During a recent interview with Cobras & Fire podcast, former TNT singer Tony Harnell has reacted to claims that ‘Nirvana and 90’s grunge scene killed metal and rock.’

Here’s the statement:

“A lot of my peers and a lot of the fans are, like, ‘Oh, I hate that shit. Grunge killed our music’. I don’t see it that way at all. I think the labels started signing way too many bands that looked and sounded like other bands.

And there was never really a rock era that was like that before. Because if you think about the ’70s, you had a lot of different styles of big hard rock bands.

On one side, you had Led Zeppelin, you had Deep Purple — they were very different from each other. You had Aeorsmith — they were different. You had KISS, you had Judas Priest, you had Black Sabbath. You had all these different bands that were very, very not like each other at all, but they were all hard rock.

And they looked a little different, they had their own image. And then, all of a sudden, in the ’80s, everybody wanted the same clothes, the same hair, the same guys, the same producers, the same songwriters.”

He continued:

“If anything, when Nirvana and Soundgarden and these bands came out, all it did is it shined a really harsh light on how boring and repetitive everything got. Because it would have made more sense to take the bands that were already established — big and medium — and develop them more rather than to get all these other bands that sounded like other bands…

Like I said, it was the same look, the same songwriters, the same producers, and it just started to be… Nobody was offering anything… Don’t get me wrong, there were a few that got in there that were interesting and different, but, for the most part, they were all just sort of rehashes, slightly, of other bands.”

You can listen to entire interview below. Click here to source of the statement.