Hey Jim - you can call me Joe - but that's as far as I'll go online since I don't want to out myself here!
It's kinda hard for me to respond. Half of me wants to go PUNK ROCK when every other band was the enemy, Ray's a lovable idiot, Klaus is a shitty bass player. But that was before I was taught professional courtesy. I couldn't really generalize about "people who try to make money through art" because there are all sorts of different characters.
I didn't want to click on your link because I'd never listen to Gene Simmons. But I did - hey that's Henry Rollins! - now that's who you want to go climbing with, the dude's a gem. He paid me one of my greatest compliments - better yet, he told my boss, he didn't tell me.
What Gene Simmons says there is half right and half Gene Simmons. Yes, the record business is finished, that's for sure. Yes, you are selling fantasy, but if that's your day job, it helps to have at least one foot firmly planted in reality, you know? The best artists I worked with had dynamic public personas; off-stage, they were regular folks, we'd talk about sports, our moms, goof around.