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KISS rocker Gene Simmons praises Taylor Swift for ‘taking over’ the music industry: ‘I’m a fan’

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Everyone seems to be a Swiftie these days, including Gene Simmons.
The legendary KISS rocker praised Taylor Swift while talking about the new generation of bands and artists who are making their mark in the music industry today.

 

“There’s no question, Taylor Swift has taken over and she’s great,” Simmons exclusively raved to Page Six at his Rock & Brews restaurant in El Segundo, Calif.
“I’m a fan. I know her, and she’s a really solid person. Other than that, I’m not sure what’s cool.”
Simmons dropped Swift’s name after reflecting on the musical legends of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. The “God of Thunder” rocker noted that, aside from Swift, today’s talent roster can’t really compare to the true excitement the music world experienced at that time.
“When we were growing up in the ’60s, we had Led Zeppelin, The [Rolling] Stones, The Beatles, Elvis, Pink Floyd, Madonna, Motown and all of that, Prince, David Bowie. All of that was happening at the same time,” Simmons, now 74, recalled. “What’s happening now?”
As Swift fans may recall, this isn’t the first time the KISS Army has had some crossover with the Swifties. Last August, KISS frontman Paul Stanley took his family to see one of the singer’s Eras Tour shows in Los Angeles. The Starchild even shared a pic of himself rocking tour merchandise via social media.
“6 shows at SoFi Stadium for a total of A HALF MILLION PEOPLE and I know why… PHENOMENAL SHOW BY A PHENOMENAL ARTIST,” Stanley, 72, tweeted at the time. “Thanks to her staff for rolling out the red carpet for us.”
Swift, 34, also once dressed up as former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley – Spaceman makeup and all! – while serving as the opening act for Keith Urban’s Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
As the country singer was performing his hit “Kiss A Girl” in Kansas City, Mo., Swift and members of her band (also decked out in full KISS gear) stormed the stage for an unforgettable surprise prank.

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