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'Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins

Gene Simmons is an Idiot

Cobain and Winehouse are Icons

10/12/2013 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gene Simmons disputing Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse's icon status is nuts ... so says Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who tells us it doesn't matter how many albums both made.

In case you missed it, Gene told Team Rock Radio this month that Cobain and Winehouse were only considered icons because they died young ... not because of their music.

But Hawkins -- whose been in Foo with Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl for years -- was fired up about the topic ... telling TMZ Gene's opinion is "nonsense."

So we gotta ask ...


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KISS wrote a song about Kurt after his death called "Childhood Friends". So I don't know why Gene is acting that way.

320 days ago


Kiss has mediocre music....if that. They aren't icons because of their music, they're icons because they can showboat and have pyrotechnics.

320 days ago


Waiting for the Foo's next album....

320 days ago

Dead account Delete at will    

Tough question. Only because its a multi parter and you don give enough answer choices.
yes Gene is a moron, but he is also a icon
Kurt Cobain is also too a Icon
Amy Winehouse was junkie that lucked out and got famous for 5 minutes before her death.

320 days ago


TMZ asked a dumb question, it isn't even a fair comparison. Taylor is just agreeing that Nirvana should be in that category, he's not making the statement. He's just being cool with the question. And to JANE the Foo's don't ride the coat tails of Cobain, never have. In fact they try and distance themselves from that association. Learn your rock history. Rock on Taylor, Dave, Pat and Chris. You are the true icons. You are in the same category as Led Zep, will be in the R&R hall of fame one day and please keep doing what you do...playing great music!

320 days ago

Skiing powder    

Simply an outrageous statement that neither one of those artists could be icons.. Lots of negativity in these comments about Amy Whinehouse. She was a great singer and had a huge following..purely speculation on what and who is an icon.. She was loved, she was adored.. She was a genius singer. Full stop!

320 days ago


You can't lump them together. I agree with Nirvana having icon status, but not Amy Winehouse.

320 days ago


KISS was a horrible, fake band. Gene Simmons needs to check his ridiculous ego. Nirvana & Winehouse produced real, raw music....They will always be remembered.

320 days ago


I have to agree with Simmons on this one, you gotta be able to keep yourself alive. Unless Kobain actually was murdered, but still he was doing enough heroin to OD. Winehouse only had one hit.

320 days ago


How do I vote for just Nirvana?

320 days ago


Cobain is an icon, winehouse is a turd.

320 days ago


Anyone with ears that has listened to Cobain or Winehouse has to agree the both has minuscule talent.
Nirvana was a terrible band-their music was inane.
Winehouse was about as bad a singer as Adele.
The problem is most people have no sense of pitch,style, or tonality.
That's what rap/hiphop did .It murdered all good music.
Music and the arts have devolved since the early 90's.

320 days ago


Gene Simmons is the biggest blowhard in the industry. King of the douches.

320 days ago


They're definitely icons of how not to be. Don't do drugs. You'll end up dead or in prison.

320 days ago


Kiss would never had made it big without there customs and make up. Oh and Nirvana had more then two records. Bleach, Nevermind, and In Utero. So there go's his argument Oh and who can forget there live umplugged album, truly one of the greatest

320 days ago
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