Gene believes Guns n’Roses could have been the best band in the world – but frontman’s difficult childhood prevented it

Gene Simmons

Tough love: Gene Simmons

Kiss mainman Gene Simmons thinks Axl Rose could have benefitted from a “good beating” as a child.

He believes Guns n’Roses missed out on the chance to become the best band in the world – and the singer’s upbringing is to blame.

Simmons tells MusicNews: “You get to sleep in the bed you make. It’s simple.

“If you’re lucky enough to be accepted on stage by the audience, if you’re lucky enough to be able to write a song, if you’re lucky enough to have charisma on stage, that’s the beginning.

“Guns n’Roses could have been the best band in the world, and the reason they’re not is because of Axl Rose.”

The bassist accepts a wide range of issues contributed to GnR’s troubles over the years. “Drugs, heroin, alcohol and all that,” he says, “But ultimately it falls on Axl Rose’s shoulders.”

Asked what could have been done to change that path, Simmons replies: “A good beating would have helped.

“When you misbehave as a little kid there’s someone there to give you what-for.

“When you become a grown-up who’s there to set you straight?”

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