KISS bassist Gene Simmons thinks that you can’t learn how to have charisma
KISS bassist, singer and co-founder Gene Simmons was recently interviewed by Scott Lipps for the radio station Lipps Service and he was asked whether the band could continue without any original members.
Simmons replied (as transcribed by Blabbermouth): “Sure. Of course. We’ve had 10 different lineups. AC/DC has had 22 or so. And there are bands that tour now that sell out things with different lead singers and different guitar players. At the end of the day, it is about the material and about the culture. Because there are better musicians — jazz musicians — that will never be able to make the money that people who are less talented but have charisma [are able to make]. You can go to school to learn guitar or bass — you can’t learn, ‘You’re exciting. You have charisma.’ There’s no school for that. Walk this way, do [it] that way. You just have it or you don’t.”
Interview with Gene Simmons by radio station Lipps Service: