Greta Van Fleet Singer Josh Kiszka Laughs Away Gene Simmons’ ‘Rock Is Dead’ Claim By Saying ‘It Supersedes Time’

During a recent interview with NME, Greta Van Fleet lead vocalist Josh Kiszka shared his views on the ‘rock is dead’ discussion and dismissed KISS bassist Gene Simmons’ bold claims by saying that you can’t kill an ‘attitude and a spirit and a celebration.’

The new generation rock band Greta Van Fleet (GVF) was founded in 2012 by the twin brothers Jake and Josh Kiszka, their younger brother Sam, and Kyle Hauch – who was later replaced by the brothers’ close friend Danny Wagner. The band first concentrated on singles and they released their debut album Anthem of the Peaceful Army in 2018, which was a huge success as it became the top-selling album in the US in its debut week.

Less than two weeks ago, the band released their latest album The Battle at Garden’s Gate which has received generally good reviews. GVF’s sound is often compared to Led Zeppelin’s and Josh’s talents as a vocalist are considered to be similar to Robert Plant’s. In fact, in March 2018 Robert Plant had talked about GVF and had said that they’re ‘Led Zeppelin I’ and had praised Josh’s singing. 

Bearing these in mind, it should be clear why Greta Van Fleet believes that they can be seen as the successors of rock. In his recent interview, Josh talked about the ‘rock is dead’ argument, which was initiated by KISS’s iconic bassist Gene Simmons in 2014. The rockstar repeated this statement at the beginning of 2021 and claimed that rock was murdered by streaming platforms as now music is for free and people don’t bother buying hard copies of records.

Josh Kiszka dismissed Gene Simmons’ claims and said that maybe it’s the world of rock that Gene came to know that is dead. He went on to say that he considers rock and roll a very elastic and eclectic genre. Josh believes that each ‘generation reinterprets what that is’ which sometimes causes negative reactions by the predecessors of the genre. However, he said that rock cannot be killed because it ‘supersedes time’ and ‘it’s an attitude and a spirit and a celebration’ which can’t just go extinct.

Here’s what Josh Kiszka said during the interview:

“Maybe the world of rock [Gene] remembers is dead. I think rock and roll is a very elastic genre, it’s a very eclectic genre. It seems like every once in a while, a generation reinterprets what that is… And I’ve heard a lot, throughout the years, I guess people blowing hot air about.

I think rock and roll can become dormant, but you can’t kill something that supersedes time. It’s an attitude and a spirit and a celebration. I think people pass the torch and time moves on. I think there’s probably a lot of people that would disagree with him.”

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