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Gene Simmons Declares Rock Music Is ‘Finally Dead’ In New Interview

Sat, September 6, 2014 5:42pm EDT by 16 Comments
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Gene Simmons has some bold news for all the rock music lovers out there. In an all-new interview, the KISS frontman claims that ‘rock is finally dead.’

Is rock music gone for good? That’s what KISS’ Gene Simmons, 65, thinks. In an interview with his son Nick Simmons, 25, the rocker declared that the genre is “dead,” and went so far as to say it was “murdered.”

Gene Simmons Interview: Rock Music Is ‘Dead’

“Rock is finally dead,” Gene boldly states in an interview with Esquire.

“The death of rock was not a natural death,” he continued. “Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. And the real culprit is that kid’s 15-year-old next-door neighbor, probably a friend of his. Maybe even one of the bandmates he’s jamming with. The tragedy is that they seem to have no idea that they just killed their own opportunity — they killed the artists they would have loved. 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.”

Whoa. Gene, and all the members of KISS, have been staples of rock music for over 30 years. Their songs “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” and “Rock and Roll All Nite” are nothing short of legendary. How can rock be dead?

Gene went on to say that he feels bad for all the aspiring bands out there. He blames music piracy for the genre’s demise. He said potential rockers and singer-songwriters “don’t have a chance.” Gene believes the big music dreamers would have more luck “auditioning for The X Factor.”

“But where’s the next Bob Dylan?” he said. “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.”

It’s sad to see that Gene feels this way about rock music, but we completely understand his feelings towards pirated music. However, there are still tons of talented rockers out there just waiting to be discovered.

HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Gene Simmons’ comments on rock? Do you think rock music is dead? Let us know!

— Avery Thompson

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