I’m starting to lose track of all these “Trent Reznor dissed” headlines, so that’s a good sign we should retire that type of post for a bit. That is, of course, unless one of the victims of a Reznor tongue-lashing decides to speak up. And here we go:
When we posted Reznor’s recent statement that he’d “never want to be Gene Simmons, an old man who puts on makeup to entertain kids, like a clown going to work,” the comments got pretty heated, with many NIN and KISS fans pointing out that Reznor has cited Simmons and KISS as major influences in the past. Simmons has now responded to Reznor’s diss with a similar reaction after being asked about it by a fan in the “Letters From Fans” section of his site. Here’s his full response:
No worries. Trent grew up on KISS and cut his teeth on our toons. When he was recording Downward Spiral, he had two action figures on his mix console – Jesus and Gene Simmons.
Once you’re a self confessed heroin addict, who used the stuff for years, you don’t look at life the way the rest of us do…I’m told.
We all wish him well.