In a new interview with Esquire, Gene Simmons declared rock and roll dead. The KISS bassist attributed the decline in the genre to illegal file sharing as well as singing competition shows that don’t prioritize musicanship. “Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered,” he said.
Foo Fighters took to Twitter to voice their disagreement on the comments. Dave Grohl and Simmons both went into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year As a reminder, the band’s latest album comes out November 10.
Check out Simmons’ full quote:
Don’t quit your day job is a good piece of advice. When I was coming up, it was not an insurmountable mountain. 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 was an entire industry to help the next Beatles, Stones, Prince, Hendrix, to prop them up and support them every step of the way. 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 soul, for the blues—it’s finally dead. Rock is finally dead.