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Melvins’ King Buzzo Weighs On Kiss Lineup Controversies

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It seems like every Kiss fan has an opinion about the band carrying on without Ace Frehley and Peter Criss in the lineup — and with their replacements performing wearing replicas of their famous makeup. That includes Melvins frontman King Buzzo, who added his two cents during a recent interview.

Speaking with the Missoula Independent about his new acoustic record, ‘This Machine Kills Artists,’ Buzzo was asked to weigh in due to what the interviewer referred to as his history of “covering Kiss tunes and mimicking album covers.” True to form, he didn’t mince words when giving his response.

“As far as I can tell, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are f—ed-up alcoholic junkie guys,” grumbled Buzzo. “So I don’t think Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley should let those two f—-ups ruin them. Why should they? Okay, they chose to be alcoholics and f—-ups, now in doing that they have to face the consequences. Gene Simmons didn’t do it, why should he face the consequences?”

“I think they should be able to do whatever they want,” he continued. “I don’t fault them at all for it. It’s bulls— music, no one cares. It’s not overly important. No music is. Music is an extra. It’s an extra thing you do in your life. It’s not really important. So I take stuff like that with a grain of salt.”

Frehley and Criss can at least take comfort in the knowledge that they’re in fairly good company on Buzzo’s list of lame-os — it also includes Prince, who he dismissed more or less completely, saying, “He’s supposedly an amazing guitarist. Compared to what, you know? Compared to who? If I was gonna write down a list of guitarists who are my favorites he wouldn’t even be in my top thousand. It’s like elevator mall music. My mom could tap her foot to it. I don’t want to hear the sound of doves crying, I want to hear the sounds of doves dying.”

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