Wolfgang Van Halen Responds To Gene Simmons’ ‘Rock Is Dead’ Claim
Wolfgang Van Halen recently attended an interview on Consequence’s YouTube channel and made fun of Gene Simmons’ ‘rock is dead’ statement by raising his middle finger.
KISS’ Gene Simmons made a much-debated statement in 2014 by saying that ‘rock is dead.’ He claimed that there aren’t good representations of rock in the contemporary music industry anymore, and all the legendary bands are now in the past.
Many rock musicians came forward and disagreed with The Demon, while a few actually agreed. Although this statement was mocked by rock musicians who achieved fame in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, it mainly targeted those who had just started their careers in the rock and roll world. Among these bands are Mammoth WVH and Dirty Honey.
The two vocalists Wolfgang Van Halen and Marc LaBelle, attended an interview to discuss their upcoming joint tour. Dirty Honey and Wolf’s solo band Mammoth WVH will be going on tour together, kicking it off on January 21, 2022, in Chicago. Towards the end of the interview, the host asked the rockers to say what the fans should expect from their shows.
The musicians’ response was aimed to refute Simmons’ ‘rock is dead’ claim. The rockers both raised their middle fingers to Simmons’ words and made it evident that they are going to prove they are the new representations of rock.
The interviewer asked:
“What can fans expect when they go see Dirty Honey and Mammoth WVH on this co-headlining tour in winter 2022?”
To which Wolf responded:
“I think they should get ready to see the sickest rock tour to start the year off.”
“You’re gonna see the two best rock bands going in 2022. Two new rock bands with a lot to prove. We’re taking the pressure of people saying ‘rock and roll is dead,’ and we’re taking that and we’re gonna alleviate it all on the first night.”
Wolf Van Halen chimed in saying:
“I’m pumping this little thing up there [Rolls up his middle finger].”
And LaBelle said:
“That’s going right to Gene Simmons’ quote right there.”
You can watch them raise their middle fingers to Simmons’ statement below.