Gene Simmons is known for being controversial and in a new interview he once again proves this by declaring that rock music is finally dead. In his latest interview with his son Nick Simmons for Esquire, the bassist from the group KISS states that rock did not just die a natural death but was in fact murdered. In the interview he discusses how and why rock music has died in his opinion. He also discusses his thoughts on the rock genre as a whole.
This is not the first time the musician has made such contentious statements. Recently he made controversial comments regarding immigration, telling people to learn English if they are immigrants. His immigration comments were actually touched upon in the Esquire interview, as he discusses how rock has been destroyed. In another instance he also made comments in regards to suicide, basically dismissing it as a mental illness and telling people that if they are depressed then they should kill themselves. In both instances Simmons took back what he said and somewhat apologized for those remarks.
Now it looks like Simmons has decided to take on the rock industry with his latest statements. In his opinion, the death of rock music has nothing to do with the craftsmanship of the music or how talented the artist performing is. Even the meshing of different music genres does not answer the question of what killed rock. Instead, Simmons believes that the reason rock and roll is dead comes from the finances. He compares the industry to a mountain that cannot be climbed.
Simmons’ declaration that rock music is dead has to do with people no longer valuing the music. He believes that file-sharing and illegal downloads have taken the money out of the industry and that this theft is what has killed the rock genre. Simmons says that he even sympathizes with the bands and musicians just starting out now since in his opinion they do not stand a chance. His belief is that the true pinnacle of rock music was between 1958 and 1983 and that since that time only two other bands, Nivana and Tame Impala, have been able to carry on the spirit of the genre in any meaningful way.
While record labels may agree that file-sharing does take money out of their pockets , many do not agree that the entire genre of rock music is dead. The statements made by Simmons disregard any other rock band as being credible or successful. Instead he points out that besides the typical musicians found at the top of the charts, the only popular rock musicians touring are the old bands like his own, the ones that have been around since before 1984.
Many people might disagree with Simmons’ declaration that rock music is supposedly dead. In fact, Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters made sure to address the issue on his Facebook page. After sharing the article on Facebook, Grohl says people will have to wait and see about that. While controversy is something that Simmons seems very familiar with, in this latest interview he is taking on the same industry that brought him his success.
By Kimberley Spinney