Gene Simmons Blames Young Listeners For The Death Of Rock Music Business

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In an interview for New York’s Q104.3 radio station, KISS icon Gene Simmons talked about his previous statement about the killing of rock music which he claimed caused by the streaming habit of the young fans.

KISS c0-founder and bassist Gene Simmons often shares his opinions on various subjects on social media platforms as well as in the interviews he joins. As you may recall, previously, Simmons participated in the ongoing discussion about whether rock music is dead or not and he stated that rock is dead because none of the ‘new bands haven’t taken the time to create glamor, excitement, and epic stuff.’

Recently, Gene Simmons joined a conversation with Jonathan Clarke of New York’s Q104.3 radio station and commented once again on the current status of the rock music scene. Gene repeated his opinion about the death of rock music and stated that rock is dead in all ways.

However, this time Simmons pointed out another reason other than the inadequacy of the new bands that killed rock music. According to the KISS legend, young fans who have been streaming almost everything on different platforms caused the death of rock music since none of the new musicians now had the chance to make enough money to quit their nine-to-five job and focus on making music.

Here is what Gene Simmons stated about fans’ impact on ‘killing rock music’:

“In all ways. And the culprits are the young fans. You killed the thing that you love. Because as soon as streaming came in, you took away a chance for the new great bands who are there in the shadows, who can’t quit their day job ’cause you can’t make a dime putting your music out there, because when you download stuff, it’s one-hundredth or one-thousandth of one penny.

And so you’ve gotta have millions to millions and even billions of downloads before you can make a few grand. And the fans have killed that thing. So the business is dead. And that means that the next Beatles or the next whoever is never gonna get the chance that we did.

We had record companies that gave us millions of dollars so we can make records and tour, and not worry about a nine-to-five job. Because when you’re worried about nine-to-five, you don’t have the time to sit there and devote to your art, whatever that is.”

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