Simmons Gene once again said that rock is dead, insisting that new artists will never have the chance to succeed unless bands like TO KISS do.
While rock ‘n’ roll has been the king of the music world for decades, in recent years it has been overthrown by the growing popularity of hip-hop. This has led many pundits to proclaim the genre “dead” from an industry perspective, noting that it has been eclipsed in all measures by pop, hip-hop and EDM.
Simmons spoke about rock’s supposed waning status in a new interview with Jonathan clarke from New York Q104.3 radio station. When asked if he meant his original commentary “rock is dead” in terms of radio broadcast or streaming numbers, Uncomfortable said, “Either way. And the culprits are the young fans. You killed the thing you love. Because as soon as the streaming came along, you gave the new big bands a chance that are there in the shadow, who can’t quit their day job because you can’t make a dime putting your music there, because when you download stuff, it’s a hundredth or a thousandth of a dime. And so you have to have millions if not millions, and even billions of downloads before you can make a few thousand dollars. And the fans killed that thing. So the business is dead. And that means the next one BEATLES or the next one who will never get the chance we did. We had record companies that gave us millions of dollars so that we could make records and tour, not worrying about a nine to five. [job]. Because when you worry about five to nine, you don’t have time to sit there and devote yourself to your art, whatever it is. “
He continued, “So we’re going to play a game. 1958 until 1988 – that’s 30 years. During that time you have Elvis Presley, THE BEATLES, [Jimi] Hendrix, THE [ROLLING] ROCKS, just thousands of groups. You had [David] Bowie, you had Prince, U2, maybe we [KISS] in the 70s, AC DC, METALLIC, And so on. And disco, you had Madonna and Motown – great black music – forever. From 1988 to today who is the new BEATLES? It is Following 30 years old. This is around the time when Napster and all that [illegal downloading] things started to [happen]. The fox comes in and steals the first egg from the henhouse, and when the fox isn’t killed, all the other foxes say, “Hey, we can get some eggs for free.” Before you know it, the farmer is bankrupt and there are no more eggs in the grocery stores. The grocery store goes bankrupt, the trucks delivering the chickens and eggs go bankrupt, just because you didn’t kill the first fox that came to steal the eggs. “
He then repeated: “Who is the new BEATLES? “
The ‘rock is dead’ argument has cropped up again and again over the years, including in 2018 after BROWN 5 singer Adam levine Recount Variety magazine that “rock music is nowhere, really. I don’t know where it is,” he said. “If it’s around, nobody invited me to the party. All the innovations and the amazing things that happen in music are in hip-hop. It’s better than everything else. Hip-hop. -hop is weird and avant-garde and flawed and real, and that’s why people love it. “
Few years ago, Simmons Recount Squire magazine that “rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. A certain genius, somewhere, was going to speak out and now it won’t be because it is much more difficult to make a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it. “
A number of hard rock and heavy metal musicians have looked into the subject in various interviews over the past few years, some going into more depth. Simmonscomplete remarks and others which only ignore the title.
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