Q New Media Editor / Chris Bundas –
Is Rock N’ Roll dead?
The question has been posed many times over the years, but KISS star Gene Simmons is boldly claiming that now, rock n’ roll is officially dead!
Simmons has the tendency to voice opinions that cause controversy and disagreement with masses, but perhaps this time, there is validity in his claim.
Simmons cites record industry executives for failing to support up and coming rockers, being the final nail in the coffin, declaring: “Rock is finally dead”.
Simmons believes music charts are showing there is a troubling lack of real talent and lays the blame at the feet of major label bosses for not growing aspiring artists and band like they did in rock’s heyday.
“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,” Simmons tells his son Nick, who interviewed him for Esquire. “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? Many of them now have to work behind the scenes, to prop up pop acts and write their stuff for them.”
The Kiss bassist continues, “The craft is gone, and that is what technology, in part, has brought us. What is the next Dark Side of the Moon? Now that the record industry barely exists, they wouldn’t have a chance to make something like that. There is a reason that, along with the usual top-40 juggernauts, some of the biggest touring bands are half old people, like me.”
As to who is responsible for murdering rock:
“My sense is that file sharing started in predominantly white, middle- and upper-middle-class young people who were native-born, who felt they were entitled to have something for free, because that’s what they were used to. If you believe in capitalism — and I’m a firm believer in free-market capitalism — then that other model is chaos. It destroys the structure.” He adds, “I find that many of the more patriotic people are immigrants.”
However, Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters don’t seem to agree with Simmons belief that Rock N`Roll is dead, and posted this to their Facebook page: