Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine spoke in an interview with Metal Wani, and revealed what he thinks about KISS bassist Gene Simmons’ claim “rock is dead”.

Interviewer said:

“Gene Simmons said that rock is dead. What is your stance on that idea?”

Dave responded:

“Well, it depends on what they mean. In my estimation, I think that – you know when they say that the beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you can have two people look at the same thing, and one says it’s a beautiful woman brushing her hair, the other would say it’s an old wench with a scarf, right?

For me, I don’t think rock ‘n’ roll is dead, I don’t think it’s being manufactured right now, but I think there’s a lot of people who are still carrying the torch for rock and roll.

If you look towards the torchbearers from before, what’s one of the biggest rock and roll bands we have right now? AC/DC, right? Well, AC/DC has gone through a lot of changes which could send reverberations in the rock world.

Who else is playing rock right now? A lot of it has to do with the certain temperature of the world. When the world is at its most tense condition, that’s when metal became the most popular. Because metal is about standing up for yourself and fighting, and we get to that position where it’s brother against brother and nation against nation and people are ready to fight.”

On release date of Megadeth’s upcoming album, he said:

“‘Album 16’ is the name, the release date is 2019. I’ll narrow it down and not be such a smartass. It would be so great if we could release it by spring. We want to get the record out in time for the Ozzy tour.”

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