Gene Simmons has doubled down on earlier feedback he made in regards to the state of rock music.
In 2014, the Kiss bassist accused file labels of failing to adequately assist rock artists and declared the rock genre to be “finally dead”.
Simmons doubled down on the claims in a brand new interview, saying there are fashionable bands however that doesn’t imply they’re “iconic and legacy and for all-time”.
“Rock is useless. And that’s as a result of new bands haven’t taken the time to create glamour, pleasure and epic stuff,” Simmons informed Gulf News. “I imply, Foo Fighters is a terrific band, however that’s a 20-year-old band. So you possibly can return to 1958 till 1988. That’s 30 years. Throughout that point, we had Elvis [Presley], The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, on and on.
He continued: “In disco, you had Madonna, and you then had your exhausting rock, you had AC/DC, perhaps us, just a few others. Motown, all that nice music. From 1988, till right this moment, that’s greater than 30 years. Inform me who the brand new Beatles is. You possibly can’t. There are fashionable bands. BTS could be very fashionable. All types of bands are highly regarded. That doesn’t imply iconic and legacy and for all-time. It’s completely different.”
Requested if he thinks any of right this moment’s acts might be thought of iconic in one other 30 years, Simmons replied: “I doubt it. As a result of the singularity that was The Beatles is a band that wrote their very own songs, organized it themselves, produced it themselves, principally performed all their very own devices. No backing tracks. No digital enhancement. No vocal correctness. Yeah, not gonna occur once more.
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“You realize, the fashionable artists rely a lot on expertise. Chances are you’ll not be capable to recognise the artist in the event that they file themselves singing within the bathe. You’d be shocked. And not one of the rappers play devices. Don’t write songs. They write phrases. However chords, melodies, harmonies and stuff. It doesn’t imply that rap isn’t essential. It’s essential. However it ain’t The Beatles.”
“I feel Billie Eilish is improbable,” he mentioned. “She’s attention-grabbing as a result of she and her brother truly write the fabric and are distinctive to themselves. Woman Gaga is improbable within the feminine class. She writes her personal materials, she will sing like no one’s enterprise. However she truly is a musician, writes her personal songs, performs piano, she will truly try this.
“The remainder of the world reacts to a number of the pop divas, though principally they don’t write their very own songs and might’t play an instrument. And by the best way, that’s okay, too. It doesn’t matter what you want. However it ain’t The Beatles.”
Simmons posted the image of the band with out their standard face paint whereas travelling to their forthcoming New Yr’s Eve present in Dubai.
“Put on your masks. Even when it’s solely as a courtesy. In case you yawn, or sneeze, you don’t suppose twice about protecting your mouth. Do the remainder of us a favour! Masks Up! … Moreover, it appears cool,” he wrote.