Speaking at Tuesday’s press conference to announce this summer’s joint Kiss/Mötley Crüe US tour, Simmons said:
“We’re sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them.
“The guys [ie. Kiss and the Crüe] you see on stage are playing their instruments. No fake bullshit. Leave that to Rihanna, Shmianna and anyone who ends their name with an ‘A.’”
Crüe drummer Tommy Lee echoed Simmons’ comments about the Barbadian strumpet, telling Billboard.com:
“No disrespect to Rihanna, she’s a great singer, but we’re in a slump for some shit that has some personality and appeal beyond a bunch of pop stuff that’s floating around out there.
“I’m glad he [Simmons] said that actually because I don’t think I can bear watching another fucking award show that is just a little bit better than American Idol.
“It’s fucking pathetic to watch people go out and fucking karaoke with a bunch of lights and video. It’s all completely watered down.”