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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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.
                                                                                                                        

Nirvana and Winehouse

  • Not Icons
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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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31.

JFC10    

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

188 days ago
32.

Rob    

James Dean only made three movies, And he's the definition of a Icon.

188 days ago
33.

Truth    

Gene is right. If Kurt Cobain were alive today, he would be playing in tiny clubs and the same people that have lionized him would be making fun of him. And since when is Amy Druggie an "icon"?

188 days ago
34.

bittybaby    

Kurt Cobain = icon
Amy Winehouse = not icon

I wish Kurt would've lived longer and given us more musical treats. Had Amy lived and churned out more hits, she might have hit icon status as well.
I was rooting for Kurt and Amy to both overcome their personal struggles.

188 days ago
35.

Yes    

I couldn't even name a song by Cobain and the only one I know of Winehouse is: Rehab, which both obviously should have done.

188 days ago
36.

taz    

An icon makes an impact. The only impact Simmons has had on music is a face so ugly he needed to cover it up in makeup, and a tongue that has apparently inspired...Miley Cyrus. Thanks for that Gene.

188 days ago
37.

TheMachine1    

KISS sucks.

188 days ago
38.

Suxtobehim    

Icons for killing themselves? Yep. Anything else? Nope.

188 days ago
39.

Scott Levy    

Cobain is legendary, Winehouse not so much.

188 days ago
40.

LordGobblecock    

Janis joplin and Jimi hendrix only had short moderate success before dying so it seems Gene is not being consistent with his logic. Kurt & Amy made much more of a global impact and their music gets deep into peoples conscious its not disposable pop...its timeless and heartfelt.

188 days ago
41.

barrack and michelle    

Cobain yes.....winehouse no way.

188 days ago
42.

Sherms    

Both artists made an impact on their genre of music, but that doesn't make either of them "iconic."

188 days ago
43.

Mic Flex    

I don't even listen to their music and I know how much of an impact they have, kiss is just jealous

188 days ago
44.

Jimbo    

Gene needs to go iron his hair....AND count his money....

188 days ago
45.

JiLL1    

Kurt Cobaine was an icon, Amy Winehouse was just a pop star

188 days ago
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