Gene Simmons’ Latest Comment Contradicts His ‘Rock Is Dead’ Claim
KISS bassist Gene Simmons posted a recent tweet revealing the reason why the world needs rock and roll and, in a way, refuted his ‘rock is dead’ statement.
Although he has been a member of the rock band KISS ever since their formation, Gene Simmons once claimed that rock is dead. Back in 2014, the bassist told Esquire in an interview that rock, soul, and blues music have finally died.
This was a risky statement, but the bassist added that the reason behind this is linked to contemporary rock musicians. He pointed out there were successful representatives of rock music in the past, but currently, there are no new influential rock bands.
Gene Simmons told Esquire in 2014 that:
“Once you had a record company on your side, they would fund you, and that also meant when you toured they would give you tour support. There are still record companies, and it does apply to pop, rap, and country to an extent. But for performers who are also songwriters — the creators — for rock music, for the soul, for the blues — it’s finally dead.
The point is, yeah, rock is dead. Because if we play the game from 1958 until 1988, which is 30 years, you had Elvis, The Beatles, The Stones, Pink Floyd, and on and on and on. And you can go to the heavy part of it, which is Metallica, Maiden, if you want to put KISS in there, that’s fine. AC/DC, on and on and on. Even U2, Prince, Bowie, Eagles. And then you get to disco stuff, and Madonna, and that stuff, and Motown, of course. And then from 1988 until today, who’s the new Beatles?“
Simmons received a backlash following that statement, especially from the present rock musicians who try to keep rock music alive. Among those musicians were Taylor Momsen and Tony Iommi, who publicly expressed that they disagreed with Simmons. Momsen claimed rock music is still there, and it can’t die because it is primal. On the other hand, Tony Iommi gave Metallica as an example and said he doesn’t think rock is going to die. He said that it is because there is always going to be a market for ‘good music.’
According to Gene Simmons’ recent tweet, he might have changed his ideas. In the tweet, he posted a video of a little girl who dances to the rock icon Little Richard’s ‘Good Golly Miss Molly.’ Above the video, there was a caption saying that this is the reason rock and roll will never die. Simmons extended this statement and stated that this is also why the world needs rock and roll. It seems that as a person who claimed the contrary, posting such a tweet is a little bit contradictory.
Gene Simmons’ tweet read:
“This is why the world needs Rock’ n Roll, above all other genres.”
You can check out Simmons’ tweet below.
THIS is why the world needs Rock ‘n Roll…above all other genres. pic.twitter.com/ELYnOOhukb
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) October 15, 2021