

    Oh, Gene. Way to be classy. NOT.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦. to me KISS are like cartoon characters, a gimick.

    Hee. You summed up my feelings on how I feel about Adam. Cartoon character. Gimmick. Yeah, pretty much.

  • lovethecheesyshow

    Adam is certainly not a “rock star”–like Gene.
    and I’m so happy that he’s not.

  • karenw

    Karen, had to laugh at your comment (below). I live in the US and have no idea what the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Family Jewelsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  show is about, lol!!

    Also, being in the UK I have no idea what the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Family Jewelsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  programme is about but from what I gather is he just jumping on à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“The Osbournesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  bandwaggon?

    lol … ah well .. pleased I’m not the only one. It’s just that in the UK “Family Jewels” is slang for what a bloke has in his trousers (if you know what I mean) .. so I just wondered if it had the same slang meaning in the US as that’s something of Gene’s that a certainly wouldn’t be interested in. :unsure_tb:

  • Winks8

    “I agree with Gene. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t want to hear about Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sexuality. I DONà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢T CARE!”

    I know… don’t you just wish all the press would just stop already? I mean, Adam wouldn’t have to respond if the media didn’t focus on it.

    “I also agree with him that Adam is not a rock star.”

    So true… “Rock Star” is too limiting for Adam.

  • papercut

    Maybe Gene just wants to be on headline news on Google for a few hours? I mean, I wouldn’t be surprised if he turns out on the front page of Yahoo news now. Adam’s been headline news everywhere for the past week.

  • will

    Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just that in the UK à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Family Jewelsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is slang for what a bloke has in his trousers (if you know what I mean) ..

    It has the same meaning here, Karen! A&E must be so proud.

  • Natasha

    Did Gene get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? :lol_tb: He’s really milking this Adam thing for all it’s worth.

  • xuziqueue

    Maybe Gene just wants to be on headline news on Google for a few hours? I mean, I wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be surprised if he turns out on the front page of Yahoo news now. Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s been headline news everywhere for the past week.

    Too funny, papercut! Like where your mind’s going on this.

  • Sunn

    Farm animals?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!

  • relyec

    I for one never pegged adam as a Rock Star but an international sensation in his own right style. I get the Idea that Gene is just mad that his time is over and Adam’s is just beginning!! I loved Kiss back in the day and still respect them however the times have changed and it’s time for something fresh! I just lost respect for Gene with his negativity, Adam said nothing to the effect that he was better than kiss just that he was honered to sing with them.

  • LisaE

    Adam doesn’t have to respond to this…Rolling Stone did it for him. What was the line again? On yeah… “After all this was the guy who upstaged Kiss on the finale.” ;)

    btw, I found it funny in the RS article, that even Adam thought they might be a little too campy. lol. That’s saying something.

  • LaurelG

    He obviously does not get that Adam wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t the one to start the sexuality discussion.

    This is exactly the point. Realistically, Adam didn’t have much of a choice because the hounding by the media would have completely overshadowed everything else. On the other hand, regarding Gene’s info about bedding over a thousand women, seems to me he volunteered that little tidbit. (I doubt it’s true but even if it’s only a fraction of that number, hope there’s a support group out there for those poor women.)

    It’s hard to take anything this guy says seriously. He’s all about the PR and promoting/drawing attention to himself.

  • alaadam

    LMAO! How many youtube hits did Adam give KISS after the performance? How bout those i-tunes sales Gene? Couldn’t have gotten those in this day and time without ADAM! Ride those coat-tails. Did you hear Gene sing? ROFLMAO!

  • karenw

    It has the same meaning here, Karen! A&E must be so proud.

    Thanks will … so another classy show then? … perhaps the literal translation would have been a more appropriate title …lol

  • IdolThoughts

    Hey Gene…you wouldn’t even be “news” if it weren’t for Adam. So you should say…”Adam…KEEP TALKING!!!”

    In contrast, I DO want to hear about Adam, his sexuality, his brand of eyeliner, his bf, his preference of Splenda vs. Equal…yeah…pretty much everything. I lurve him. It’s fun getting to know him. So…no…I definitely do not want him to shut up about anything!

  • Vicon

    Gene is a whore for attention. Everyone knows that. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d try to sell his products even while expressing condolences to someone. I swore off to never watch his show after I saw him on Celebrity Apprentice (he could not get along with nobody!). he came out as big F diva there.
    What I like about this video is that it was meant to be exclusive Geneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s promo, and they still played Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s clips on it. Ha, ha!!!. In your face scary hair Simmons.

  • mar

    Blatant PR move and tacky way to get his show some attention.

    But I think he needs to tell THE MEDIA to shut up about Adam’s preferences, since Adam hasn’t been the one insisting on talking about it.

    And no offense, but I have always regarded Kiss morea as a circus act rather than a rock band.

  • Sunn

    I should explain my comment above. I don’t mind Gene knocking Adam , hey he has a right to his opinion. But equating homosexuality with bestiality is outrageous. I’m straight and I think it’s outrageous to draw a correlation between the two things. Simmons just insulted 5% of the US population. What a total prat.

  • Ellie2

    The whole idea that Adam should shut up about his sexuality annoys the piss out of me. Should Adam *have* to talk about it? Of course not. If he decides to speak about it, then no one should be telling him to shut up about it. If they don’t like it, they don’t have to read the article or watch the program. If Brad Pitt had a RS cover and talked about his life with Angelina or their kids, I doubt people would be telling him to shut up about it.

  • 123abc456

    Okay Adam Lambert is a singer is he not. Someone is going to have to tell why I should care that he is gay. I am not a Kiss fan never have been but I think that Adam should concentrate on the music and putting out an album that people will listen to. Gene Simmons is supposed to be thrilled to be singing with Adam? Am I getting this right? This is a multiplatinum selling artist who time has come truth be told but Adam is not anywhere near this level. That is right KISS has a ton of albums out and there are several that are platinum so they are not a one hit wonder.

    I will repeat I am not a KISS fan never have been. But this man in his crude way has a point. Adam should stop talking about his sexuality and start concentrating on his music. YMMV

  • xuziqueue

    Simmons is definitely getting way more press and attention than he deserves. Love Vicon’s “scary hair” comment. Way over-processed and brittle. Wonder how bad the eyes must look. Must hide them all of the time cuz of the scary bags underneath.

  • RubySlippers
  • http://myspace.com/morganmadelynne marymagdalene

    If Brad Pitt had a RS cover and talked about his life with Angelina or their kids, I doubt people would be telling him to shut up about it.

    Eh, I know I would be at the very least THINKING that, as I am SO BORED of “Brangelina,” it is beyond ridiculous!!!

  • HannaB4

    How can Adam shut up about it when EVERYONE is asking him about it? He set the record straight, now he can move on.
    Gene, you’re kinda sounding OLD. ;)

  • adamlover

    this really burns me up. first off, it is the media that hounded him endlessly about him revealing his sexuality…and if he didnt, people were saying he was trying to hide it. Adam said over and over again it was a singing competition not a kissing competition. now that the competition is over he said he wanted to get it out and then move on with making music.

    but, of course gene simmons needs the camera on him and so hes attacking adam. i cant stand kiss but adam made them enjoyable when he sang with them…if it werent for adam with them i would have fast fowarded their segment. i cant stand him, never could. let him go back to celebrity apprentice.

  • will

    If Brad Pitt had a RS cover and talked about his life with Angelina or their kids, I doubt people would be telling him to shut up about it.

    Thank you Ellie2, that’s all I was trying to say as well. Not to keep harping on Kris, but just using him as an example, I didn’t hear anyone telling him to shut up about his sexuality when he introduced his wife in his very first taped package on AI.

  • Ellie2

    Eh, I know I would be at the very least THINKING that, as I am SO BORED of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Brangelina,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  it is beyond ridiculous!!!

    LOL! Okay, I see your point. But say it was Kris on the cover and he talked about how he met Katy or their marriage. I doubt people would be telling him to shut up and talk only about the music.

  • PhDude

    Exactly! Adam completely UPSTAGED Kiss on the finale. He is a pop singer, rock star, broadway baby and anything else he wants to be! I love ADAM and will be first in line to buy whatever he is selling. Gene should remember that people like me also like KISS and I would have bought their new album but am thinking twice about it because he is being a jerk. We LOVE you ADAM! Adam is AMAZING!

  • Ellie2

    Will, you are I are sharing the same brain today! LOL

  • Chipmunk

    LMAO!!!
    When he doesn’t talk about it,he’s being coy and an attention whore, when he talks about it, he should shut up already. LOL!!!

  • FairyKing

    I think Gene Simmons needs to shut up. Adam hasn’t been very vocal about his sexuality. It’s just there. How is not talking about it…talking about it? He came out to the media in rolling stone. It was obvious he was gay, but losers like Perez Hilton and the rest of the media needed to hear it, because they’re fucking losers. THEY were the ones talking about it. They were badgering about it, he wasn’t screaming it. Did all that makeup seep into Gene’s brain and make him brick dumb? Also America ALWAYS cares, because American’s a fucking shallow like that.

    He needs to keep his damn ego in check too. Someone asking him what it was like to work with Adam doesn’t mean they were putting Adam on a pedestal and you in the dirt. It just means they’re asking you what it’s like to work with someone. It seems like you’re the little puppy Gene because you’re fucking WHINING like one. You’re way past your prime. Deal with it.

    And why the hell compare him to Mick Jagger? Why is he the standard by which rockers are measured? Plus if you were going to measure Adam by anyone, I think it’d be Bowie. But Adam shouldn’t have to conform to some bullshit mold so he can become the next whatever. He should just do his own thing. He might become a rock legend, he might not, either way, he’s going to do it his way. He wants to be Adam Lambert, not Mick Jagger the sequel.

  • steve

    123abc456
    Jun 11th, 2009 at 2:06 pm
    Okay Adam Lambert is a singer is he not. Someone is going to have to tell why I should care that he is gay. I am not a Kiss fan never have been but I think that Adam should concentrate on the music and putting out an album that people will listen to. Gene Simmons is supposed to be thrilled to be singing with Adam? Am I getting this right? This is a multiplatinum selling artist who time has come truth be told but Adam is not anywhere near this level. That is right KISS has a ton of albums out and there are several that are platinum so they are not a one hit wonder.

    I will repeat I am not a KISS fan never have been. But this man in his crude way has a point. Adam should stop talking about his sexuality and start concentrating on his music. YMMV

    and stop talking about his drug use and drinking so much.Most parents do not like to hear this if they have kids that like adam.

  • 123abc456

    I have to respond one more time. You can not tell me that Adam is not embracing this. Because he is. So to say that it is all the media’s fault is wrong headed. Adam could just say “yes I am gay” so let’s move on. He has chosen not to do that. He of course is free to do what he wants but he is not a victim here by any means. He is choosing to handle the situation this way.

  • Sunn

    Chipmunk
    Jun 11th, 2009 at 2:15 pm
    LMAO!!!
    When he doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t talk about it,heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s being coy and an attention whore, when he talks about it, he should shut up already. LOL!!!

    So true. LOL!

  • CCAdamFan

    Adam is waaay too good to ever be in a gimmicky rock band like KISS.

    And I agree that Adam has said very little about his personal life, except to Rolling Stone. But in the future, when some jackass reporter asks him about it, he should say “Please see the July issue of Rolling Stone. Next.” And then be about his business of entertaining us all!

  • Ellie2

    edit: don’t question the motives of posters

  • Winks8

    Just to focus on the positive…..

    1.After the AI finale, backstage to the press, Gene said “Adam is a powerful and attractive man.”

    I think this is funny because if you’ll notice in the video clip MJ posted, Gene refers to himself as …. you guessed it… “a powerful and attractive man.”
    Me thinks Gene has much admiration for Adam.

    Also in the video Gene says: “This kid is great, he has a lot of talent. He should be the new lead singer of Queen… he has a great Freddie Mercury-esque voice.”
    On Gene’s website he clarified his “staffers” quote about Adam not being a rock singer by saying Adam has more of a Freddie Mercury, Steven Tyler, Steve Perry (Journey) vibe and voice. (Pretty complimentary.)

    As Adam and Michael Slezak say… I think Gene is just being Gene. He likes to be provocative. Gene doesn’t think Adam is Mick Jagger/Rolling Stones… but he does think he’s Freddie Mercury, Steve Tyler, Steve Perry. I could go along with that. (I’m sure Adam can do a mean Jagger, but the others are more in his wheelhouse… as they say.)

  • Tess

    Most parents do not like to hear this if they have kids that like adam.

    It is a PARENT’S responsibility to set the rules and standards that they feel their children should follow. If parent’s don’t like something Adam says or does make sure your kids know that, but don’t condemn Adam for doing it. He’s a grown man of 27 with a history and he lives in the real world. Only parent’s should realistically be role models for kids or ENDORSE those people that they think their children should try and emulate.

    The only thing Adam has ever alluded to about kids is that he wants them to know that it is OK to grow up feeling different. And, I think the best part of Adam’s early life that is very revealing is that his family trusted and LOVED him enough to talk to him about the way he felt and feels. Wouldn’t it be nice if most parents felt and acted this way.

  • lavender1960

    Gene knows exactly how to create controversy which just puts his name in the press – he doesn’t care if the reaction to him is negative – he is of the no such thing as bad publicity school – all the Adam fans will be talking about him right, so he’s accomplished his goal.

    KISS never was relevant musically after their initial foray into makeup and platform shoes and that first KISS Live album, but the KISS army is alive and well and make the Claymates look like amateurs. It is amazing how they still pull in younger kids, the kids that like the heavy metal which is not played on the radio, which is not mainstream and so being a KISS fan is still an act of rebellion to some extent and yet being part of the KISS army is an act of conformity.

    The reality is the average KISS fan or even average Gene Simmons fan is not going to be an Adam Lambert fan so he can insult Adam without insulting the KISS fanbase and in fact he likely will be applauded by the KISS fanbase. Refer back to Rob Zombie.

    Though I wonder how the KISS army felt when Paul Stanley played the Phantom and he did good, bwah.

  • washpd

    So, let me get this straight. And aging rocker who has repeatedly bragged about the thousands of women he slept with and who now appears on a reality show about his personal life is telling Adam Lamber that he should shut up about his sexuality? Give me a break.

    Whatever, Gene. Nobody cares what you think.

  • Anastasia72071

    karenw
    lol à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ ah well .. pleased Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not the only one. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just that in the UK à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Family Jewelsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is slang for what a bloke has in his trousers (if you know what I mean) .. so I just wondered if it had the same slang meaning in the US as thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s something of Geneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s that a certainly wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be interested in.

    Yep, we have that same expression in North America (in Canada, anyway – I can’t speak for the U.S.). I could be wrong, but I think the name of the show is meant to be a double entendre – because that’s what Simmons is all about. As Slezak and Adam said in the Idolatry interview, Simmons likes to be provocative. That’s his schtick – his whole identity, really. I find him rather obnoxious (to put it lightly). I think he tends to be very closed-minded about anything that wasn’t his idea to begin with – and I bet he’s pissed at Adam’s comment to Slezak – “Did you hear HIM sing on the show? He sounded great [tiny smirk, eye-twinkle].” (man that cracks me up every time I think about it!!! Go Adam!)

  • http://www.theadamlambertconnection.com tuke18

    Now looks who’s riding Adam’s coattails!!! lol

  • karenw

    and stop talking about his drug use and drinking so much.Most parents do not like to hear this if they have kids that like adam.

    perhaps I’ve missed all the other interviews where he’s spoken about drinking and drugs but I thought that he’s only spoken about it in one interview in the RS .. which is obviously a warts and all interview where he’s just being honest and answering questions honestly about himself. Things that if he didn’t come out in the open about now I’m sure there would be someone crawling out of the woodwork when his CD is released to make a bit of money by selling the story and no doubt adding their own interpretation. It’s far better that Adam puts his cards on the table now.

    I agree that if in a couple of weeks time, when the RS circus has calmed down, he’s bringing up drink and drugs in all of his interviews then that’s the time for people to want him to shut up about it .. but I see nothing wrong in one article where he’s being honest about his life.

    Just because kids like Adam it doesn’t mean that he has to lie or cover up his past or his present to comply with a kid friendly image. He has as much right to be himself as all of us.

  • will

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m really not familiar with that anchor, but sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s totally kissing Gene Simmonsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ arse, no pun intended.

    Actually, I think when she said “I agree with you Gene because you are a guest on my show,” it was a clear signal that she thought he was an a-hole.

  • Dr. Tracey

    Gene Simmons should shut up.

  • relyec

    adamlover you hit the nail on the head!!!! You really think Adam wanted to keep talking about it?? He wanted to get it all out so he could just move on to the music. CAN’T WAIT FOR THE CD!!!! ps…. What is with all the mick jaggar stuff did I miss something? I never heard Adam say he wanted to be the next Mick jaggar or the next rock star all I’ve heard him say is he want’s to be something original.

  • PhDude

    Gene did the same interview on a ton of Fox affiliates today here is an excerpt from another one:
    “Adam should have won. On the other hand he should have kept his mouth shut about his sexual preferences. I don’t really care what he wants to do and neither does America. But this kid’s got talent, Adam Lambert can go on. As long as he’s quiet about whatever else he prefers to do indoors. I personally don’t care, I mean if you love farm animals, that’s fine, but I don’t wanna read a magazine about that.”
    This is of course coming from the man who has bragged about having had sex with 4600 women, and whose current claim to fame is a reality show about what his family does… Indoors.
    I love the double standard that heteros like Gene haveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ I would say Gene is more likely to have and to have had sex with farm animals than almost anybody else on the planet. He isà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ just gross.
    We love ADAM! He is going to need to get use to other people like Gene and Clay saying provocative things about him to get some media attention for awhile. Brush it off Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ as Rolling Stone saidà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ Adam upstaged KISS on the finale of idol and that is no small fete.

  • Anastasia72071

    Gene Simmons wrote a book about sleeping with thousands of women. Yet he wants Adam to shut up about his sexuality.

    unique28v
    Oh wow. Gene Simmons wrote a book on how many women he slept with?? lol I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know that.

    Yep, and he used to talk about it at any & every opportunity. I saw an interview he did maybe 10-12 years ago where he was going on and on about it, with a scantily-clad large-breasted blonde woman on his lap the whole time (not Shannon, his wife). He really is a Pig. He’s the LAST person on the planet who ought to be giving people advice about what they should and should not reveal to to the world.

  • mmb

    Apparently Gene also said in one of these interviews that by coming out Adam’s career is now over “over before its begun” which according to Gene is too bad because he can really sing….i don’t know how to do links, but you can find the quotes through google….what a jerk

  • PhDude

    This http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/entertainment/music/dpgo_Simmons_Adam_Lambert_detroit_fc_20090611_2562743
    is another interview Gene did with Phoenix Fox affiliate and talked about how amazingly talented Adam is. We have to remember how he is old and from another generation and they just don’t get it. Adam is AMAZING… We LOVE you ADAM!

  • GeminiDolly

    I got lost when the farm animals came up, but I agree with Gene somewhat. I dont think Adam needs to talk about his sexuality and it should not matter, I know I dont care. He said it once, that should be enough. Get on with the music!!

  • hyelady47

    i was never a kiss fan, i’m not saying they are not a great rock band legend. but gene simmons just proved what a low life he is. he sure has to do a lot of other stuff to support his lifestyle. a lot of stuff not entailing music genius. he isn’t doing a very good job keeping up with pop culture, isn’t that what he’s all about???? pop culture????
    he would’ve known that adam would’ve loved if nobody gave a hoot about his personal life. but the media sure did a great job of posting everywhere “is america ready for a gay idol”? was that adam’s fault low-life simmons????

  • karenw

    Apparently Gene also said in one of these interviews that by coming out Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s career is now over à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“over before its begunà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  which according to Gene is too bad because he can really sing

    so Gene’s now psychic is he? …lol

    Message to Gene … Susan Boyle’s just been on the phone ..she want’s her hair back.

    (sorry a bit cruel to Susan but I couldn’t resist)

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ Zsus

    Aw, Gene! *lol* I love him so. (Yeah, I was a KISS fan back in their day. No, they were never particularly relevant. No, Gene, himself, has never been nor ever wil be Mick Jagger. But, they were a pretty cool and awesome group at the time.)

    Gene is a master of self-promotion (and an egomaniac and misogynist, but I digress.) He knows how to answer questions with a twist, and that’s what makes hiim provocative. He never said anything bad about Adam. In fact, he’s pretty complimentary. “He should have won. He’s got talent. He could be fronting Queen.”

    In other news, Adam’s brother, Neil, has blogged that he was interviewed for the 20/20 piece.

  • lizardino

    Hereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a 20/20 sneak peek.

    I sang Cher!! lol.

    Thanks for this quote Rubyslippers! I just watched this clip twice, and I love Kara in this clip! She is very cool and it shows her taking a picture of Adam on her phone (cute). Then they discuss fashion and his coming out.

    I completely agree with Kara that people should be lining up to dress Adam. Designers love people who aren’t afraid of fashion that is unexpected or out-of-the-box. She even has names and numbers to pass on to him! As for the coming out part, I’m with her when she says “who cares.” Really — for many of us it’s such a non-issue that it’s absurd that it’s become SUCH a big deal in the press. Adam’s statement to Kara is great as well (and true for most of the people I know) — now you have to go watch the clip yourself!

    LOL — I just looked at what I wrote and realized how many exclamation points I used in just a few sentences. I have now officially reverted back to a junior high school girl. Like OMG!!!!! Hee-hee.

  • BootStar

    Gene Simmons is a professional provocateur. I still haven’t gotten over his behavior when Terry Gross attempted to interview him on NPR’s Fresh Air! From Wikipedia:

    In February 2002 Gross interviewed Gene Simmons of KISS in an infamous clash of NPR propriety and rock star flamboyance. Simmons discussed his sexual experimentation with women of all age groups and propositioned Gross in demonstration. According to NPR’s web site, Simmons withheld permission to supply transcripts or audio of the interview on their website.

    Here’s an actual excerpt of the transcipt:

    Simmons: The notion is if you want to welcome me with open arms Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m afraid youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll also have to welcome me with open legs.
    Gross: Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a really obnoxious thing to say.
    Simmons: No ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not.

    You can read more about it here, but, yeah, this is essentially a scorched pot calling a kettle black.

  • unique28v

    LOL! Okay, I see your point. But say it was Kris on the cover and he talked about how he met Katy or their marriage. I doubt people would be telling him to shut up and talk only about the music.

    Nope. People would be saying “awww how cute”!! And then they’d go on and on how they hope they could meet someone like that. lol

  • Chipmunk

    “PhDude said:This is of course coming from the man who has bragged about having had sex with 4600 women”

    _________________

    Wow, seriously?

    Go Gene Simmons!Hehehehe

  • Anastasia72071

    I wonder if they will invite Clay on next?

    karenw
    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ only if heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s into animals ..
    …as according to Gene people are interested in that kind of thing

    Interestingly enough, the ONE episode of “Family Jewels” I have watched centred around him deciding to go out and invest in bull sperm, so he drove out to a ranch to “inspect the merchandise” and spent quite a bit of time commenting on the size of the bulls’ “units” and discussing how much “product” they produce. Then, upon his return home, he discovered that his wife had bought his daughter a horse, which was tethered on the front lawn munching on the grass. He was not impressed. It was quite amusing. lol

    CCAdamFan
    in the future, when some jackass reporter asks him about it, he should say à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Please see the July issue of Rolling Stone. Next.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Here here! My thoughts exactly.

  • lola

    MJ, I agree with your comments on the topic. Gene might be out of touch of what’s going on in the media that’s why he gave those statements. But at least he acknowledged that Adam is talented and should have won.

    Each has his own opinion about coming out as gay. But so far, everyhting seems favorable towards Adam. Hopefully, in a few days, his sexuality will be in the back burner and we’ll be back discussing again about his performance in the Idol tour.

  • lizardino

    I do agree with Gene Simmons that Adam did indeed perform with them and not the other way around. However, Gene Simmons on my computer always makes me want to wipe the screen down and go take a shower. It really shows what a cool guy Adam is by comparison.

  • isisdagmar

    Simmon’s saying that Adam is not really a rock singer is his (incorrect, IMO, although it doesn’t seem like Adam wants to do pure rock) opinion (although if by his definition Freddy Mercury is not a rock singer, then what exactly is his definition?), and the complimentary things he said were nice, but comparing homosexuality to bestiality, even indirectly, is horrible and homophobic.

  • wand3rful

    Oh, Gene….way to rattle the cages. I really find him non-offensive (farm animal quote aside) mainly bc he is always like this….big bark, no bite. RS just came out yesterday, this hoopla will soon die down and then, yes we can focus on the music. But Gene probably doesn’t follow the news/adam as much as we do on this blog, thus all he probably sees are constant headlines about Adam’s sexuality, giving the impression Adam is creating this media mess.

    whateverz. the man is old, respect your elders :) 30-40yrs from now , our kids and/or grandkids might be attacking Adam over his quotes.

  • unique28v

    Here is the link to the 20/20 clip with Kara/Adam where Kara says no one should care about him being gay, its about how great his voice is, etc. Kara also says in this clip that designers are probably lining up to dress Adam as someone above mentioned.

    http://abcnews.go.com/2020/

  • Sunn

    PhDude
    Jun 11th, 2009 at 2:45 pm
    This http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/…….
    is another interview Gene did with Phoenix Fox affiliate and talked about how amazingly talented Adam is. We have to remember how he is old and from another generation and they just donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get it. Adam is AMAZINGà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ We LOVE you ADAM!

    That’s a better interview (no farm animals). Gene says that it’s unfortuante that Adam had to divulge his sexual preference because he is:

    “Career killer….[snip]… he’s forcing us to deal with it, and it’s going to be a turn off to the masses”.

    So Gene things that being a gay entertainer is a turn off to the music buying public, I disagree. But it is the first time it has ever been done at the beginning of ones career so it’s definitely a risk. I’m of the school that believes that people will buy music they like regardless of their opinion of the artist, I may be wrong but I hope I’m not. Only time will tell.

  • will

    Kara also says in this clip that designers are probably lining up to dress Adam as someone above mentioned.

    That clip is kind of off-topic, but anything to stop talking about Gene for a moment. . .

    I thought it was a kind of funny when Kara said “Did you dress yourself?” — a slight dig along the lines of “Is that what you’re wearing?” I think Adam probably misses the days when he had a clothing allowance on AI.

  • michaelteal

    Proper rock stars, according to Mr. Simmons, only promote themselves through misogyny and homophobia. By that definition, of course Adam Lambert can’t be a proper rock star–only a Queen-type rock star (because Freddie Mercury wasn’t a *proper* rockstar either, only a homosexual one), or a Broadway star. It’s Gene Simmons – and not just in these interviews, but also when he initially said “Adam Lambert’s not a rock star!!! oops, I mean I guess he’s like one of those fag* ‘rock stars’ whatshisname, oh, Freddie Mercury” – that actually repeatedly brings up Adam Lambert’s non-heterosexuality.

    I think the remarks that Adam can’t be a real rock star because his route to fame was a reality TV show and not a lot of touring and making a name for himself with a band are valid, but as others have pointed out, that’s not what Adam’s really going for. And did people have the same critiques of Daughtry? If not, it’s probably because Daughtry’s just making lame generic Nickelback-type “rock” music (apologies if you love those bands, it’s just not my style) and doesn’t recall an older generation of rock’n’roll music. But again, Adam’s not really going for either of those.

    *i use this word as a gay man myself, to mock homophobia, not to perpetuate it; i’ll change it if it’s not appropriate

  • karenw

    Speaking of KISS and Adam on Idol .. I’m not sure if it’s already been commented on but did anyone else notice Paul Stanley nearly fall off his platforms when he walked from the asceding podium to his mic stand during the finale?

    It’s at around 2:53 .. he either slips on something or goes over slightly on his ankle

    http://media.photobucket.com/video/adam%20lambert/Tracie_album/Adam%20Lambert%20videos/AdamLambert-Kiss.flv?o=0

    Perhaps they’re getting too old for the heels.

  • AnnaMarieFields

    I never liked kiss or gene.Adam will make millions and Gene will be speechless.
    I think Gene is just jealous that Adam out-shined him on stage.He feels like he
    needs to prove that he’s better.

  • michaelteal

    also, don’t forget, whatever simmons thinks of adam’s rock and roll career, at least he considers adam a “powerful and attractive man.” so maybe if adam doesn’t co-front kiss with gene someday, they can still hookup in some way…

  • DEfan

    Need some help! I have pretty much figured out everything else, but what does YMMV stand for? Thanks!

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    Oh gosh, another raggedy old rock star grabbing on to Adams coattails to get some exposure for his show

  • http://absinthedreamers.blogspot.com/ Starrlight

    and stop talking about his drug use and drinking so much.Most parents do not like to hear this if they have kids that like adam.

    Myself and several other parents I know of do not have any problems with him talking honestly about it. It’s a chance for a dialogue with your kids if it is truly bothersome to you. It’s Rolling Stone magazine, not Teen Beat.

  • jpfan

    Maybe Gene saw the Idolatry where Mr. Lambert took a dig at him. Either way, he didn’t say anything that terrible. And if he did he was smart enough to get some buzz going for himself. If you notice he’s always self promoting. Like I said if Lambert is around for forty years like Simmons, he can call himself the guvna too. But Gene is a huge egotist. It’s always about him 24/7.

    Why the put down of reality TV? In the end that’s what American Idol is.

  • will

    Need some help! I have pretty much figured out everything else, but what does YMMV stand for? Thanks!

    Your mileage may vary — meaning, you may disagree.

  • Chipmunk

    @DE Fan,

    YMMV=Your Mileage May Vary

    Which alludes to differeced in opinion,taste and yanking positions

  • lola

    This may be off-topic but I read some postings in another blog yesterday about Adam NOT being gay. That he is just pretending to be gay so that he can be talked about. Really funny….people have way of stirring up things. Poor Adam, damn if you do, damn if you don’t. But he’ll be fine.

  • weareallinnocent

    Not much time to read comments today, sorry everyone…

    For me, it’s hard to get worked up about comments from a guy who, even in his day, was best known for sticking out his tongue. Tough to take that guy seriously, ya know? LOL

    Sorry Gene, but yeah, who cares?

  • Chipmunk

    @DE Fan,

    YMMV=Your Mileage May Vary

    Which alludes to differeced in opinion,taste and variance in yanking positions

  • Tess

    DEfan
    Jun 11th, 2009 at 3:27 pm
    Need some help! I have pretty much figured out everything else, but what does YMMV stand for? Thanks!

    YMMV…your mileage may vary

    Also if you google “text abbreviations” you’ll find lots of sites that give you insights into all of these.

    For me the worst are when people start talking about song titles….man do I get lost. Guess I need to learn to text.

  • Winks8

    The bottom line is unfortunately we (the media and the public) focus on the negative… the sensational… the controversial.

    Why didn’t MJ’s title proclaim “Gene Simmons says Adam Lambert is a great talent and should be the lead singer of Queen”?

    The same reason we all are commenting on the “negative” things Gene said. I’m by no means a Kiss or Gene Simmons fan, but he did actually say a lot of really good things too.

    It’s a sad cycle of shock and awe. I would much rather sit here reading about the positive comments, and what everyone thinks of those, than the negative snippet.

    I mean come on… MJ’s title is a perfect example of how the media will leave the positive contents alone and focus on someething that will cause more hype. For instance… the media is pulling the “Kris was the cute guy” stuff out of the Rolling Stone article and making headlines out of it…. saying Adam had a “crush” on Kris. Adam didn’t actually say he had a crush on Kris… he just said “distracting.” And then had some really nice things to say about Kris that didn’t make the article.

    It’s a vicious cycle and we’re all a part of it.

    I know…. let’s all make a pact here…. to NEVER talk about Adam’s sexuality again. Can we do it?

    Winks

  • Suzanne

    Just watched the video–

    1. What a blow hard. He would completely suck to be seated next to at a dinner party.

    2. I don’t even get what his point is re: Adam’s singing skill. He’s a Freddie Mercury-esq singer but not a real rocker like the Stones? Freddie Mercury was one of the most incredible singers who ever lived. I don’t understand the distinction. Is he saying that Freddie was more dramatic in his delivery and Mick’s is more, I don’t know, unaffected? If so, so what.

    3. His plea for Adam to shut up wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The farm animals thing was a reach for a joke that was thoughtless, but if he’d made his point a bit more diplomatically, I would have applauded it.

    As titillated as everyone is about Adam’s expose in Rolling Stone, I hope the sex talk has crested.

  • DEfan

    “Your Mileage May Vary”. I never would have figured out that one. Thanks, Chipmunk. Um, I think. Because “……yanking positions”?? WTF?

  • DEfan

    And another, even bigger “Thank You” to Tess!

  • Chipmunk

    Because à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦yanking positionsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ?? WTF?,
    _________________

    LOL! Just messing around a little bit,DEFan
    .
    But you get my drift….It took me 2 seasons of following AI on blogs like this to figure it out, so you’re not alone

  • lavender1960

    Well if we didn’t care what Gene thinks or says you could never tell by all the comments here, just saying. If one didn’t care one wouldn’t give Gene the time of day.

    My guess is what has gotten Gene’s goat is not actually Adam’s fault but the fans and media who are touting Adam as a rockstar is what is pissing off guys like Gene and Rob Zombie. Adam has not proclaimed himself a rockstar however but other have and are even though it is clear that is not the direction Adam is going anyway. Adam on the cover of Rolling Stone before producing any original music is also going to annoy some people in the music industry and again that is not Adam’s doing, if RS offers, who in their right mind is going to say no.

    And likely Gene is reacting to fan comments like Adam upstaged KISS. Ah not to my mind, I thought Adam and KISS worked nicely together for their song as well Adam and Kris together with Queen for that number. I also recall comments about Adam being better than Freddie Mercury. Fan enthusiasm is endearing but….when Adam sells out Wembly stadium a few times, call me, and I’ll reassess.

  • hollyncali

    Geez why is everyone getting so defensive about what GS said? He is entitled to his opinions. This is a free country and he can say what he wants. And anyone that is saying that he is riding Adam’s coat tails are in for a rude awakening. This man has been in the business longer, and Adam hasn’t acheived what Kiss has but being in a glorified karaoke singing contest. You fans really need a wake-up call and just enjoy Adam’s Youtube videos without getting all pissy about everything someone says about him. There will more so get used to it. Do you guys even realize how sad some of you sound defending a man you don’t know and that won’t pay your bills? But I bet you guys will paying his! Pathetic.

  • weareallinnocent

    Proper rock stars, according to Mr. Simmons, only promote themselves through misogyny and homophobia. By that definition, of course Adam Lambert canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be a proper rock starà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’only a Queen-type rock star (because Freddie Mercury wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t a *proper* rockstar either, only a homosexual one), or a Broadway star. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Gene Simmons – and not just in these interviews, but also when he initially said à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Adam Lambertà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not a rock star!!! oops, I mean I guess heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s like one of those fag* à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹rock starsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ whatshisname, oh, Freddie Mercuryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – that actually repeatedly brings up Adam Lambertà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s non-heterosexuality.

    So I backed up a little and read a comment or two, and have to say to michaelteal, great point and very well said! I hadn’t really thought of it that way, but I think you’re probably right about what he’s saying. Now I REALLY can’t take the guy seriously! :-)

  • RubySlippers
  • Calliope

    I didn’t watch the clip (nor do I care what Simmons thinks — all I know is that he is pretty savvy, so his back and forth about Adam will get him some media to promote a show that looks so bad that his hot son won’t even get me to tune in), but where are these comparisons to Mick Jagger coming from? This is the second one and I don’t quite get it. Is it because Adam sang “Satisfaction” on AI? Rolling Stone magazine brings the train of thought to The Rolling Stones? It just sort of baffles me since I don’t even remember hearing the comparison before.

  • Sunn

    RubySlippers
    Jun 11th, 2009 at 4:12 pm
    David Cook, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert
    GMA Summer Concert Series
    August 7

    New songs I hope.

  • sunsurger

    LMAO the whole Gene Simmons thing!

    The guy is brilliant! In a few minutes he:

    1. Got headlines for himself and his REALITY show by getting Adam Lambert into the title!

    2. Got Adam fans (that may have been on the fence about his sexuality) to rally by saying his career was over before begun! (does anyone seriously think that a man who says he slept with 4600 women thinks it’s offensive to be gay? lol lol lol

    3. Did Adam a favor, me thinks on purpose!

    4. When Gene says Adam should front Queen – what else matters? Just singing the songs of one of the most legendary rock stars of all time says what he thinks!!!!!! Is there a higher accolade???? The rest as Adam said is just Gene!

    PS I agree with GS – Kiss is not the type of rock band for Adam – that’s all he meant going way back to the finale!

    lol lol lol

  • Natasha

    David Cook, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert
    GMA Summer Concert Series
    August 7

    :jittery_tb:

  • lavender1960

    I do like what Freddie Mercury said on the subject of whether he wanted to be a rockstar

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I won’t be a rock star. I will be a legend.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    I think that’s about right.

  • karenw

    Geez why is everyone getting so defensive about what GS said? He is entitled to his opinions. This is a free country and he can say what he wants. And anyone that is saying that he is riding Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s coat tails are in for a rude awakening. This man has been in the business longer, and Adam hasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t acheived what Kiss has but being in a glorified karaoke singing contest. You fans really need a wake-up call and just enjoy Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Youtube videos without getting all pissy about everything someone says about him. There will more so get used to it. Do you guys even realize how sad some of you sound defending a man you donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know and that wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t pay your bills? But I bet you guys will paying his! Pathetic.

    I may be reading a lot of the posts in this thread the wrong way but I get the impression that most of the posters aren’t taking Gene’s comments seriously. To me most of the comments here seem to be very jokey and tongue in cheek. I doubt many people here are losing any sleep over what Gene Simmons has said … they’re just having a bit of fun at Gene’s expense rather than jumping to Adam’s defence …. I think that most of us realise that Adam’s going to come in for all sorts of criticism and isnt going to be to everyone’s taste .. he’s a big boy and doesn’t need defending over every little negative remark made about him. I see this thread is more about what a egotistical douche Gene Simmons is rather than a one where people are jumping to defend Adam over some pissy comments ….lol

  • reinharv

    And likely Gene is reacting to fan comments like Adam upstaged KISS. Ah not to my mind, I thought Adam and KISS worked nicely together for their song as well Adam and Kris together with Queen for that number. I also recall comments about Adam being better than Freddie Mercury.

    While I watched the finale, I definitely got the impression that Adam performed as if it was all about him and with KISS accompanying him. I saw him as upstaging him, I really did. I don’t blame Gene for being put off a bit. I agree that the”puppy” needs to show some respect.

    I got the same impression when Adam & Kris performed with Queen. Finally poor Kris just let him have the stage. It was kind of embaraassing if you ask me. Gene is entitled to his opinion, but I think he’s right – the “puppy” needs to know his place.

  • auntieaimee

    I can’t remember which week it was during the competition, but dippy Paula compared Adam to Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler in her critique (this is in no way meant as a slam on Adam).

  • TKat

    This may be off-topic but I read some postings in another blog yesterday about Adam NOT being gay. That he is just pretending to be gay so that he can be talked about. Really funnyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.people have way of stirring up things. Poor Adam, damn if you do, damn if you donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t. But heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll be fine.

    I agree he’ll be fine. And I also read comments like this yesterday. Some of them actually sounded like people believed it vs. trying to make a joke.

    Let’s see, to make this true, it would have to be one of the biggest conspiracies ever. Adam’s parents, brother, half of West LA, all the girls at Mt. Carmel HS, and many others need to be in on it. And Adam had to start this devious plan when he wore his fav cape to school in the First Grade.

    On top of that, where is the advantage? It certainly hasn’t helped anyone else’s pop music career to be publically gay. Although, thankfully, we’ve come a long way in the past few years, and I think that the majority of music buyers don’t care anymore.

  • Anya

    Have to agree with the old guy. Shut up already, Adam! You say that your sexuality shouldn’t matter and then you use it for more publicity.

  • fox

    What a joke. I watched that video and threw up a little in my mouth. Gene Simmons is a hypocritical egotistical burnt out womanizer imo, who just needs to STFU. I think he’s jealous that RS said Adam upstaged him, which is what I thought after watching it. But what really bothers me about the video is it’s homophobic nature. To say that Adam doesn’t have a rock voice but could front Queen is a big insult to Freddie Mercury too.

    I feel it was also all a ploy for more media attention though, in hopes of sales of their new album. He’s just riding Adam’s coattails for the publicity.

  • cay

    I don’t see many Adam fans bent out of shape about it. As pointed out here, Gene is famous for these types of comments and he DID praise Adam. Adam would be the first to tell you how honored he was to perform with them, and that of course he is the newbie. Adam’s just going to be Adam. Not in a box. Others can argue whether he is a rocker, glamrocker, poprocker, pop, ac artist. He, Allison and Kris will have some form of rock on their album….I doubt they care what you call them, as long as you like it!

    One problem is that I read Gene was a right winger and that many times they say being gay is like being w/animals, pedophile, etc. People/media were not going to get away with Adam not talking about his sexuality. In hindsight maybe he’d do it differently, but he did have the right to wait and speak about it in his own words if he wanted to.

    Adam and drugs. When Adam tried drugs, he was at a dark point in his life. He saw the negative world around him and wasn’t happy. He has JUST NOW felt confidence and real happiness. So, the lesson to kids is that he only found happiness and success once he got past all his self-discovery and exploration. He was locked up for 3 months basically. He was never an addict in any way. He had a lot to work through and he made mistakes. But he wouldn’t be where he is today if he was a mess.

  • Anastasia72071

    karenw
    Speaking of KISS and Adam on Idol .. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not sure if ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s already been commented on but did anyone else notice Paul Stanley nearly fall off his platforms when he walked from the asceding podium to his mic stand during the finale? {snip} Perhaps theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re getting too old for the heels.

    Which brings to mind the comment that Gene apparently made to Adam about his glamtastic platform boots (i.e. that “maybe he shouldn’t wear them”) – and Adam’s response was “…I had to inform him that these were my personal boots, and I’ve worn them many times – at *much* crazier parties than this, with many a cocktail! …But thanks for your concern!”
    Heh. :lol_tb:

  • TKat

    While I watched the finale, I definitely got the impression that Adam performed as if it was all about him and with KISS accompanying him. I saw him as upstaging him, I really did. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t blame Gene for being put off a bit. I agree that theà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ puppyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  needs to show some respect.

    I got the same impression when Adam & Kris performed with Queen. Finally poor Kris just let him have the stage. It was kind of embaraassing if you ask me. Gene is entitled to his opinion, but I think heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s right – the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“puppyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  needs to know his place.

    You know, I didn’t see this at all. For me, the best part of the Adam-Kiss performance was Adam’s solo. Adam and Gene Simmons do not have complimentary voices, so I think this was a really bad choice of a duet for Adam.

    Regarding the Kris-Adam-Queen performance, I thought the the performance and the joy that Kris & Adam had singing this with each other was great. It was one of the best parts of the Finale.

    Vocally, however, WATC was just a mess. I think that the arrangement with Kris signing the two lower register sections was the best they could do to make this duet work. But the end of the song when they are singing together, just doesn’t work at all. IMO Adam was great, Kris just doesn’t have the vocal power or range for this song.

  • GeminiDolly

    Just read that Neil got interviewed for the 20/20 piece. He even blogged about it. This made me LMAO.

    “I grab a Rolling Stone on the way because Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s on the cover, lips slightly apart doing his best à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Which of your kids am I going to defile? Son or daughter?à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  face.”

  • carolinacharms

    All love for Adam aside, Gene didn’t say anything that wasn’t at least partly true. America really doesn’t care (despite what some want to believe), Adam IS more of a pop/theatrical singer than a true hard rocker (and HE agrees), and, indeed, the media question SHOULD rightly be, “how was it for Adam to sing with you, the legendary Gene Simmons and Kiss?” All true, sorry. Adam hasn’t paid his dues…yet. He hasn’t sold one original record to my knowledge, while KISS have made millions upon millions of dollars over the past decades. Let’s get real.

  • SpenserJ

    Gene Simmons wrote a book about sleeping with thousands of women. Yet he wants Adam to shut up about his sexuality.

    Gene does share a lot of his personal life with the public. And, he talks about sexual stuff all the time. So, I guess we’re to assume that he thinks the bad part is talking about being gay. That it’s the gay guys who shouldn’t share their personal information with the world. I think Gene just has some old-fashioned ideas on that front.

    Gene is a master of self-promotion (and an egomaniac and misogynist, but I digress.) He knows how to answer questions with a twist, and thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s what makes hiim provocative.

    Gene knows the game, and he plays it well. I’m quite sure that he was well aware that his comments would bring both he and Adam some more free PR. As opposed to being pissed, I’d guess that Adam probably called to thank him.

    and stop talking about his drug use and drinking so much.Most parents do not like to hear this if they have kids that like adam.

    As a parent of children who like Adam, I can honestly say that this is of no concern to me. My kids are too young to read Rolling Stone. And, they’re not allowed to surf the internet. It’s my job to filter their access to these kinds of revelations, not Adam’s job to filter his honesty about his own life. So, my kids can go on liking Adam, never getting wise to the fact that he enjoys the occasional cocktail or has experimented with drugs. Being a good role model to my kids is the most important job that I have, and I certainly can’t leave that up to Adam Lambert or Kanye West or Miley Cirus.

    We live in a real world, with lots of real people. I find it’s just easier to answer the questions as they come up and use each one as a teaching opportunity. Besides the fact that my house is no stranger to adults enjoying booze, and my biggest problem during the future drug talks will be how to side step Daddy’s weed-lovin college days.

    We have a lot of people in our lives who are mistake-making humans. But, we can always explain to our children the shades of gray. I just believe it’s better to explain how we feel about the things the people have done, and what is and isn’t allowed in our house. And, sometimes people fuck up. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love them, and it doesn’t mean they’re bad people. It’s an impossible task to keep our kids sheltered from the realities of a modern world, and it’s just plain not good for them.

    For me, i just feel it’s better to filter their access to the stuff they’re not ready for, then when the time comes, confront the questions head on. Kid’s are much smarter and more understanding than we ever give them credit for.

  • xuziqueue

    Regarding the Kris-Adam-Queen performance, I thought the the performance and the joy that Kris & Adam had singing this with each other was great. It was one of the best parts of the Finale.

    TKat – I agree 100 percent with everything you stated. I am waiting for the Kris-Adam-Queen performance to come out on iTunes. As far as upstaging Kiss, well, that’s not hard to do once you get past the special effects and hydraulic systems. If anything Adam walked behind them during a lot of the performance until it was his turn to sing. Then at the end, he was in the back. That is definitely knowing his place. Just cuz he can sing better than any of them doesn’t mean he was trying to upstage them. Adam was just doing what comes naturally to him.

  • twinkle

    both of neil’s new posts had me rolling!

    can you imagine the two of them in a room? the glittery alien from planet fierce and negative neil? the snark would be flying!

    apparently the lambert boys are all about the funny candor. i love it!

    (after the 20/20 interview)

    “I talk to my mom and we agree that we both suffer the same symptom in interviews: we ramble. She notes that Adam never rambles and I posit a guess. The dynamic towards him in interviews is different. Reporters want to know everything and he controls access to information as he sees fit. Therefore in interviews you see Adam give succinct, witty responses. My mom and I are just greedy famewhores desperate for every second in the limelight. So we sit there and ramble, desperate for every crumb of information with which to make a trail for the interviewer. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s pathetic really, but thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s how it is. We arenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t pathetic people, we just like validation. Nothing wrong with that.”

  • Ellie2

    SpenserJ, after your last post about kids and role models, we are DEFINITELY having our fling once you’re a widow. I want to marry that post and have its little, glittery babies!

  • suebrody

    Neil rocks my world. I am sure he will be happy when Adam is on tour and out of the headlines (well, not as much in the headlines) and he can go back to being Neil Lambert and not AMERICAN IDOL’S LITTLE BROTHER NEIL LAMBERT. Though he seemed to have a blast at the 20/20 interview. A little snarky humor goes a long way. And Mama Lambert seems as cool as they get.

  • relyec

    SPENCER- COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER!!!! ESPECIALLY THE PART ABOUT GENE’S BOOK.

  • Niall

    Gene Simmons is just being Gene Simmons. He knew he’d stir up controversy and he was right. He and Kiss are rock legends, they’ve earned the right to haze the “newbie” Adam. He clearly likes Adam, he’s just pontificating for the publicity and controversy of it all. He’s doing Adam (and himself) a favor with his comments. I hope Gene keeps talking about him right up to the CD release.

  • Tess

    SpenserJ
    Jun 11th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    If only the rest of the Parents out there got it like you do. Congratulations.

  • SpenserJ

    we are DEFINITELY having our fling once youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re a widow. I want to marry that post and have its little, glittery babies!

    And I’m totally looking forward to it :lol_tb:

    Neil Lambert is kind of hilarious. He cracks me up.

  • twinkle

    whoa whoa whoa. Ellie2…. SpenserJ assured me that I was her idol life partner.

    what gives, SpenserJ…. jeeze. are you the Gene Simmons of MJ’s or something?

    (hehe couldn’t resist)

    nah… that’s not possible. you make coherent and insightful statements and are a pleasure to discuss things with. right on with that post, by the way!

  • lulumarie

    Well hose me down and shut me up! lol. Is Gene getting soft or wise-maybe the latter. Who expected my sweet Elvis-like Adam to keep it “normal”. Not me. Like everything he does it had to be over the top. I regret to agree with Gene. Adam must absolutely should keep it under key { the smart thing would’ve been to claim Bi (maybe he did)-ok so the spec is that he said “I’m Gay” and obviously “I like dick”-sorry just quoting. THAT’S MORE THAN ANYBODY WANT’S TO KNOW!!!
    The Adam I know will completely bury this topic {I have to say how thrilled I am at the fact he left a speck of hope} IDK! somebody get the quote- he said he was getting “Bi-curious and that he May want to cross the road?” that’s the idea. Something about him saying he would not want to do it with ” Groupie”. SON WISE UP YOUR FANS ARE YOUR CAREER! then he says something like-well with a “Stranger would be good” THANK YOU GOD!!! I am an expert at this OK? believe me. No 100% Gay Man would even consider it-it’s a pride thing. But, Adam is an original unique “Animal”. He will experiment just about with anything or everything-that’s my fear. Adam is very much like alot of great artists{i. e. Elvis} whom experimented and stayed with drugs {Pills} Adam needs to be ultra private and paparazzi resistant-because he’s so damn fu*king nice-that’s why I love him but get that stone skin for these A-holes!! Love you my Adam!!!

  • cay

    When you read the whole Phoenix interview here http://bit.ly/15Scx3 it doesn’t sound too bad. He still thinks Adam should have won. Adam tells it like it is, so I don’t have a problem with Gene doing the same as long as it’s not homophobic stuff.

  • unidentified

    Gene Simmons says things that draws attention to Gene Simmons. Period.

  • Ellie2

    whoa whoa whoa. Ellie2à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦. SpenserJ assured me that I was her idol life partner.

    Right. But I’m her later in life, post-Idol, partner. Or maybe a threesome? God, this is SO off topic. Sorry, MJ!

  • SpenserJ

    Oh crap. I haven’t even become a late in life lesbian yet, and already I’m a womanizer! LMAO.

  • Ellie2

    Boy, our husbands are in for a surprise.

  • RubySlippers

    SpenserJ -love your post.

  • sallyas1

    A few random comments.

    A number of people have been stating Kiss is not relevant. And some even say they never were. I think sales of 24 gold albums, 19 million records in the United States, and worldwide sales exceeding 85 million albums disprove that.

    Last I heard Shannon is not Gene’s wife. She is his long time girlfriend. But they have been together so long that I guess she would be considered his common-law wife.

    Gene is a big mouth. Whatever he says about Adam take with a big grain of salt. He’s a big mouth and he knows it.

    I’m not sure if I would say Adam was “showing up” Kiss during their performance. He was definitely highlighted – but for the AI celeb duet that is expected. The AI contestant is always highlighted. I don’t remember people saying David Cook “showed up” ZZ Top last year, though he was highlighted with that performance as well. I didn’t see Adam’s performance with Kiss any different.

    I don’t think the Kris / Adam / Queen duet is going to make Itunes. Last time I checked it wasn’t on there. I would love an mp3 friendly version of it as well though.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    SpenserJ, your post about parents being the role models was very eloquently put. Yet, so many parents seem to abdicate that responsibility, only to turn around and complain about celebrities being poor role models.

  • agathe.hb

    carolinacharms
    I agree with you, but remember that it was the interviewer, who has phraised it like that, i.e. “how was it for you to work with Adam”, Adam never said it, he has always said that it was great for him to be singing with KISS. I start to understand many stars and celebrities being frustrated with things they say being taken out of context

  • agathe.hb

    I believe that the worst thing we can do to our children is to try to shelter them too much. Let us be ourselves, show them that you CAN make mistakes AND LEARN FROM THEM. Children will appreciate that. It’s so much better to know that Mom or Dad have done some stupid things but they still turned out OK. The worst possible thing we can do is to sell to our children the “perfect” image of ourselves, and it really shatters easily :)
    I talk to my daughter about my mistakes, so she can learn and won’t have to repeat them. She will have plenty of her own to make :)

  • anna in vegas

    “I also agree with him that Adam is not a rock star.”

    Wonder if Gene became a “rock star” his first 6 months in the business? :lol_tb:>

    BTW: The BEST part of the Adam/Kiss performance was Adam’s “Beth”…….eat your heart out Gene!

  • SpenserJ

    Boy, our husbands are in for a surprise.

    But of course, the plan hinges upon them being dead (man that sounds bad), so what they don’t know won’t hurt ‘em :)

    SpenserJ, your post about parents being the role models was very eloquently put. Yet, so many parents seem to abdicate that responsibility, only to turn around and complain about celebrities being poor role models.

    Lots of peeps want to ignore the hard part of parenting. That’s why they suck.

  • cmheart

    I’ve always disliked Gene, but if he really felt that strongly about Adam not disclosing his personal and sexual life, than maybe he should direct his energy at the media, not Adam–who was essentially hounded by the media and forced into addressing the issue.

    But I guess he doesn’t feel that strongly about it, seeing as he has his own reality TV show. Because I’m sure the public really cares about the personal life of Gene Simmons and his family…

    Sounds like he just wants to latch onto those headlines.

  • weareallinnocent

    While I watched the finale, I definitely got the impression that Adam performed as if it was all about him and with KISS accompanying him. I saw him as upstaging him, I really did. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t blame Gene for being put off a bit. I agree that theà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ puppyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  needs to show some respect.

    I got the same impression when Adam & Kris performed with Queen. Finally poor Kris just let him have the stage. It was kind of embaraassing if you ask me. Gene is entitled to his opinion, but I think heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s right – the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“puppyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  needs to know his place.

    I saw it completely differently. Interesting. I thought Adam and KISS performed as a group. Though Adam sounded miles better then Gene, how could that be avoided? Seriously. Regarding, Kris and Queen, I didn’t see that at all. I thought Adam held back, balanced and blended well. And, when exactly did “Kris just let him have the stage?”

    Anywho, I don’t think Adam showed any disrespect or inability to know his place. Even if I’m wrong about that though, regarding Gene and Kiss, it was Adam’s finale and his stage. Gene and KISS were guests. :-) I assume Gene knew this going in, but simply didn’t like it so much going out. LOL

    I still remember David Cook being taken aback when ZZ Top insisted he sing lead, as it was his night. Very kind gesture in recognition of the event and what it celebrated.

    Regarding, Adam, Kris and Queen, it was their finale and they shared the stage well, imo. Brian May and Roger Taylor got it and were gracious as hell. Turns out, Gene may be right, Adam’s style does fit better with Queen. :-)

  • agathe.hb

    weareallinnocent
    yeah, I remember David Cook’s face, he seemed sooooooo happy :)
    As for Adam overtaking Kris???? It was never my impression, as you said, he held back in the chorus, but what would should we expect from him singing solo? pretend not to have the voice he has????? seriously….

  • cmheart

    While I watched the finale, I definitely got the impression that Adam performed as if it was all about him and with KISS accompanying him. I saw him as upstaging him, I really did. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t blame Gene for being put off a bit. I agree that theà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ puppyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  needs to show some respect.

    Just from what I’ve seen and heard about Gene in the past…he is not the type of guy who wants to share the spotlight with anyone, not for one minute. He is his own god. He even seemed irritated when the anchor wanted to talk about his daughter. I bet you could probably put him off just by existing, that man is so arrogant.

    And if Adam has the ability to upstage KISS, than more power to him.

    Honestly, if anyone needs a reality check here, it’s Gene freakin’ Simmons.

  • jlurksacto

    The final sets (Kiss & Queen) were rehersed the day/night before
    so if anyone thought there was a problem of being upstaged or
    overshadowed, complaints would have been made then, and
    corrected. IMHO

  • Nativenewyorker

    I didn’t think that Adam was upstaging KISS in any way, shape or form. I think he just had a pretty damn good voice. Maybe Gene Simmons is jealous. I agree that this is all great publicity for Adam, and for Gene. Keep on talkin’ Gene! Adam is probably loving it. Adam totally owned “Beth” and that’s all there is to say about that. Yes, Gene has earned his place among great rock and roll bands, but wasn’t his advice to Adam to shut up, really all about the fact that Adam is speaking as a gay man. I think that was what bothered Gene when it comes right down to it. He’s never been exactly shy about who he is.

    I also have to say that I thought Adam and Kris did a great duet with Queen. No way was Adam trying to hog the spotlight. It was difficult because Kris doesn’t have as powerful a voice, so naturally he was kind of drowned out at some points. They looked like they were having a blast, so it’s all good.

  • anna in vegas

    My blockquotes aren’t working today:
    “but where are these comparisons coming from to Mick Jagger? I don’t quite get it. Is it because Adam sang “Satisfaction” on AI?

    The only thing I can think of is when Paula critiqued one of his performances by saying, “Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler and Adam Lambert!”

  • ria

    The only reason Adam loved performing with KISS is because he get to wear an outrageous outfit.. His vocal prowess doesnt seem to fit with the band because he can only do little with their songs. Unlike with QUEEN, it seems every note was made for him..It is inevitable for Kris to be overpowered by Adam’s full voice.
    It’s QUEEN, ADAM is bound to SHINE.

  • papercut

    What a jerk. He apparently said that Adam’s career is over before it begun. And he compared homosexuality to bestiality? What a disgusting pig. I thought they were cool when they performed with Adam, but not so much now.

  • SparklesATL

    If I remember correctly, didn’t Adam say something about not knowing why they paired him up with KISS because he really wasn’t into them?

    Maybe Gene read that.

    Hey Gene, your living room called. It wants its rug back.

  • Victoria

    Gene has definately made his sexual preference known loud and clear, so he doesn’t really have any room to talk.

    Also, what’s with the Mick Jagger comparisons? Is that “type” the only kind of rock singer? By that reasoning, I guess Freddie Mercury wasn’t a rock singer either.

    (I haven’t posted in FOREVER – it’s good to be back!)

  • SpenserJ

    Hey Gene, your living room called. It wants its rug back.

    Sparkes, I think you might be insulting the living room. That wig isn’t even up to the Jessica Simpson extensions level. It’s like dollar store quality.

  • Squirrely

    BTW: The BEST part of the Adam/Kiss performance was Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Bethà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.eat your heart out Gene!

    that’s the part I watch the most

  • ivyrae

    OH OH OH Gene. Sort of used to like ya. I think I may be changing my tune. Do you really think the public wants to see an an over the hill rocker get all cozy and touchy with 21 year old bikini car wash girls. Yuck Yuck Yuck (it was in an episode of Family Jewels) Adam , keep on talking its all relevant in the bigger picture.
    Regarless of the fact that Adam hasn’t made an album yet, his vocals upstaged Kiss. Iconic or not!
    And um Gene, really come on. Thanks to Adam Your Kiss songs saw the light of day in I tunes. You dont really think it was because of you, do you? Did you listen to yourself sing? OK I hope I made my point. Yes, In the hayday Kiss rocked, but really now, not so much!!! Looks like someone wants to jump on the attention train.
    ok, thanks mj had to get that off my chest!!
    And yes, I finally got my RS issue. Yea

  • jlc

    As I see it, it is the guest performer’s job to frame the Idol contestant’s performance–letting them shine. Afterall, the show IS about them and not the guest performer. Last year when David performed with ZZ Top, David was in the center, and sang all the verses solo to “Sharp Dressed Man” and was only joined for the chorus by the two Z’s (?-lol) They let him shine, as it should be.

    Hey Gene–as long as we’re talking about keeping things to ourselves, why don’t shut YOUR mouth and keep that disgusting tongue of yours inside it. You’re a ‘has been’ who was only invited to the show because of Adam in the first place. You should be grateful.

    Take that! :tongue2_tb:

  • shadow-rider

    Being an Adam fan I just have to laugh. I find it quite hilarious.

  • jlc

    but where are these comparisons coming from to Mick Jagger? I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t quite get it. Is it because Adam sang à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Satisfactionà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  on AI?

    Because Mick Jagger is iconic–and some say (as Paula did) that Adam may become iconic, too—not that they sound alike. Just that Adam may one day join the ranks of the rock elite.

  • Anastasia72071

    GeminiDolly
    Just read that Neil got interviewed for the 20/20 piece. He even blogged about it. This made me LMAO.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I grab a Rolling Stone on the way because Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s on the cover, lips slightly apart doing his best à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Which of your kids am I going to defile? Son or daughter?à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  face.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    OMG, that’s friggin’ hilarious! I love Neil. Anyone read his new year’s day blog referring to a big argument he & Adam had on Thanksgiving? I laughed so hard I cried (and not just one glistening tear, either).

  • SparklesATL

    Sparkes, I think you might be insulting the living room. That wig isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t even up to the Jessica Simpson extensions level. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s like dollar store quality.

    I gotta give you credit there SpenserJ. It honestly looks like what I pull out of my hair brush when I clean it out. I could pull the hair out of the brush, pat it down into a little flat circle and glue it down on my head if I wanted to look like Gene Simmons.

    And about the tongue y’all…I look at it like this…the old saying is the bigger the dick the worse the lover because they think they’re the shit because of their big ding-dong. I would have to guess the same thing applies to Gene and his tongue.

  • Anastasia72071

    Ellie2
    SpenserJ, after your last post about kids and role models, we are DEFINITELY having our fling once youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re a widow. I want to marry that post and have its little, glittery babies!

    I concur, loved SpencerJ’s post. Can I be the GF on the side? lol

  • karenw

    I don’t think that Adam tried to upstage KISS .. the songs they sang weren’t the type that you could sing together and harmonise in a duet way … unlike the Kris/Keith Urban duet which gave more scope to actually sing together.

    I agree that the best bit of the Adam/KISS duet was Beth (when there was no KISS …lol).

    I guess you could say that Megan and Sarver upstaged Steve Martin as the poor guy never even got to sing a line :mrgreen_wp:

  • SpenserJ

    I could pull the hair out of the brush, pat it down into a little flat circle and glue it down on my head if I wanted to look like Gene Simmons.

    LOL. That is awesome.

    Can I be the GF on the side? lol

    Dang, I am feeling popular …. and HAWT :)

  • http://absinthedreamers.blogspot.com/ Starrlight

    Do you guys even realize how sad some of you sound defending a man you donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know and that wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t pay your bills? But I bet you guys will paying his! Pathetic.

    Um….you just spent your post defending Gene Simmons and his right to his opinion. Ironic, no?

  • karenw

    I gotta give you credit there SpenserJ. It honestly looks like what I pull out of my hair brush when I clean it out. I could pull the hair out of the brush, pat it down into a little flat circle and glue it down on my head if I wanted to look like Gene Simmons.

    :lol_tb: …. it’s like what I find in my shower plug hole if I didn’t clean it for a couple of months

    .. or the contents of a beauty salon’s bin when they’ve done a day of “Brazilians”

  • a-lamb

    My problem with Gene’s comments don’t have much to do with the fact that he called Adam a bad rock singer or whatever, it’s that his comments made him seem really homophobic. First he pigeonholes Adam by saying he should be in a band like Queen or be on Broadway, and then he compares homosexuality to bestiality. The fact that he told Adam to shut up about his sexuality is incredibly insulting. Adam was not the one who kept bringing up the gay issue, he’s only said it ONCE in ONE magazine, it was the media who kept the issue alive until he had no choice but to say something about it. And guess what, Adam coming out is a good thing! As a person in the GLBT community, I really like to see celebrities who are out and proud. It’s a very good thing in terms of gay visibility and rights.

    For the record – Adam did not get the cover of RS just to milk the whole “coming out” thing, he would’ve gotten it regardless. He’s the one who chose to come out in it, not RS. They gave him the cover before the finale, even, based solely on his talent.

  • SparklesATL

    Do you guys even realize how sad some of you sound defending a man you donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know and that wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t pay your bills? But I bet you guys will paying his! Pathetic.

    Umà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.you just spent your post defending Gene Simmons and his right to his opinion. Ironic, no?

    Right on Starlight! I’ll tell you what pathetic really is,
    1. Gene Simmons. He’s the epitome of pathos.
    2. People who can’t stop reading every post about Adam and all of the comments that follow and, to assuage their guilty pleasure, tell US how pathetic WE are.

  • revcat

    My son loved KISS when he was a kid, me not so much. However, when I watched the Adam/KISS medley on AI, I have to admit I liked the songs. In RS Adam said he thought KISS was “campy” but his mom is obviously a fan as she was singing right along, knew all the words. Maybe she helped him come around because Adam looked so happy, he was having the time of his life. So even though I’m not a fan of Simmon’s (or his tongue!) I bought the AI video. (I wasn’t alone, it was the #1 music video on iTunes for quite some time, don’t know about right now though.) Simmon’s statements about Adam are all over the map, its like he blows hot and cold so I don’t take him seriously. He’s using the media to get publicity IMO.

    BTW I finally got my hands on the RS issue, and I must say it reads a lot less “shocking” when everything is in context. I didn’t find anything objectionable, its not a children’s magazine. However, most teens wouldn’t find anything in there they didn’t already know about. And it does NOT paint Adam as a crazy booze sodden drug addict. Quite the contrary, his experimentation sounded rather mild to me, but I guess some people live under a rock and like to pretend that everyone else does too. I found it even a little sad, because it obviously was very confusing to grow up gay. His coming out to his parents was bittersweet. Sweet because they were accepting, but bitter because he was so confused in the meantime. This is not meant as a rebuke of his parents, I think they are awesome. And Neil is awesome, what a family!

  • SpenserJ

    .. or the contents of a beauty salonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s bin when theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve done a day of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Braziliansà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Oh, karenw wins for both making me LOL and forcing me to throw up in my mouth a little. :lol_tb:

  • noctem seizure

    and then he compares homosexuality to bestiality.

    That’s a very strained reading of his comments. He just cited “barnyard animal love” as another sexual alternative– his point being that he doesn’t think anyone cares to hear about what a recording artist’s sexual preferences are, so they should just keep quiet about them.

    You can agree or disagree with his point. But, it’s quite a stretch to say that he was equating gay sex with bestiality.

  • noctem seizure

    but I guess some people live under a rock and like to pretend that everyone else does too.

    Or some people have seen firsthand many times the absolute devastation that drugs and drug use can wreak upon individuals’ lives, families, and all types of human relationships. So we wish that someone who is going to be in a positiion in which he will have many younger people looking up to him would discuss the topic with a bit less indifference and implied relativism.

  • http://absinthedreamers.blogspot.com/ Starrlight

    Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a very strained reading of his comments. He just cited à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“barnyard animal loveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  as another sexual alternativeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ his point being that he doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think anyone cares to hear about what a recording artistà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sexual preferences are, so they should just keep quiet about them.

    You can agree or disagree withhis point. But, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s quite a stretch to say that he was equating gay sex with bestial love.

    I agree with you on this Noctem. That was not my issue with it. It was the blatant hypocrisy of Gene tsk tsking anyone on sharing details about their sex life. He has pimped his legendary belt notch count and heck is even in a Dr Pepper commercial now that implies he still bangs women right and left. Gene just does not know when to shut up sometimes and for the record should ALWAYS appear in KISS makeup. It mitigates that disaster on the top of his head.

  • SpenserJ

    Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a very strained reading of his comments. He just cited à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“barnyard animal loveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  as another sexual alternativeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ his point being that he doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think anyone cares to hear about what a recording artistà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sexual preferences are, so they should just keep quiet about them.

    You can agree or disagree with his point. But, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s quite a stretch to say that he was equating gay sex with bestiality.

    And maybe his point was harmless. But, it still comes from a guy who wrote a freaking book about his sexual preference and how he liked to excersize it. So, still total hipocracy.

    And also – what starrlight said :)

  • lulumarie

    Just got my Adam fix …went to Bestarts and watched “Whole lotta love.” WOW!!!

  • lizardino

    SpenserJ, your post about parents being the role models was very eloquently put. Yet, so many parents seem to abdicate that responsibility, only to turn around and complain about celebrities being poor role models.

    Amen to that! I just had a conversation at the grocery store with the cashier about just this thing (while looking unsuccessfully for my RS — I saw Lady Gaga everywhere but no Adam to be found…sniff!). …

    I love Neil’s writing and have been reading his blog for awhile now. It’s really hilarious, and it makes me remember parts of my life when I was younger. Hey — maybe I should head down to the airport to see if I can find a copy of RS with Adam…hmmmm…

    “.. or the contents of a beauty salonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s bin when theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve done a day of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Braziliansà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ”

    OMG — this and the rug comments nearly made me choke, I was laughing so hard. Maybe Gene Simmons could advertise for the hair club for men? I actually saw former idol Matthew Rogers doing a “hair restoration” TV ad recently. Maybe they could get together and do a hair club duet?

  • http://absinthedreamers.blogspot.com/ Starrlight

    I have lost Neil’s blog link, can someone hook me up?

  • sabby_rina

    LOL I think it’s Gene who needs to shut it.

  • jlc

    negativeneil.com

  • http://absinthedreamers.blogspot.com/ Starrlight

    MUCH LOVE TO JLC!

    See how excited I am? Went all cappy.

  • iluvai

    This whole thread is kind of funny for me because I read the comments before I watched the video clip. And I was really ready to absolutely hate Gene Simmons and his comments. Well I just watched the clip and I kind of laughed a bit. I never was a Kiss fan, but I found Gene Simmons amusing on his reality show and began to kind of enjoy the guy. So after watching the clip and watching his show, I think that is just how he kind responds to stuff. I think he’s funny (and a bit egotistical) and that’s just how he is. As for him saying that Adam should be quiet about his sexuality, he probably has no idea how the media has hounded Adam and how some gay people have been angry that Adam didn’t out himself earlier. I do agree though, that if Gene Simmons has bragged on his sex life/sex partners, then he really should keep his comments to himself(that’s a double standard for sure). Last but not least, Gene is an icon (the “governor”) and Adam is like the “puppy’ as far as rockin’ it out is concerned. It’s just a silly analogy and there is no question that Adam is the newbie. That’s my 2 cents worth. LOL. Oh yeah, and I LOVE ADAM LAMBERT!!!!

    And I just thought of another thing. Maybe Gene knows that there is bias out there, and his comment was more like advice for Adam to let the talk die down and focus on his music.

  • lizardino

    RS has a new gallery of photos up from the cover shoot — SEXY baby!

    http://www.rollingstone.com/photos/gallery/28566135/adam_lamberts_rolling_stone_cover

  • Lu

    Speaking of barnyard animals, Gene Simmons looks like he has a horse’s tail laying across his ugly head. I agree with whoever said he should stay in the KISS makeup… much less scarey that way.

  • cay

    I just saw a promo for Gene’s reality show. And he’s telling someone else to shut up! LOL

    My fav pic is the 7th one. I loved Rolton’s comment on Adam. He is such a nice guy. I don’t understand how anyone can hate on him.

    “Rolston, who’s shot everyone from Beyonce’ to Fergie to Salma Hayek à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ doing covers for Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, W and zillions of other mags for many years – says Lambert is one of the rare truly sweet and kind music superstars he’s been exposed to à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ and compares him to Beyonce’ in terms of how stable and nice he is. “They are the rare superstars I’ve met who are truly centered and coming from a very thankful appreciative place,” says Rolston.”

  • wonderwhy

    I for one never pegged adam as a Rock Star but an international sensation in his own right style.

    Just a few short seasons ago, an American Idol contestant was hailed as a “teen pop sensation” and even made TIME’s list of 100 Most Influential People. He too was a media darling and his fans wouldn’t tolerate any criticism. It’s Adam’s turn in the spotlight but how sensational his career turns out hasn’t been determined yet. Hopefully, people will care about his music.

    Yet, so many parents seem to abdicate that responsibility, only to turn around and complain about celebrities being poor role models.

    True. Yet often children pick their own role models despite their parent’s best intentions. It’s a hazard of a celebrity-obsessed culture.

    But I’m pretty certain my kids wouldn’t have picked somebody as a role model who got high eating ‘shrooms at a music festival, had an epiphany and decided to try out for a reality show, and then told the story in Rolling Stone. They’d be too busy laughing.

  • lola

    Ok. I finally got the time to watch Gene’s video. I am not a Kiss fan so when I first read an article about this, I was annoyed (natural reaction from an Adam fan). But after watching the video, I think he meant well for Adam. He recognizes and is impressed with his talent but was at the same time giving him an advice about how to handle the sexual controversy. It’s just that he has the wrong choice of words of saying it and he appears to be cocky. But in general, I don’t think his words have hurt Adam’s career path.

  • linsav

    karenw
    Speaking of KISS and Adam on Idol .. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not sure if ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s already been commented on but did anyone else notice Paul Stanley nearly fall off his platforms when he walked from the asceding podium to his mic stand during the finale? {snip} Perhaps theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re getting too old for the heels.

    From Wiki:

    Stanley has had two hip replacement surgeries: one after the “Rock the Nation” tour in October 2004, and a second in December 2004 after complications arose from the first surgery. He has announced that he will require a third hip surgery in the future. Stanley regards the degeneration of his left hip as partly the product of thousands of shows performed since the early 1970s. In the “Rock The Nation Live” DVD he spends much more time standing in one place than he has on previous DVDs and tours.

  • sunsurger

    Gene Simmons said to Brian May and the world he thinks Adam should front Queen! Freddie Mercury is a legend! Queen music is epic! I don’t think he could have paid a higher compliment to a young singing artist!!!!! That’s what GS thinks, the rest doesn’t matter!

  • linsav

    But Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m pretty certain my kids wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have picked somebody as a role model who got high eating à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢shrooms at a music festival, had an epiphany and decided to try out for a reality show, and then told the story in Rolling Stone. Theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d be too busy laughing.

    I know mine laughed when they read that part. Hell, I did, too. Gotta love Adam.

    And I need to somehow bump into Neil Lambert and have a serious laughfest with him. That New Year’s Day blog had me crying I was laughing so hard.

  • selena

    Really important question: How do you do those smiley things?

    Help anyone out there?

  • annabelina

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Mostly he should shut up about his sexual preferences. We, America, the rest of the world, really donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t care,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Lol. I don’t know what world he’s living in, but unfortunately the people living in our world do and won’t shut up about it until they have an answer. It’s called making compromises. Sensible people have to do that sometimes.

  • iluvai

    “Ok. I finally got the time to watch Geneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s video. I am not a Kiss fan so when I first read an article about this, I was annoyed (natural reaction from an Adam fan). But after watching the video, I think he meant well for Adam. He recognizes and is impressed with his talent but was at the same time giving him an advice about how to handle the sexual controversy. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just that he has the wrong choice of words of saying it and he appears to be cocky. But in general, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think his words have hurt Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s career path.”

    That’s pretty much what I was trying to say in my post. Gene Simmons is funny. That’s why he has a t.v. show. I’m no Kiss fan(different generation), but I really like Gene Simmons. I must like OTT guys. Add David Lee Roth to my list of another OTT guy that I like. (Please don’t kill me because I’m not in any way comparing Adam to DLR. I think I just might like “out there” entertaining kind of guys.)

    Oh yeah, I think Gene Simmons doesn’t like David Lee Roth so it’s all kind of funny!!! Ha!

  • lilly924

    The man who can’t brag enough about his sexual conquests and incessant philandering is telling Adam he needs to shut up about his sexual preferences?

    The same man who has to stick the KISS logo on everything, including a casket, to promote himself is telling Adam to shut up?

    I think someone is a little jealous because HE’s no longer relevant. How dare this young upstart upstage KISS in front of 30 million people.

    Gene, go have another facelift. The first one didn’t take.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    Really important question: How do you do those smiley things?

    Help anyone out there?

    You could try clicking the “Smileys” button under the reply box. Just a thought. :wink1_tb:

  • just sayin

    Governor Adam Lambert.

    Gene Simmons? Less relevant and more unimportant than any puppy dog.

  • iluvai

    “You could try clicking the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Smileysà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  button under the reply box. Just a thought.”

    Remust:
    Well I’ve tried that but when I “copy” and then “paste”, it doesn’t work. So how do you do it? Also how do you make the big quotation mark when quoting. If you know, that would be helpful too.

  • selena

    I’m trying that smiley thing :ponder_tb: now did it work?

  • NOLA

    Sheesh, thought I stumbled into Perez’ site.

  • selena

    yay! smileys work- still think Gene simmons is a jerk :guns_tb:

  • selena

    :flush_tb: :nono_tb:

  • listen

    Rolston, whoà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s shot everyone from Beyonceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ to Fergie to Salma Hayek à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ doing covers for Marie Claire, Harperà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Bazaar, W and zillions of other mags for many years – says Lambert is one of the rare truly sweet and kind music superstars heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s been exposed to à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ and compares him to Beyonceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ in terms of how stable and nice he is. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“They are the rare superstars Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve met who are truly centered and coming from a very thankful appreciative place

    I love reading things like this about Adam. It just confirms what most folks who have known him and worked with Adam say about him; the man is a giving and loving individual with a big heart…
    So he took some drugs. Experimenting with drugs in and of itself, and admitting he did, doesn’t change who Adam is and who I hope he will continue to be: a really kind soul, with dazzling talent.

  • revcat

    Sheesh, thought I stumbled into Perez’ site

    Say what? I don’t read any other entertainment blogs because most of them aren’t moderated and the posters are too extreme for my tastes, full of haters and such…

    Just a little snarky here IMO.

    On another subject, I stand by my living under a rock comment, if you cross everyone off your list who has ever experimented with an illegal drug of any sort, it would be a very small world indeed, and your playlist would have about 10 artists on it, we don’t live in a perfect world.

  • awilliams

    Never was a fan of Simmons. I find him coarse but agree that he is a smart guy taking the most of the opportunity AI allotted him.

    That said I was beginning to feel that I’m really tired of the the Adam ‘hype’ in the media…and I voted for him. The media can get too carried away and I hope there isn’t a backlash to all the attention.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Okay..

    Gene is

    a. hypocrite

    b. homophobic

    c. fame whore

    d. all of the above

    I vote D. ;=)

  • TKat

    On another subject, I stand by my living under a rock comment, if you cross everyone off your list who has ever experimented with a illegal drug of any sort, it would be a very small world indeed, and your playlist would have about 10 artists on it, we donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t live in a perfect world.

    I agree, I don’t want to ever live in a world limited by any kind of broad moral classifications. If occassional drug use eliminates listened to a performer, what about drinking alcohol, tobacco, coffee and other drugs? Is it OK to use prescription sedatives? What about sleep aids? Where does the list stop?

    Personally, I always remember that I live in a glass house and I don’t throw stones.

    Just one more question — has anyone asked any of the other Season Idol contestants about past drug use, sex life, makeup use? Why just ask Adam?

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Just one more question à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  has anyone asked any of the other Season Idol contestants about past drug use, sex life, makeup use? Why just ask Adam?

    Haven’t read the whole thread. BUT… are we still harping on Adam’s experimentation?

    Yes. I said this before. My fave (note fave) season 4 contestant was arrested for pot and cocaine BEFORE he was on the show. He was awesome. His name is Bo Bice. TPTB screens all their contestants. So, it’s not a big deal. Bo was also a runner up.

    My point is that if people want the contestants to uphold some moral grounds, then TPTB should ban them. They don’t. Why? Because this is a freaking talent show.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    Remust:
    Well Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve tried that but when I à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“copyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and then à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“pasteà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , it doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t work. So how do you do it? Also how do you make the big quotation mark when quoting. If you know, that would be helpful too.

    How do you do your copy and paste? I highlight whatever I want to copy using the Ctrl-C keystrokes, then paste using Ctrl-V. If you’re asking about the smiley icons, once you click on the Smileys button to open the pop-up window, you just need to click once on the smiley of your choice and the proper code will be automatically copied to your current cursor position.

    To do a blockquote, there are two ways. The way I do it is I first copy-n-paste the passage I am quoting, highlight what I just pasted, then click the B-Quote button. Alternatively, you can first click the B-Quote button, followed by the copy-n-paste maneuver, then click B-Quote again to close the tag. i.e. (blockquote) and (/blockquote) (with the brackets) have to enclose your quote in order for the quotation marks to show up properly, without including your own remarks as part of the quote.

  • anna in vegas

    To those of us who think Adam should have blended into the background while performing with Kiss:

    When is the last time we heard of Kiss?…….and weren’t they only on the finale because of Adam? (I don’t think they got the gig because of Gokey!) :wallbash_tb:

  • NOLA

    When is the last time we heard of Kiss?à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.and werenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t they only on the finale because of Adam? (I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think they got the gig because of Gokey!)

    anna, I’ve thought of that a lot, lately. When you look at the stars performing on the finale(s), one would think they didn’t book these acts a week before. They had to have booked them long ago. Kiss and Queen were there for Adam. That’s a given. How did TPTB know Adam would be in the final 2?
    He could have very easily been knocked off at top 3. But TPTB were so sure who the final 2 would be, that they booked stars to sing with them well in advance.

    Things that make you go hmmm.

  • iluvai

    “Just one more question à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  has anyone asked any of the other Season Idol contestants about past drug use, sex life, makeup use? Why just ask Adam?”

    Because he is so amazingly talented, but the media and AI are freaking out, so they can only think of the most idiotic things to cover. Those of us who love him would just like to listen to him 24/7. At least that’s me….

  • selena

    The members of Queen have more class and talent than Gene Simmons anyday.

    I hope Adam does a collaboration with Queen- they are the legends

  • iluvai

    I still like Gene Simmons… he’s funny. And I also think he is the Big Cheese and Adam is the Little Cheese. Just saying…..And for everyone that has denounced Mr. Simmons… check out his compound in CA. The guy is loaded…. He’s laughing all the way to the bank….(And I’m still irked with Gene for being rude to DLR, but now I get that G.S. is just like that…. all bark and no bite….)It’s all about publicity…..It’s like being on another planet, or galaxy….

    Me, I’ll be going to the A&P tomorrow to look for my copy of RS. HA!!!!

  • NOLA

    I like Gene and his tongue :)

  • revcat

    Who is DLR?

  • noctem seizure

    On another subject, I stand by my living under a rock comment, if you cross everyone off your list who has ever experimented with a illegal drug of any sort, it would be a very small world indeed, and your playlist would have about 10 artists on it, we donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t live in a perfect world.

    And I, in turn, stand by my comment that it would be preferable for somebody who is going to in a unique position among artists– due to the nature of how he how he “made it”– of being looked up to by children and teenagers to have a less blase’ attitude about activities and substances that have taken and destroyed the lives of so many….

    Now with regards to your comments about the number of artists who have “experimented”, you may be right. But, I haven’t seen all but “about ten artists” in the spread of a major magazine discussing their behavior nonchalantly. And of course, as mentioned, these artists also aren’t put into the same position where they are automatically going to be role models– the position in which the American Idols somewhat uniquely find themselves.

    So, I guess if the choice is between having an Idol “put it all out there”, so he can satisfy the “proving he’s real” test and one who keeps the potentially harmful and/or illegal activities of his private life private so as not to potentially promote dangerous behavior to impressionable kids– I guess I know which side I come down on….

  • flynnsgirl

    Trying to make Adam into a role model is just plain silly. He is a 27 year old kid who went on a reality show. He was open about his past in a very “open” magazine, he didn’t do it in the Readers Digest. As much scrutiny as he is going to get, if he had kept anything secret it was bound to come out and turn into a thing.
    Adam doesn’t owe anyone anything, he is a singer/performer not Mother Theresa. Are we supposed to drug test everyone who wants to make music or films?
    I think parents need to teach their kids what’s right and have open discussions about drugs and sex and whatever else. Gene Simmons and his disgusting behavior, boasting about sleeping with thousands of women is to me way more of an issue than Adam experimenting with some drugs.
    If my 20 something child told me he wanted to try some pot or that he was on a quest to bed the most woman he could, I know which side I would come down on.
    David Cook is leading a really nice single guy partying life right now. Clay Aiken proved what a liar he was for 6 years, Bo Bice was a druggie, Fantasia was an unwed mother who was illiterate. Which one of these kids is a role model? They are performers living their lives making mistakes and growing and moving on from them.

    But, I havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t seen all but à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“about ten artistsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  in the spread of a major magazine discussing their behavior nonchalantly.

    What magazines are you talking about because I can go through about 20 years of Rolling Stone and find all kinds of scandalous things. Way, way more than Adam saying he tried Ecstasy in Germany or did some mushrooms 2 years ago at Burning Man. He completely condemns the cocaine world that is a major lifestyle of the young Hollywood set.

  • linsav

    revcat Jun 12th, 2009 at 2:01 am

    Who is DLR?

    David Lee Roth.

  • noctem seizure

    What magazines are you talking about because I can go through about 20 years of Rolling Stone and find all kinds of scandalous things.

    Of course you can. But, there is also the point that many artists/ stars/ celebrities choose to keep their personal life activities personal, whatever the nature of those activities are.

    I personally agree with Gene Simmons– I’d rather not hear about Adam’s sexual habits or inclinations. But, the one thing that can be said for sex is that, as long as it’s consensual and protected, it’s far less likely to endanger people than the use of medium or hard-class drugs.

    Are we supposed to drug test everyone who wants to make music or films?

    That’s not what I’m suggesting at all. If artists want to use drugs, that’s their choice. Although, it’s not a good choice and it does have spillover effects that can very negatively impact, not only their lives, but the lives of those around them, it’s still their choice.

    But, I’d strongly prefer they not publicize their participation in or their non-condemning attitudes toward them in a ho-hum manner. And this goes exponetially for Idol-birthed stars who are looked up to more than ordinary artists, just by the nature of AI’s presenting itself, if hypocritically, as a family show, and thereby attracting a large family-audience. (And, incidentally, according to the RS writer, she never asked about drugs; Adam just started making disclosures in the way that he did.)

    Nobody needs to “make Adam into a role model”. He is slotted into the role of one, simply by virtue of that as the runner-up, he’s in effect the co-American Idol.

    And that’s the crux of our disagreement here– whether Adam should be expected to be a role model. Only, I’m not arguing whether or not Adam *should* carry the weight of being a role model. I’m saying it comes part and parcel with the package he “received”, and it always has.

    Young girls idolized Kelly and Carrie and Jordin– the latter of whom, especially was a hero to young African American girls. Fantasia was a role model for African American women of all ages. Among runner-ups, one of the sources of David Archuleta’s appeal was that he was perceived as such a positive role model for youth and, actually, the mantle of “American Role Model” was essentially projected on to him by many of the older fans who were voting for him. And as for the male winners, the very least that could be said about them is that they were respectful enough of the position they were in not to broadcast whatever “hidden behaviors”, that they may or may not be involved in, to the whole world.

    (By the way, though, I should make clear that I’m not putting this all on Adam. Idol is obviously fully on-board with his decision to make these public revelations. The franchise that presents itself as “family entertainment” is encouraging him to brand himself in a decidedly non-family-friendly way because they believe by marketing him accordingly, it will increase the money that he makes for them.

    Their further hypocrisy is completely unsurprising. The only family-values that TPTB really care about is how to get as many different families as they can to put as much money as possible into their pockets, through every avenue in which that they can get them to do it.)

  • fox

    “A number of people have been stating Kiss is not relevant. And some even say they never were. I think sales of 24 gold albums, 19 million records in the United States, and worldwide sales exceeding 85 million albums disprove that.”

    Well, NKOTB was just as popular in their day, selling about the same (I think 80 million worldwide), with most of their albums going multi-platinum…with all the merch those guys sold the figures must be astronomical…I read something like they were each making 1 million a week at one point. And that’s how I see KISS, about the same kind of gimmick band. (Yes, NKOTB is a boy band but still both bands had a gimmick & I’m just using them as an analogy to make a point).

    Growing up the 70′s me and my friends thought KISS was lame and you couldn’t have paid us to see them (still couldn’t unless Adam was with them lol). My little brother who was about 9 at the time was into them and even had the dolls. Where are the NKOTB now? About the same place KISS is, and the act never deviates. I’m thinking the amount of sales don’t always equate with music relevance, but I guess it’s all one’s point of view. Obviously both bands were relevant as far as sales go, but musically….eek (but that’s just my opinion). They both have their place in music history I’ll give you that, but I just don’t see Gene Simmons (or any of the NKOTB) as being an authority on rock to the extent that he could say someone’s career is finished, and that the only band Adam could front is Queen. Who died and left him in charge of it all? If it wasn’t for their costumes where would they be? Gene never was much of a singer, and he’s even worse now (he basically sang/spoke throughout the number). He is however, a brilliant business man and makes the most of what he has.

    Ultimately I think his statement was totally said out of jealousy and the fact that some in the media thought Adam upstaged him, and he knew his comments wouldn’t hurt him a bit because his fan base is most likely not Adams. Plus he’s a hypocrite…4600 women and he’s telling Adam to shut up? yeah, right whatever – seems kinda homophobic to me. I’ll take the puppy over “The Governor” any day.

  • P.ENNIS

    Gene Simmons=ugly old has-been who is so full of it and himself. The ONLY reason he managed to get so many women (if all that crap is true) is his fame and money…..nothing else. Lets hope he gets assigned a secure room in a retirement home asap.

  • anna in vegas

    “Adam hasn’t sold one single record yet” blah,blah,blah

    Do you think we could give him a couple more days? :ponder_tb:

  • jennieann

    It is this simple. Gene Simmons can’t sing. He is all about sensationalism and is totally full of himself. He makes me sick. Adam is not only sensational, he can sing and dance and be humble. He leaves Gene in the dust. He has more talent than Gene has ever had.

  • Tess

    And this goes exponentially for Idol-birthed stars who are looked up to more than ordinary artists, just by the nature of AIà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s presenting itself, if hypocritically, as a family show, and thereby attracting a large family-audience.

    I must be missing something here because I, personally, have never seen American Idol being advertised as a family show. Just because it, probably, has a G rating does not automatically classify it as family friendly.

    Also, I have NEVER equated an American Idol with the term “role model”. These kids are signing up for a reality show whose ultimate prize is a limited recording contract. They DO NOT sign up to be a poster child for ANYTHING. And if someone feels it necessary, to enjoy the show themselves, to embody these kids with social powers that they do not seek or endorse that is a problem with the viewer and not the Idol. And the crux of the problem may just be the silly use of the term “Idol”, who some people ludicrously use to describe moralistic behavior rather than singing ability.

    It is fortunate that Idol has had a wide variety of top finishers that parents can direct their children to if they want to “hold up” an Idol as a moralistic role model. But, I believe even these Idols are not acting the way they do because they consider themselves “Idol” role models. Even someone like squeeky clean Archie (and I love me some Archie) are who they are because of internal forces not Idol forces. David does what he does because he considers himself on a “mission” for his church and works to uphold and show the standards of the religion he embraces. Does this make him a better idol than others. Not in my book!

    I must decide, within my own social context, which of the idols I will support. And if I had children of an impressionable age it would be MY responsibility and MY responsibility only to help them decide which Idol to “look up to” and what to look up to. But, for me to judge an Idol and to continual lam-bast them for their life’s decisions just because I want to set them on a pedestal for these said children is totally ludicrous. If what they did, appalled me, I would just ignore said Idol and move on to those that I would feel comfortable supporting.

  • mk88

    But, for me to judge an Idol and to continual lam-bast them for their lifeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s decisions just because I want to set them on a pedestal for these said children is totally ludicrous. If what they did, appalled me, I would just ignore said Idol and move on to those that I would feel comfortable supporting.

    Well said Tess. This people are not our slaves/robots for us to command. Especially when the said individual has already refused to be a poster child within the context of previous American Idols. If you think Adam is bad for the children – move on to other celebrities. I do think Adam as a role model actually sounds fabulous since compare to other artist – he is practically a tone down version.

  • SparklesATL

    But, the one thing that can be said for sex is that, as long as ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s consensual and protected, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s far less likely to endanger people than the use of medium or hard-class drugs.

    You tell that to my niece who has the human papaloma virus on her cervix and will eventually have to have a hysterectomy to avoid cervical cancer. There are no symptoms for women and very often for men. It’s the most common STD and can lay dormant for years. Thank God there is now a vaccine for it. you’ve probably seen the commercials advising you to vaccinate your young daughters before they become sexually active.

    You tell that to my friend who has aids and the ones who are HIV positive and did everything “right”.

    You tell that to my friend who’s fiance left her because he ended up with herpes and thought she cheated on him. It turned out to be Herpes simplex 1 – mouth fever blisters. She didn’t have any active sores, but your body still sheds the virus. He still felt like he couldn’t trust her and called off the wedding.

    I’ve worked with epidemiologist and trust me, sex isn’t between two people. It’s between two people and every single person they have sexual contact with after they have been together. STD’s the gift that keeps on giving.

  • steve

    When adam said this

    It’s a really, really cool thing…to be able to show people that you can be yourself,” he said. “It feels really amazing to be able to try and pass that on to kids and young adults who don’t have a role model like that.”

    I remember people here in a up roar over web sites saying he couldnt be a role model.After RS he proved them web sites right.I do think adam has some growing up to do still.He should start with going out and saying he doesnt do drugs anymore but not sure he can do that yet.I do like adam but to many want him to be the next great thing.

  • jokiebird

    Gene Simmons is a brat. I don’t believe Adam ever wanted his sexuality to be a story, but the media has turned it into one.

    Sparkles, there are always risks. I do want to correct you on one point. HPV does NOT mean that you have to have a hysterectomy. (and you don’t have it on your cervix, it’s a virus that lives in mucous membranes.) It CAN lead to cervical cancer (most strains don’t), but as long as you’re going to your doctor on a regular basis, pre-cancerous abnormalities are very easy to treat. 80% of American women will contract one form of HPV by the time they are 50. The vaccine does NOT cover all cancer-causing strains, either, just a few of the common ones.

    I don’t know your niece’s situation so there may be mitigating factors, but in most cases a hysterectomy would be a rather extreme treatment option.

  • LaurelG

    We, all of us, wear our own life experiences and prejudices like glasses which filter to some degree how we view the world. To some who have had issues with drugs, personal or through family members and friends, the references to drug use in this article flash like big neon lights and distract and take away from everything else said or written about Adam. To most others, we scratch our heads and mumble, “huh, hardcore drug use? – where’d he get that idea?” I look at this article and I see a handful of references to brief experimentation with some minor drugs in the past and a strong condemnation of cocaine. No one’s lengthy dissertaion on the evils of drug use will succeed in convincing me that Adam is a druggie. I can read what’s written on the printed RS page and form my own conclusions. When I consider the totality of all that I’ve read about Adam, he seems like a very grounded and hard-working guy. Remember this is the guy who, when asked what he missed most from home, said his humidifier – and he later brought it and set it up in the mansion.

  • lavender1960

    Gene Simmons has a voice good enough for the music KISS makes just like Bob Dylan has a voice good enough for the music he makes. That is the thing about music – having the most fabulous technically proficient voice in the world does not necessarily make you the most popular singer – the radio is full of examples of how you don’t need a great singing voice to succeed.

    I stand by my assessment that I did not think Adam upstaged KISS, I thought it worked well, the exciting lighting, those loud guitars, and the wild costumes of all. And Paul Stanley ain’t no slouch, he has done musical theatre and acquitted himself admirably.
    My comment about musical relevance and KISS wsa perhaps misunderstood – there is no denying the success of KISS even still, but in terms of bringing something original to the scene, that was KISS in its early days – the KISS LIVE album was one of the maybe 3 or 4 albums my siblings and I all liked at the same time and we wore that album OUT. That and the Sex Pistols, “Never Mind the Bullocks. The other was Elton John “”Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – and those albums are still considered classic albums so I guess we had good taste as teenagers. Then we went in four totally different directions musically.

  • lavender1960

    Not sure how to word this though it was raised in another thread but it is interesting and not surprising that the logic Adam fans are using to defend him could also apply to the various attacks on Danny Gokey, who cannot seem to ever say the right thing for many people and is attacked for his beliefs and values.

    So shouldn’t it be that all Idol contestants should be afforded the same consideration whether it is Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey or shucks even Clay Aitken, n’est-ce pas?

    But clearly the real world does not operates that way. Everyone is going to make judgments on all the Idols based on their own biases, conscious or subsconscious, and it is what it is. And it does make life far more interesting. Kumbaya is boring.

  • dhunken

    I am confused. I am reading people talking about American Idol being a family oriented show and that by them allowing Adam to talk about him being gay or his drug use or his club scene is some how not family oriented. Maybe that is the problem. Most families I know have someone in them that are either gay, using drugs or alcohol, divorced, or are different in some way to other families. Maybe we as “American Families” need to talk about it more. The Brady Bunch is an Ideal but not realistic. I am sure that the millions of gay people and there families feel Adam talking about himself is very family oriented for them. I am not christian per say but that does not mean that I do not understand that there are many families out there that are and when AI talks about Danny faith I respect that he appeals to those families that also are Christians. The one thing that Adam and Kris showed all of us is that you can come from different families and lifestyles and still find a common respect and appreciation of one another. I for one feel that is the most family value aspect we can all take from American Idol this year.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    I remember people here in a up roar over web sites saying he couldnt be a role model.After RS he proved them web sites right.I do think adam has some growing up to do still.He should start with going out and saying he doesnt do drugs anymore but not sure he can do that yet.I do like adam but to many want him to be the next great thing.

    Well, Adam could be the next great thing as far as the pop-rock world is concerned. Just don’t don’t ask him to be your spokesperson for your anti-drug initiative, just like you wouldn’t enlist Gene Simmons to be the keynote speaker at a women’s empowerment conference.

    You can be a role model for many things. I don’t think you can be a role model for everything.

  • zumazuma13

    I think it’s hilarious that Gene had to get UP at 5 am to do a couple of interviews with myfoxla & other such shows whilst in the same week Adam gets an YH Award, is on Extra & ET entertainment programs every other night, *And* is on the Cover of Rolling Stone and on 20/20 prime time!

    Gene showed himself to be a homophobic jerkwad with the ‘farm animal’ comment. Maybe he and the recently fired Miss America can go on tour together. Gah.

  • just sayin

    Gene Simmon’s biggest talent is sticking out his extra long tongue. Woo-hoo. KISS is way over-rated. The only thing I remember about them is their make-up and GS’s tongue. Old has-beens. Hey Gene, shut up, okay?

  • a-lamb

    OMG, are people seriously upset over the drug thing? Christ. Adam said that he smokes pot occasionally, that he’s TRIED ecstasy, and that he strongly dislikes cocaine. He’s not advocating any of these drugs, he’s just retelling his personal experiences with them. Personally, I don’t see why people are so butthurt about it. C’mon, Adam’s a gay guy who spent the larger part of his 20′s in the underground club scene – I’d be far more surprised if he hadn’t tried something.

    Adam is a good role model in a million different ways – his brutal honesty and lack of filter is just one of them. I admire it greatly. There is no bullsh*t with this guy.

    As for the people who are saying that Adam should’ve shut up about his sexuality because you don’t want to hear it, tell me – do you read tabloid magazines? Do you pay attention to celebrity gossip? Because there are intimate details about straight celebrities’ sex lives plastered all over the mags/internet/TV/whereever, yet no one seems to mind THAT too much. Double standards, man.

  • PhDude
  • anotherview2

    Gene Simmon’s basic talent is self promotion…PERIOD!
    GENE… ADAM SAVED YOUR BUM ON AMERICAN IDOL, SHOW A LITTLE RESPECT BRO!!!!!
    I give no acknowledgement to Mr. Simmon’s musical critique of Adam Lambert’s singing voice…….however:
    He has one good point…enough about the gay thing! The media is now going to try and play it to the ground.
    ADAM…REDIRECT THE CONVERSATION!!!

  • anna in vegas

    noctemseizure: “By the way, though, I should make clear that Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not putting this all on Adam. Idol is obviously fully on-board with his decision to make these public revelations. The franchise that presents itself as à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“family entertainmentà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is encouraging him to brand himself in a decidedly non-family-friendly way because they believe by marketing him accordingly, it will increase the money that he makes for them.”

    I personally feel that if Adam had been the winner and Kris runner-up that Idol would want him to do things their way and be that role-model and pretty much hide his past. Therefore, I’m glad now for another reason he didn’t win. I totally admire his integrity and “I have nothing to hide” attitude.

    (Anyone else having probs with the blockquote?)

  • linsav

    noctem seizure Jun 12th, 2009 at 2:34 am

    On another subject, I stand by my living under a rock comment, if you cross everyone off your list who has ever experimented with a illegal drug of any sort, it would be a very small world indeed, and your playlist would have about 10 artists on it, we donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t live in a perfect world.

    And I, in turn, stand by my comment that it would be preferable for somebody who is going to in a unique position among artistsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ due to the nature of how he how he à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“made ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ of being looked up to by children and teenagers to have a less blaseà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ attitude about activities and substances that have taken and destroyed the lives of so manyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    Now with regards to your comments about the number of artists who have à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“experimentedà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , you may be right. But, I havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t seen all but à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“about ten artistsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  in the spread of a major magazine discussing their behavior nonchalantly. And of course, as mentioned, these artists also arenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t put into the same position where they are automatically going to be role modelsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ the position in which the American Idols somewhat uniquely find themselves.

    So, I guess if the choice is between having an Idol à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“put it all out thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , so he can satisfy the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“proving heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s realà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  test and one who keeps the potentially harmful and/or illegal activities of his private life private so as not to potentially promote dangerous behavior to impressionable kidsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ I guess I know which side I come down onà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    As opposed to say the current President of the United States. I don’t hear him apologizing nor doing a PSA for his prior drug use:

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“You know, I made some bad decisionsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦. You know, got into drinking and experimenting with drugs. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though –”

    For those not up on drug slang “blow” is cocaine.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    And I, in turn, stand by my comment that it would be preferable for somebody who is going to in a unique position among artistsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ due to the nature of how he how he à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“made ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ of being looked up to by children and teenagers to have a less blaseà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ attitude about activities and substances that have taken and destroyed the lives of so manyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    Are we talking about mushrooms and Ecstasy now, or alcohol?

  • http://www.bestweekever.tv/2009/06/15/finally-you-can-pee-all-over-gene-simmons/ Kradamfan

    Check out this wonderful response from Michelle Collins at Best Week Ever

    http://www.bestweekever.tv/2009/06/15/finally-you-can-pee-all-over-gene-simmons/