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March 23, 2012  | by: Emily Longeretta

Kiss and Motley Crue announce new tour

All the way from Barbados, pop star Rihanna is known for her racy lyrics, bright red hair, sheer clothing, and well, her loser ex-boyfriend. But for musicians out there, she may be known as just another pop star ending in an -a.

Sometimes rock music and pop music just don’t mix. That’s how it seems now that probably two of the best rock bands ever have lately began bashing pop star, Rihanna. On Tuesday, KISS and Motley Crue announced they will be touring together– and it’s the first time in over 30 years!

Rihanna performing at the 2012 Grammys

“We’re sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them,” singer, Gene Simmons said. “The guys you see on stage are playing their instruments. No fake bullshit. Leave that to the Rihanna, Shmianna and anyone who ends their name with an ‘A.’” (We’re wondering if that includes Madonn-a, too?)

Backstage, Motley Crue drummer (and my favorite!) Tommy Lee added in to Gene’s comments. At least he started with “no disrespect!”

“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,” he said (via Billboard.com) “I’m glad he said that actually because I don’t think I can bear watching another f***ing award show that is just a little bit better than ‘American Idol.’ It’s f***ing pathetic to watch people go out and f***ing karaoke with a bunch of lights and video. It’s all completely watered down.”

If you haven’t seen Motley Crue or KISS live, you should know that there is no “f***ing karaoke” going on on this stage– it’s some of the greatest live music out there. The rest of KISS’ band, chimed in on their thoughts on the live music today, and how important fan interaction is to them.

Eric Singer said: “He’s right, anyone can buy a light show, anyone can buy pyro.You can’t keep reinserting a different he or she in there. You have to be able to get up there and play and sing.”

Tommy Thayer said: ”It’s a shame you don’t have as many rock and roll bands, only the cream of the crop has survived. It makes [the tour] more of a unique event. It’s definitely the biggest rock show of the year.”

Paul Stanley said: Isn’t that what we’re all about? We’re only as good as the audiences. So fan interaction, that’s really what rock and roll is. f you [just] want to listen to music, stay home and put it on the stereo.”

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