KISS co-founder and also the bass guitarist of the band, Gene Simmons, had a recent interview with ‘Q1043 New York’s iHeart Radio’ this week and revealed his honest thoughts of the rock music industry these days as well as how did he feel while producing Van Halen in 1976.
Gene Simmons is a talented producer as well as being one of the most talented bassists of all time. As you might already know, he was the main producer of Van Halen while they were recording their demo tape which was featured 15 songs back in 1976-77 at Electric Lady Studios.
After talking about Van Halen, KISS co-founder has admitted that he said rock is dead recently and he’s not just talking about radio streaming. According to Gene, rock is dead in all ways and the culprits are the young guys who killed the thing that they love.
Here is what Gene Simmons said:
“As soon as streaming came in, you took away a chance for the new great bands who are there in the shadows, who can’t quit their day job because you can’t make a dime putting your music out there, because when you download stuff, it’s one-hundredth or one-thousandth of one penny.
And so you’ve got to have millions to millions, and even billions of downloads before you can make a few grand. And the fans have killed that thing. The business is dead, and that means that the next Beatles or the next whoever is never going to get the chance that we did.
We had record companies that gave us millions of dollars so we can make records and tour, and not worry about a nine-to-five [job]. Because when you’re worried about nine-to-five, you don’t have the time to sit there and devote to your art whatever that is.”
Gene Simmons continued:
“1958 until 1988, that’s 30 years, during that time you got Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Hendrix, The Stones, just thousands of bands – Bowie, and Prince, U2, maybe us in the ’70s. AC/DC, Metallica, on and on. And disco, you had Madonna and Motown, great black music – forever!
From 1988 until today, who’s the new Beatles? That’s more than 30 years. That’s around the time when Napster and all that stuff started to happen. The fox goes in and steals that first egg from the chicken coop, and when the fox isn’t killed, all the other foxes say, ‘Hey, we can get eggs for free.’
Before you know it, the farmer’s out of business, there are no more hens, and there are no more eggs in the grocery stores; the grocery store goes out of business, the trucks that deliver the chickens and the eggs go out of business, just because you didn’t kill that first fox that came in to steal the eggs… Who’re the new Beatles?”
You can watch the interview below.
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