Speaking in a recent interview with Guitar Player Magazine, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has shared his thoughts on the claims that rock n’ roll is dead.

Here’s the statement:

“Rock definitely has its place alongside pop and dance and hip-hop and country and all of that. And to me, there’s this feeling of a resurgence, or at least of finding its level again.

One thing we’re seeing is there are a lot of younger kids who want to see the real thing – the guys that played the music that they grew up listening to. And there are also a lot of talented younger bands that are coming up with good stuff.

Whether they can take it to the next level, that remains to be seen. But I don’t think there will ever be another earth-shaking event like the Beatles. I mean, there could be, but I don’t know. …

The way I see it, it might not be like the days when rock really ruled the roost, but, you know, if 20% of the people love rock ‘n’ roll, 20% of the people now might mean 20 times as many people as it did 50 years ago, because there’s just that many more people in the world. And hell, half the good rock ‘n’ roll I hear these days is in TV commercials! So it’s amazing to me how much the music has become part of the mainstream.”

He also talked about longevity of Aerosmith, and said:

“Just the natural way that we play together. I listen to what Brad’s playing, and he listens to what I’m playing, and then we just try and mix it up, right down to — especially in the earlier days — saying, “Who’s gonna play the Strat? Who’s gonna play the Les Paul?” That kind of thing.

And when we come up with new riffs and new songs, we each come at it from different angles, and then we settle into our thing. I’ve always felt like we have two lead players and two different flavors in this band, and that’s really important.”

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