Thursday, December 14, 2006

Gene Simmons: career master

Gene Simmons reckons that if he and Mick Jagger hadn't made it in the charts, they'd both be caught in humdrum work:

The Channel 4 Rock School presenter added: "They'd probably now be asking you if you want fries with that.

"That includes Jagger and myself.

"Classical musicians are real musicians, the rest of us are lazy entertainers who never took time to learn how to play our instruments properly and can't read or write music."

You, Gene, might have been heading for a life behind the fryers, but Jagger? He went to the LSE on a scholarship and was taking a degree in accountancy. His music career wasn't to flee a life of hardship and poverty, it was to try and escape a middle-class future.