TMZ grabbed the “Rock And Roll All Nite” bassist as he was leaving Hollywood establishment Boa and asked him to elaborate on Madge’s upcoming Super Bowl performance.
“I love all karaoke singers,” he said, with his lengthy tongue firmly planted in cheek. “I like all the girls who get up and sing with tapes.”
The site’s interviewer asked 62-year-old Simmons if he caught Scotty McCreery’s recent lip-synced flubbing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Gene said it was “a bad thing,” then brought things back around to Madonna again.
“You gotta have some integrity,” he said. “I don’t care what your music is. Have some integrity. Be real. Or, full disclosure before the fact: hold up a sign and say, ’70 percent of what you hear is fake. It’s a tape. I’m a karaoke singer’.”
Finally, at the tail end of the interview, Gene said, “By the way, Madonna’s terrific.” Surely that makes it all better, eh, Madge fans?
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