Gene Simmons Refers to Mick Jagger and Bono as “Little Girls”
Gene Simmons was interviewed on the Lipps Service radio show that The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and U2 singer Bono would be like ‘little girls’ and ‘fall down’ if they wore his onstage get up.
“It’s always interesting marketing when you say, ‘I promise,’ and all that. KISS is the hardest-working band in show business — period. It doesn’t mean we’re the best, although we call ourselves that. But I wear about seven-inch platform dragon boots. Each one weighs 10 or 11 pounds. That’s 20-plus pounds on the legs. It’s like working out with bowling balls. Then on top of that, there’s another 30 pounds or so between the armor [and the rest of the outfit]. And so if you put [Mick] Jagger and Bono — [who are] both great — in my outfits, they’d… like little girls, they’d fall down… They can’t do this. And I’ve gotta spit fire and fly through the air and all that. It is physically exhausting… So the idea is go out with some dignity.”
Dave Matthews Band Had the Biggest Rock Album Debut in 2018!
Rock music’s commercial position was at the center of many debates in 2018 and this may be one of the year’s most interesting stats. Dave Matthews Band’s first album since 2012, Come Tomorrow, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart with a total of 292,000 album-equivalent units. (Of that set, 285,000 were traditional sales.) It was the biggest sales week for a rock album in four years.
To put the feat into context, the nearest “traditional rock” release to the Matthews Band was Breaking Benjamin’s new LP, Ember, which sold a total of 88,000 units in its debut week. (80,000 were traditional units.) Right behind that was Greta Van Fleet’s impressive debut LP, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, with 87,000 equivalent units sold in its first week (80,000 were traditional units for that set as well).
It’s worth noting that Matthews capitalized on an album-ticket bundle to bolster their first-week numbers. Any fan who bought a concert ticket was given the option to redeem a copy of Come Tomorrow. Many artists have begun utilizing this tactic in recent years. Is it possible that Guns N’ Roses could do something similar should they release a new record in the future?
Behind Matthews in 2018 came Mumford and Sons’ Delta album, which moved a total of 230,000 units. (214,000 were traditional units.) Additionally, Panic! at the Disco, Paul McCartney, Twenty One Pilots, Jack White and Fall Out Boy all placed between Matthews and Breaking Benjamin. With 2019 shaping up to be rock and metal’s biggest year in recent memory, it will be interesting to see what numbers Slipknot, Rammstein and (hopefully) Tool, among others, will put up. Take a look below at over 50 bands who will be releasing new albums next year.