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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.

Nirvana and Winehouse

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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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Look if the Beatles are icon cannot say that Kurt is on that level, Joplin Hendrix Lennon Cobain... Everyone has to see how wrong that is. I also thought of another proof. Joplin Hendrix and Lennon all have autocorrect on so that it capitalises the initial letter and recognises the name, cobain does not.........what does that tell you? If Hendrix and Joplin are icons putting Kurt in here take their credibility down

188 days ago

Stupid ppl    

@Sam it seems that your being very bias and your picking around Gene words he said they are not icon b/c they didn't live long enough to put out more albums and their only icons b/c of their deaths .So how does that excuse Joplin ,Jim ,Jimi and all the rest that died the same age as Kurt? clearly b/c of the grunge movement in the early 90's along with Pearl jam ,Alice and chains etc made 80's Hairbands looked chessy and outdated .And it's your and Gene opinion if you don't view Kurt and Amy as icons..... it doesn't mean you and him along w/ anybody else who agrees is right.

188 days ago


Gene Simmons is an egotistical retard. Having said that nirvana was **** and if whinehouse is an icon then I give up being a muso. Co sin did nothing they weren't pioneers so hey didn't steer anything I a new direction. Musical icon for grunge soundgarden. Not nirvana.

188 days ago


Gene Simmons needs to remember he came from a cartoon. He wore pretty much steletos on stage to Gaines his fame , he is the absolute apidiimy of music and all he uses kiss for now is one massive sell out, he may be richer than all of us but he'll, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that he is dumb as dog ****...

188 days ago
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