Scorpions’ Klaus Meine Reflects On The ‘Rock Is Dead’ Claim

Scorpion’s frontman Klaus Maine gave an interview to Loudwire in which he revealed his thoughts about the long-debated ‘rock is dead’ claim. According to the singer, there are still millions of rock believers out there.

In 2014, KISS icon Gene Simmons made a claim which started the ‘rock is dead’ debate. The musician told Esquire that rock, soul, and blues music had finally died because of contemporary rock musicians. He further explained that although there were successful representatives of the genre in the past, there are no new music acts that represent rock successfully.

Following this statement, Gene Simmons received a backlash from many rock musicians. Apart from contemporary musicians like Taylor Momsen or Wolfgang Van Halen, those who have been in the rock music scene for so many years like Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Jerry Cantrell, or Slash contradicted this idea. Along with those, Scorpions’ Rudolf Shenker also disagreed with Simmons, claiming Scorpions are the proof rock is not dead.

During a previous interview, Shenker talked about Scorpions’ upcoming album ‘Rock Believer’ and commented on its title. According to the musician, they have been active in the music scene for over 50 years, and Scorpions and their fans are true rock believers. Shenker then said rock is still not dead, and there are still a significant number of ‘rock believers’ in over 80 countries around the world, in which Scorpions has played up until now.

Recently, Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine also joined the debate to share his ideas about whether rock is dead. In the interview with Loudwire, the musician said that they’ve heard people claiming rock is dead over the years, but there are still millions of rock believers around the world to prove them wrong. Following that, Meine said Scorpions fans are the best in the world, and they are among those ‘rock believers.’

In the interview, Klaus Meine told Loudwire the following:

“Over the years, we’ve heard people say lots of times that rock is dead. But there are still millions of rock believers out there all over the world that prove them wrong. Our fans are the best in the world. We’ll see you someday somewhere out there because we’re ‘Rock Believers,’ just like you.”

On July 25, 2020, Scorpions entered the studio to work on their nineteenth studio album. The initial sessions were done remotely due to the pandemic, and their progress continued slowly. On September 29, 2021, the band announced ‘Rock Believer’ as the title and set the release date to February 11, 2022. However, they postponed the release for an additional two weeks later on.