Kiss‘ legend Gene Simmons is still sitting comfortably at the top of a few hit lists after he viciously hit out at people suffering from Depression, scowling: “F*ck you, then kill yourself.” Despite apologizing soon after his initial outburst, the outspoken rocker is back with another opinion that was voiced in a recent interview with Esquire, alongside his son, Nick Simmons, where he announced that rock music is “finally dead.”
“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 Ã¢â‚¬” the creators Ã¢â‚¬” for rock music, for soul, for the blues Ã¢â‚¬” it’s finally dead.”
Simmons also believes that the apparent death of rock music is all down to us and our “file-sharing.”
He comments: “My sense is that file-sharing started in predominantly white, middle- and upper-middle-class young people who were native-born, who felt they were entitled to have something for free, because that’s what they were used to.”
The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. And 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 Ã¢â‚¬” 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. The masses do not recognize file-sharing and downloading as stealing because there’s a copy left behind for you Ã¢â‚¬” it’s not that copy that’s the problem, it’s the other one that someone received but didn’t pay for. The problem is that nobody will pay you for the 10,000 hours you put in to create what you created. I can only imagine the frustration of all that work, and having no one value it enough to pay you for it.”
Is he being too dramatic or does he have a point?
Let us know what you think.