Gene Simmons doesn’t have a favorable opinion of the genre for which he was recently honored with an induction into its hall of fame. In a new interview with Esquire, the KISS frontman declared rock ‘n’ roll “dead.”
Simmon attributed rock’s demise to the rise of illegal fire sharing, adding, “The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed, and now it won’t, because it’s that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it.”
Asked to give advice to young musicians, Simmons responded:
“Don’t quit your day job is a good piece of advice. When I was coming up, it was not an insurmountable mountain. Once you had a record company on your side, they would fund you, and that also meant when you toured they would give you tour support. There are still record companies, and it does apply to pop, rap, and country to an extent. But for performers who are also songwriters — the creators — for rock music, for soul, for the blues — it’s finally dead. Rock is finally dead.”
It’s very sad for new bands. My heart goes out to them. They just don’t have a chance. If you play guitar, it’s almost impossible. You’re better off not even learning how to play guitar or write songs, and just singing in the shower and auditioning for ‘The X Factor.’ And I’m not slamming ‘The X Factor,’ or pop singers. But where’s the next Bob Dylan? Where’s the next Beatles? Where are the songwriters? Where are the creators?”
However, one prominent rock band disagrees with Simmons’ comments. Not so fast, Mr. God of Thunder…,” Foo Fighters wrote on their Facebook page.