Tony Iommi Puts Metallica On The Table While Responding To Gene Simmons’ Claims That ‘Rock Is Dead’
Black Sabbath lead guitarist Tony Iommi opened up about the infamous statement made by KISS bassist Gene Simmons that suggests rock music is dead during an interview with Heavy Consequence and apparently, the legendary guitarist completely disagrees with that statement since it’s been around for years and rock is still here.
As many of you might remember, KISS bassist Gene Simmons once made a bold statement about rock music during an interview with Esquire back in 2014 and stated that rock, soul, and blues music are dead now. While he received a major backlash due to the fact that there are still numerous bands that keeping rock music alive including Simmons’ band itself.
however, he explained the reason behind his controversial statement by revealed that rock music is kept vanishing over time and there isn’t a new representative for the previous bands and musicians that were extremely iconic such as the Beatles, and furthermore, proved his point by asking everybody who’s the new Beatles.
Here is what Simmons said:
“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 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.
The point is, yeah, rock is dead because if we play the game from 1958 until 1988, which is 30 years, you had Elvis, The Beatles, The Stones, Pink Floyd, and on and on and on. And you can go to the heavy part of it, which is Metallica, Maiden, if you want to put KISS in there, that’s fine. AC/DC, on and on and on. Even U2, Prince, Bowie, Eagles. And then you get to disco stuff, and Madonna, and that stuff, and Motown, of course. And then from 1988 until today, who’s the new Beatles?”
While the question has been around for some time now, it’s inevitable for interviewers to ask other rock icons if they share the same opinion with KISS bassist and during a recent interview, Black Sabbath icon Tony Iommi was asked the same question and revealed that rock cannot die since there are always people who want to listen to good music such as Metallica who has a fan base that’s never going to die.
Here is what Iommi said:
“I don’t think rock is going to die. That’s been said for years. I mean, how many times I’ve heard that statement over the past 50-odd years? It’s quite a lot, really.
I think good music is not going to go. There’s always going to be a market for it. There are going to be an amount of bands that fall by the wayside — as there always is, there always will be. But there are certain bands that are going to stick out and going to be there. You’ve got Metallica up there — they’re not going to go away. They’ve got a lot of fans and they’ve got a great fanbase. There are a lot of bands out there. No, the music is not going to go away.”
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