Gene Simmons is still tossing out old theories about why rock music died

here we go again! KISS’ Gene Simmons dug his 7-inch base heel into the dirt even more and he repeated metal hammer In a new interview, rock music died because the fans killed it. It’s been nearly a decade of rock-solid success, thought it’s dead, and that’s it — let’s debunk Simmons’ absurd and outdated theories.

“I stand by my word: rock is dead,” Simmons told long-running heavy metal outlets, blaming fans once again.

“The people who killed him are fans. Fans killed the thing they loved by downloading and sharing files for free. How do you expect someone who loves guitar to get into this creative process? You have to invent yourself. And that’s rock music Matt,” via KISS bassist and co-singer.

Why is this claim false?

Simmons gave this interview ahead of his main appearance at the UK Download Festival in June, where over 100,000 fans are expected to watch it… Who? A group of rock and metal bands, that is.

And if they’re not buying music the way they used to (over 20 years ago – they are Any thing As it was 20 years ago?), the only realistic way for the artist to generate serious revenue would be through live performance.

Fans are the reason rock is still thriving as so many tours have been launched in stadiums in recent years, something that has seemed unimaginable since Simmons first announced that The Rock was dead eight years ago. Fans are even shelling out exorbitant cash for a single concert ticket now that Live Nation comes under increasing scrutiny for hateful business practices that essentially held fans financially hostage, forced to pay upwards of $1,000 for a single concert ticket or were left with the option to stay home.

Disclaimer: Later in the interview, Simmons acknowledged the importance of purchasing a concert ticket in order to help the artists and road crew survive and feed their families. But he immediately followed it up by once again targeting fans to kill rock music.

Also, music lovers have turned away from illegal music downloading a long time ago, and this has mostly shifted towards on-demand services, such as YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer, Amazon Prime Music, Bandcamp…point. Music is available at subscription prices in countless places, although it’s worth admitting that the royalty rates that artists pay for the streams are quite exorbitant.

Sure, pirated music led to craters in album sales, but what is often left out of this discussion is that CD prices soared to nearly $20 per album in the early 2000s.

Complaining about illegal music downloads in 2022 is painfully outdated, and if anything, it’s that Simmons has simply failed to adapt to changes in the industry or is stubbornly rejecting it. It’s baffling because KISS, musically speaking, has always made sure to keep up with the times. That’s how we got a hit disco in 1979, after all. Even the sound of returning to their roots for late career albums was perfectly in line with the trends of bands who were in similar stages of their careers.

For such savvy businessmen, why hasn’t KISS been able to weaponize the modern music climate for maximum benefit? Sure, blame the fans, that’s the easy way out…

Back to Jane Simmons for more…

“Point a new look. I’ve played this game before and it should be noted that rock is still dead. From 1958 until 1988, 30 years, right? You’ve got Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones.” etc. on.Motown.You have a thing surfing and Beach Boys,British Invasion -Hundreds of bands.The Hollies are rarely talked about, they’re a great band.Disco stuff, Madonna, Prince, [David] Boy, all that cool stuff. You had the Heavy Metallica and Iron Maiden teams, all that stuff in those 30 years. Music and bands are timeless,” Simmons continued.

Once again, remaining completely ignorant of the past three decades of successful rock music and working under the mistaken assumption that rock had a definitive end in the late 1980s, he explained, “But from 1988 until today, who’s the new Beatle? BTS? There’s no denying.” That BTS is world famous.But am I going to form a garage band to perform those songs? I don’t think they’re well designed and professional, but One Direction and NSYNC and all the bands haven’t changed the world. It just makes young girls’ hearts flutter and then go. That doesn’t have the oomph. Teams Influencer, that makes someone want to pick up guitar, learn how to play songs and join a band that doesn’t exist, because you can’t make a living.”

Why this claim is also fake

Acting like the only good music that’s ever existed from the time when I was young might be the dumbest argument in rock and metal.

Soungarden, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Tool, Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Disturbed, Nickelback, Linkin Park, and more recently, Both Ghost and Machine Gun Kelly have risen to superstar levels of success in rock music, and each has had an enormous impact and influence on new artists. Not everything has to look like “Hoochie Coochie Man” to be effective, Jane.

Many of these bands have enjoyed huge success on the Billboard 200 over the past couple of years as well, proving that rock music is still harnessing the power to dominate the charts. Rock bands may not have a gold album in a week anymore, but if you’re in the top 5 or even #1, you’re among the best of all time. What more do you need? Hell, the Chili Peppers achieved nearly 100,000 equivalent album sales in the first week after the release of their new album Unlimited love The album to gain number one on the Billboard 200.

After asking bands to “invent themselves,” it’s foolish to ask where the next Beatles are. There will never be another Beatle, and that’s okay – we all need to stop living expecting another Beatle, another Metallica, or another Led Zeppelin. It’s all rear-view mirror ambitions and a refusal to acknowledge that this music can move forward, change, and evolve is part of “killer” rock compared to other genres that don’t shy away from new artists in favor of hearing “rock ‘n’ roll all night” for the 8,000th time.

The Beatles arose at a time when there was no rich history of recorded music to make use of and recording technology was still in an evolutionary state. This band took off by utilizing new recording techniques and the same sentiments can be maintained for today’s artists who have become adept at home recording through the use of plug-ins and corrections.

Artists must also abandon the pretentious expectation that the music industry is supposed to be an absurdly lucrative profession. Perhaps those so-called golden decades of being in a band were the exception rather than the rule. Anyone who was lucky enough to catch that wave should be grateful that it happened at all rather than sad that it’s not the norm anymore.


Simmons’ arrogant refusal to accept how good a lot of things are for today’s rock artists may be an indication that his own brand of rock ‘n’ roll has seen better days, not that rock in general is dead.

A good deal of rock’s elders are doing so well in album sales and chart success, so why hasn’t the supposed “Hottest Band in the World” released a new album since 2012?

Put or shut up.

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