According to an article posted at Digital Music News:
Fans are responsible for destroying the record industry, according to recent comments by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons. “The record industry is dead,” Simmons said. “It’s six feet underground and unfortunately the fans have done this. They’ve decided to download and file-share.”
That is precluding the group from recording new material, according to Simmons. “There is no record industry around so we’re going to wait until everybody settles down and becomes civilized,” the controversial Simmons continued. The outspoken glam-rocker also criticized Radiohead for offering their music for free, and promised that Kiss would not follow suit.
Honestly, Mr. Simmons, you expect us to believe it was your great song writing that made you rich & famous, and not your endless KISS merchandising? You’re an action figure. A lunch box. You are the original Cafe Press. You put your logo on everything and mark it way up. Accept the fact that you are (were?) a costume-wearing entertainer. Your music has always been just a pretense. Come on, you’re not this stupid, are you? Anyone who has made money off of selling music has been lucky. Anyone who expects to make money off of something that can be copied with a single click is an idiot. Put your cape back on and get to work!