Monday, November 7, 2011

VIDEO: Gene Simmons talks about hosting Classic Rock Roll Of Honours

The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards happen this Wednesday, November 9 at The Roundhouse in London.

In its seven-year history it has attracted and honoured some of the greatest musicians the world has ever seen, and 2011 will be no different. Receiving the coveted Living Legend Award is one of the most influential and respected guitarists of all time, Jeff Beck.

And the host for the evening will be KISS bassist Gene Simmons.

“I have the distinct honour and privilege of being the host of the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour,” said Simmons. “On that momentous occasion, the planets will align, living legends will gather to honour their own and London will become the centre of the rock & roll universe. It’s one thing being a voracious and loyal reader of Classic Rock, but it’s another to be in the same room as the people who have inspired me to stop flipping burgers and jump up on stage and have a go at it myself. An honour and privilege, indeed. Be there. Or, be square.”

Simmons is doing some press interviews to promo his appearance, and sat down with Absolute Radio to discuss the event while throwing in various plugs for his own business interests, including the new KISS album.

During the chat, the bassist raves about the history of UK rock.

“Do an experiment,” begins Gene. “From the early 60s through to the end of the 70s, if you take a look at the bands that came out of England, it simply usurps anyone else’s claim to having done anything at all – that includes America – who invented rock n’ roll in the first place…and the electric guitar.

As this year’s recipient of the Living Legend award, Jeff Beck follows in the footsteps of such greats as Jimmy Page, Lemmy, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop and Ozzy Osbourne.

KISS - Gene Simmons interview
Absolute Radio

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