Gilby Clarke Says ‘Rock Is Not Dead’ While Pointing AC/DC And Pink Floyd As Mainstays
Former Guns N’ Roses rhythm guitarist Gilby Clarke opened up about his opinion on the infamous ‘rock is dead’ statement during a recent appearance on Aftershocks Tv and revealed that if anything, rock and roll is getting louder while stressing that every musician should challenge themselves to be better before making such a statement.
As many of you might remember, KISS bassist Gene Simmons once started an endless debate with his bold statement about rock music during an interview with Esquire back in 2014 and stated that rock, soul, and blues music are dead now. Since then, Simmons has been receiving a major backlash still to this day due to the fact that there are still numerous bands that keeping rock music alive including Simmons’ band itself.
During the interview, Simmons said:
“When I was coming up, it was not an insurmountable mountain. 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 was an entire industry to help the next Beatles, Stones, Prince, Hendrix, to prop them up and support them every step of the way. 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. Rock is finally dead.”
Since then, the statement of ‘Rock is dead’ has been asked to pretty much every rock icon in order to hear their opinion about the matter. Most of them made it quite clear that despite not being the mainstream music genre of the decade, rock and roll continued to have representatives that have millions of fans such as classic bands including Metallica, AC/DC, KISS, and more such as the time when Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi pointed out Metallica while stating that it wouldn’t be fair to say rock is dead.
During a recent interview, Gilby Clarke was asked the same question as well and despite stating that he respects other musicians’ opinions, he thinks it wouldn’t be logical to say sock is dead since countless legendary musicians such as Pink Floyd, AC/DC, and Bon Jovi performs in front of thousands of people in stadiums. If rock music were dead, they wouldn’t have as major an audience as this which is an indicator that rock is very much.
In addition to this, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist stated that every musician should ask a question to themselves before making such bold claims, if they are happy with the music they are putting out and if they are challenging themselves to be the best version of themselves like they used to be. According to Clarke, the key to the success of rock music, any music genre for that matter, to be focused on challenging yourself while making music.
During the interview with Aftershocks Tv, Clarke’s statement follows:
“Look, there’s so much talk and I appreciate that there are some of the great artists that we respect have their opinions but I’m out there every day. I’m meeting more people than some of these legendary artists and rock is not dead at all. AC/DC plays to a stadium, that’s dead? Pink Floyd plays to a stadium, Bon Jovi plays to a stadium. Rock is not dead, if it was dead they’d all be playing in clubs. It’s not, it’s out there.
Sure some of the classic artists are the ones who are commanding this attention but it is my statement rock and roll is not dead, rock and roll is getting louder. It’s our job to be as good as we were when we made those classic records. Can you honestly say that your new record was as good as back in black? What I’m saying that you have to challenge yourself, you have to get back to what was important to you when you were writing songs. To me, that’s a challenge, challenge yourself before you make that statement.”
You can watch the whole interview below.