Gene Simmons, the front runner of the band, Kiss, recently told Esquire that “rock is finally dead.” Boy, did he get lots of flak for that! Many rock n’ roll fans and artists alike have weighed-in on the comment, but Simmons had more to say.
In a follow-up brief with Joel Nichols of “Kansas City Live,” Simmons really just tried to explain himself. He stated, “Rock and roll is dead. I’m gonna ask you a question, and you decided, okay? From 1958 to 1988, its 30 years, name hundreds and hundreds of classic rock acts. Okay, I’ve got Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin… on and on. Even Motown… Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson. From 1988 until today, just give me five. You can’t name them. Iconic? No. Nobody. How about that?”
Well, as long as he was being scientific about it.
Simmons also stated that it wasn’t the economics that played into the supposed downfall of one of the oldest types of music this country has come to love and is now losing. “…I really think it comes down to when technology outpaces the law of the land, it’s the Wild West; people just go and grab territory, and don’t pay for it,” he commented, when referring to downloadable and pirated material.
Simmons, who has been around the musical block since the 1970s, is no stranger to making controversial public statements, and is sticking to his guns on this one.