Gene Simmons says he liked the Beatles as a teenager because his mother didn’t approve of their looks.
Simmons tells Bass Guitar Magazine: “I remember thinking, ‘They look weird.’ They were very small people by American standards, and they looked feminine. They didn’t look Italian or Jewish or Greek or black. They didn’t even look like hoodlums.
“I started to think they were cool because my mother thought they looked silly. They looked like what they sounded like.”
The Beatles’ 1964 debut on The Ed Sullivan Show turned out to be a defining experience for Simmons, who recounted the event in his 2001 book Kiss And Make-Up.
He wrote: “My first thoughts about pop music were born that night, and they were simple thoughts: If I go and start a band, maybe the girls will scream for me.”
Simmons says he’s already written at least one track for the follow-up to 2012’s Monster.