Tommy Lee Distances Self From Gene Simmons’ Comments, Fan Of Rihanna

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(Photo: Jay Tilles/CBS Local, Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo: Jay Tilles/CBS Local, Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

During a press conference announcing a KISS/Mötley Crüe co-headlining tour earlier this week, , Gene Simmons described the upcoming tour as “real music” and had a few choice words for those that use electronics and backing tracks, calling them karaoke singers.

“We’re sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them. No karaoke singers allowed. No fake bullsh*t. Leave that to the Rihanna’s and anyone who ends their name with an A. What you’re going to hear onstage is live music,” continued Simmons. “All the bombs are real. All the music is real. The guys you’re seeing onstage playing their instruments are playing their instruments. No karaoke singers allowed. No fake bullsh*t. Leave that to the Rihanna’s and anyone who ends their name with an A.”

In an effort distance himself from Simmons’ comments about the pop singer, Tommy Lee posted a lengthy Tweet.

[pullquote quote="I am a fan of Rihanna's and think she's an amazing singer." credit="Tommy Lee on Gene Simmons' comments"]“Is this thing ON? Time to clear the air! We all know how “The Press” sure likes to pick up on negative stuff and run with it, So I’m gonna clean my side of the street. Gene Simmons recently mentioned at our Motley/Kiss tour announcement on Tuesday about his distaste for faking it on stage. I somehow got lumped into that by saying that I too am tired of all the watered down not so real performances on award shows/live concerts/etc. I am a fan of Rihanna’s and think she’s an amazing singer/entertainer and i think you all know how much I f**king love electronic music and dance. I make and perform electronic music live. And who am I to say what’s good/bad/real or fake? It is what it is right?…i’ll just keep doin my thang hoping that your all entertained on the highest levels!!”


Many rock fans may be unaware of Tommy Lee’s passion for dance and electronica. He’s been guest dj-ing popular clubs for nearly a decade, although he keeps the press coverage to a minimum.


KISS and Mötley Crüe: The Tour

Jul 20-Bristow, VA at Jiffy Lube Live

Jul 21-Virginia Beach, VA at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

Jul 22-Raleigh, NC at Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek

Jul 24-Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Jul 25-Charlotte, NC at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Jul 27-West Palm Beach, FL at Cruzan Amphitheater

Jul 28-Tampa, FL at 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre

Jul 31-Pelham, AL at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

Aug 3-Houston, TX at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Aug 4-Dallas, TX at Gexa Energy Pavillion

Aug 7-Albuquerque, NM at Hard Rock Casino Presents The Pavilion

Aug 8-Englewood, CO at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre

Aug 10-Phoenix, AZ at Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion

Aug 11-Las Vegas, NV at Mandalay Bay Arts Center

Aug 12-Chula Vista, CA at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

Aug 14-Irvine, CA at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Aug 16-Concord, CA at Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord

Aug 18-Auburn, WA at White River Amphitheatre

Aug 19-Ridgefield, WA at Sleep Country Amphitheater

Aug 24-Grand Junction, CO at Rock Jam

Aug 26-Tulsa, OK at BOK Center (on-sale 3/30)

Aug 27-Maryland Heights, MO at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Aug 29-Minneapolis, MN at Minnesota State Fair (on-sale 3/31)

Aug 31-Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend MusicCenter

Sep 1-Noblesville, IN at Klipsch Music Center

Sep 2-Pittsburgh, PA at First Niagra Pavilion

Sep 4-Nashville, TN at Bridgestone Arena

Sep 5-Clarkston, MI at DTE Energy Music Theatre

Sep 7-Tinley Park, IL at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Sep 8-East Troy, WI at Alpine Valley Music Theatre

Sep 11-Allegan, MI at Allegan County Fair (on-sale 5/5)

Sep 12-Cleveland, OH at Blossom Music Center

Sep 13-Toronto, ON at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Sep 15-Darien Center, NY at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Sep 16-Mansfield, MA at Comcast Center

Sep 18-Scranton, PA at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Sep 19-Camden, NJ at Susquehanna Bank Center

Sep 21-Holmdel, NJ PNC at Bank Arts Center

Sep 22-Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Sep 23-Hartford, CT at Comcast Theatre

Tickets for the tour go on sale beginning Friday, March 23rd at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com and both bands will have fan club pre-sales beginning Wednesday, March 21st at 10am.

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