The Reason Jon Bon Jovi Hated Steve Jobs
Like almost every industry, the music industry has also changed to adapt to the contemporary world’s needs, especially after the popularization of streaming services and social media platforms. People used to buy their favorite musicians’ records from a shop, but now they prefer to listen to them on Youtube or other platforms such as Spotify or Apple Music for various reasons.
Therefore, both old and young generation musicians started to release their works on these platforms after realizing this rapid change in the music industry. People rarely buy the original records anymore, except for some dedicated fans and collectors. This change was very frustrating for several icons, and they struggled to adapt. As one of them, Bon Jovi’s lead singer Jon Bon Jovi heavily criticized the former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, by holding him responsible for this evolution.
Jon Bon Jovi Claimed That Steve Jobs Was Killing The Music Industry
During one of his previous interviews, Jon Bon Jovi wanted to draw attention to today’s music industry, saying that everything has changed and kids can easily reach the songs through their phones. According to the lead singer, people have forgotten the good old days when they would buy an album without listening to it before, which can be defined as an exciting adventure.
Unfortunately, young people will never experience this excitement or feel the satisfaction of getting a physical record with the allowance money they have been saving for a while. Jovi said that young rock fans have unfortunately missed their chance to truly appreciate an album because now they can simply stream it by hitting a button.
In Jovi’s words, he stated:
“Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes, and getting lost in an album. The beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like, and looking at a couple of still pictures and imagining it.
I hate to sound like an old man now, but I am, and you mark my words, in a generation from now, people are going to say, ‘What happened?’ Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business.“
Jon Bon Jovi thought that digital music and online streaming platforms like Apple Music prevented people from supporting the musicians. Therefore, he blamed Apple CEO Steve Jobs for ‘killing the music business.’ Another legendary musician, KISS’s bassist Gene Simmons, agreed with Bon Jovi’s words and fired up an argument about rock music by saying ‘Rock is Dead.’
Gene Simmons Stated ‘Rock Is Dead’ Because Of Streaming
A few years after Jon Bon Jovi’s statement about the music industry, KISS bassist Gene Simmons also discussed the same issue. The bassist said ‘rock music was murdered’ by these streaming platforms, which encouraged people not to buy records by offering them a cheaper and easily accessible solution. He added that there were countless talented musicians whose careers were ruined because of this vicious murder.
Here’s what Simmons said:
“The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. The real culprit is that kid’s 15-year-old next-door neighbor, probably a friend of his. Maybe even one of the bandmates he’s jamming with. The tragedy is that they seem to have no idea that they just killed their own opportunity — they killed the artists they would have loved. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed, and now it won’t, because it’s that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it.”
Consequently, Simmons was sure that young artists wouldn’t continue producing music without gaining any money from it. As it can be understood from both the bassist and Jon Bon Jovi’s words, they believed that the music industry was doomed to change and die because of these changes. However, many people defined the recent developments as a great opportunity for being famous without needing a record company or manager.