Gene Simmons is the latest rock star to give praise to Lady Gaga - and says they were set to work together.
"She's terrific", he said. "I don't like that kind of music, but if you listen to what she did with Tony Bennett, the girl can sing".
Simmons thinks Gaga could do much better than simply front her solo pop act: "She could do straight-ahead rock. If I were her I would come out with a rock band next time and just rock it out".
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"She came backstage a few tours ago, before her meteoric rise", said Simmons (via UltimateClassicRock). "They didn’t know who she was, so she was there as a fan and then came backstage and told us about how she has Kiss parties where they all dress up as KISS and run around".
It turns out that his love for Gaga isn't new, and that rumors of a collaboration last year for their forthcoming album "Monster" were true.
"When 'Freak' was being written, Lady Gaga got interested in singing on it", he said. "It espouses her emotions about being comfortable in your skin and all that stuff. Paul [Stanley] and Gaga were gonna sing it, and then finally I suggested Paul should sing it by himself".