Taylor Momsen Refuses Gene Simmons’ Claim That ‘Rock Is Dead’
In an interview with Kerrang! Radio, The Pretty Reckless frontwoman Taylor Momsen talked about the KISS icon Gene Simmons‘ previous statement suggesting that rock is dead and said that ‘rock will never die.’
The Pretty Reckless singer and co-founder, Taylor Momsen has been sharing the details of the band’s upcoming album titled ‘Death by Rock and Roll‘ often on her social media accounts. The band initially released four songs from the album, one of which was a collaboration with Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and it was titled ‘And So It Went.’ The Pretty Reckless has recently released their highly-anticipated album on February 12, 2021.
Recently, the talented young musician Taylor Momsen joined an interview with Kerrang! Radio and shared her opinions on KISS bassist Gene Simmons’ comment on the current status of rock music. As you might recall, Simmons previously claimed that rock is dead and the people responsible for this were actually the young fans who have been streaming almost everything on different platforms.
During the interview, Taylor Momsen talked about the importance of rock music both in her own life and also in the lives of many people around the world, whom she defined as ‘underdogs.’ Taylor stated that rock is something she needs to survive just like she needs oxygen, water, and food.
Furthermore, referring to the KISS icon’s comment, Momsen stated that according to her, rock music will never die. Although she admits that rock has been in a bit of a slump for a while, she thinks it will go up since people need rock and roll more than ever considering everything that’s happening in the world right now.
Here is how Taylor Momsen reacted to Gene Simmons’ claims about rock music:
“First of all, rock and roll is just awesome, and if you disagree with me, I think you’re wrong. Because rock and roll is so much more than a genre. And I think that everything wants to define, especially nowadays, with the way that music is distributed and listened to and heard…
Rock and roll has always been there — it’s just always been on the outskirts of society; it’s always been there for the underdogs; it’s something you had to search for. And it has its moments in the sun where it takes over. But pop’s the mainstream thing, and that’s fine. Because rock and roll is so much more important than that. It has so many layers to it; it has so much depth. It’s soul food. It’s something that you need, at least for me. I need it the same way I need food and water and oxygen — I need it to survive.
And it surpasses just a genre, especially now that there’s active rock and modern rock and hard rock… I don’t know. How many versions of rock can you name? To me, it’s all rock and roll, where it really just encompasses everything, ’cause rock and roll is one of the original art forms; it stems from the blues. So it’s blues and it’s jazz and it’s funk and it’s pop and it’s hip-hop — dare I say it — and it’s country and folk.
It’s all of those things put together in one. And as a writer and as a musician, it’s just the most freeing thing in the world to play rock and roll music, because you don’t have to put any limitations on yourself; you can go in any direction you want to. And that’s what’s so amazing about being an artist — is being able to express yourself in any way that you see fit. And we get to crank electric guitars, which, there’s nothing cooler than that. And I stand by that.”
“I think rock will never die; I don’t think it can. I think that it takes on different forms in different time periods, and it has lulls, for sure, but I don’t think that it’s something that can ever disappear, because it’s primal. There’s something about it that is unexplainable in words. It’s something you just have to hear, and it’s something that you feel.
I think that rock and roll has certainly been in a bit of a slump for a while, but I think that, especially with everything that’s happening in the world, I think we need rock and roll more now than ever. And I think that it can only go up.”
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