Gene Simmons: “People remember a classic and simple bassline more than they do the actual song”

Gene Simmons of Kiss
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“Yeah, it’s a bit of alwight, know what I mean,” grins Gene Simmons, mocking this Guitar World correspondent’s London accent. The Kiss bassist and singer, known to millions around the world as The Demon or The God Of Thunder, is clearly on good form today. 

When asked if he’s ‘mugging us off’ – another term for ‘taking the piss’ – he drops the cockney to jokingly explain, “We don’t know what mugging means out here in the colonies but I have been for my morning pee.” 

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).